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no-image 9th Nov 2019 Top Tip #40 - Laundry Management

  Over the years I’ve used commercial laundry services quite a lot.  This could be in hotels, private operators in small towns or villages and occasionally individual villagers who have offered to wash my clothes for a fee. Nothing...

no-image 27th Oct 2019 2020 Winter Courses

As the big orb turns towards another winter and the first snows have been settling on the Scottish mountains, we are getting that buzz of excitement about what adventures another winter will bring. Winter 2019, despite challenging conditions,...

no-image 8th Oct 2019 A Teahouse Trekking Guide

The Nepalese tea houses of old used to be very basic.  Often a family simply welcomed visitors into their home and you would sit with the family around their stove and while away the chilly evenings before unrolling your sleeping bags in a...

no-image 4th Oct 2019 Wild Weather Mountain Biking Gear

  We had a rare chance for an autumn weekend in North Wales and had big plans for a long multi-pitch climbing route or, if it was a bit wetter, maybe a scrambling day.  In the end,  we looked at the forecast as the weekend approached and it...

no-image 2nd Oct 2019 Marmot Bantamweight Hardshell Jacket Review

Of course, products are getting lighter and lighter as technology allows new developments.  But, come on, 140 grams for a fully featured hardshell jacket - is that really possible?  Apparently so - the Marmot Bantamweight has landed and I was...

no-image 23rd Sep 2019 Aku Montagnard GTX Boots Review

Having now used and reviewed many pairs of Aku footwear, I have come to be very fond of this family owned Italian company.  They produce innovative footwear with an Italian design flair and top quality materials and construction methods.   ...

no-image 20th Sep 2019 Aku Trekker Pro GTX WS Boots Review

Various Aku boot models have passed through the doors of Peak Mountaineering HQ over the years, but hardly any have been destined for my feet! Paul has reviewed Aku mountaineering boots, approach shoes and trekking boots and I’ve looked on...

no-image 20th Sep 2019 Top Gear #31 - Fidlock Bottle

Like many mountain bikers, we sometimes use bike mounted water bottles, sometimes a hydration bladder and sometimes both.  The bike mounted option is our preference on shorter rides because we generally try and minimise the amount we have to...

no-image 20th Sep 2019 Osprey Packs and Sustainability - a new phase

Recent trade show visits and manufacturer press releases have made it very clear how much emphasis responsible outdoor brands are now putting on sustainability.  This is great news - for a long time there has maybe been quite a contradiction...

no-image 15th Sep 2019 Mount Elbrus Expedition Report

At 5862 metres, Mount Elbrus is the highest peak in Europe and one of the famed Seven Summits (the highest peak on each continent).  It sits in the Caucasus Mountains of Eastern Russia near the border with Georgia and is notorious for its...