A Beginner’s Guide to Renting a Campervan or Motorhome – Part 2

Part 2 of my guide to renting a campervan or motorhome has just been published by Cool Camping. The first part of the guide covered trip planning a trip: how to choose the… Continue reading

On becoming a Mountain Leader

  This year I’ve focused on two big outdoor challenges, both very different.  After spending the first half of the year getting into the saddle and training to successfully complete my LEJOG trip… Continue reading

Lightweight backpacking – The Big 4

  It was a revelation once I started reducing the weight of my rucsac.  As I bought increasingly lighter weight gear, my pack became easier to carry.  I went further and was less… Continue reading

Scottish Cali meet, 22nd November

  We’re having a get-together for any owners of VW Californias (or similar) on the 22nd November at the Meikleour Arms, just north of Perth.  As always, it’s good to meet up with… Continue reading

Product review: Minipresso coffee machine

Those of us who enjoy good quality, strong coffee are often short-changed when it comes to being away in the outdoors.  At home we enjoy good, strong espresso topped with a lovely crema,… Continue reading

A versatile van

  A mobile bedroom.  A kitchen.  A load-lugger.  A changing room.  The VW camper van is all these things and more. I was reminded of this last week when I attended a black… Continue reading

Dancing lights over Scotland

Wednesday evening’s showing of the northern lights turned out to be one of the most impressive I’ve seen, being seen across Scotland, northern England and Wales. I hadn’t realised quite how strong the… Continue reading

Munros infographic

I came across a great infographic on Scotland’s munros that you can find here.  I had an idea of doing one myself before I found this … someone’s put a lot of effort… Continue reading

10 More Delicious ‘Real Food’ Backpacking Recipes

In my previous post I featured 10 delicious ‘real food’ backpacking recipes to address the ‘imagination gap’ that many hikers seem to have when it comes to outdoor food.  Why put up with… Continue reading

Product Review: Outwell Collapsible Kettle

  A space-saving kettle is a boon for any camper and so Outwell’s collapsible kettle is a great buy.  I’d already heard good reports about it so was pleased when Outdoor Camping Direct provided… Continue reading