Category: Walking gear

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Product review: Lifesystems Intensity 24 Micro Headtorch

A much wider range of head torches are available these days and overall, they’re becoming brighter, lighter and smaller.  Gone are the days of chunky halogen lenses, heavy battery packs and trailing wires.  Now you can choose your head torch to suit any type of outdoor night time activity. I’ve been testing out one of the lightest and smallest: the Lifesystems Intensity 24 micro head torch. … Read More Product review: Lifesystems Intensity 24 Micro Headtorch

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Product review – ViewRanger app

At best, being lost is disorientating and disconcerting but at worst, can be a risk to life.  How many times when out walking in the hills has the cloud quickly descended and you’ve struggled to make sense of your surroundings ?  I experienced exactly these conditions when testing the ViewRanger app on a walk up Ben Vrackie in Perthshire on a cold day when the … Read More Product review – ViewRanger app

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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 tired at the end of the day. Many people, especially those new to hillwalking and backpacking, are unaware of the benefits of lightweight gear.  And even that lightweight gear exists.  Go … Read More Lightweight backpacking – The Big 4

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My Walking Kit List

I’ve been preparing for my last-but-one munro expedition to the Fisherfield hills in Northwest Scotland and thought I’d describe what I’m taking.  This is essentially my summer backpacking kit which I’d take for trips of 2-3 nights. I have a couple of GoLite rucsacs for backpacking trips, the cavernous Gust and the smaller Jam 2.  I’ve become a real convert to the lightweight philosophy … Read More My Walking Kit List