Tag: backpacking

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2018 Review and plans for 2019

  New year.  New beginnings.  New adventures. This time of year I like to reflect.  In the quiet days of early January I take a look back at my aspirations for the year just gone, celebrating what I achieved and chalking up to experience what I didn’t.  But it’s also a time when I collect ideas, make plans and dust down my bucket list … Read More 2018 Review and plans for 2019

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Product Review: Kuhl Team 1/4 Zip Merino Wool Sweater

I’m a big fan of merino wool tops, which are superbly breathable to keep you cool in summer yet trap your body warmth to keep you toasty warm in winter.  Naturally wicking and resisting odour retention, they’re the perfect solution for active day and multi-day trips and far better than cotton which traps and holds moisture next to your skin. While there are some … Read More Product Review: Kuhl Team 1/4 Zip Merino Wool Sweater

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Product Review: Kuhl Jetstream Jacket

Many hikers yearn for a jacket that hits that sweet spot: a lightweight, technical jacket that not only performs well in the mountains but is equally at home in the city.  The Kuhl Jetstream jacket certainly ticks the right boxes but does it live up to this promise?  I’ve been testing it to find out. First impressions At first glance the Jetstream hiking jacket seems to … Read More Product Review: Kuhl Jetstream Jacket

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A lazy summer’s wild camp

      Lazy summer days are perfect for wild camping. With yet another weekend of warm, sunny weather I had itchy feet.  I’d been cooped up in an office all week and had to get out into the hills.  But where to go?  Climbing a mountain felt just too much like hard work in the hot sun.  Driving an hour or so felt … Read More A lazy summer’s wild camp

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Product Review: Olight H1 Nova Headtorch

LED lighting technology has been developing fast and so I’ve been looking forward to testing out a new, lightweight headtorch from Olight.  Here’s my review of the mid-range battery-powered headtorch, the H1 Nova, which packs a powerful punch into a small product. First impressions Olight are a new name to me, a Chinese company who specialise in lighting technology for outdoors use.  When I was … Read More Product Review: Olight H1 Nova Headtorch

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Product review: Vango Sherpa 65 Rucsac

If you’re taking part in a DofE or scouting expedition, or planning to backpack your way around the world, then the Vango Sherpa 65 may be just what you’re looking for.  Robust, comfortable and packed with pockets and other nifty features, it ticks all of the right boxes.  I’ve been testing out the rucsac, provided to me to review by Outdoorsupply.co.uk.   Comfort and … Read More Product review: Vango Sherpa 65 Rucsac

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Product review: MSR PocketRocket Stove Kit

  For convenience and ease of use there’s nothing to beat lightweight canister stoves.  Simply screw in an isobutane fuel canister and within minutes you’ve boiled up a brew. MSR’s PocketRocket has been a firm favourite among backpackers and campers for many years and has also been my go-to stove for about the last decade.  Recently I’ve been testing out the integrated 2-person MSR … Read More Product review: MSR PocketRocket Stove Kit

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The magic of friluftsliv

    There are times when you just want to get away from it all and recharge the batteries.  And for me the outdoors is just the perfect way to escape from ‘life’ for a little while, before returning with a renewed perspective. Last weekend was one of those times.  After the stresses of a work week commuting and the miserable-ness of leaving home and getting … Read More The magic of friluftsliv

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Planning Multi-day Backpacking Meals

  Mary contacted me recently and laid down a challenge which I was happy to accept: Hi, I have read both of your excellent posts on food for backpacking but I want to challenge you to go further.  My son is going to be completing his Gold DoE expedition in the Lake District later this year and my daughter is going to be doing … Read More Planning Multi-day Backpacking Meals

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Product Review – Montane Featherlight Down Jacket

As I write this, snow is falling outside.  In this damp climate of ours you might think that a down jacket is the last garment you’d want to wear on a cold, snowy day.  But thanks to the introduction of water-resistant down over recent years, down jackets can now withstand damp conditions as well as keep us warm on those crisp, cold days we … Read More Product Review – Montane Featherlight Down Jacket

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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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Fozzils Foldable Crockery

When space and weight are at a premium, perhaps when you’re backpacking, camping or travelling on holiday, foldable crockery is ideal.  If you haven’t come across this before, the Fozzils Solo Pack is an ingenious design using lightweight plastic.  It stores flat and is assembled in seconds using simple press-studs.  Fozzils promote this as “the lightest, thinnest, complete 1-person set on the planet“, I … Read More Fozzils Foldable Crockery