Tag: walking

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Outdoor gear – Some thoughts on customer choice and industry sustainability

Did you take part in ‘Takeback Tuesday’ this week?  Royal Mail dubbed Takeback Tuesday the day when people go back to work and take unwanted packages into a Post Office for return to the retailer.  It’s estimated that 15-20% of goods bought online are returned, worth £2.5bn in the pre-Christmas shopping frenzy. What’s this got to do with the outdoors industry, you may be asking?  While … Read More Outdoor gear – Some thoughts on customer choice and industry sustainability

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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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Most memorable photos of 2018

My trips this year took in not just Scotland but I also ventured a little further afield to Ireland, France and Indonesia.  From mountain to sea and from coast to coast I hiked, biked and camped my way through many adventures. Take a look as I describe some of this year’s standout memories. 1.  Cycling around Lismore On cold, frosty morning in January I … Read More Most memorable photos of 2018

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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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Product review: Montane Halogen 33 rucksac

In my book a good day sack is functional, lightweight, suitable for multiple activities and comfortable.  With one minor modification – easily addressed – the Montane Halogen 33 comfortably ticks all boxes. I’ve been testing out the new rucksac over the summer during a round of Ireland’s highest mountains as well as on a Duke of Edinburgh silver expedition.  It’s performed very well and … Read More Product review: Montane Halogen 33 rucksac

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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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Lugnaquilla – The ‘Lug’ of the Irish

It was a day of firsts.  It was my first time in Ireland, my first ‘munro’ outwith the UK and my first mountain bordering on a military firing range. It was also a very long day.  Starting with a late night ferry from Cairnryan over to Belfast I arrived at 1am into a rainy and deserted city.  It was far too late to contemplate finding … Read More Lugnaquilla – The ‘Lug’ of the Irish

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The Kinbuck to Kinabalu Challenge

Have you ever travelled from Kinbuck to Kinabalu?  No, me neither.  But I’m going to have a good go (sort of …). At the beginning of the year I committed to simplifying my life and spending my precious free time doing the things I really enjoy, which for me includes walking, cycle touring and camping.  By ‘simplifying’ I mean consolidating my hobbies: focusing on … Read More The Kinbuck to Kinabalu Challenge

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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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5 reasons why walking is good for physical and mental wellbeing

It’s official: nature is good for you. In fact, according to England’s Chief Medical Officer in 2010: “If a medication existed which had a similar effect to physical activity, it would be regarded as a “wonder drug” or a “miracle cure”’. But nature isn’t just a remedy for a healthy body, it also nurtures a healthy mind.  Going to the outdoors boosts our self-esteem, … Read More 5 reasons why walking is good for physical and mental wellbeing