me__ibex_pant_mens_black 23/09/2016

Kit check – Mountain Equipment Ibex pants

These soft shell trousers are designed for the technical terrain a mountaineer, scrambler or hill walker may encounter. The Alpine fit ensures comfort while the Exolite fabric means they will stretch with your movements of any mountain activity. Lightweight and robust they are highly suited for days in the hills. Ankle zips with internal gusset panel. 2 zipped hand pockets. 1 zipped back pocket. 2 zipped thigh pockets with mesh lining. Microfleece lined waistband. weight 445g. DWR treated fabric, good wind and light rain protection. Fast drying. Exolite 250 fabric... Read More

Large chest pockets 21/09/2016
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Mountain Equipment Diamir jacket review

The ME Daimir Jacket is a hard core jacket designed for the harshest winter weathers. Mountain Equipment have chosen 3 layer Gore-Tex Pro fabric for this technical jacket, which is the toughest waterproof fabric in the Gor-Tex range. This combined with an 80 denier face fabric makes this jacket nothing short of awesome. While it is tough and enduring it still maintains good breathability. It is intended to be worn as an outer garment, ideal for skiing and for those who want to take on extreme mountaineering conditions. The Alpine... Read More

IMG_20160903_155510905 19/09/2016
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Mountain Equipment Firefox Waterproof Pants review

Summer is officially over. Autumn is here and Winter approaches. The prospect of wetter weather is upon us (some may question whether it can get wetter.) It is time to think about waterproofs. So I have been out and about hoping for rain and testing out various waterproof trousers. Mountain Equipment Firefox waterproof pants These over trousers are made from Gore-Tex Active Shell fabric. Not only do they offer a high degree of water resistance but also good breathability. Even with great exertion this helped prevent hot sweaty legs. The trousers... Read More

IMG_2190 16/09/2016

Jack Wolfskin Getaway Travel bag & Expedition Trunk 100 Travel bag Review

Still time for traveling ‘Places to go and people to meet’? Here are two bags from Jack Wolfskin I tried out that are functional and robust for those long distance journeys. Both bags are made from a tough polymide fabric to cope with rough handling on long trips, they also have different carrying options provided by the various straps some of which are detachable. So they can be carried on your back, over your shoulder or in your hand. The bags come in a dark steel colour only. Getaway Travel... Read More

IMG_20160903_143602269_HDR 13/09/2016
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Why use walking poles and Leki poles?

Have you considered using walking poles? Like myself, many people are reluctant to reach for a pair of walking poles, or even one. For some reason we think they may hamper our freedom of movement. I have been trying them out on some of my jaunts and here are my conclusions. Long distance walks It is a fact that there are some of my walks that I know I would not have been able to complete if I had not had walking poles. This is especially true of the longer... Read More

IMG_2180 09/09/2016
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Mountain Equipment Eclipse Hooded Zip Tee Fleece Review

When winter comes Winter may seem a long way off at the moment with the current sunny days but it will come. Already the evenings are cooler. Colder weather brings its own seasonal activities possibly skiing ? Whatever you may choose the appropriate clothes are a must. Mountain Equipment have been involved in manufacturing superb equipment for some of the harshest climates for over 50 years, so here is a fleece that can be viewed as trustworthy  – the Eclipse Hooded Zip Tee Fleece. Superior technology The Eclipse Tee can... Read More

IMG_20160812_085435612 29/08/2016
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Not quite to plan trekking in the Lake District

The plan Some friends of mine were planning to go to the Lake District for four days driving a mini bus up there. I offered to share the driving thinking it would give me an opportunity to spend some time walking. The plan was for me to drive to Lancaster then catch the train to St Bees a pleasant two and a half hour journey along the west coast, from there I was going to follow the Coast to Coast path to Shap. I had a Coast to Coast book... Read More

IMG_20160811_091915696 27/08/2016
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Snugpak Ionosphere tent and Terra Nova Comp Tarp review

Wet weather Last week I went backpacking in the Lake District for four days. As ever the British weather was as unpredictable as it’s reputation suggests. Rather than the glorious sunshine I was hoping for, it rained. In fact it rained a lot. I was well prepared though I had the Snugpak Ionosphere bivy tent and a Terra Nova Competition Tarp with me, I have used the  Snugpak before and felt confident about its waterproofness. However there are two points that I am not comfortable with. The first is having... Read More

IMG_20160815_184914439 26/08/2016
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Who can describe the feeling ?

Where to start ? Yesterday four friends and myself climbed Scafell Pike. I don’t want to tell you about the journey, I want to tell you about the  experience. I am struggling to put it into words but here goes… What is it that at the end of the day with sore feet, aching knees and leg muscles that feel like they are about to explode, that makes us look at one another and say ‘That was amazing!’ We may even feel a bit emotional about it. Yes. it is... Read More