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15th Dec 2011 Kozikids Softshell

When I was a kid I my folks simply dressed me in jeans and a jumper for the most part. If it rained or was windy I put on a basic waterproof, ran around and ended up wet! I remember my first piece...

Karrimor KSB Trek-Lite II eVent 26th Nov 2011 Karrimor KSB Trek-Lite II eVent

I wanted boots that would be lightweight but up to the job of uneven terrain, soggy conditions and long days walking and that is what I got from the Karrimor KSB TrekLite II eVent. They provided...

Mountain Hardwear Womens Petra Pant 25th Nov 2011 Mountain Hardwear Women's Petra Pant

I have used these versatile trousers for a range of activities but they came into their own on a recent trekking holiday. They looked good enough to wear casually as I travelled, were comfy to...

23rd Nov 2011 France Cote d?Azur by Chris Craggs ? Rockfax

Chris Craggs has been writing guidebooks, many for Rockfax, for a long time now, mainly to interesting foreign destinations so it should come as no surprise that he’s found another. Well, when I...

22nd Nov 2011 France Languedoc-Roussillon by Adrian Berry ? Rockfax

Last summer we went to the Ardeche with some friends for a family camping holiday. It was pre-school age for the kids so we went in September and were blown away by the area. It was stunning....

4th Nov 2011 Bunk Camper Van Rental

An unusual review to write for a change. It was half term last week so we headed off to Ireland. Realising that it would not be nice camping weather we looked into camper van rental and found a...

The North Face Super Sephyrus Hoodie 20th Oct 2011 The North Face Super Zephyrus Hoodie

This is the second hoodie of this ilk that I’ve owned and instantly became my favourite. First off, it fits perfectly. I’m 6 foot 5 and am fairly used to sleeves that ride up my forearms when...

18th Oct 2011 ThermaCell Insect Repellent

We were really excited to be given the opportunity to test this product. Living in Snowdonia, north Wales, we are too often plagued by clouds of midges, necessitating a retreat indoors instead of...

4th Oct 2011 Cold Wars Andy Kirkpatrick

I finished Cold Wars last night at 11.30. It was a thoroughly good book Im somewhat surprised to say. I read Psychovertical (his first book) and was a little disappointed. Ive seen Andy on stage...

The Good Mountain Biiking Guide 27th Sep 2011 The Good Mountain Biking Guide

Somebody had to do it. The UK has been crying out for a guide like this for quite some time. I remember back in the late 80s getting my first mountain bike and riding it up Snowdon from Llanberis...

soto-od-1r-micro-regulat-17530-24p 26th Sep 2011 Micro Regulator Stove

A lovely little compact, lightweight stove for screw-in gas canisters. I have a cheaper stove of a similar weight that screws to the same style canisters, but this beats it hands down for...

font a bloc vol1 20th Sep 2011 Font A Bloc - Jacky Godoffe

Yet another guide to Font you groan? Well bear with me for just a minute as this one’s not half bad and offers a slightly different approach. First of all let’s get the cover photo out of the...

lundycover 8th Sep 2011 Climbing On Lundy - Climbers Club

Having climbed on the magical Isle of Lundy, in the Bristol Channel, three times before (in 1993, 1994 and 2003) I was excited about a my fourth trip with a group of friends in August this year....

west-country-climbs-cover 7th Sep 2011 West Country Climbs - Rockfax

 Published in July 2010 West Country Climbs has to be a contender for Rockfax’s biggest guidebook to date (425 pages). I remember when I worked at the BMC, realising just how big an area the...

Craft Flex Hood 5th Sep 2011 Craft Flex Hood Full Zip

Love it love it love it. Ever since getting this hoody I’ve been a big fan. It’s not super technical. It isn’t waterproof. It may not be incredibly durable. But it feels awesome, looks...

Scarpa Force 2nd Sep 2011 Scarpa Force Velcro Rock Shoe

It’s been a while since I climbed in Scarpas. The last pair I had were a pair of very stiff lace-ups suited to hard, steep sport climbing which I don’t do much of so I guess I’d gone off the...

Osprey Farpoint 70 Rucksack 30th Aug 2011 Osprey Farpoint 70 Rucksack

Back in 2003 I did a round-the-world trip and saw a number of bags along the lines of the Farpoint. Essentially it is a bag for travelling. Lightweight, plenty of pockets and a removable day-pack....

25th Aug 2011 Teva P2 Wetsuit Boots

The first thing you notice about the Teva wetsuit boot is that it is a split toe design. The split toe design is commonly found in surfing wetsuit boots as it helps prevent the foot from rolling...

Grigri 2 23rd Aug 2011 Petzl Grigri 2 Belay Device

Over the past decade or so the original Petzl Grigri has arguably been the most popular belay device for sport climbers throughout the world. But, whilst the rest of the climbing manufacturing...

Vango Helium Superlight 22nd Aug 2011 Vango Helium Superlite Tent

Price: £245.00 Helium Superlite 100 Once I had a bivvi bag which weighed as much as this tent does, and I could guarantee that even if it didn’t rain, I’d wake up damp. Now, though, for less...

lofoten 22nd Jul 2011 Lofoten Rock ? Rockfax

Quite some time ago my Dad bought me a guidebook which had piqued his interest. It was Ed Websters celebrated guide to ‘Climbing in the Magic Isles’. The Magic Isles being the Lofoten Islands...

Peak District Bouldering 21st Jul 2011 Guidebook: Peak District Bouldering

This is the first of a series of guidebook reviews to come over the next few weeks.   Peak District Bouldering is the second edition of the popular Vertebrate Publishing Guide. VP are based in...

the-north-face-plasma-thermal-ja-16436-f 31st May 2011 The North Face Plasma Thermal Jacket

For years I thought that down jackets were the only way to keep warm when out and about. Problem was, unless you forked out a lot of money for a decent jacket with a waterproof shell, you'd never...

Moon cypherpantcamo 1 27th May 2011 Moon Cypher Pant

Retailing at £55 (I'm slowly coming to terms with the fact that this is what you need to pay for trousers these days) these are a favourite among climbers. Freedom of movement they do offer,...

yorkshire-grit-bouldering 19th May 2011 Yorkshire Gritstone Bouldering Vol 1 & 2

The first of these books to land on my desk was Vol 2. I was a little surprised to see so many crags I'd never even heard of, with so many classics omitted. Fortunately I spotted the 'Vol 2' and...

Troll Wall 16th May 2011 Troll Wall - Tony Howard

Last week my Dad found an old diary of his, written aged 14 (in 1954) detailing a solo cycle trip from Nottingham to North Wales. He typed it up and sent it to me to read. I was so impressed that...

wild-vision-book-cover-john-beatty 18th Apr 2011 Book: Wild Vision: In Celebration Of The Natural World

I've known John Beatty for a number of years and I knew that he was pretty handy with his cameras. However I had never had the pleasure of dipping into any of his books before now. He lives...

TNF Vindicator GTX 25th Mar 2011 Approach Shoes - TNF Vindicators GTX

Another well engineered shoe from The North Face range, this extremely robust shoe feels like it should last several years of use and abuse. It isn’t super lightweight but, for its weight, it...

Mallorca11-cover 22nd Mar 2011 Guidebook: Mallorca Rockfax

Mallorca is probably the foreign climbing destination I have been to most. Actually, that accolade has to go to Fontainebleau, but Font is so familiar now that it almost doesn't feel like a...

TNF Optimus Jacket 21st Mar 2011 Jacket: Men's Prism Optimus (Summit Series 700)

The North Face The Prism Optimus seems a well made, hard wearing, durable jacket which should keep you warm in most situations - and is likely to stand out from the ever increasing crowds of...

Ireland bouldering Guide Cover 18th Mar 2011 Guidebook: Bouldering In Ireland

What a lovely guidebook! Can't really fault it. Personally I'm not a big fan of the landscape format, but I appreciate that it lends itself better to pictures, and at the end of the day, one of my...

Nite Ize 1 17th Mar 2011 Nite Ize Bike Lights

I've reviwed a few high-end torches lately which have been useful for winter-biking, but these two products come in at the other end of the market. They are not designed to enable you to see, but...

Scarpa Voretex GTX 14th Mar 2011 Approach Shoes: Scarpa Vortex GTX

Retailing at £99.99 these are the priciest approach shoes I've tried to date. My last pair of Scarpa's were the trusty Zen's, reviewed nearly 2 years ago. Given that these shoes are still on my...

Silva XTrail Plus 23rd Feb 2011 Headtorch: Silva X-Trail Plus

A few weeks ago I reviewed the LED Lenser P7 hand-held torch. I then blogged about it when I took delivery of this lovely new headtorch from Silva.   I've since managed a number of night runs...

moon skink jean front 25th Jan 2011 Moon Skink Jean

Retailing at £55 this is slightly more than I would normally pay for a pair of jeans. However I would not normally expect to be able to climb in a pair of jeans. Made with stretch denim I've...

LED Lenser P7 18th Jan 2011 Torch: LED Lenser P7

Retailing at around £56 (but available for £39.94 on Amazon) the P7 from LED Lenser is my current favourite torch. It arrived in a very well presented box complete with a heavy duty pouch and a...

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