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the north face etip glove heason events 23rd Mar 2012 The North Face Etip Gloves

I’ve had quite a few comments about these gloves, and not all of them complimentary. Not sure why really. I think it’s cool to knock geekiness which is what they really are. Essentially they...

FizanCompact Walking Pole 22nd Mar 2012 Fizan Compact Walking Poles

I guess it’s a sign of getting older, but I’m finding that I am using poles more and more often when out in the hills. I’m running a lot which means my knees are taking a hammering so the...

Vango Vitesse 27th Feb 2012 Vango Vitesse Tent

I've had this tent on test now for a while and although it’s not always been my first choice of tent it definitely is my ‘go to’ tent when I need something lightweight. Given the lightweight...

Mountain Hardwear Mesa 14th Feb 2012 Mountain Hardwear Mesa Pant

A simple, but effective pair of trousers which have stood up to everything I have thrown at them here in the UK, but sound as if they are made for jungle trekking! Comfortable and quick drying,...

24th Jan 2012 The North Face Superlight Sleeping Bag

This is genuinely the most comfortable bag I have ever had the pleasure of sleeping in. For all its clever features, more on them in a minute, the most noticeable thing about it is how it feels on...

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...

16th Dec 2010 Kit Bag - Vango Shuttle 80l

The Shuttle is a well thought out kit bag with a decent set of features. At 80l it's big enough for most trips, save a full-on expedition with yaks and porters! However, unlike many bags it weighs...

14th Dec 2010 Review: Petzl Pichu Helmet

It's a difficult enough adjustment to make as it is, having kids. Spending 'proper' money on their kit is a difficult choice. You want the best for them and you obviously want them to be as safe...

23rd Nov 2010 Guidebook: Cuba Climbing

 A number of years ago we seriously considered a trip to Cuba. Not sure why it didn't happen really, but it didn't. We discovered an amazing website as part of our...

22nd Nov 2010 Guidebook: Montserrat Rock Climbs

Many years ago I was in Barcelona for a few days and we decided to take a trip up to Montserrat as it's only a few minutes away by train. We were on a cycle-touring trip at the time so didn't...

19th Nov 2010 Sleeping Mats: Alpkit Dozer & Little Kippa

I remember the days of carry-mats. Cheap, thin foam that, once you'd slept in it for a few nights, would compress to the thickness of a pound coin and offer very little in the way of comfort or...

17th Nov 2010 Guidebook: UAE Rock Climbing

A friend of mine has spent a lot of time in the Egyptian Sinai developing routes, I've been to Wadi Rum in Jordan a couple of times, and I know that Tony Howard has done a lot of desert...

16th Nov 2010 Guidebook: Supertopo - Yosemite Sport Climbs And Top Ropes

I've got to get this off my chest first and foremost. Aside from Southern Sandstone where the rock is so soft that lead climbing is prohibited, I can't think of a single instance in the UK where...

15th Nov 2010 Power Traveller Solar Charger: Power Monkey Explorer

I'd hankered after a solar charger for my various gadgets for some time, but always put off actually getting one on the belief that the technology would get better and better. After a couple of...

21st Oct 2010 Sandals: Teva Itunda

The Itundra have a strange name and also an unusual take on the traditional sport sandal. What makes these a bit different is the closed toe design. They are still a sandal though and one that is...

19th Oct 2010 Sandals: Teva Women's Tirra

Teva Women's Tirra sport sandals – colour: Grape Shake   I have owned my Tirra sandals for approximately 4 months and have interspersed wearing them with other brands of sport sandals...

18th Oct 2010 Jumper: Alpkit Outside Jumper

At £20 (actually listed at £16 on their website at the moment) value for money has to be the first thing to mention about this jumper. Marketed as the 'Outside Jumper' this is a vague play on...

26th Aug 2010 Fleece: Montane Liberty Jacket

I've just popped down to the allotment and that first chill of the end of Summer made me reach for my trusty fleece. You know the one, you reach for it all the time, its the first thing you throw...

25th Aug 2010 Gilet: Rab Generator Vest

The Rab Generator is a gilet that you put in your rucksack in case the weather gets chillier when you are out in the day, and then wear in combo with a layer system in the evening. The Primaloft...

5th Aug 2010 Shoes: Scarpa Epic

These shoes looked great worn down the pub a few times it was a while before i worked out what they were designed for. Struggling to find a time when i could do a long walk to test them, I read...

2nd Aug 2010 Trousers: Jeanius Jeans, Alpkit

 I've been an Alpkit fan for quite some time. If you're not familiar with the name take a look at their website. From humble beginnings they tight-knit bunch of mates appear to have flown in the...

10th Jun 2010 Guidebook: Tuolomne Bouldering - Supertopo PDF

Tuolomne Bouldering   250 boulder problems in one of the  most beautiful bouldering areas anywhere on the planet. A mix of old school and more modern photos. Well photographed boulders with...

10th Jun 2010 Guidebook: Zion Climbing - Supertopo PDF

Supertopo have been producing PDF download guides for a while now. Clearly it's a successful enough medium for them. This guide to Zion is a whopping 232 pages long and 28.5Mb in size so you'll...

1st Jun 2010 Stove: Vango Ultra-Light Stove

I already have a few stoves, but couldn't resist this little baby. When it comes to simplicity it's hard to beat. £17.99 (or cheaper if you shop around online) gets you one of the smallest,...

29th Apr 2010 Book: Ron Fawcett ?Rock Athlete? by Vertebrate Graphics

Ron Fawcett was the finest British climber of his generation, overlapping both Pete Livesey’s reign of the 70’s and Jerry Moffatt’s rise to stardom during the 80’s. Starting life as a shy...

9th Apr 2010 Kit Bag: The North Face El Gordo

For years I managed with a succession of large load-carrying rucksacks when heading away on a trip. They are all well and good if you're trekking, hitching or backpacking, but for road trips, car...

8th Apr 2010 Travel Bag: Berghaus Prime 60

 The Primet 60 is one of a wide range of bags which cross over from outdoor-pursuits-based to conventional travel. It looks like a run of the mill, rugged, but smart kit bag, but has a pair of...

Montane Cordillera 10th Mar 2010 Montane Cordillera Thermal Tights

It took me a few years to pluck up the courage to start wearing running tights. A few years of cold knees and scratched calves! A few years further on down the line and I’ve just got my first...

rab-quantum-400-endurance 22nd Feb 2010 Sleeping Bag: RAB Quantum 400

As lightweight sleeping bags go I reckon you'd be hard pushed to find a better bag. With just 400 grams of fill weight it has kept me warm every time I've used it.  Both the inner and outer are...

5th Feb 2010 Multitool: Leatherman Supertool 300

Over the years I've owned a multitude of penknives and multitools, all based firmly around the lower end of the market. I recall buying one 'leatherman' style tool from a market as a teenager and...

Ajungulak Sphere 21st Dec 2009 Sleeping Bag: Ajungulak Sphere

What an amazing bag! In need of a lightweight sleeping bag for most occasions Ajungulak supplied this little baby just in time for the summer. I used it repeatedly and have not a single complaint....

2nd Dec 2009 Guidebook: The Roaches Definitive Guide by The BMC

Was it worth the wait? I can't compare it with the Froggatt guide as that's not out yet, but I can say this: with every guide that Niall produces on behalf of the BMC, he does a better and better...

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