Category: Gear

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Liebster Award Nomination

First of all, as part of the protocol, I have to thank Cath (http://wellycath.wordpress.com/) for nominating my blog for this ‘process’. I read Matt’s (http://hillplodder.wordpress.com/) recent blog posting on the same topic and I’m sort of with him when it comes to ‘chain letters’ – I’d normally bin it. However,...

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Brasher Boots Ate My Socks

I posted a few weeks ago about my terminal disappointment with my Salomon Comet 3D GTX boots (click here to catch up). Basically, I was fed up of wet feet, despite the boots being lovely and comfortable, their waterproofness was seriously flawed and although the Salomon warranty allowed me to...

Brasher Supalite II GTX 15

Goodbye Salomon, Hello Brasher!

I’ve had a real love-hate relationship with Salomon over the last few years – we’re talking boots here. I also have Salomon trail shoes and I love them unequivocally! But the boots I’ve had from Salomon have been a different matter. I love their weight and their comfort. They are...

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Review: Trailblazer South West Coast Path

A few weeks ago I posted a review of the first volume, in a series of three, planned by Trailblazer to cover the entire length of the South West Coast Path. You can read that review here. The series is now complete, with the recent release of the third volume...

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Win Some, Lose Some

I’m a huge believer in coincidence – not during a murder investigation or while uncovering a spy-ring of course – but generally during normal life, coincidence plays an important part in what happens to us. I was shown a prime example of it a few months ago while I was...

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Review: Salomon Comet 3D GTX #2

I’ve had the Salomon Comet 3D GTX boots for about a year now and I thought it about time they had an “Update Review”. I’ve just returned these to Go Outdoors and asked them to return them to Salomon for a warranty refund/replacement. The two year warranty on the boots...

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Southern Upland Way Planning #3

Kit This planning post is going to cover my kit for the fast-approaching Southern Upland Way. I’m due to set out in 8 weeks and for the last month I’ve walked about 10 miles, due to a foot injury that I must allow to heal or else I won’t be...

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My Winter Kit

The weather at the weekend (in the Lake District at least) showed the first proper signs of winter arriving. On the summit of Little Hart Crag (not exactly Scafell Pike in terms of exposure and height) I recorded winds of 35mph and a resulting wind chill temperature of -19C! I...

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Smartphones on the Hills – Part 2

There’s been quite a lot of criticism recently, from various quarters, about hill walkers relying on mobile phones for navigation and then getting into trouble and having to be rescued. As I recently wrote an article on using your smartphone on the hills, I thought it may be worthwhile looking...

Berghaus Spectrum Hat 1

Review: Berghaus Spectrum Hat

I was sent this hat for review by Berghaus, on the basis that I do a review and they allow me to keep the hat afterwards – in the interests of openness and transparency I needed to make that clear at the outset. This is part of their Outdoor Clothing...