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Base desires!

I think I’ve turned the corner on the Mumps today! Feeling much more like my usual self this afternoon, so much so that Tex and I are off to Langdale

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Going light…again

It’s always dangerous when I don’t go out walking at the weekend, because I normally take the opportunity to walk around the local gear shops and that inevitably leads to

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My new toy

My birthday present arrived this morning and although it’s not been properly field tested yet, I’m very impressed with it. It’s wonderfully light and tiny and fits easily into one

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My birthday present

When you get to my age it’s nearly impossible for loved ones to know what to get you for your birthday. Let’s face it in today’s modern consumer age, when

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End of an era

It’s always a sad moment when something comes to the end of it’s life and so it was on Saturday afternoon as I arrived back at the car following a

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A feel-good story

I’m quick enough to complain about stuff when I’m not happy with it, so I thought I should redress the balance by praising a company for something good that happened

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Wild Camping

I write this lying in my tent on my first wild camp. Its currently 7.33pm on Thursday 5th April and I couldn’t have asked for better weather to lose my

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On-line Outdoor Retailers

A short entry, I just wanted to jot down a few thoughts about online retailers, especially the “outdoor” ones. In my experience, there are three categories of these; great, awful

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Bits & Bob’s

No, thats not a punctuation error in the title of this entry, its a pun, which you may spot if you read on a bit further. My kit list is

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The Stove

The stove selection process was even easier than that of the sleeping bag. I know nothing about camping stoves – nothing at all. Therefore I have no idea what to

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The Sleeping Bag selection

Selecting my sleeping bag was probably one of the easier kit selections I had to make for this backpacking equipment. It certainly had the shortest shortlist in my notebook. I

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Selecting a tent

With a target weight of 7.5Kg and a budget of £500, the key word that springs to mind is compromise. In general terms, the lighter the piece of kit, the

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Camping

I’ve always poo poo’d the idea of camping, which to me was the idea of spending a week in a tent in the middle of a muddy field full of