Throughout the whole of August, Vicky and I made the most of our Summer Holidays and decided to go on an epic trip. We started in Norway, travelled through Scandinavia, then across mainland Europe through cities, mountains and coastal destinations, ending in Dubrovnik, Croatia. We knew that having the right clothing for the different climates was important, but it was essential that we had the perfect daypack to suit all of our excursions.   After lots of research,…

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I’m going to start my three gadget reviews off with the Primus TrailBreak EX Vacuum Bottle it’s a chunky, rough and rugged expedition bottle. There are a couple different sizes – 0.75L or 1L. I opted for the 0.75L option as when teamed up with a 1L bottle of water (I love the classic Nagline bottle) you’ve got a great supply of drink for a day out on the mountains. As the TrailBreak EX vacuum insulated bottle is made from stainless steel of a high grade

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  Nite Ize have 3 different torches in their 3-in-1 range. These are the Nite Ize 3-in-1 LED Flashlight, Nite Ize 3-in-1 LED Flashstick and Nite Ize 3-in-1 LED Mini Flashlight. It can be hard to choose between them online as they all look fairly similar and it’s hard to unpick how many lumens you need and how big or bright a torch really is. It was because of this that I decided to write this useful review and do…

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    Last weekend, our friends were camping in Sennen and invited us to join them. Although the weather wasn’t in our favour, Mike and I decided to brave the elements and head down to Trevedra Farm Campsite. The location is fantastic; Sennen Cove is very close by and it is a short drive to Lands End. I’d definitely recommend asking to pitch in the bottom field as it is closest to the coastline and has the best views.  …

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    I love a good campsite. I like the small ones with only a few basic pitches as well as the large ones with flash facilities and swanky showers. Sometimes though, a proper campsite isn’t quite up to the ‘back to nature’ feeling you might be hankering for. You don’t want running water, toilets or showers. You want to be traversing the landscape, cohabiting and existing with the natural land. This is where Wild Camping comes into it’s own.…

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    Walking poles are an important part of the serious hiker’s equipment. If you’re just doing a one day tourist trail, you’ll be fine without them but if you’re going to be doing anything challenging, for over several days, you really should think about them. Just check out what the BMC say (they should know!): “When using poles as much as 20% of a walker’s bodyweight is taken on the arms during each step down, which reduces the stress…

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    Last year I went to Salamanca in Spain to take part in a project working with a Spanish language college. The trip was amazing, I learnt a lot, developed my practice, made some new international connections, saw some fantastic places and got to travel at a time when I was saving money. So when the second part of the project was announced as happening in May, I was stoked. This next stage continued from the first and had…

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  I’ve written about what we got up to in Snowdonia and the gear we used in quite a few posts, but there are still a few more pieces of essential hiking gear that I found so useful I wanted to tell you all about. These are five items that I will not be climbing a mountain without. They are essential because each in their own way, they keep you safe. You can’t put a price on this and they…

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  During our hike up to the top of Brown Willy, my girlfriend and I took our new Quechua Forclaz 40 Air Hiking Backpack with us to make sure we could carry the things we needed for a day’s trek. It really was the perfect accompaniment. I was so impressed with the packs great performance, features and price tag (under £30!) I thought I’d write a review of it.   Organisation This backpack is brilliant for organising all of your…

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  When do you think the fishing season is over? I thought mid-October had tolled the bell on the prime Cornish fishing season. After a couple of fruitless (fishless) attempts, my rod and reel had remained in the back of the van and was close to being hung up for the winter. However, I was speaking to my next door neighbour, who is a keen fisherman, when he told me that he had still been hooking in mackerel. I enquired…

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