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April 22, 2017

The nice people at Sigg sent me a couple of water bottles today. I was rather excited to receive them. The thing is, it's a water bottle, made of metal, so what's the big deal?

Well, this one is a pleasing blue. It has a beautiful finish coupled with the reassuring feel...

March 22, 2017

Now many of you may be familiar with the phenomenon that is freeze-dried food in pouches. Like me, you have probably tried a few brands from various outdoor shops or websites. They all share the same ubiquitous commonality of promising flavour and calories for the tire...

March 15, 2017

Contrary to occasional belief, bikepacking has little to do with putting bicycles in bags and a lot more to do with putting bags on bicycles.

But there is nothing new about carryin

g stuff on bikes, nothing new at all. People used bicycles to carry things for as long as...

January 15, 2017

“Why would you do that? What’s wrong with a hotel?”

This is a common refrain when I tell people that I enjoy trekking and spending the night out on the moor. It’s a question that is hard to answer, because the answer itself is in many ways a subtle contradiction.

You see...

November 19, 2016

Here are my simple top tips for having an adventure.

1. Open a map. (If you are in the UK, the Ordnance Survey make superb ones).

2. Where haven't you been?

3. If an area catches your eye then plan a route there and go see it!

Or...

4. If you can't decide then clo...

November 16, 2016

I stand in the pitch darkness listening to absolutely nothing.

There is no sound, none. A hammer of silence has fallen and it is deafening. In a frantic attempt to find any kind of auditory stimulus, my young brain chances upon the faint noise of my own heartbeat and fo...

November 12, 2016

Looking up, as I sat drinking the coffee I’d just brewed, I couldn’t help wonder how many people had flown over me and looked down.

We pass each other in multitudes every day yet I suspect few pause to consider each other as they do. While the immediate destinations wil...

November 2, 2016

I have a confession to make. I don’t like beige.

There, I’ve said it. It’s just so, well, beige. The disappointed fusion of a brilliant heavenly white and an unctuous earthy umber.

Now I acknowledge that for many people it is a shade of delight, a colour that bring comfo...

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