I used to think that trekking poles were something other people used, people older than me, less fit than me, less hard-core than me. Sure, I could appreciate how they might help, but they were compensatory benefits – and I didn’t need any help, thank you very much. However, theRead More →

From casual birdwatching to twilight hunting, Barnaby Dracup has all you need to know for buying a pair of binos. Buying a pair of binoculars might sound straightforward, but when it comes to finding the best binos for your needs, there are a few things to consider. Binoculars come inRead More →

Abisko means lightweight and fast-drying in Fjallraven-speak, so the Abisko range of clothing and equipment is designed for fast cabin-to-cabin hikes and day adventures. The emphasis is on minimal weight and pack size, and so some sacrifices have had to be made in terms of durability and weather resistance toRead More →

A friend recommended the OMM Kamleika range to me; she swore by it for long-distance mountain running. Being new at the sport at the time, I was keen to take any advantage I could get – and better kit means faster times, right? OMM, or Original Mountain Marathon, is aRead More →

I arrived in Whitehorse wearing only the clothes I was wearing, a state of affairs brought about by the airline’s inability to synchronise passenger and his luggage. This would normally have necessitated buying only underwear and a toothbrush, but this was the Yukon. In winter. Which meant temperatures as lowRead More →

Arc’teryx was already one of my favourite brands; in a world full of brand names whose heritage has been thrown away in the pursuit of a fast buck – yes Burberry, I’m looking at you – the Canadian firm refuses to compromise on the quality and design of its products.Read More →

People talk about the importance of walking every day but what are its actual benefits? Walking is good for your health and, as summer is upon us, the days are becoming longer and people are looking for new hobbies. Walking is among the more common pastimes, as it is not only enjoyableRead More →