Carlton’s recent travels in North America, a sojourn that included cycling and wild camping in some of the most remote parts of Canada, left him feeling surprisingly sanguine about the dangers posed by bears. My pre-travel preparation consisted mostly of making sure that my passport was in date, that myContinue Reading

The Hilleberg Enan is a lighter version of the much-loved Akto one-person tent. More akin to a sophisticated bivvy bag than something you’d choose to spend days at a time in, it is tough and weighs just 1.2kgs packed, which makes it ideal for anyone looking to man-haul their campingContinue Reading

I climbed all four hundred and forty-six 2,000ft mountains in England and Wales in just six months – the fastest-ever time. Solo and unsupported, I walked over 1,000 miles, ascended five times the height of Everest and slept wild under the stars over 25 times. And I did it allContinue Reading

I’ve been looking for a lightweight, highly packable three-season sleeping bag for a while now. Paired with a NeoAir XLite sleeping pad, it would give me almost year-round protection and comfort in a package that was still small enough to throw in my hand luggage. Hand luggage? Sure, you neverContinue Reading

The Nallo 2 is a lightweight two-man tent from Hilleberg’s Red Label range. Designed for use all year round, it is a double-hoop, double-ended design with a separate inner and outer tent. I’ve owned mine for a decade now and it’s done sterling service across Britain and abroad, even sleepingContinue Reading

The OmniLite Ti is the workhorse in the Primus range, designed for, and sold to, people for whom weight is secondary to reliability and versatility – and make no mistake: the OmniLite Ti is hugely versatile. Able to burn kerosene/paraffin, petrol/gasoline, diesel, and even aviation fuel as well as butaneContinue Reading

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, theContinue Reading

The NeoAir XLite inflatable camping mattress “delivers more warmth and comfort per ounce than any other three-season air mattress”, according to Therm-a-Rest, the manufacturer. It certainly has developed quite a reputation among folk for whom the lowest possible weight is a prerequisite but who aren’t prepared to suffer a poorContinue Reading