Socks are a classic example of a piece of clothing that you take completely for granted. When they work well you have warm, dry feet that remain blister-free no matter how arduous the terrain or how long the walk. And while socks that claim to deliver this Holy Trinity areContinue Reading

A walking holiday in Snowdonia offers far more than a pleasant stroll in the hills, says Josh Stephenson. Without wanting to toot my proverbial horn, I’ve always considered myself pretty good at walking, in fact, I would go as far as to say I’ve mastered it. From the age ofContinue Reading

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

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

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

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 toContinue Reading

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 aContinue Reading

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 lowContinue Reading