Category Archives: Gear

My first off-road run. (Hurrah for Parkrun!)

Many years ago, at school, I was a reasonably good runner. 1500 metres was probably my best distance; the 800 metres was too fast for me. Likewise, at the sprint distances I could compete at 200 metres but got left … Continue reading

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Mobile Solar Chargers 6W Compact USB 5V/1A folding solar panel charger – First look

I go into the mountains to get away from the daily humdrum of work, decisions, and technology.  What could be more relaxing than camping under the stars miles from civilisation? When I first starting wild camping, I remember a mild … Continue reading

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A snowy tarp camp in the Peak District

I do like camping in cold weather.  With the right clothes, gear and shelter a wintry camp is very refreshing and much more pleasant than camping in the damp weather we get so much of in the later months of … Continue reading

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A Southern Snowdonia Camping Trip

It would be wrong to say that this was a walking trip.  It was always planned with the camping at the centre but with some walking to build up an appetite.  I’d been keeping an eye on the weather forecast … Continue reading

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Micro tarp bivi on Minera Mountain – and loads of kit observations

I love sleeping outside.  The main reason I go walking is so I can sleep outside but I never seem to have enough time for proper multi-day trips.  I’ve done no camping since May and I’m conscious that the summer … Continue reading

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Two bothies and a bivi in mid Wales – Part 2

The door to the snug opened and two huge rucksacks entered the room.  I’d had ten seconds notice of the new arrivals so it was the two young men, rather than me, who were surprised to find they had company.  … Continue reading

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Two bothies and a bivi in mid Wales – Part 1

I’d known for ages that I’d have the whole Christmas and New Year period off work, so I’d had a while to plan a winter trip to mid Wales.  Snow, ice, cold …. would I need my axe and crampons?  … Continue reading

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