Review: AZ Adventure Atlas

So I was reading this review by Catherine Redfern, aka London Hiker (@LondonHiker), and picked up on the point that these atlases include OS 1:25k mapping, which we all know is the best kind possible. I’d been vaguely aware the atlases existed but somehow this had passed me by. I had a look at A-Z’s own site for a bit more detail and the only potential flaw I could see with them was that the paper’s not waterproof. I happened to mention this on a tweet to @LondonHiker and all of a sudden A-Z were offering me a map (and case) to try out. Clearly they wanted to change my mind about these. Continue reading “Review: AZ Adventure Atlas”

Review: Hi-Tec Trek Go Activity Tracker

By now anyone who’s stuck to rash New Year’s resolutions to get fit after the excesses of Yuletide is probably struggling to keep it up, what with the novelty having worn off and the generally depressing state of being back at work for a few weeks now. What’s needed is some additional motivation. Continue reading “Review: Hi-Tec Trek Go Activity Tracker”

Can We Have Gruel Instead ?

It’s a little known fact** that the version of Charles Dickens’ Oliver Twist that we all know and love is in fact not the original version serialised starting in 1837. For instance, the most famous scene originally went thus…

…The evening arrived; the boys took their places. The master, in his cook’s uniform, stationed himself at the copper; his pauper assistants ranged themselves behind him; the Ambronite was served out; and a long grace was said over the short commons. The Ambronite disappeared; the boys whispered to each other, and winked at Oliver; while his next neighbours nudged him. Child as he was, he was desperate with hunger, and reckless with misery***. He rose from the table; and advancing to the master, basin and spoon in hand, said: somewhat alarmed at his own temerity:

“Please, sir, could we have gruel tomorrow instead.”

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Target Dry Element Jacket – Updated Review

It’s been a couple of years since anyone’s sent me gear to review – not because I haven’t had the offers, but simply because I only accept those offers that fit into the type of activity I do and are the sort of thing I would at least consider buying myself. And being able to do the review justice. Continue reading “Target Dry Element Jacket – Updated Review”

The pressurisation system

Gear: Geigerrig RIG 1200 Hydration System

Living Review

It’s April 2012 and I’ve now been using this pack heavily on my walks this year.  But when I say pack, I do mean just the pack.  I love the pack itself – despite being claimed to be 19L it seems about the same size as my Berghaus Remote 30.  Consequently, I’ve found myself using it on every walk this this year as I’ve only been doing day walks.  I’ve even used it under semi-winter conditions in Snowdonia at Easter (by semi-winter I mean cold and with snow remnants still lying around but not enough to need crampons etc.) and it’s held everything fine. Continue reading “Gear: Geigerrig RIG 1200 Hydration System”

Pacerpoles – initial thoughts


My Pacerpoles arrived today so I took them out for a trial run before my Lake District trip next week.  It was a nice afternoon, warm but not boiling and the sort of weather that is perfect for a walk.  I took my new friends to a local footpath that runs alongside the Mardyke, a flat grassy path that runs for about 4 miles to the middle of nowhere.  The plan was to see how far I got in an hour and then turn back, as I only had a couple of hours to play with. Continue reading “Pacerpoles – initial thoughts”