The Power of Nostalgia

We trudged through hop field after hop field, along shady lanes and even a bit along the road. Barely noticing our surroundings and wrapped up in our conversation - a conversation that had been going for several hours now. Frequent breaks, hidden stashes of sweets, Special Brew and Benson & Hedges. A burning hot day … Continue reading The Power of Nostalgia

Gossamer Gear Gorilla For Sale

I'm getting rid of my Gossamer Gear Gorilla pack, dyneema version, bought in 2015 just as the new robic packs were being brought in. It's used (obviously), but not that much. For most of my backpacking needs I use a Gossamer Gear Mariposa which suits me fine for multi-day treks. I've only tended to use … Continue reading Gossamer Gear Gorilla For Sale

Tales from the Dehydrator: No 5 Lamb Tagine

In my quest to make a dehydrated meal that isn't bovine in origin, I finally got around to it, and set about a lamb dish we eat every so often at home. I was particularly drawn to this one because the grain this would be served with would be cous cous. Since the cooking method … Continue reading Tales from the Dehydrator: No 5 Lamb Tagine

Tales from the Dehydrator: No. 4 Pasta Bolognese

I'm desperate to increase the variety in my dehydrated meals, as everything so far seems to be beef based, but recent attempts to introduce lamb have been thwarted. The meals I dehydrate are chosen to fit in with the household menu for the week, and as luck would have it last minute hiccups have prevented … Continue reading Tales from the Dehydrator: No. 4 Pasta Bolognese

Tales from the Dehydrator: No. 3 Beans, Apples, Raspberries & Blueberries

My dehydrator, an Andrew James model, is marketed primarily as a tool for dehydrating fruit and vegetables and making a bit of jerky. It's not explicitly promoted as a device for dehydrating wet food into backpacking meals. Nevertheless, before buying I'd seen that someone in one of the Facebook groups had successfully used one for … Continue reading Tales from the Dehydrator: No. 3 Beans, Apples, Raspberries & Blueberries

Tales from the Dehydrator: No. 2 Beef in Red Wine with Mash

The dehydrator is washed and ready for action again, and having crafted this week's menu specifically to generate a meal for dehydration, it's time to get on with it. Today it's Beef in Red Wine, a sort of poor man's Boeuf Bourguignon. This is just the sort of meal I like to eat cowering from … Continue reading Tales from the Dehydrator: No. 2 Beef in Red Wine with Mash

Tales from the Dehydrator: No.1 Chilli

It may seem odd to plunge straight in and attempt a whole meal rather than just drying out some fruit or whatnot, but there are good reasons for doing so. Firstly Chilli is the one meal I've found is consistently good across all brands of commerically dehydrated backpacking food I've tried. The dry product breaks … Continue reading Tales from the Dehydrator: No.1 Chilli

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 … 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. A few … 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 … Continue reading Can We Have Gruel Instead ?

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 … Continue reading Target Dry Element Jacket – Updated Review