Pretents Soloist

In my quest for the perfect pyramid, I became aware of the Pretents Soloist when scanning through one of the contintental European gear sites (I can't remember which one, though). At the time they were rather confusingly branded with mentions of Tara Poky, TFS (The Free Spirits) as well as Pretents. I think they were … Continue reading Pretents Soloist

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

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

The Trouble with Trailstars…(or a brief history of my tents)

Two or three years ago, I saw that several people seemed to be acquiring these funny pentagonal tarps, and always wanting to keep my finger on the pulse, had a look at the Mountain Laurel Designs website myself to see what all the fuss was about.  At the time, I was just moving up from a … Continue reading The Trouble with Trailstars…(or a brief history of my tents)