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Review: Hydro Flask vacuum insulated bottle

Summer slips into September; it seems only a few short weeks since I watched a shimmering solstice from a quiet beacon, yet somehow the equinox is almost here. Sunrises sharpen, leaves gently crispen and I wistfully pack away the light… Continue Reading →

Review: Vango Venom 200 sleeping bag

I’m enveloped in glowing orange, the double hit of tent and sleeping bag captured and boldly magnified in the glare of a lantern. It’s blowing an absolute hoolie and I’m miles from anyone, save for a trio of lads half… Continue Reading →

Review: LifeStraw water bottle filter adapter

Loyal readers and random visitors (hello, you’re welcome) may have noticed I’ve spent the summer on something of a mission; to complete my kit bag. The essentials have long been there – layers, waterproofs, first aid kits (human and hound),… Continue Reading →

Glamping in the Afan Valley, Pt II

I’m lying in bed in the T5, looking wistfully through the window at a gorgeous camping hut bathed in late evening sunshine. Lionel is lying on his bed, looking wistfully up at me. Lionel is in the dog house and… Continue Reading →

Review: Robens Arrow Head one-man tent

Some reviews write themselves. I could just say “I absolutely love this tent” and leave it at that, I really could. But hey, you say, we need to know why. So ok, here are some reasons!   I’m on my… Continue Reading →

Review: Hi-Tec Shadow running shoes

Oops, I’ve done it again. A few weeks after the Welsh 3 Peaks Challenge, when my feet and hair have returned to their normal state, I’m scrolling through Facebook and spy a call for runners to join City Hospice’s Cardiff… Continue Reading →

Mountain biking in the Afan Valley

I’m zipping down the Helter Skelter, knuckles and several other parts of me white. I say ‘zipping’; I could probably hike faster, but when you haven’t done this for, oh, about 33 years, it feels as gravity defying as being… Continue Reading →

Solo camping for the soul

I walk on a record-breakingly hot day into the sun, the table-top ridge of Fan Hir and Brycheiniog silhouetting my destination. The upland slopes are still sloshy in spite of the lingering dry spell and I know I’m home, high… Continue Reading →

Review: AKU Selvatica trail shoes

I’m on my first trail run and it’s not going well. I’m running through Fforest Fawr, the lush woodland backdrop to the fairytale Castell Coch. The wood is in full summer flourish and I think it might be enchanted. I’m… Continue Reading →

Review: Willow Springs Campsite, Afan Valley

I’m cwtched under a duvet in a wooden chalet on wheels. It’s blowing an unseasonal hoolie, warm 50mph gusts buffeting the hut and whistling into the fading embers of a log fire. Late evening light glows through the curtains and… Continue Reading →

Review: Shine shampoo bar

Another weekend, another campsite, and the showers are wonderfully hot but without that camping-shower essential – a little shelf for the washing necessities. But that’s ok because my Shine shampoo tin is just the perfect size to balance on a… Continue Reading →

Peaks of perfection on charity challenge

I’m scrabbling up loose rock on the eastern flank of Snowdon. It’s raining sideways and everything’s grey – not because it’s 5.30am but because it’s one of the 348 mornings of the year in Wales when everything just is. I’ve… Continue Reading →

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