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Do you need hiking poles? (Yes, you do!)

If 2020 was all about the home workout and, before that, wearable tech and wild swimming, 2021 is shaping up to be the year of the hiking pole. A piece of kit that many walkers assume they can do without,… Continue Reading →

April, come she will

We leave lockdown just as the T5 grinds, literally and horribly, to a halt, half a mile from home. A harsh scraping, nothing in the gears and I freewheel to kerbside safety.   A two-hour wait for a tow is… Continue Reading →

Review:  Páramo Women’s Mirada Jacket

I’m channelling my inner Miranda Hart with a quick gallop around a soggy field. My claim to fame is that I share a birthday with the goddess of glee (I admit it’s not a great claim, as far as claims… Continue Reading →

Review: Haix Black Eagle Adventure 2.2 trail shoes 

It’s easy to trip over the superlatives when testing outdoor kit, with every new shoe, backpack and eco tee initially seeming the best, the comfiest or the most waterproof EVER. In the interests of balance, I always trial new clothes… Continue Reading →

Review: Haix Scout Gore-tex hiking boots

There’s no white Christmas in Wales, just a gorgeously golden day that, of course, slides behind ominous Boxing Day clouds just as soon as I can get my boots on and get out properly. The boots in question are Haix… Continue Reading →

Review: TOG24 Beamsley Waterproof Jacket

TOG24 Beamsley Women’s Waterproof Jacket, £100   My mission to wear less blue isn’t going so well. I’ve promised myself I’ll foray into warmer colours and here I am, with three new coats all in inescapable shades of sea. But… Continue Reading →

Review: Mountain Hardwear High Exposure Gore-Tex Jacket

Mountain Hardwear High Exposure Gore-Tex C-Knit Jacket, £450   I’m hiking 12 miles around Waterfall Country in a yellow weather warning. In addition to the rain (persistent), the spray from the seven falls forming the route is fierce. There’s no… Continue Reading →

Review: Weird Fish Lulu Waterproof Jacket

Weird Fish Lulu Waterproof Jacket, £60    Lionel and I are having a stand-off. He likes to think he has the smartest coat in the village but, in my new waterproof jacket, I’m giving him a serious run in the… Continue Reading →

Review: Vango F10 Hut 45L rucksack

This new rucksack has a lot to live up to, I think as I pack for a night in the hills. I’m rather partial to the 35L daypack I’ve been wearing thin for the last five years, to the point… Continue Reading →

Genes back on for life’s next challenge

The all-clear is within touching distance. Just a formality with a genetics professor; a box to tick, and we can assign the last two and a half years to that accepted medical condition, ‘one of those things’. Two and a… Continue Reading →

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 →

Finding my Kinder spirits

Main photo: Tony Evans   I’m on a hill, hands map-free, blissfully unsure of where we’re going. I have a map with me, of course, deep inside a rucksack pocket. It’s cheerfully vintage, having belonged to my lovely late father-in-law,… Continue Reading →

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