What to have in your first aid kit when hiking/climbing

Mountain hiking - 1st aid

After going on long hikes/climbs lately I decided that it would be prudent for me to start carrying a first aid kit on me. I’ve read some horror stories about people being injured out there and I don’t want  to be in their place without at least some kind of aid available. Here are two … Read moreWhat to have in your first aid kit when hiking/climbing

What mountain clothing do I need?

Mountain gear

Having the right gear in the mountains will make a huge difference to your day, protecting you from the elements, keeping you comfortable and allowing you to get on with enjoying your day. Selecting the right gear will always be somewhat subjective, but with a wealth of quality manufacturers and retailers out there to suit … Read moreWhat mountain clothing do I need?

Footbeds / Orthotics in ski boots – what are they and why do I need them?

Ski boots

People often ask about the need for footbeds or orthotics in ski boots, if they are so important why do the manufacturers of footwear not provide them? The need for them is clear and explained below, as for why they are not supplied; there are two key reasons, cost and the fact that every foot … Read moreFootbeds / Orthotics in ski boots – what are they and why do I need them?

Advice: purchasing Boots for Skiing, Walking or Climbing.

Buying walking boots

BREAKING IN All footwear requires some amount of breaking in before reaching optimum comfort, therefore we would expect your new footwear to feel firm, snug, perhaps a little stiff, but not uncomfortable. Remember to wear your footwear with the style of sock that you were recommended at the time of purchase as this can dramatically … Read moreAdvice: purchasing Boots for Skiing, Walking or Climbing.

Kit guide – climbing UK hills and mountains

Mountain hiking

It never ceases to amaze me just how unprepared hikers can be when going up some of the UK’s biggest hills and mountains. Yet a busy day can see mountain rescue called out time and time again, even on the tourist paths where rescue on foot just isn’t practical. It’s true that most people happily … Read moreKit guide – climbing UK hills and mountains

Physical fitness for hiking or trekking

Physical fitness is an important part of any outdoor activity. But for those people interested in getting into trekking, physical fitness is probably less of an issue at the start than you might think. Since you will be starting with short treks and working your way up, your fitness level is likely to build along … Read morePhysical fitness for hiking or trekking

Wild camping – what is it and why do it?

This article originally appeared on hikingblog.co.uk. Wild camping is really just that – camping in the wild rather than at a commercial campsite. Simply find a suitable spot to pitch your tent and spend the night with just the stars and wildlife to keep you company. On our previous camping trips we’d found that we … Read moreWild camping – what is it and why do it?