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
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?
Looking for a new pair of walking boots? Keep these tips in mind. 1. Thick socks can leave you cold. A sock’s main purpose is to keep your foot dry thereby keeping it warm. A good technical sock which carries moisture away from the foot is a must. NB. Thick socks don’t always equal warm … Read moreWalking boot fitting tips
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?
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.
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
This article originally appeared on hikingblog.co.uk. When it comes to wild camping, you are going to need to find yourself some wild drinking water. The first important question is where do you find it? Before you go it is a good idea to plan your route around streams that are marked on your OS map … Read moreWild camping – wild water
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
How could camouflage help the spearfisherman? We all know the story; a good size fish boldly cruises into view, then suddenly, just before the gun is aimed, it turns away in a flash. These heart-stopping moments can happen many times in a single dive, resulting in much frustration. It’s a good job bad language can’t … Read moreCamouflage: the hidden truth
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?