Courses & Info

First Aid… kit questions

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Probably the question that comes up most frequently on outdoor first aid courses is “so what should be in my first aid kit?” & you may well be surprised to know there’s no specific answer. HSE, first aid providers and manufacturers of pre-packaged kits all have suggestions but there is no specific requirement. And that is exactly […]

Days Out

Across the Aonach Eagach

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Quite possibly the most famous ridge walk / scramble on the UK mainland, who could say no to a day out doing that then… If you’re heading for the AE on your own or in a small group it’s worth giving some thought to the logistics – its a long, one way walk – so […]

Gear reviews

Leki Micro Sticks

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Provenance: purchased from Web Review: Long Term Testing There’s nothing like knee surgery to make you re-evaluate the basics! After having most of my right knee reconstructed in 2013 I spent 6 months learning to walk again and to adapt to a new, correct, gait & posture. During this process I finally admitted to myself what many […]

Days Out

Nethermost Pike East Ridge

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A secret little gem, stolen from the crowds – a place to wander alone when it’s more famous neighbours are covered in people. There are dozens of ways to approach Helvellyn – it’s a stunning mountain that offers something for everyone – and because of this it is nearly always one of the busiest in […]

Days Out

Mountain Musings

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Working on a Mountain Leader course yesterday I mentioned my blog in passing. “oh everyone seems to blog now, why?” asked one of the trainees. It’s a good question, and like all the best questions it made me think about the reply. I’m still thinking about the reply. Obviously there’s the passed on wisdom that […]

Days Out

Sharp Edge

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Just as quickly as it came the snow has gone – plans for today have had to change quickly – but as today was supposed to be training for winter a certain level of challenge was still required. Matt’s with me today – and he’s fully kitted out for winter -so thinking of his poor […]

Gear reviews

Montane Extreme Smock

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Montane Extreme Smock Provenance: Bought full Price Review: Long Term Testing These seem to have been around forever  and there are several manufacturers making things that look similar. So why write a review? Well put simply I adore this jacket – & yet I don’t seem to see many of them out on the hill […]

Days Out

Tryfan North Ridge

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There’s a mountain in North Wales that can lay claim to being many a walker, scrambler & climbers favourite. It holds a special place in my affections – but I’m too in love with all the mountains to have a favourite yet – however Tryfan does keep me coming back again & again. Like any […]