Winter walking is normally defined as requiring the use of technical winter equipment like axes and crampons, but what about conditions where rain and high winds are the biggest threat and snow is yet to fall? In this article I will display the contents of my winter rucksack and show you the essentials for a mountain walking adventure. The above … More Preparing your rucksack for a winter adventure?
Flying back from Belfast I get chance to reflect on the past few days. The Mourne Skyline is a 35km race covering the nine highest peaks in Norther Ireland, its brutal and punishing on your body, but worth every hour of pain to cross the finish line. The race started at the seafront where 200 … More The Mourne Skyline MTR 2016
How to read and use contour lines. Contour lines or contours are the small lines that show relief (Height)on a map. Understanding contours and how to use them can change the way you use maps and will form the base of your navigation. Below I run through how they work and how to interpret them … More Map Reading Tips – Part 5 -Contour Lines.
Did you know that the north on your map can be different to the north on your compass? and the north on your compass and map is also not the same as true north? This fact can often be overlooked and can effect the outcome of your navigation. Grid North Grid North is the north … More Map Reading Tips- Part 3 – North, North and North
On the flanks of Helvellyn you will find one of the country’s most popular scrambles and it’s easy to see why. Striding edge is the perfect scrambling introduction and being grade 1 it offers superb views with no requirement for a rope or technical skills. Don’t treat it too lightly though as it still offers … More Monday Motivation – Striding Edge –
The weather is the most important aspect of any mountain day and how you plan for it. I constantly monitor the forecasts and use many sources to try and stay one step ahead. All this being said the weather can act against the rules and you should always plan for the worst. Its never 100% all … More Planning for the weather!
Wild camping is a fantastic experience, waking up in the great outdoors with the sound of the wind blowing through the trees or waterfalls pouring down hillsides is great for the mind and the soul, Maybe a spiritual experience for some. I love the whole experience of wild camping, from sorting my kit in the house … More Wild camping basics (Part 1 Equipment and planning)