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?
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!
Camp craft is all about using your skills to live in the outdoors comfortably. Surviving the outdoors is the bare minimum you should aim for when going outside, you should thrive and grow and be able to sustain this for a long period of time not just make it out by the skin of your … More Wild camping basics (Part 2 Camp craft and cooking)
If your sitting on a ridge with lightning cracking all around you and your fillings buzzing from the static in the air, you’ve probably made the wrong choices and missed something in your planning. I should know, in 2013 I got caught out during an incredibly violent thunderstorm. Since that day I’ve educated myself in … More Reduce your risk of a lightning strike!
Our adventure began in the small trail head village of Imlil. Using a grand taxi is a cheaper option and for only 80 dirhams you can ride in relative comfort. We pre-booked a nights accommodation at Hotel Soleil which is found just off the taxi rank. The owner Abdelatiff and his colleague Yassin were very … More TOUBKAL TREK 2015
Sitting here at my desk I have a sore throat and a headache, my body is begging for rest but my mind is pushing to go running or climbing, I’m a mess. So should I go training? Maybe keep it easy? Maybe go home and rest till I feel better? What is a cold and … More TRAINING THROUGH A COLD
Leading up to this trip I had my eye fixed to the MWIS and SAIS forecasts. The conditions were looking grim at best and heavy snow and high winds were forecast over the next few days. Planning our routes would take extra attention as the high winds would cause wind-slab and cross loading on Northerly … More Three days on the mighty Ben