Parc Natural dels Ports

, April 16, 2012

Adventurers in western France and northern Spain naturally look to the Pyrenees for a multitude of summer and winter explorations. Given that I would be in north-eastern Spain in mid-March, and hankering after a bit of sun, I decided to venture south to the lesser known Parc Natural dels Ports. A former hunting reserve, the region became a protected national park in 2001, marking this dramatically mountainous coastal region of Southern Catalonia on my adventure map. Ten years later, Parc Natural dels Ports remains little known outside Spain, offering me a visitor-free three days to kick-start my summer hiking season.

Canyoneering in the Western Cape, South Africa

, March 26, 2012

Situated between Grabouw and Stellenbosch in the Hottentots Holland mountains, the source of the Palmiet-river marks the starting point of a gem of a valley. The naturally-formed waterslides down waterfalls fall into amazing rock pools, leaving jumps ranging between 3 and 20 metres to help you release your adrenaline-valve in this beautiful canyon. You’ll be busy for anything between 5 and 8 hours, depending on the “escape-route” you choose to take out of Suicide Gorge. There is no variation of trails here, and once in, it’s rather difficult to get out.

Sea to Summit Ultra-Sil Dry Sack

, December 7, 2011

The Sea to Summit brand has vested themselves as a company that provides the adventure traveller with useful accessories to make life on the road, and in the water, far easier. Over the last two decades they have produced lightweight and durable products, with the Ultra-Sil Dry Sack being a good example of innovative, amphibious product. This highly recommended outdoor accessory made my adventure experiences far more convenient, keeping water from harming my valuables any longer.

TORQ Gels

, November 29, 2011

TORQ are a UK-based fitness consultancy that specialise in training and nutrition. Owing to the success of their performance coaching which started in 1999, TORQ moved into performance products to complement their existing services.

Petzl MYO RXP Headlamp

, November 24, 2011

Most of us do our sports during the day, spending evenings to resting or relaxing with friends – usually anything other than getting our heart rates up with some exercise. Word is out that there are countless new nightclubs that few are aware of. It might not be the typical dance scene that you expect it to be. Ladies, gentlemen, and especially those adrenaline-seeking freaks, I bring you the Petzl Myo RXP; a headlamp that will bring light to your darkness, show these new “nightclubs” and unlock these long-hidden nocturnal instincts inside of us all.

Five Ten Canyoneer 2

, October 26, 2011

In 1985 Five Ten introduced the world to Stealth Rubber, a technology that increases the amount of weight a climber could apply before the bonds between the rubber and the rock break. Since then Five Ten has developed a whole range of Stealth Rubbers and shoes for all types of adventure.

Ortik Jetstream

, October 20, 2011

Svalbard is an archipelago in the Arctic, located in between northern Norway and the North Pole at 90 degrees north. The island plays host to a wealth of breeding sea birds, marine mammals and of course the infamous polar bear. Spending time in the area is inherently dangerous, but as mere visitors to the area we have to take every precaution against the native dangers.

Salomon XT Wings 2

, October 16, 2011

Annency-based Salomon are a sports equipment brand who were primarily known for their skis. Recently, the French company has expanded its range to provide mountain gear for all seasons. They are focussed on maintaining the environment by reducing their carbon foot print and reliance on non-renewable materials.

Immersion Research Union Suit

, September 10, 2011

Immersion Research is a kayaking gear company based in Pennsylvania and run by kayakers, for kayakers. Coupled with a desire to make the best and most innovative kayaking gear is a success story that saw the brand grow from a small backyard company to a major player in the small world of kayaking.

Introducing Movescount: Training Software from Suunto

, August 26, 2011

As technology takes a greater hold on the way we run our lives, it’s no surprise that adventure brands are jumping on the digital band wagon to enhance user experience. To bring their adventure software in line with established platforms from other watch manufacturers, Suunto released Movescount, their version of performance tracking. As well as updating training data features, Suunto introduced a neat social networking element to enhance the Movescount product. Here I’ll outline some of the key features, and guide you through the process of setting up an account.

Suunto T6d GPS Watch

, August 20, 2011

The Suunto T6d is described by the manufacturer as a ‘sports laboratory on your wrist’ and it’s an apt description for a watch that is compatible with a variety of … Read more

SealLine Boundary Pack

, July 22, 2011

Sitting alongside a number of prestigious outdoor brands in the Cascade Designs family, SealLine has a lot to stand up to. The Boundary Pack is SealLine’s go everywhere-do -everything pack and is designed to be as comfortable as a backpack on a the train as holdall deep in the canyon.

Columbia Drainmaker

, June 29, 2011

As an advancement from the 2010 release of the Ravenous, the Drainmaker adds a unique and specific shoe to Columbia’s footwear collection. Check out the video below to see a demo of the product.