Trout Fishing Sørøya, Norway

, June 3, 2015

At the end of August/early September 2010 three intrepid explorers set-off for the Norwegian arctic. Kitted out in hiking boots, fishing rod tubes and fully laden expedition backpacks we navigated … Read more

Sangre de Cristo Wilderness: Music Pass & Sand Creek Lakes

, April 2, 2015

Music Pass (11,500 ft) was so named because of the rumored musical sounds that can be heard as the wind passes over Music Mountain and the other surrounding peaks that guard the Upper Sand Creek Basin. Located in the Sangre de Cristos, a chain of mountains that run from southern Colorado through northern New Mexico, the basin sits at the northernmost end of the Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve.

Gerber Suspension Multi-tool

, October 26, 2014

Ever since Joseph Gerber launched his Gerber ‘Legendary Blades’ in 1939, the brand has taken off in the outdoor tools market. Specializing in knifes and tools, it has pioneered the way in compact products that service an adventurer’s daily needs. The multi-tools meet the demands several outdoors activities, helping the brand develop a strong relationship with outdoor enthusiasts across the market.

Old Favourite: Rab Vapour-Rise Jacket

, October 12, 2014

Rab are an established British-based brand that until recently did all their manufacturing in Sheffield, England. Rab concentrated historically upon manufacturing high-quality down and Pertex clothing and sleeping bags. Following the retirement of its founder Rab Carrington (one of Britain’s best alpinists of the last 30 years) the brand has expanded its product range into mountaineering-focused hardshells and softwear. This review examines the Vapour Rise Jacket, one of their classic products that has been in their range for almost fifteen years. Constructed of a wind- and water-resistant pertex equilibrium shell, with a soft thin microfibre liner it is an effective softshell piece with exceptional breathability for mountain sports.

Haglöfs Travel Pouch

, September 24, 2014

What distinguishes the Haglöfs design of such a travel bag from its competitors, is that despite its simplicity, it packs an almost limitless variety of possible uses. This means that as your required demands of a primary storage gear change with the time of day, the environment or climate, or even just your location, you will always be able to rely on the adaptable Travel Pouch for safe preservation of your most valuable possessions and documents.

Patagonia Nano Puff Vest

, September 22, 2014

Patagonia’s Nano Puff Vest is striking. Indeed, as I was somewhat taken aback about just how brilliant the blue was on this range, selecting it ahead of the only marginally sombre alternative colours, jet-black and mango.

Haglöfs Roc Hard 30L

, September 12, 2014

Haglöfs started in a shed in Torsång, Sweden in the spring of 1914. The very first product Victor Haglöf made was a backpack which sold for a mere SEK 0.9 … Read more

Columbia Shimmer Me Timbers Jacket

, January 9, 2013

I got hold of a Columbia Shimmer Me Timbers Jacket in 2010 as a run around for Edinburgh where I live and endure winters in the UK. Though the brand has since released its second version of the jacket (here hyperlinked), I got hold of the product when Columbia’s patented Omni-Heat technology was fresh in the market. With ambitious claims, the pocker dotted, Omni-Heat lining was appealing, fitting for life in the Athens of the North.

Rab Neutrino SL

, November 5, 2012

Rab actually make two topbags, the first is called the Module and does without the hood. The second is the Neutrino SL, made slightly warmer by extra filling and a trapezoidal construction

Conquering Conception Volcano

, September 2, 2012

If you think you’re ready for this epic adventure, a local guide is highly recommended. Otherwise, experienced hikers can take the bus to a small village called La Savana which is toward Altagracia. From the street, follow the wide dirt road all the way to the split in the road and take the path right. Continue on and you will come to a wooden sign that states it is Conception Volcano’s Entrance and a $2 fee is required. This should be about a 45 minute walk from the street. From there, the only way is up! This path is extremely steep, slippery, and dangerous. Most likely there will be high winds at the top and you must be cautious when viewing inside the crater. It should take you around three hours to reach the top at a fast pace and nearly three hours down at a slow pace. This will be an experience of a lifetime!