The French island of Corsica is located in the Mediterranean Sea off the south coast of France just north of the island of Sardinia. Famed for being the birth place of Napoleon Bonaparte, it is know to those seeking adventure as the most mountainous island in the Mediterranean. Home to the north-south, 170km GR20 walking trail, described by the outdoor writer Paddy Dillon as “one of the top trails in the world”. It is also a popular summer destination for tourists seeking pristine white beaches and soaring temperatures.
Nick Bennett, September 26, 2014
Nick Bennett writes about his kayaking holiday to Norway this summer
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.
Whilst most of Quebec is drying up and crying out for rain the surging, swirling, intimidating waters of the Misstasibi (pronounced: Mister-si-bi) are going strong! I was able to make the 5 hour journey up from Montreal to Qubec Raft in Saint-Stanislas on the shores of Lac St-Jean. What awaited me was two days of fun on the Misstasibi and one of the best rafting and kayaking experiences anywhere.
This weekend I was lucky enough to attend the 2012 Isaac Ludwig Top Yough Race. The event is based on a class 4 section of the Yough river in Maryland. I had only paddled that section twice before so I wasn’t expecting to get a good time, but I was looking forward to getting out on the water with a big group of local paddlers. Needless to say it didn’t disappoint.
With the winter season drawing to a close and the spring melt approaching, the lucky few who escaped to the southern hemisphere are sharing their videos and stories. Here are a couple up of my favourites from the last few months.
Jack Richards, January 12, 2012
As the name suggests, Colorado-based nutrition company Honey Stinger have a preference for making quality sports nutrition using the natural power of honey. Bars contain over 30% honey and their gels appear … Read more
Will Ross, December 26, 2011
The history of humankind is punctuated by extraordinary revelatory moments, the birth of great ideas and the enactment of outstanding achievements. Moses’ parting of the Red Sea, Newton’s falling apple … Read more
Montreal is famous for many things, but its proximity to world-class white water is not usually considered one of its celebrated assets. Nevertheless, a 75-minute drive from downtown Montreal will land you in the beautiful Rouge River Valley. During the Spring, the mid-sized Rouge River can flow up to 450 m³/sec, while for the rest of the Summer and Fall one can expect anything from 30 to 200 m3/sec.
I have paddled Dagger Kayaks’ top end white water creek boat for more than a year now. It has been my trusty companion on trips to the tight and twisty … Read more
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 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.
The Youghiogheny or Yough (pronounced ‘yaach’) is a river with a split personality. Split between four distinct sections, and changing in feel and flow with the seasons, it’s a river … Read more
I have had the Plam Torrent for 10 months now. In that time it has been all over Scotland, Corsica, Norway and the East Coast of the US. I love it, it has kept me warm and dry in almost all situations and it is one of the most important pieces of kit I own. As far as increasing the number of rivers paddled per £ spent it wins hands down. However it is my first dry suit and many of the things I love (mainly being dry and warm) come as standard with all dry suits.
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.
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.
To me the key performance indicator of a tent is that it keeps me dry. The biggest test of this: 2 days of near continuous rain in Slovenia, the tent passed. After a brutal night of rain I woke, and in my usual wet routine, got dressed in the tent into my cycling kit. This requires some contortion due to the tents compact size but is possible. With waterproofs on and kit packed into dry bags I dived out and was able to drop the tent in 2 minutes. Pannier on and I hit the road.
Jinja is a small, vibrant town located in the South East of Uganda, around 50 miles from the capital, Kampala. Due to its proximity to the Nile River at the … Read more