Managing Risk in the Mountains #1: The Three Variables

Managing Risk in the Mountains #1: The Three Variables

We go to the mountains for many different reasons - physical, mental, emotional, spiritual. John Muir put it like this more than a hundred years ago: “Thousands of tired, nerve-shaken, over-civilized people are beginning to find out that going to the mountains is going home; that wildness is a necessity”. Because the benefits are so huge, we choose to expose ourselves to the associated risks, even though we don't have to. Understanding those risks and how to manage them means that we return safely from every mountain adventure. 

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How To Pack Your Rucksack The Minimalist Way

How To Pack Your Rucksack The Minimalist Way

We've all seen it: an expedition group toiling under the weight of huge rucksacks, with all kinds of things swinging around on the outside. They have no energy for enjoying the journey - all they can think about is getting to the campsite and crashing out. But it doesn't have to be like that. When I run Mountain Leader courses I set my candidates a challenge: to pack all their kit for a three-day two-night expo into a 45 litre sack weighing no more than 10kg. Most of them are surprised, and think it isn't possible. Here's why it's a good idea, and how to do it.

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Review: Katadyn BeFree Water Filtration System

Review: Katadyn BeFree Water Filtration System

Travelling light in the mountains is one of my obsessions, and one thing that can really add to the weight in your rucksack is water. Over the years I have tried various ways to cut down on carrying water whilst avoiding drinking straight from mountain streams – with sheep wandering freely you never know what might be upstream. My latest find is the BeFree Water Filtration System by Katadyn.

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