My Top Five Approach Shoes and Why I Like Them

My Top Five Approach Shoes and Why I Like Them

Anyone who spends a lot of time walking in the mountains will agree that a good pair of boots or shoes is absolutely essential for safety and enjoyment. I talked about boots in general, and specifically about the boots I currently use, in this post. There are times and places where I prefer shoes over boots, particularly when I’m heading up to a crag to climb, or when doing a day’s scrambling. Here’s the inside info on what’s currently on my shoe rack.  

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Our Top Twenty Most Successful Blog Posts

Our Top Twenty Most Successful Blog Posts

Since December 2016 we’ve been tracking the performance of our blog posts, so we that we can keep up with what kind of content our followers like to read. Often, something that we think will be really useful and interesting doesn’t turn out to be very popular, and vice versa. And the results, as of 31st March 2019, in reverse order, are…

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So What Do I Carry In My First Aid Kit?

So What Do I Carry In My First Aid Kit?

If you’ve been in the mountains with me, or you’re a regular blog reader, you’ll know that I am a minimalist when it comes to packing a rucksack. Whatever I am doing, from guiding in the Alps to walking in to a crag on a Rock Climbing Instructor course, I don’t want to be carrying any unnecessary weight. And that applies to my first aid kit too. Over the years I have whittled it down to the things I know are absolutely essential, and I’ve ditched everything else. Here’s a sneak peek into what I carry.

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What’s On My Climbing Rack And Why?

What’s On My Climbing Rack And Why?

My climbing rack is one of my basic tools of the trade. Every piece of gear on it has been used many times and is very familiar to me. What I actually select for my rack on a day out depends on the rock type and grades of the routes I am expecting to climb. When on granite or gritstone I carry more cams, and sometimes doubles of common sizes like 1 and 2. When on slate or harder Lake District routes on rhyolite I take more small wires. Here’s a summary of anything I might carry, and why.

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