I hiked the Yorkshire Three Peaks – twice!

I hiked the Yorkshire Three Peaks – twice!

Y3P Challenge #1 Seventeen years ago, whilst on holiday in Kenya – a younger, slimmer version of me decided to do the Yorkshire Three Peaks. Not having grown up in an outdoorsy family meant that I had come very late to hiking, but having enjoyed it for a few years I...
How do I keep my kit dry?

How do I keep my kit dry?

We’re heading into Autumn and it’s looking like it could be a wet one.  But we can’t let a bit of rain stop us getting out and about, can we?   Your rucksack isn’t waterproof! Most rucksacks are not waterproof and there’s nothing...
Why I invested time and money on a first aid course

Why I invested time and money on a first aid course

Twenty five years ago, at a taster day at 6th form college, I spent two hours learning first aid.  I can remember learning how to put people in the recovery position, but that’s about all.  I’d never needed to carry out first aid on anyone so it was never...
My ultimate rucksack kit for a day walk in the UK

My ultimate rucksack kit for a day walk in the UK

“I looked at my pack.  It was at once enormous and compact, mildly adorable and intimidatingly self-contained.  It had an animate quality; in its company I didn’t feel entirely alone.  Standing, it came up to my waist.  I gripped it and bent to lift it....
8 Tips for buying Walking Boots or Shoes

8 Tips for buying Walking Boots or Shoes

Getting started They say running is a really accessible sport. You just need a pair of trainers and off you go. Well, walking is pretty much the same…a pair of walking boots and you’re ready. But there are those other pieces of kit that it’s worth...