Sucess: CNF Outdoors exposed by BBC Wales

You may remember my review on¬†CNF Outdoors¬†from January 2016, where I purchased a sleeping bag that I never received and had to threaten the company with all sorts before finally getting a refund. It was only after I read other horror stories online, I realised I wasn't the only person to receive such a shoddy …

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2016 – The year of the tarp

Well today is New year's Eve or Hogmanay if you're up here¬†in Scotland, and you could say 2016 has been a funny old year. I could write about the celebrity deaths over the past 12 months, or even¬†Brexit and Donald Trump. I could even write an article on¬†my beloved¬†Hibernian FC winning the Scottish Cup for …

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Navigating with a smart phone

Navigating on the hills¬†with a smartphone¬†has become¬†quite a¬†contentious subject and there¬†are a lot of misconceptions¬†around how GPS works on a smartphone. In this article, I aim to explain how to safely navigate with your phone and at the same time, debunk some of the myths I often see mentioned¬†on social media. Firstly, I can't stress …

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The TGO Challenge and my route.

After¬†completing the Munros in¬†2014 and naturally progressing to¬†bagging Corbetts, I had¬†my epiphany in October 2015 and decided list ticking was no longer for me. The desire to hill walk was still as strong as ever, but I yearned to spend more nights outdoors. The¬†odd wild camp or bothy night here and there only whetted my …

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Life after the Munros and the bagging epiphany.

I recently read Ed Byrne's piece 'Confessions of a Munro-bagger' and having compleated the Munros myself, I found myself¬†nodding and smiling in agreement. But the dust has long since settled on my¬†Munro compleation¬†on a¬†cold, damp Ciste¬†Dhubh¬†back in¬†September 2014. I have since found myself naturally¬†moving onto the Corbetts, but something wasn't quite right, I couldn't put …

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Navigation and the best of both worlds?

Navigation seems to be ripe for discussion at the moment, are the tables finally turning? Will GPS replace the traditional map and compass?¬†¬†I've recently read¬†two interesting blogs on the subject, one from Outdoors Father, Navigation in the 21st century Part 1 ‚Äď are you up to date?¬†and Alex Roddie's Going paperless in the hills ‚Äď …

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