Walking the South Downs

Walking the South Downs - a lovely 100 mile route along the south of England
Walking the South Downs – a lovely 100 mile route along the south of England

Ishai and I had originally set out to climb the three peaks before Ishai reached 13 years old. By 13 he’d actually climbed the 3 peaks twice, with Snowdon a few more times. We decided to up the ante, and during the winter of 2015 we climbed Snowdon in the snow in crampons.

On the way down Snowdon, I talked to Ishai about our next challenge. Continue reading Walking the South Downs

Leatherman Wingman review

Leatherman WIngman - lots of functionality, with a weight penalty
Leatherman WIngman – lots of functionality, with a weight penalty

I’ve grown up with Victorinox Swiss Army knives, although Ishai’s first penknife was a Leatherman – a generous present for his 11th birthday.

A Leatherman isn’t as comfortable to hold as a Victorinox Swiss Army knife, so still prefer the red knife. However my Victorinox has been getting blunter and blunter so we’ve been taking Ishai’s super-sharp Leatherman away with us recently despite the weight penalty when hiking. Continue reading Leatherman Wingman review

Scarpa Ranger II GTX Active boots review

Scarpa Ranger II GTX Active boots - the most comfortable boots I've used
Scarpa Ranger II GTX Active boots – the most comfortable boots I’ve worn

Since the moment I first put them on, these are simply the most comfortable pair of footwear I’ve ever owned. It’s the equivalent to wrapping your feet in a new duvet – you can feel the boot all around the foot. These boots arrived supple, and didn’t need any wearing in.

I’ve worn the boots now for the three peaks (not in 24 hours) in addition to approximately 50 miles of hiking in all weathers. I also used the boots to climb Snowdon in the snow with some cheap crampons. Continue reading Scarpa Ranger II GTX Active boots review

How we pack our kit – budget vs ultra lightweight?

A backpack always seems to feel heavier with each day of hiking
A backpack always seems to feel heavier with each day of hiking

There are two schools of thought with overnight hiking – whether your kit can be fabricated on a shoe string budget, or weighing and then losing every last milligram of kit.

As a keen cyclist I know the cycling world is besotted with equipment weight loss. Manufacturers are always promoting their carbon frames and super light components. But the cheapest way of losing weight when it comes to hiking or cycling is off the walker/ cyclist. Losing a few kilos from the person will always provide the best weight saving. We won’t cover those here though.

When Ishai and I have gone hiking, we try to balance weight and budget. Continue reading How we pack our kit – budget vs ultra lightweight?

Mountain Leader First Aid Kit review

The lifesystems mountain leader first aid kit. Absolutely marvelous.This first aid kit is so good that it’s become our general purpose kit for all camps, hikes and holidays, for our scout Group and family. The kit contains pretty much everything that a competent first aider requires – standard scissors and field scissors, a proper pair of tweezers, different bandages, a clean mat, gauses, dressings, tapes and safety pins.

The kit is in a water resistant case which unzips and then folds in a Z-shape. Each section of the case is labelled for its main use – great in an emergency. Continue reading Mountain Leader First Aid Kit review

A father and son's journey of hiking and camping