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Meru film review

Meru film posterLast night I was invited to a pre-screening of a new film called Meru. The pre-screening was organised by The North Face, one of the sponsors of the film.

The film itself was fantastic – edge of the seat stuff. It’s a documentary with interviews and pure first-person recording – no camera crews or drones. But it’s still exciting. At one point I jumped out of my seat just as everyone else in the cinema winced. I don’t want to give anything away, so there are no spoilers here. Continue reading Meru film review

Staying hydrated on hikes

Once this water has been treated it will be good enough for humans
Once this water has been treated it will be good enough for humans

When you’re re drinking two litres of water a day in Europe on long hikes, or 4-5 litres a day on Kilimanjaro it’s easy to get sick of the taste of water.

I use SiS hydration tablets for long hikes. They don’t offer any energy (i.e. they are calorie-free), but they taste nice (which encourages you to drink more) and replenish good thingies in your system. During the summer I was getting some cramps on cycling commute and after using these (one every other day) I stopped getting cramps.

As with all these things, try them before you go hiking. Continue reading Staying hydrated on hikes

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

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