Back in February 2011 I learnt a valuable lesson. Phil and I totally underestimated two classic Munros in the Mamores. Relatively inexperienced, we also overestimated our own winter mountain skills. Either one of us could have been carried out by Mountain Rescue, injured or worse still. Dave who accompanied us was far more experienced, he must have wondered how … Continue reading A Ridge Too Far – A Winter Epic!
Then look no further, to celebrate my fifth year of cycling to work, I have written this article to hopefully inspire others to get involved. Cycling to work is a rewarding experience, it keeps you fit, saves you money and does your bit for the environment. What's not to like? So surely it's just a case of … Continue reading Thinking about cycling to work?
I've sat on this blog for sometime now, it's been in my drafts for a good few weeks and when I've come close to publishing, I've changed my mind. If you're reading this then I've obviously finally decided to go ahead and publish it. I decided to write this blog from what I've witnessed in recent times … Continue reading Is GPS & Facebook dumbing down hill walkers?
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 … Continue reading Sucess: CNF Outdoors exposed by BBC Wales
I was working away in Cardiff for three weeks, coming home for the weekends in between, but we were travelling by car and the thought of two 7-8 hour drives within 48 hours wasn't so appealing. Light bulb moment, I thought it would be great to stay back in Wales and do some hiking in the Brecon Beacons. … Continue reading Backpacking in the Beacons!
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 … Continue reading 2016 – The year of the tarp
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 … Continue reading Navigating with a smart phone
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 … Continue reading The TGO Challenge and my route.
My old Thermarest Neoair mattress that I’ve owned for some time was coming to the end of its life. It was looking a bit shabby and began deflating during the night, resulting in a sore hip and back. It was time to get a new mat. I had seen the newer Neoair first hand, and it resembled a … Continue reading Review: Alpkit Numo sleeping mat
The A to Z of Robinho Outdoors, 26 random questions from an outdoors perspective (funnily enough). Ascent: What is the most ascent you've done in one day? - On the run up to the Munro compleation. My partner and I walked the Glen Dessarry 4 Munros and the total ascent that day was 2,440 metres. It was … Continue reading The A to Z of Robinho Outdoors