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Kit Review: Robens Pathfinder Lite and Observer Camping Chairs

Kit Review: Robens Pathfinder Lite and Observer Camping Chairs

Robens Pathfinder Lite and Observer Camping Chairs When packing for a family trip under canvas, camping chairs are one of the bulkier items of equipment you’ll need to factor in to your game of car boot Tetris. I tried for many years to do it on the cheap with a couple of unbranded fishing chairs. They weren’t particularly comfortable to sit in, leaving your arms hoicked up like a puppet, your shoulders pinched together and your bottom hanging precariously between…

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2021 Challenge – 20 Quality Mountain Days

2021 Challenge – 20 Quality Mountain Days

Making Plans Making any sort of plans at the moment seems futile. Lockdowns, new variants and ever-changing rules and regulations beat back our objectives with the stick of disappointment. Many of us are resigned to taking each day as it comes, while living our lives takes a back seat. It’s why I’ve held off posting my aspirations for 2021. But despite the potential for knock backs, it’s still important to make plans. Having a focus for when this miserable period…

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Micro camper van life

Micro camper van life

Pretend Vanlife With 2021 not having the best of starts when it comes to getting out and about, I’m super excited to share some happier news. After years of talking about it, I’ve taken the plunge and bought a van! OK, it’s not really a van. It’s more of a big car – technically a Multi-Purpose Vehicle, or MPV. Vanlife aficionados might well scoff but my pretend van could be the perfect vehicle for everyday adventurers who find themselves with…

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Being Highly Sensitive

Being Highly Sensitive

When I sit down to write an article, it’s often to share my little adventures away from the rat race. But with mountains off the agenda right now, I thought I’d try something different by writing a post that’s a little more personal. I’m conscious readers don’t know a lot about me. I’m quite a private individual, so other than knowing I’m a former lawyer who’s found solace in the mountains, you’ve had to form your own impression about the…

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Memories of Wainwright’s Favourite Walks

Memories of Wainwright’s Favourite Walks

Like many of us gathered around the wireless on Monday evening, I felt a range of emotions. Despair, sadness, fatigue, fear, anger. This tiny virus certainly seems to have us by the short and curlies with no signs of letting go. I’d ordinarily turn to the mountains to escape. But even they are closed for most of us right now. ‘The hills will still be there waiting when this is all over’, I hear you cry. That’s right, of course,…

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Wainwright’s Favourite Walks: The Fairfield Horseshoe

Wainwright’s Favourite Walks: The Fairfield Horseshoe

ROUTE STATS (including map) The Fairfield Horseshoe It’s not hard to see the appeal of horseshoe walks. After the initial effort of reaching high ground, that’s where you’ll stay all day until it’s time to come down again. Look around and you’ll see the route that’s gone before you, plus what’s on offer later in the day. And whether you are an ardent ticker of hill lists or not, there’s no denying people will be impressed when you tell them…

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Defer your success and never fail again

Defer your success and never fail again

‘The past is history. The future’s a mystery. But today is a gift – that’s why it’s called the present’. Master Oogway, Kung Fu Panda Goals My goal for 2020 was simple: complete 18 classic Lakeland fell walks, each one inspired by Alfred Wainwright’s excellent book, ‘Fellwalking With Wainwright’. By this time last year, I’d read the book from cover to cover, spread maps across the kitchen table, scribbled notes on scraps of paper and formulated a plan. Things didn’t…

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Wainwright’s Favourite Walks – Skiddaw

Wainwright’s Favourite Walks – Skiddaw

ROUTE STATS (including map) Skiddaw Some well-known mountains in the Lake District go by more than one name. Which one you go for could depend on the map you read, the people you talk to, or even just the one you like the sound of. Let’s start with Blencathra. You might know it as the more descriptive (but less poetic) Saddleback. While you’ll still find both names printed on Ordnance Survey maps, Wainwright made his opinions on this very clear,…

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Wainwright’s Favourite Walks – The High Stile Range

Wainwright’s Favourite Walks – The High Stile Range

ROUTE STATS (including map) The High Stile Range November is another month of 2020 we’d all rather forget. A second national lockdown brings challenges and pressures for everyone, be they economic, health, lifestyle or even just the boredom and uncertainty of sitting around at home. On the eve of this difficult month away from the fells, a special walk was definitely called for to get me through. Introducing the High Stile Range. A classic and somewhat underrated route. It has a bit…

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How to spend less, so you can work less and live more

How to spend less, so you can work less and live more

Spend less Many people caught up in the daily grind dream of a more fulfilling life. The events of 2020 have offered a fresh perspective on what’s important. And very rarely does the rat race feature near the top of that list. If you have what society perceives to be a nice, comfortable office job, then you go to work to earn money to pay the bills and buy nice things. Money is a powerful incentive and keeps us plugging…

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