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Five Essential Accessories for Car Camping

Five Essential Accessories for Car Camping

Car Camping Accessories Since we’ve been allowed out and about again, I’ve had quite a bit of interest in my car camping setup. It seems more people than ever like the idea of having more four-wheeled adventures but can’t quite commit to a proper camper van! The good news is the solution might be closer than you think. With a little imagination, there’s no reason you can’t accessorise your bog-standard family SUV, MPV, estate or even large hatchback to use…

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The Northern Carneddau and Aber Falls

The Northern Carneddau and Aber Falls

ROUTE STATS (including map) Aber Falls and the Northern Carneddau I’ll admit to feeling a little nervous about heading across the border. Even a casual glance at the headlines in 2020 would have you convinced the entire population of the British Isles could be found jostling for position on the summit of Snowdon / Yr Wyddfa. I certainly don’t want to add to the pressures and become part of the problem. But equally, I’ve learnt that the press is rather…

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Northern Fells Expedition

Northern Fells Expedition

ROUTE STATS (including map) The Northern Fells The light is fading. I am cocooned in my sleeping bag. Alone, yet surrounded by old friends. My belly is full of warm pasta as I lay gazing at the inky-blue sky. I have completed the ritualistic tasks of collecting water, cooking a meal and erecting my shelter. There is nothing more to do. My phone is switched off – the only thing requiring power now is my head torch. Everything else I…

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The Deepdale Round

The Deepdale Round

ROUTE STATS (including map) The Deepdale Round I have never understood potholing. Why anyone would want to head underground in their wellington boots, in the dark, to squeeze through tight passages filled with water is beyond me. I’ve visited a couple of show caves in my time and can appreciate the beauty of a delicate stalactite or stalagmite as much as the next person. But I’d still rather be standing on a lofty ridge knowing I can always get back…

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The Swindale Fells

The Swindale Fells

ROUTE STATS (including map) The Swindale Fells It was all going so well. Two summits in the bag. Two more to go. Despite the fog, cold wind and distinct lack of views, this is my kind of walking. Striding out beside a dry stone wall, I am guided reassuringly through the gloom. My lockdown legs are injected with new life. This is the first walk of 2021 I’ve not had to start from my front door. I inhale the damp…

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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 – Quality Mountain Days

2021 Challenge – 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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