The best backpacking coffee

When on a backpacking trip there is nothing better than brewing fresh coffee and watching the sun rise from the comfort of your tent. For me, there is a fine line between good tasting coffee and convenience. I have tried the Jetboil coffee press and other filters that are made for backpackers, but it is…

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Hiking tripods

I am a geek at heart and love gadgets for hiking but also for technology. I’ve experimented with all sorts of ways to produce good videos for YouTube (still working on that one!), but I have finally found a tripod that works for me. I have used gadgets such as a StickPic (a mount that…

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Pimp your walking poles. Make them stand out from the crowd.

If you have walked the Camino then you will recognise the familiar sight of lots of rather similar looking walking poles all clumped together in a bucket at the front of the Albergue. I have known other pilgrims walk off with the wrong poles (and the wrong walking boots!) by accident, so it’s important to…

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Geocaching in Northamptonshire

On a very foggy and misty Sunday morning in December I drove a short distance to a small village in Northamptonshire, not far from my home to have a mini-adventure. Every now and then it is good to just get outside on your own on the hunt for treasure. Or, in my case, little plastic…

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Why I dislike long distance hiking

If you have spent any time on YouTube or read blogs about long-distance hiking then you will find that the focus is always on the positives and rightly so. Long-distance hiking, whether that is on a pilgrimage trail spending time in hostels, or on a 6-month hike across the Pacific Crest Trail backpacking with a…

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A lighter pack hack

If you walking a trail without camping gear then ideally you should be carrying no more than 10% of your body weight. If you are going on a multi-day backpacking trip with a full loadout then try to aim for no more than 15% of your body weight. Keeping your pack weight down to a…

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How to keep warm when winter camping

If, like me, you are a cold sleeper, then trying to keep warm while backpacking and camping in the winter months is a challenge. It seems such a waste of valuable hiking time and being in nature if you miss out on those colder months. Hiking in the winter brings a completely different experience to…

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