Item: Umbrella Clip Cost: £1.00 Used for: Attaching your umbrella to a rucksack Enjoyment Level: Brilliant! TREAT OF THE WEEK – UMBRELLA CLIP I have walked with an umbrella now for many years.  A trekking umbrella is brilliant in the rain and is also fantastic in the hot sun.  The Euroschirm umbrella that I have…

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Item: Walking Wellies Cost: approx £115 Used for: Hiking in wet and muddy terrain Enjoyment Level: Warm, dry, toasty feet! Grade: 4/5 Feature: A warm fleece lining to keep your feet toasty in temperatures as low as -40C. GEAR REVIEW – Muck Boot – Women’s Arctic Sport 11 Tall Boots BY MICHELLE BANISTER (aka Fat…

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Topic: Hiking Goals for 2020 Time out: Approx 5 weeks in total Time of year, July, Sept & Nov 2020 HIKING GOALS FOR 2020 In this week’s video, I talk about my hiking goals for 2020 which includes three big walks that I have planned.  One walk is with the Adventure Geek Walking Club (Hadrian’s…

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Item: Winter Gloves Cost: c£17.99 Used for: Hiking in the cold and wet weather Enjoyment Level: Warm, dry, toasty hands! TREAT OF THE WEEK – WINTER GLOVES On Monday I dropped my waterproof gloves in the car park after one of our AG Club walks, but luckily one of my members noticed and handed them…

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Item: Boot Dryers Cost: c£19 Used for: Drying your boots in wet weather! Enjoyment Level: Warm, dry, toasty feet! TREAT OF THE WEEK – BOOT DRYERS A few years ago I climbed Snowdon in the pouring rain.  It was great fun but my boots were soaked and no amount of newspaper was going to get…

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Item: Osprey Aura 50l Rucksack Cost: c£130 Used for: Multi-Day Hikes / Long Trails Enjoyment Level: Very comfy Osprey Pack Review after 3 years+ of use! I first purchased my Osprey Aura 50l pack in 2016 in preparation for my first Camino experience.  I remember spending hours and hours online looking for the right pack…

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Item: Women’s Columbia Hiking Shirt Cost: c£35 Used for: Walks in the heat Enjoyment Level: Brilliant on the Camino Hiking Shirt Review after over 18 months of use! In January 2018 I purchased my first hiking shirt.  I was not sure if a hiking shirt was for me as I am more of a t-shirt…

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Item: Montane Women’s Hiking Leggings Cost: £70 Used for: All my walks! Enjoyment Level: Should have swapped years ago! Hiking Leggings Review after over 1000 miles! In September 2018 I purchased my very first pair of hiking leggings.  I spent ages online looking for the right pair that would suit my needs.  I wanted something…

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Item: Altra Lone Peak Trail Runners Total Cost: £139.00 Used for: 3 Season Hiking Enjoyment Level: Best shoes so far! Gear Review after 600 miles! After watching endless YouTube videos I was hooked with the Altra Lone Peak 4.0’s so I purchased a pair in May 2019.  Since then I have walked two long-distance trails.…

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Item: Solar Power Pack Total Cost: £35.99 Used for: Long Distance Hikes Enjoyment Level: I’ll let you know! Treat of the week When Jason joined me on the South Downs Way I had “gear envy” as he showed me his new solar charging pack.  This thing was heavy and I initially dismissed it for any…

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