What is a PLB? A PLB is a personal location beacon. They tend to work from satellite communication rather than using mobile phone signals. When you are out walking in remote areas then it is important to have the ability to contact the emergency services, even if you do not have mobile phone signals. Reality…

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I’m off to walk the Jurrasic Way The Jurassic Way is an 88 mile hike from Stamford in Lincolnshire to Banbury in Oxon. However, due to Covid19 restrictions, we will be camping rather than B&B (all being well with government guidelines, of course) – we leave on 4th July (fingers crossed). Testing the Salomon Out…

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I looked like a vet in my Columbia shirt I have worn the Columbia Hiking Sun Shirt for a few years now (I have a few!), but my daughter thinks that I look like a vet in it! So, I thought I would take a look at something that is a bit more fashionable but…

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Do not purchase this awful poop trowel When I review a product, I usually talk about the pros and cons, but this review is a little bit different – mainly because there are no pros! I love the idea of this little trowel. The weight was absolutely fine and even though I was tempted to…

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Why I considered changing my rucksack / backpack Since my first Camino trip in 2016 I have always worn the Osprey Aura 50 L backpack. I absolutely love this pack as it is super comfortable and has lots of bells and whistles. The Osprey packs are durable, and even four years on it is still…

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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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