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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Fascinating facts about trees.

One of my goals for 2021 was to learn something new about our natural world each week. I started posting my learnings on Facebook, but then realised that the posts were quite lengthy and made for a great blog post. So join me on my weekly journey of discovery. This week I have been learning…

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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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How to dry wet socks

There is nothing worse than walking in cold, wet socks! I absolutely love my Waterproof socks (just purchased a new pair of Waterfly socks here) but even waterproof socks eventually wet out if you spend hours in the rain. If you are on a backpacking trail and camping, then it is extremely difficult to dry…

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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 is meditation so hard?

I have read that learning to meditate is one of those skills that can enhance your life, bring you peace within your body and mind, help you sleep better and help you process your problems. I have tried to master the skill of meditation on numerous occasions, and I have always reached about 30 days…

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