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Gear - MSR Whisperlite Stove

I recently took this stove along with a Trangia style alcohol burning stove on a trip to use them side by side in an effort to work out which style I really prefer. I’m off to Scotland on a 3 week backpacking trip soon you see so wanted to be sure that the stove I take is the best thing for the job. I’ve travelled with the old version of this MSR stove for 2 years now and really like it but my mate is a Trangia fan and is always raving about how good they are and since I had an alcohol burning stove given to me recently I thought I’d see what he was so in... Read More

 

Event - Grand Union Challenge

To most people who have never run before, a 5km or 10km is a challenge worthy of respect. Many people consider completing a Half Marathon a huge achievement and most will question your sanity when told you’ve signed up for a full marathon (“Why would you want to run 26.2 miles?!”), however if you really want to make someone’s jaw drop there are only two words you need to say… Ultra Marathon! I won’t lie and pretend I felt in any way ready for this event. Despite having previously run 8 full Marathons (6 of... Read More

Just 5 minutes walk from the royal palace and 10 minutes from Bab Doukkala and the main bus station, in a very relaxed part of the medina, the quiet alleyways leading to Dar Baraka and Karam (they are 2 separate places to stay, under the same management of Marrakech Riads and joined by a connecting door) ready you for the utter tranquility that awaits inside the Baraka. Apart from the call to prayer and the occasional birdsong the only other sound that we heard here during our 7 nights stay was the tinkling of the courtyard... Read More

Event - The Gosport 5km

The Gosport 5k Summer Series is a comprised of 4 races held once-a-month throughout the Summer along Stokes Bay promenade. I ran the 5k on July 8th. It had absolutely poured down with torrential rain during the day so I was all set for a blustery run but the sun made an appearance right on time to treat us to some beautiful views of the Solent. The course is a nice and simple straight dash up the promenade with two laps around the lifeboat station then back to finish right at the Bayside Cabin. Although the route is as flat... Read More

We’ve been using these bottles on our travels the past 3 months through Sri Lanka and Morocco. There were several reasons why we chose to take them with us and why we think you should consider using them. We didn’t want to drink the tap water but didn’t want to keep buying plastic bottles of water either. The world is filling up with waste plastic, it’s a serious problem that will soon effect us all, so why contribute to it if you don’t have to? It’s cheaper to buy just a couple of these bottles than to keep buying drinking water. They...Read More

Gear - Platypus Duthie AM 12 Bag

They Say - Just like you’d expect from an all mountain pack, the Duthie AM 12 does it all. Nine liters of gear storage and a 3-liter Big Zip SL reservoir easily handle just about anything you could pull off in a day. An external stuff pocket offers quick access and stash-ability, while compression straps carry body armor or let you shrink the pack down for shorter rides. We Say – I wanted a versatile bag to use on my 650km, month long cycling and hiking trip to Sri Lanka. It had to be suitable for both the activities I was going to do and also...Read More

 

Gear - Helly Hansen Travel Shirts

I’ve been wearing these 2 shirts as my regular, day to day shirts during the last 2 months of travel. I’ve been backpacking through Sri Lanka and Morocco (I’m still on the road now, with another month to go) so everything I’ve brought with me has had to fit into my 70 litre rucksack, which in turn means that everything I’ve got has to be multi use, including my clothes. I’ve used Helly Hansen clothes before and found them to be hard wearing and smart, so I didn’t hesitate in choosing Helly clothes this time around for this 3 month... Read More

 

Sri Lanka - Day 3, to Ambepussa

We woke to clear skies over Negombo and a calm sea, it was to be the last time we’d see the ocean for 3 weeks so I took some time to sit next to the friendly dogs who live on the beach and contemplate the journey that lay before us. I’ve been lucky enough to travel in a great many parts of the world so have something to compare Sri Lanka to and know just how good it is as a destination. To be cycling and hiking across the whole country as we were about to do, well, if anything deserved the title ‘Holiday of a... Read More

Gear - BLOC Eyewear; Boston

These Bloc glasses feel solidly made and fit me very well; in the past 2 months I’ve worn them for all my non-sporty tourism adventures in Sri Lanka and Morocco (from general tourism to messing about in the pool) and they never felt like they’d fall off once. They also offer good all round coverage – meaning the sunlight doesn’t infringe noticeably at the top or sides – and their classic look suits most occasions and clothes I find myself in. My only slight criticism is that the bag they come in doesn’t always stay closed when ... Read More

 

Gear - Barefoot Rescue Cream

A true RESCUE cream! I have super dry skin and when I travel my skin (especially my face) becomes even worse that when I'm at home and I have bad reactions that appear as as sort of mild eczema (sometimes the skin around my eyes gets really red, puffy and cracked). I’m really selective about what I use on my face and wanted to find a brand like Barefoot SOS, who market themselves as using pure ingredients and herbal remedies instead of chemicals. I'm travelling in Morocco right now and a week ago I... Read More