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HIKING BOOTS: La Sportiva Aequilibrium LT Walking Boots (GTX)  

I’ve used Sportiva Trango type boots for years as i can get a good deal as an IML, but i’ve always been a little disapointed by the lack of deapth and agresiveness of the soles. With the Aequilibrium i feel Sportiva have finally nailed the perfect boot. Its light, stiff and comfortable. The fancy yellow/black » read more »

Free Digital Maps for Garmin GPS  

I’ve recently been preparing to take my Garmin Oregon 600 to the Alps so have been researching some free GPS mapping sources. Here are a few i’ve come across that might be of interest to you: UK & Europe: UK: Worldwide: USA:   Here is a nice little blog post explaining how to get » read more »

Rab Stretch Neo Jacket  

I’m someone who is almost always too hot when moving in more than one layer, and i sweat like a hot badger in a plastic bag. So i tend to get quite wet from condensation in most so-called “breathable” jackets (except Paramo which i find too warm for summer use). Then i get cold when i stop » read more »

HIKING BOOTS: La Sportiva Trango S Evo (GTX)  

A fantastic pair of very light-weight stiff 4 season boots that will take a crampon (great for strap on C1, will just about take a C2 if you are not doing anything really steep). Comfortable out of the box and require no breaking in. Great positive grip on rock, and also feel really confident edging » read more »

Suunto Altimax Altimeter Watch  

I heard somewhere that your compass is the most important piece of navigational equipment. – Well that’s complete rubbish: your map is the most important, closely followed by your watch, and then for me in 3rd place is a good altimeter. A compass is then probably my 4th. The Suunto Altimax is both a great stop-watch for timings and » read more »

Author: Phil Newby