Olight H1R and H2R Nova Headtorch Review

There are some really cool new headtorches on the market, chief among them are flashlights made by a company called Olight. Back in Spring 2018 I was fortunate to be sent two of their headtorches to try out: the Olight H1R and H2R Nova. With rechargable batteries, high levels of brightness and a delightful build …

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Murray’s Leader Rucksack

With the onset of Spring and the start of the Duke of Edinburgh's Award expedition season, instructors at Aspen Outdoors Ltd are sorting out their summer gear, thinking through and refining what bits of kit to take when leading groups in the hills. In this blog Murray Wilson talks about the kit and equipment that …

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What to take for a winter hillwalk?

Here's an overview of my winter kit for hillwalking in Scotland. In working out what works for me I learnt alot from others, particularly instructors at Glenmore Lodge, Scotland's National Outdoor Training Centre. This blog article is intended to give you ideas so you can decide what winter kit and equipment works for you. There are …

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460g Lightweight cook kit

Here's a review on my lightweight cookit. It weighs 460 grams and includes: Two pots (Alpkit Mytipot 900 and Alpkit MytiMug 650) with home made bails; Stormin Stove Systems alcohol stove; reflective baseplate and windshield cone Minibulldesigns pot stand; and, Plastic mug. Three days meths fuel in a small Nalgene bottle weighs 260g. So all …

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Hammock camping, campfire cooking trail runner

So my plan was to do a big 60km reccy of a gold Duke of Edinburgh's Award route in Perthshire, running it in two days travelling really lightweight, sleeping in my hammock and cooking on a fires - so no stove. My rucksack weighed 7kg with food and water and all my overnight kit. I …

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