Hiking

Pacific Crest Trail Section J – a Kit List

If you’ve read my report on my recent hike of Section J of the Pacific Crest Trail, you may be interested in what kit to take when hiking a section of the PCT. So here’s an overview of what I took. I should preface this by saying that I’m not going to claim this is the perfect kit list, a mandatory …

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News discussion: enforcement of safe hiking

I’ve talked several times before about the tendency of people to go up mountains appallingly ill-equipped. On Snowdon we passed dozens of people in inappropriate shoes, tight denim trousers, cotton t-shirts, little-to-no insulation, and quite clearly not carrying the sort of daysacks necessary to contain water, food, wet-kit, a torch and other essentials. It wasn’t just idle moaning either, or …

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A navigation workshop in Brecon

At the weekend I was fortunate enough to spend a day in the Brecon Beacons with Jake Thompsett of JT Expeditions, doing a hiking and navigation workshop. Although I’ve been taught traditional map and compass navigation, and had to do a reasonable amount of it at one stage, in practice I mostly use a GPS and so I was concerned …

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Six things I learnt wild camping in the Brecon Beacons

Last summer I decided to hike over Pen y Fan with my brother and a friend, starting from the nearby train station in Merthyr Tydfil and ending in Brecon, where there is a bus back to Merthyr Tydfil. Although this is actually a perfectly achievable one-day hike, we wanted to extend it with some other walks and camp for a …

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