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High Tech Charging to Avoid

Saw this item today in Maplin when out It was sheer chance I spotted it as they had it sat next to an unboxed biolite stove and I was nosing at that stunned and just how huge and horrid a thing it was for the purpose (glad I didn’t jump on that wagon when […]

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The greatest socks in the world….. Tribute

While we tend to spend a small fortune on various outdoor footwear I would wager not all that many of us have traveled a similar road with regards to what goes underneath. For me this has been something of a five year journey of study and discovery (with a not too healthy amount of skin […]

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Bearnagh,Meelmore & Meelbeg

Wed 3rd Aug 2011   Combined  this as a trip with some reviews on kit taken Left Base camp in Castlewellan around 8:30 and started up towards Hares Gap from Meelmore Lodge. Weather was exceptional with the odd WWII plane flying over Hare’s Gap made the journey up extremely pleasurable   On arrival at Hare’s […]

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Dutch Oven Cooking

Ever since I got back into this camping and hiking malarky I’ve had a hankering to sort a cooking system where rather than putting pots and pans directly on the fire, we could suspend them over it. We have had lots of success suspending legs of lamb etc but it’s not quite the same as […]

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Satmap Active 10 Review

We raided the piggy bank and got a spanky new Satmap Active 10 to replace our aging dinosaur of a Garmin Vista HCX. We toyed long and hard over the Mapyx Lowrance range as they work with the digital maps we already have but in the end plumped for the Satmap. The Garmin has served […]

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TW Hammocks – Product Test/Review

There’s been a lot of interest in the products being offered by our new NI-Wild Forum Sponsor “Tenth Wonder Hammocks” and rightly so!  I notice a few of our members have already bought some items, but are yet to put them to the test, so I thought I would lay my hands on some kit […]

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Exped SynMat UL 7 Review & Fault Update

I did a brief pre-review of the Exped SynMat Ultralight 7 back in 2011 and have been using it solidly since then for bivvying and tent camping (but not hammocking) and it has proven to be an excellent piece of kit. It packs nice and small, is a great weight for the gram conscious and most […]

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Optimus Nova Plus Multifuel Stove Review

(Updated 03/02/2013) As my gear loving friends know I’ve been vehemently opposed to Multifuel stoves since I heard first their helicopter-landing din and realised they were little more than an unpredictable Molotov Cocktail waiting to remove a few fingers. However, I’ve always been nervous around anything flammable under pressure, gas included so it seemed only fair that I […]


Rab Infinity Down Jacket Review

Rab Infinity Down Jacket

I’ve been looking for a solution to replace my Berghaus Down Vest for quite some time. While the vest is an excellent piece of kit, I thought its warmth to weight ratio could be bettered and since it’s lacking arms and hood I still tended to feel cold when I was wearing it. My original […]

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Wild Country Zephyros 2 Review – Fair Weather Thoughts

Terra Nova Zephyros 2

The NI-Wild Christmas Dinner is an annual affair well worth looking forward to. A full turkey dinner with all the trimmings prepared over an open fire with lots of mulled wine and followed by an evening filled with war stories of peaks conquered, rivers run and weather suffered. Dwarfs would sing songs of the weight […]

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