I’ve been walking off and on since I was a child. I guess it all started for me as a cub scout, with the little weekend camps in the local hills. After that, I joined the Air Cadets, where proper hillwalking started to feature. I actually ‘bagged’ my first Munro at the age of 15, as an Air Cadet (Ben Vorlich – the Loch Earn one). I did, however, stop walking for several years, and have only recently come back to it.
I am a little on the overweight side, and still not quite as fit as I’d like to be, but I try my best to get out in the hills as often as possible and enjoy myself.
As I also have a keen interest in wildlife, sometimes that will be the focus of my posts. Every once in a while, the amazing wildlife will eclipse the scenery in terms of spectacle.
This is the list of gear that I currently have, for use when out in the wilds of Scotland. Unless noted otherwise, all of the gear I have has been bought and paid for by myself. If I review equipment supplied to me by a 3rd party for free, or for test, this will be mentioned in the review itself.
I use a variety of different gear for different situations, most of which is detailed below.
In terms of clothing, I wear the following:
JacketHaglofs Spirit Jacket Mountain Equipment Supercell Jacket (for more info, see HERE) Mountain Equipment G2 Alpine Softshell Jacket Alpkit Filo Jacket Rab Microlight Jacket Nike Cascade 700 Down Jacket (for more info, see HERE) Ternua Four Winds Softshell Jacket
TrousersNorth Face Meridian Convertible pants Berghaus Deluge Overtrousers Berghaus Paclite pants Haglöfs Tuff Pants Haglofs Mid Flex Pants
Tops/InsulationCraghoppers Corey Microfleece Berghaus Choktoi Fleece Haglöfs Micro Top Jack Wolkskin Arco microfleece
BaselayersBerghaus X-static long-sleeve half-zip top Tiso baselayer tights EDZ merino boxer shorts Finisterre Zephyr boxer shorts EDZ 165gm Merino crew Rab MeCo 120 Long sleeve top Rab MeCo 120 Short sleeve top
ShirtsMountain Hardwear Canyon Long-Sleeve Shirt Craghoppers Nosilife Long-Sleeve Shirt Haglofs Salo Long-Sleeved Shirt
FootwearBerghaus Explorer Trail Low GTX shoes Mammut Brecon GTX Boots Scarpa Vortex GTX shoes The North Face Tent Mules Bridgedale Endurance Trekker socks Bridgedale Coolmax liner socks Bridgedale X-Hale Multisport socks Bridgedale Trailhead socks Teko Merino Evolution Light mini crew socks
AccessoriesOutdoor Research Vert Gloves Trekmates Windstopper Gloves Extremities Multisport Pro Gloves Outdoor Research Wind Warrior Hat Berghaus Glacier Gaiters
I have a reasonable amount of camping and cooking gear, which is shown below:
TentsVango Icarus 500 Vango Banshee 300 Aztec Esquina Plus Tarptent Scarp 1
Sleeping Bags and MatsSnugpak Travelpack Xtreme (see review HERE) Multimat Adventure Air Mattress (see review HERE) Hyalite/POE Ether Elite air mat Mammut air pillow Mammut AJungilak Spring Sphere sleeping bag
Cooking and Eating EquipmentLight My Fire Mealkit (see review HERE) Light My Fire Army firesteel (see review HERE) S2 Steel Clikstand and T2 Titanium windshield with Trangia Burner Alpkit MyTi Pot Alpkit MyTi Mug Light My Fire Spice Box Primus Express Spider stove
Daysacks and RucksacksLowe Alpine Nanon 50:60 Rucksack Berghaus Freeflow 20 Osprey Kestrel 28 daysack
I do plan to review more and more of my gear as I go, and I plan on upgrading the gear as I go, too. If you read through the Gear Reviews on the blog, you may find that I’ve reviewed some items which are not in the list above. It’s safe to assume that I’ve upgraded them to something that suits me better (though please bear in mind that what suits me might not suit everyone else as well)