Grahame and his Gear

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:

Jacket

Haglofs 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
 

Trousers

North Face Meridian Convertible pants
Berghaus Deluge Overtrousers
Berghaus Paclite pants
Haglöfs Tuff Pants
Haglofs Mid Flex Pants
 

Tops/Insulation

Craghoppers Corey Microfleece
Berghaus Choktoi Fleece
Haglöfs Micro Top
Jack Wolkskin Arco microfleece
 

Baselayers

Berghaus 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
 

Shirts

Mountain Hardwear Canyon Long-Sleeve Shirt
Craghoppers Nosilife Long-Sleeve Shirt
Haglofs Salo Long-Sleeved Shirt
 

Footwear

Berghaus 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
 

Accessories

Outdoor 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:

Tents

Vango Icarus 500
Vango Banshee 300
Aztec Esquina Plus
Tarptent Scarp 1
 

Sleeping Bags and Mats

Snugpak 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 Equipment

Light 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 Rucksacks

Lowe 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)

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2 thoughts on “Grahame and his Gear”

  1. Hi, please can you give me some details on the snow shoes you use, where you bought them an any information as to how you decided on what model to buy.

    1. My snowshoes were MSR Lightning Ascent.
      I got them second hand on eBay, I’m afraid, and that was the main factor in the purchase of that specific model.

      In saying that, from reading reviews, they are considered one of the best pairs of snowshoes out there, due to the grip they give, thanks to the 360° traction

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