Category: Gear and Reviews

Autumn essentials for the Hillwalker

By October autumn is well and truly with us. In addition to the colder and more unsettled weather this brings to the hills, the available daylight hours reduce rapidly, especially when the clocks go back later in the month. This brings additional challenges to the hillwalker, and to meet those challenges it is important to carry a bit of extra gear to ensure our safety and comfort. Below is a list of the extra kit I would consider essential for an autumn or milder winter day on the hills. (Note Read more [...]

Stocking Fillers: Our Recommended Outdoor Books

It's that time of year again! If you are looking for some stocking fillers, here are some Outdoor Books that we've read and enjoyed in 2012. Our Recommendation Ireland's County High Points: A Walking Guide by Kieron Gribbon A fantastic guidebook for anyone considering or in the process of 'doing' the County Tops of Ireland. The book contains a detailed section on each County Top of Ireland which provides you with all the essential information you'll need to tackle each walk. Each section Read more [...]

Book Review: ‘Ireland’s County High Points – A Walking Guide’ by Kieron Gribbon

If you're a regular visitor to Walking And Hiking Ireland, you'll know that we have published a few articles on the County Tops of Ireland. From the feedback we've received, it would appear that the sport of 'bagging the County Tops' has gained popularity over the last few years. The great news for anyone who is considering or indeed in the process of hiking to the top of each county is that Kieron Gribbon has produced a superb guidebook which will no doubt become the Bible on this particular Read more [...]

ViewRanger launches Automated Route Planning for Outdoor Enthusiasts

ViewRanger, the gps app and website that lets outdoor enthusiasts plan, navigate, and share their outdoor adventures, has added automatic route generation to the trail planning tools available at its website. The site uses a range of routing engines to analyse the terrain and available rights of way, to intelligently offer the best path based on mode of transport – on-road and off-road. For walkers, cyclists and mountain bikers, it can dramatically speed up trail planning. Read more [...]

Book Review: Mud, Sweat and Tears – an Irish Woman’s Journey of Self-Discovery

Every once in a while, you pick up a book that you just can't put down. On even rarer occasions, you get hold of a book that proves to be a truly inspirational read. 'Mud, Sweat and Tears' fits into both these categories. Quite simply, this book is a must-read for anyone with even a remote interest in trail running or adventure sports and it sits alongside the other classic of this genre, Richard Askwith's 'Feet In The Clouds'. The book starts with the author's first foray into the minority Read more [...]

Gear Review: CamelBak Alpine Explorer

The CamelBak Alpine Explorer is a versatile day pack suitable for a full day of hiking.  The pack has a total capacity of 32 litres providing more than enough space for a typical day hike whilst the integrated hydration pack holds 3 litres. In addition to this, the pack has two mesh pouches on either side which can hold extra water bottles. The first thing I noticed about the pack was the excellent storage provided. The main compartment provides enough space to store food, gear and the other Read more [...]

Gear Review: Yew Clothing Everywhere Extreme

Yew Clothing are a sports and outdoor clothing company that makes ethically sourced clothes from environmentally friendly and sustainable materials. The company provides a range of durable technical tops, base layers and jackets made from 100% recycled polyester from consumer waste. This means that the fabric used to create them is produced from re-processed plastics like drinks bottles, helping to reduce waste and using much less energy to produce than brand new fibres The Yew Everywhere Extreme Read more [...]

Gear Review: Meindl Respond XCR Multi-Terrain Shoe

There are more and more multi-activity shoes coming to market. These shoes offer a trade-off between the lightness of trail runners and the support and protection offered by hiking boots. As the name suggests, they also allow you to seemlessly blend multiple activities such as biking, walking and running without the need for seperate dedicated footwear. The Respond XCR is Meindl's newly launched multi-terrain shoe and comes in a mid-boot or shoe version. My first impressions of the shoes were that Read more [...]