Blog; Thoughts, news & tips

15th February 2023 / Equipment & Clothing

Winter Shakedown

Winter Shakedown of sea kayaks & equipment ready for the 2023 paddling season. Get to it!

/storage/A baseplate sighting compass lying on a map with notes.
22nd February 2022 / Equipment & Clothing

Using a Compass - Navigation

Today we're covering the use of map and compass in the context of land-based navigation such as day hikes or multi-day extended trekking trips. These skills are used in sea kayaking to a lesser degree due to handrailing.

22nd July 2021 / Equipment & Clothing

Storage Problems!

 Having trouble storing your kayak? Here are FOUR simple ways to store your baby safely.

/storage/This Girl Can, female sea kayaker on the beach with her sea kayak.
21st May 2021 / Equipment & Clothing


Ladies, if you're considering Sea Kayaking but put off by the thought of carrying a large sea kayak on your car, don't be. If THIS GIRL CAN, so can you!

/storage/Armadillo merino wool base layer
28th November 2019 / Equipment & Clothing

Armadillo Base Layer, Review II

Armadillo 100% Merino Wool Long Johnnies review. How have they held up after hiking & sea kayaking?

/storage/Outdoor Research waterproof windproof Schuck Mitts
30th April 2019 / Equipment & Clothing

Outdoor Research Shuck Mitts for Hiking

Review of mitts as part of a layering system for hiking.

/storage/Armadillo merino wool base layer
17th December 2018 / Equipment & Clothing

Armadillo Base Layer Review I

Armadillo 100% merino wool baselayers; pros and cons for sea kayakers & long distance hikers.

/storage/Fjallraven High Coast Wind Anorak
20th November 2018 / Equipment & Clothing

Review IV - Fjallraven High Coast Wind Anorak

Review of this light, packable anorak as part of a layering system for hiking, cycling and paddling.

/storage/Fjallraven Keb Trekking Pants
24th September 2018 / Equipment & Clothing

Review II - Fjallraven Keb (Trekking) Pant

Fjallraven trekking ’pant’; trousers for the great outdoors. Our review.

/storage/Keb working hard on the Fjallraven Classic 2018 hiking trek
19th September 2018 / Equipment & Clothing

Review 1 - Fjallraven Keb (Trekking) Jacket

A review of the Fjallraven Keb Jacket. Tested in the Swedish wilderness. The first in our Fjallraven review series.

/storage/Use your natural night vision with help from the moon & stars.
18th May 2018 / Equipment & Clothing

Illumination & Your Night Vision

Illumination (or not!) & the importance of its effect on your night vision; one of our ten essentials of enjoying the great outdoors.

/storage/The clothing layering system
8th March 2018 / Equipment & Clothing

Sun Protection and Layering

Two of our ten essentials to think about when in the outdoors.

/storage/Staying warm in winter with snow in the alps
19th December 2016 / Equipment & Clothing

Staying Warm in the Wet of Winter?

What you can do to stay warm in the winter.

/storage/Map and compass always reliable and doesn't need batteries.
13th October 2015 / Equipment & Clothing

Navigation; Using Map & Compass

Navigation tips & hints.