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Review: Leki Micro Vario Carbon poles

The Micro Vario Carbon poles from Leki have a premium price tag – but are they worth it? RRP: £144.95 (pair) Weight: 229g (per pole) The first thing that strikes you about these poles is their incredibly short length when packed – just 38cm. This is possible because what initially looks like a 3 section pole is actually 5 sections – there is a single speedlock adjustable section in the handle, and another hidden section that slides inside this. To assemble them you pull out the hidden section and then – as you straighten the pole sections held together by

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Gear review: bottles and bladders

Years back all we had were dented Sigg bottles in our rucksacks, but of course times move on. We now have a whole array of different ways of carrying water in the hills. The thing that mixed it up and moved us on was plastics giving us bladders with drinking tubes and new bottle designs but metal hasn’t been left behind, stainless steel bottles have become the standard and the durability and easy-cleaning nature of one of those could see you use the same bottle for life. I take my hydration very seriously on both day walks and on backpacking

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Keeping in touch – Personal Locator beacons in the mountains

Heather Morning – Mountain Safety Adviser at the Mountaineering Council of Scotland – outlines the role of Personal Locator Beacons and similar products in mountain safety Mountaineering news this winter has been dominated by two massive searches for people who went missing on Ben Nevis and in the Cairngorms. These searches, involving hundreds of man-hours in searching huge areas of rough and mountainous terrain, have highlighted the importance of letting people know where you are going in the mountains – especially when travelling alone. But it’s not always possible, and sometimes plans have to change. One solution increasingly being taken

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Outdoor gear for kids – review

A few winters back we were coming down from a fine day on the hill and came across two people coming up towards us exchanging loud words until they spotted us. We had a quick chat, it was dad and junior making mixed progress in both their ongoing friendship and their ascent up the snow filled gullies and over iced rock. Dad was dressed for the Alps – either Arrochar or further afield – and junior was red faced and unhappy-looking in a damp cotton Gap hoodie. Of course I don’t know the whole story, but that youngster was miserable

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Give Me Shelter

Last December I included the Lomo Emergency Shelter as part of my winter gear round-up and it’s proved a useful bit of kit for getting out of the winter winds on the hills. Lunch can be eaten with a friend in relative comfort on a blizzard-blasted ridge, but the name on the tag isn’t lunch shelter, it says Emergency Shelter on it. I couldn’t help but wonder what a night inside it would be like. To test it properly I couldn’t just have it replace a tent, but as it was still winter conditions I couldn’t risk safety too much

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Winter gear round-up

Finally there’s some snow on the high tops. This time last year I’d already used ice axe and crampons a few times and I was starting to get worried the past few weeks. Wouldn’t it be nice if the snow just appeared on a certain day every year so you can plan for it? Mind you, that would take the joy out of those perfect white and blue days when they do arrive as a big surprise. Whenever the snow comes we have to be ready for it and that means some changes to our kit list. Hats and gloves

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Head torches group test

The nights are beginning to draw in and that means that descents after the sun has set aren’t too far away and the nights at camp are going to be long and dark. It’s about now your headtorch moves from the bottom of your pack to the front of your lid pocket and becomes a go-to bit of kit instead of emergency kit. Years ago we were stuck with huge halogen lamps and their matching weighty battery packs but LED technology has changed all that. Weight and bulk immediately dropped to handy pocket size and over the past few years

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Mountain King Trail Blaze poles

I’ve used the more conventional Mountain King trekking poles before, but the Trail Blaze is something altogether different and exciting for lightweight aficionados. Mountain King Trail Blaze trekking poles Price: £79 (pair) Weight: 250g (pair) for 120cm length weight, packed size, colours, ease of maintenance non-adjustable strap Materials and Construction There’s no huge secret here – the Trail Blaze is  essentially a beefed-up tent pole with a handle and tip. Mountain King are based in Newcastle where they import the raw aluminium tube and carry out the rest of the manufacturing themselves – things like cutting, anodising and sticking the

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Gear Short: SteriPEN Ultra

We’re lucky to have probably the world’s finest water in Scotland, so most hillwalkers think nothing of swigging straight from the burn – in fact, it’s one of my greatest outdoor pleasures (especially when combined with a local single malt…). Even in Scotland precautions need to be taken though, extracting water downstream of a dead sheep is never wise, and ensuring that you’re well above farmland and any surface run-off is a good move. Risks from contaminated water include waterborne pathogens – protozoa (causing, for example,  cryptosporidiosis), bacteria (eg. dysentery) and viruses (eg. hepatitis). There’s also the matter of particulate

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Gear short: Gehwol Footcare

For the hillwalker their feet are their most valuable asset, particularly on a remote, multi-day trip where faulty feet could be much more dangerous than a painful limp back to the car. Think of it this way – cyclists have to keep their bikes maintained in order to function effectively – hillwalkers need to keep their feet in good working order in exactly the same way (well, not exactly the same way).   Launched in 1868, German brand Gehwol was founded by Eduard Gerlach after he left the Prussian army. Months of marching in appalling conditions wearing inappropriate footwear inspired

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