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Why I’m Launching Hard Travel

Hard Travel is a newsletter about wilderness travel and expedition and adventure writing.In The Horizontal Everest Canadian Arctic Traveler Jerry Kobalenko coined the phrase ‘hard travel’ to describe…

Outdoors Magic Gear Testing

Back in early May I had the chance to join the Outdoors Magic team, for their Outdoor 100 team test event in Wales. Every year the OM guys produce a detailed guide to the latest and greatest outdoor gear, covering jackets, backpacks,…

In For Review: The Earth Beneath My Feet

I occasionally get approached by publishers to review books on adventure travel and expeditions, and it’s a great privilege to explore authors new work just before or as it hits the shelves.The latest in for review comes from…

A Guide to Lake Baikal Expeditions

For those with an interest in exotic cold-weather travel, the mind immediately jumps to Greenland, Antarctica or to regions bordering the Arctic Ocean. But equally interesting and more cost-effective destinations exist: Scandinavia, Alaska,…

The ‘Thing’ On Cairn Gorm

On the last day of April I went up Cairn Gorm in a mix of stinging hail showers, dense mist and blasts of startling sunshine. Fresh snow lay on the ground, deep and soft enough to make me regret not bringing skis or snowshoes. No sense of…

Cuckoos and Cows

After recent sunshine, it was back to cold, blustery weather. I had my gloves on again as I pedalled out through rush hour. I love slipping past long lines of stationary cars, leaving a ludicrously expensive Bentley in my wake as I weave in…

Infrastructure

This may be the most boring grid square on my map. I’m sorry to tell you that, dear reader, and appreciate you may now skim on to whatever’s next.

Quiet Camp, Quiet Hills

A few days ago I walked up a long curving corrie and pitched my tent below long curving ridges. A burn rattled past over water-smoothed stones. Otherwise all was quiet and still. It was my second camp of the year and the first since the…