Is lightweight new?

Posted: May 18, 2016

So is lightweight new? When did people first get interested in ‘going lightweight’ whether for polar exploration, cycling, mountaineering, backpacking or adventure racing? It is not new, in fact it is over 100 years old.

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TGO 2016 Preparations

Posted: May 9, 2016

TGO 2016 trial overnight. It’s the journey that counts, when you have to carry everything it’s the ultimate discipline, favourite much loved garments and kit are set aside by the discipline

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TGO-C 2016 2 Days to go

Posted: May 11, 2016

Second, third and fourth thoughts. I need a bigger pack. Have always been a believer that a small pack is the first line of discipline to going light.

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Why Layering?

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Why layering? Our book comes to the conclusion that the ‘3 layer system’ is ‘past its sell by date’ and needs revision.

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Keeping stuff waterproof

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Keeping stuff waterproof is about baking it in. In practise it is more or less impossible to maintain waterproofs at the same level of water repellency as when new.

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10 Lightweight Breakthroughs

Posted: May 31, 2016

What 10 lightweight breakthroughs really made a difference? Lightweight is a state of mind, rather than a description of individual pieces of kit.

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The Story of Map Scale

The Story of Map Scale

Posted: June 6, 2016

Ever wondered where Harvey Maps 1:40,000 came from and why? The origins lay back 40 years ago with the KIMM

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The sleeping mat : the Karrimat story

The sleeping mat : the Karrimat story

Posted: June 8, 2016

The piece of lightweight gear which became the symbol of outdoor activity in the 1970s was the Karrimat sleeping mat. Ever wondered how it was developed?

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Lightweight gear pioneers

Lightweight gear pioneers

Posted: May 1, 2017

Lightweight gear pioneers were often lead user innovators who innovated to meet their own needs rather than initially commercially. Lightweight gear is not new and was used in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries by polar explorers, mountaineers and cyclists.

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Repair, reuse, recycle

Posted: May 11, 2016

Repair, reuse and recycle, can sometimes be a faff, sometimes time consuming, sometimes daft because the next version is so much better performance. But it’s also satisfying to rescue a favourite piece of kit and prolong its performance life, even if only for a short period.

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