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Tent Camping

The Evolution of Camping

Along with fishing, Camping can be considered one of the oldest hobbies. The two usually go hand in hand too. If you look back about 200 years, camping wasn’t at all a recreational activity but merely a means of moving from one part of the country to the next in …

Cross-ditch fire method

How to Build a Fire – The Different Methods

Everyone has their favourite method of building a fire. Sometimes it’s because a mentor has passed down a specific method and it’s become a tradition. Other times it’s just a method that has been discovered, and then adopted as the standard way. There are a variety of different ways for …

Shire Deck

The Shire Eco Lodge

This weekend my wife and I went to stay in a log cabin at a place called The Shire. It is a lovely Eco Lodge situated in Stutterheim, about an hour away from East London. And Wow! What a beautiful setting directly at the base of the immense and indigenous …

Pull Up Exercises

Rock Climbing Training

There are lots of very good reasons to start working out, not only will weight training help you to improve your overall strength, potency and capability, but you will also be able to improve your health, your appearance and your energy levels by regularly hitting the gym and partaking in …

Evolution of Camping and Hiking Gear

The guys at Eastern Mountain Sports recently sent me the following camping infographic. It makes for very interesting reading as it details how camping and hiking equipment has evolved over the years. It shows how even basic camping gear like the map, sleeping bag, and backpack have improved because of …

Using a Watch as a Compass

If you’re ever in a hiking or survival situation where you need to find direction by ascertaining a certain compass point, here’s an easy way to find North or South. It involves using a simple analog watch (not digital): If you’re in the Southern Hemisphere, face the sun and aim …

Safety Tips for Hiking and Camping

This is Part 2 of a safety guide for your outdoor adventuring. To read part one, click ‘Hiking and Climbing Safely’. Know the Area and Route Obviously before you set out on your adventure you should try get as much information about the area as possible. Study the map of …

Enjoy Your Hiking and Climbing Safely

This is part one of a few tips to make sure your hiking, climbing or camping experience is a fun and safe one. The best way to deal with a tragedy or any negative incident is to avoid it in the first place. And the best way to do that …

Hiking The Hex Mountains – Solo

Its been on my mind for a few years to do something one could call unusual – although not exactly a ground-breaking feat in any way. The idea was to get into the Hex, alone, for about four days and hike/chill, to see what it was like, and to face …