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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 …

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 …

Married Couple Hking Together

Fun Activities To Do With Your Spouse

After the rosy afterglow of marriage fades into a comfortable warm flame, it’s easy to get into a routine.  While routines are great for work, they can become ruts for a relationship. One of the best ways to break out of the spousal monotony is to branch out and try …

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 …

Hiking in the Kenyan Mountains

This is Part 3 of a Journey my wife and I took, hiking up Mount Kenya.  To read the first two reports click here: Part 1: Hiking Up Mount Kenya Part 2: Mountain Climbing in Kenya So through a few tricky moments and precarious challenges we’d made it the top …

Mountain Climbing in Kenya pt2

Part one of the Story can be read here: Hiking up Mount Kenya. So, we were climbing up Mount Kenya in snow and wet weather conditions, through some treacherous, loose rock. Eventually we stopped procrastinating and headed out early the next morning. We reached the initial pitch by sunrise, equipped …