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Kit review: New colourful sports PackTowls

Have you come across the towels that feel so lightweight and flimsy that you imagine they would be utterly useless for drying you after a bath or shower, yet when you do use them they are amazingly efficient at getting rid of water? These towels are made of a lightweight microfibre and offer amazing absorbency. […]

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Kit review: Therm-a-Rest NeoAir XLite camping mattress

When is a Therm-a-Rest mattress less than a Therm-a-Rest mattress? When it’s a Neo XLite Therm-a-Rest mattress. But, in this case, less actually means more. I already own a traditional Therm-a-Rest mattress. I have used it a great deal and really like it. But this new style of Therm-a-Rest mattress packs down to be much, […]

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A few things I learned on an outdoor brands road trip

Many people might imagine that I spend most of my working week out and about doing all kinds of amazing outdoors stuff. I wish that was true. In reality I spend a lot of time sitting at my desk talking to outdoorsy people and writing about great outdoors things to do. So when I do […]

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Top triathlete Cat Morrison retires

I have watched Scottish triathlete Catriona Morrison with admiration over the last decade. (I know her through fellow triathletes.) Today, I heard from her that she has decided to retire from competitive triathlon and seek a new direction in her career. This is how she has explained her decision. Cat writes: “I recently completed a personality profile that […]

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What Bike Should I Buy for Triathlon?

A question that comes up time and again at local triathlon clubs is what first bike should I buy? Here is what bike mechanic and Glasgow Tri Club athlete Nick Green would advise. Buying kit for your favourite sport is one of life’s great pleasures – and triathlon offers endless possibilities for getting more “stuff”. Swimming and […]

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Strathpuffer celebrates 10 amazing years

I can just about recall writing about the Strathpuffer in its first year when I was editor of Weekend Living on The Herald. In the following decade, the 24-hour mountain bike race has gained worldwide notoriety and a strong following of maddie riders. I spoke to some of the competitors as they looked forward to the 10th […]

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My outdoors challenges for 2015

In 2013, my aim was to qualify for the World Age Group Triathlon Championships. Which I did! I made it to London in the sprint category (age 45 to 49). In 2014, I entered the Artemis Great Kindrochit Quadrathlon with the G-Force and thoroughly enjoyed this longer style of event. We came second in the mixed […]

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Sunday Mail: Big goals for 2015

What plans do you have for great outdoors goals in 2015? I asked around and found that some people are setting themselves epic challenges. Here is my Sunday Mail article about a few of these impressive goals – plus 10 big events that might inspire you to take on a new challenge next year. Read the […]

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Sunday Mail: Billie Fleming Tribute Ride

  A year-long relay ride that pays tribute to the legendary late cyclist Billie Fleming sets off on January 1, 2015. Here is my article about impressive Billie and the reason for the epic cycle around Britain. You can read the pdfs left and right and also find out how you could take part in the ride. […]

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Kit review: Louis Garneau 0 Degree LS-100 cycling boots

The quest for warm feet while cycling in winter has brought me to all-enclosed, neoprene mountain biking boots, such as the Louis Garneau 0 Degree LS-100 Shoes. A few cycling friends have changed to these for winter riding because they say they offer the best solution for dry and warm feet. However, these are not […]

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