Leslie Gilmour

I love hiking. From the Camino de Santiago to the West Highland Way in Scotland or simply a great day hike on the weekend. Hiking refreshes me, my mind, and keeps my body reasonably fit. So far I have walked three Camino routes and many other long distance hikes in the UK, Canada, and around the rest of Europe. One of the best was my hike up Ben Nevis.

Meseta Camino

The Meseta on the Camino de Santiago Spain

‘Many people avoid the Meseta, catching the bus from Burgos to Leon’, I heard on my first day on the Camino de Santiago. I was shocked. I thought most people were keen to walk the full route, either in stages or as a single pilgrimage. Whilst setting out to walk and enjoy the whole 800km, the Meseta was the section I was looking forward to with anticipation. I became curious as to what my experience would be.

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Best Kelty Backpack Reviews

Kelty is known for making durable and practical packs. To help you pick out the best one for your needs, I’ve reviewed the best Kelty backpacks.

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EcoVessel vs Hydro Flask

Is EcoVessel a proper Hydro Flask alternative or is it just another generic brand? This side-by-side EcoVessel vs Hydro Flask comparison aims to find out.

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How to Break in Chacos Fast

Have a new pair of Chaco hiking sandals and need to break them in fast? Here’s what you need to do.

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Best Softshell Pants for Cold Weather Hiking

Need pants for cold weather hiking? Then you need a pair of thick and warm softshell pants. Here are the best softshell pants on the market.

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Klean Kanteen vs Yeti

Don’t know whether you should get the Klean Kanteen or Yeti reusable water bottle? This side-by-side comparison will help you make the right decision.

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Best Outdoor Clothing Brands

The outdoor apparel market is massive, with everything from high-end backcountry specialists to budget-focused brands, and these are the best out of them all:

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Outdoor Research Helium HD vs Helium II

You know you want an Outdoor Research jacket, you just don’t know which one? Then this Helium HD vs Helium II comparison ought to be of great help.

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Contigo vs Hydro Flask: Which Flask is Better?

Contigo is an emerging brand that promises to give Hydro Flask a run for its money. Let’s see whether it makes for a worthy competitor.

Chaco hiking sandals

Chaco vs Keen

Can’t decide whether to get Chaco or Keen hiking sandals? This product comparison will help you pick the best pair of hiking sandals for your needs.

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Best Hiking Shorts for Men & Women

If you’re planning on hitting the trail any time soon, you’ll need some thin, light clothing if it looks as though the weather is going to be good. Wearing the right hiking shorts means you can have the freedom to move around as you please, but it also means you won’t overheat.

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Best Trekking Poles for Hiking

A good lightweight set of trekking poles are great when hiking long distance routes. They help with balance and on slippery slope help you to stay on your feet.

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Best Fleece Jackets for Hiking

If you are looking for a fleece jacket, we have got you covered for all the best options on the market right now.

Hikers in lightweight rain jackets

Best Lightweight Rain Jackets

If you want to stay safe and well when you’re out in the wilderness, you need a backpacking rain jacket that works well at a price that fits your pocket.

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Best Backpacking Sleeping Pads for Camping

Sleeping pads can appear like an extra weight to carry in your backpack – but just wait until you want a good nights sleep on hard or cold ground.

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Ozark Trail vs Yeti

When it comes to premium coolers, travel mugs, and insulated tumblers, Austin-based Yeti is probably the most well-known name in the game. Ozark Trail, on …

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Inspirational Walking Quotes

My 65 Favorite Inspirational Walking Quotes

If you lack the inspiration to start walking or hiking, these inspirational walking quotes will get you from the couch and motivate you to be active.

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The North Face ThermoBall vs Patagonia Nano Puff

If you still can’t decide which synthetic down jacket you should buy for winter we’ve made a brilliant comparison of the best synthetic down jackets for you.

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Best Waterproof Socks

Not many people would argue with the fact that your feet are the most important part of your body to take into consideration when hiking – only the best hiking socks will do. If you want the best waterproof sock I recommend SealSkinz Waterproof Trekking socks.

Portomarin Spain

Portomarin

Portomarin developed along both sides of the River Mino, the town was of strategic importance and always garrisoned first by the Order of Santiago, then …

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Gifts for Outdoorsy People

From indestructible water bottles to wanderlust-inspiring books, here are the 27 best gifts for outdoorsy people.

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Mira vs Hydro Flask: Which is the Better Bottle

Mira is an emerging competitor to Hydro Flask. To see if it is worthy, I’ve compared the two stainless steel water bottle brands side by side.

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Top Ten Things About Camino de Santiago

There are so many things that are great about the Camino de Santiago makes it difficult to reduce to my list of the top ten things to do and see.

Ponferrada on the Camino

Ponferrada

Ponferrada became a city in 1908 with a population of only 3,000 at that time. Today the population has grown to over 67,000 making it …

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Best Leggings for Hiking

Best Hiking Leggings

There are countless models of leggings out there. We filtered out all the best leggings for hiking for you to make your decision easier and right.

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Best Down Jackets

We have taken the hard work out of finding the best down jackets for hiking or just being outside during the winter. Read our buying guide in what to look for in a down jacket.

Best Hiking Pants

Best Hiking Pants

We compared the best hiking pants on the market. Check out our guide that will help you pick out the best hiking pants for your next adventure.

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Best Hiking Fanny Pack

A hiking fanny pack is a great option for all hikers who love hiking and don’t need to carry many things. Check our list of the best hiking fanny pack.

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Why Is Arc’teryx So Expensive?

If you’ve been wondering why Arc’teryx products are so pricey, you are definitely not alone. I’ve never hesitated to pay up for high-quality outdoor clothing and equipment, but shelling out over $700 for a rain shell seems a bit rough.

The things that Spain Famous For

What is Spain Known For: Top 14 Famous Things in Spain

If you ask “What is Spain famous for?” we can assure you that for plenty of things. It has it all – charming nature and cities, delicious food, and a lot more.

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