winter hiking jacket

Columbia vs North Face Winter Jackets

If your search for a perfect winter jacket has led you to compare Columbia vs North Face, you’ve come to the right place. Both Columbia and North Face are high-quality American sportswear brands, and they make some of the best winter jackets on the market.

Salomon vs North Face Hiking

Salomon vs North Face Hiking Shoes

Next to roasting marshmallows over a fire and fishing down at the lake, it’s hard to come up with a more iconic outdoor activity than hiking. There’s nothing quite like it – you wander quietly under the shades of tall trees, march across grasslands, and traverse rugged and rocky ground to finally make it to the top of a summit, where you can enjoy a mesmerizing view.

reasons to hike

Why do People Hike? 12 Reasons to Start Hiking

My love of hiking started when I was young. My grandfather was a lover of nature and he used to drag me on long walks while explaining the world around us. Like many, I rebelled as a teenager and stopped hiking. I was late in my twenties before I start again.

Camino trail in Galicia

Buen Camino! by Natasha & Peter Murtagh – Book Review

If you are looking to get a very good impression of the French Camino or bring back some of the memories from your own journey you can’t go wrong with this book.  I found myself unable to put the book down and wanted to read what happened next – something I am used to in a good novel, but this is real life.

gift ideas for Camino de Santiago pilgrims

13 Gifts Ideas for Camino de Santiago Pilgrims

Beautiful and unique gifts for pilgrims-to-be and memorabilia for pilgrims already finished with the Camino.

Buying presents can be hard especially for pilgrims. Many peregrinos while walking realise that they need very little in life. They live off a backpack for several weeks and stick to a routine of the Camino — wake up, eat, walk, sleep.

Thus material things are no longer as important as before.

St Bees on the Coast to Coast

Coast to Coast Walk

Devised by famous British fellwalker Alfred Wainwright in 1973, the Coast to Coast is a diverse and challenging long-distance hike in the north of England.

Camino family

What is a Camino Family?

I reflected in a previous story, that the Camino is a place where the magic happens, something I have not experienced anywhere else, there is a strange ‘need’ to return that I cannot explain, a longing for something…

Santiago Spain

Who was Santiago?

Santiago is the patron saint of Spain and the reason for the pilgrimage routes to Santiago de Compostela.

Castrojeriz in the way of Saint James at Castilla

Inner and Outer Experiences of the Camino de Santiago

Since completing the Camino de Santiago I have read 2 books by individuals who have described their inner and outer experiences, their trials, their triumphs and their fellow pilgrims along the way. Although fairly interesting and at times amusing they write about their unique journey and whilst there are certain shared experiences, they are still their experiences and not mine.

Camino in winter

What is Best Time to Walk the Camino de Santiago?

This is one of the questions I get asked most frequently, what is the best time of year to walk the Camino de Santiago. Usually, though people are asking about the Camino Frances to Santiago, and for that reason that is the route this post refers to.

hiking bottle

Fifty Fifty vs Hydro Flask

Fifty/Fifty vs Hydro Flask: two of the biggest players in hiking water bottles. They make expertly-insulated products that are capable of keeping your liquids both cold and hot.

Best Double Sleeping Bags

Here we review the 12 best double sleeping bags. Two person sleeping bags are great for camping and RV – but they are too heavy for backpacking, most are not designed with weight in mind, more the idea of comfort sleeping with your…

Best Gifts For Hikers

Finding a great gift for the hiker in your life can be very hard work. We have tried here to make finding hiking gifts much easier by listing the most popular in every price range.

what type of sleeping bag is best?

Down vs Synthetic Sleeping Bag

If I am in a situation where my sleeping bag might get wet or damp I would normally choose to use a Synthetic Sleeping Bag. Down sleeping bags are best for ultralight and warmth to weight ratio.

The Way My Way book

The Way, My Way by Bill Bennett Book Review

I asked for book suggestions a few weeks back on the Camino Facebook page and on the weekly newsletter and The Way, My Way by Bill Bennett was suggested in both, so I bought it and read.

Line of pilgrims

A Million Steps by Kurt Koontz

It is not often that I find myself being judgmental of an author while reading his or her book, but with Kurt I was.  We are of similar ages, backgrounds, both of us had addiction issues and both of us left those behind many years ago – even though they are still something that defines us.  So, sorry Kurt, although I enjoyed reading the book, initially I was not going to write anything about it.  However, after my other half read the book I asked her what she thought and she really liked it.  So here I am getting over myself.

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