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Refuges will be closing for the season
You might want to take some cooking gear as many refuges start to close for the season towards the end of September. The Queyras is an interesting and rarely visited part of the Alps by non-Fren...

In Pre-Trip Planning » Backpacking in the French Alps
September 03, 4:38pm

Unsupported always
My view is that supported attempts remove the relevance of the route so the athlete could run any equivalent distance/elevation route and achieve the same result. The route provides a set of challe...

In Philosophy & Technique » John Muir Trail speed records - a question of style
August 28, 4:55pm

Battery life is marketing hype
Don't believe the headlines. The 5 week battery life is based on NOT using the GPS or sensors so no point buying the watch if that's what you need in the way of battery life. Battery life ...

In GEAR » Best watch with thermometer and altimeter?
June 29, 12:13am

Some comments
In recognition of the issues with digital compasses the Suunto Vector has a bubble level on the dial so that you can get the watch horizontal for reasonably accurate results. Few, if any, other wat...

In GEAR » Best watch with thermometer and altimeter?
June 28, 12:49am

No mapping
No mapping on the ForeTrex models. Apart from that they perform as a hand held (battery life, signal reception etc.

In GEAR » Wrist GPS with digital mapping
May 16, 5:08pm

Oooh - scientists at 30 paces.
I am not going down the science route, just personal experience and I don't know any Bedouin to ask. Walking around in temperatures around 35-40 C I find a loose white polycotton business shirt...

In GEAR » Clothing for desert hiking
May 14, 4:24pm

+ 1 on the poly cotton business shirt. Buy white and size up. You will be amazed by the difference clothing colour makes to your comfort. While this has been referred to in earlier posts, I thin...

In GEAR » Clothing for desert hiking
May 14, 5:31am

A couple of things I do.
It is amazing where grit ends up. At the end of each day I pull out the insoles and clean out the little holes in the forefoot area, shake out the shoes and give my socks a good thrashing on a cle...

In GEAR » Hiking in Trail Runners
May 10, 11:10pm

Try Thru Hiker
Danny - Welcome to the paucity of top end MYOG materials in Australia. If you don't have the materials yet it may be worth looking at the Thru-Hiker Maxima Jacket kit and add some fabric and fi...

In Make Your Own Gear » Synthetic fill hooded jacket pattern
May 09, 7:48pm

My solution
Don't take a full roll. When the roll at home gets about 80% used replace it. You then have an adequate supply for a few days. You will find that you can flatten the roll and even remove the...

May 02, 10:32pm

All Reader Reviews by Mark Fowler

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Suunto Vector
I have used a Suunto Vector for the past 8 years (at least 200 days) and it has worked flawlessly. I use the watch, alarm, compass and altimeter/barometer functions. I replace the battery each year a...

In Navigation Gear & Accessories
October 25, 11:00pm