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The Beast’s Tip of The Week – Keep Your Hands Warm With Instant Thumbloops

This is a really quick tip to keep your hands warm by creating instant thumbloops when you’ve forgotten your gloves, or just plain can’t be bothered to get them out of the pack. You will need : One jacket with velcro adjusted cuff – basically almost any regular jacket that’s neither cheap or ultralight. All you need …

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Cold Weather Running

With the lower quality rags warning of a Siberian Winter, as they invariably do every winter, year in and year out, you’ll need to get properly kitted out for some winter running. Not because of their usually incorrect forecasting, but due to the solid science that the months of January and February are usually quite …

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Five Things – Starting Out

Here’s a few of the best Starting Out and Skills and Tips tutorial articles we’ve published over the last year or so. 1 – Wild Camping It may not have been a good year to start wild camping, but if anyone was inclined to do so then our Wild Camping tutorials would certainly have put them in the right direction. …

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The Beauty of Bivvying

With tents becoming so lightweight, it seems perverse to go out into the wilds with what’s basically a waterproof sleeping bag cover and with barely any weight benefit. Most of the cheaper ex-army type of bivvy bags are actually heavier than your typical 1kg lightweight tent. So why bother? Reducing the experience down to the …

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How to Make Camping Coffee

If like me, you’d rather boil up some ‘wild raisins’ from next to the tent than suffer a brown liquid that purports to be ‘coffee’ from some sort of stick, then this might be an option. Rather than taking up any extra paraphenalia, all you need to make some almost proper Camping Coffee is a …

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Layering up for Winter

Setting out for a winter walk you’ll need to make sure you’re properly dressed, but if you’re not then you’re from as much risk from overheating as you are from the cold. You need to be comfortable.. This means that it’s no good whacking on that down jacket at the start of the walk, unless …

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How To – Wash Merino Wool

If like me, you’re a little nervous with merino wool, here’s a brief run down of how to make sure it gets washed properly. 1 – Read the label! If it say’s anything different to us, then take the label’s advice over ours! 2 – Fill the sink with hand warm water. Don’t put water …

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