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Salewa Vultur Evo GTX Review- by MAD Ambassador Graham Uney

Mad about Mountains | 25/02/2021 20:59:46

I don't often lust after a pair of boots. But when you spend most of your working life in them, and you see someone wearing a pair that really look like they should be on your feet, it's hard to not want to go out and buy some. A mate of mine bought a pair of Salewa Vultur.... More

Petzl Volta Guide 9mm Triple-Rated Rope Review- by MAD Ambassador Graham Uney

Mad about Mountains | 25/02/2021 20:55:20

Every climber looks for something specific when they're thinking about buying a new rope. For some a rope that's durable is important, while for others something super-skinny is the deciding factor. You might want a rope specifically for single-pitch climbing, winter climbing, or long Alpine ascents, or perhaps even just to use as a walkers' confidence rope. For me, when.... More

REVIEW: Rab’s New Vapour-rise Range (VR)

Mad about Mountains | 08/01/2021 11:01:27

Reviewed and written by Heidi Dent I was lucky enough to get my hands on two pieces to test from Rab’s new VR range AW2020/21: the VR Summit jacket and the VR Incline pants. The concept of an all-in-one, multi-sport system is not a new one for Rab. In fact founder of Rab, Rab Carrington created this.... More

Harvey Howgill Tops Round

Mad about Mountains | 09/09/2020 22:38:56

Ok, so before I proceed I must first confess…this wasn’t the Harvey Howgill Tops Round that is recognised online and which people may be familiar with. Truth be told, during my research when I was looking at the this Ultra-Distance Challenge= 40 summits over 40 miles, I also read about Alan Evans’s top to top round from Wandale to Winder,.... More

Salewa Wildfire Edge Mid GTX Shoes Reviewed

Mad about Mountains | 22/07/2020 22:28:32

I’ll be very honest with you...when the Salewa Wildfire Edge GTX landed in store my first impressions were they certainly look cool, but after reading the spec I was left baffled! Here we had a Chitty Chitty Bang Bang in the footwear field. The shoe could be a comfortable walking boot in one step but after a few lace adjustments.... More

Inov-8 X-Talon’s Reviewed

Mad about Mountains | 01/03/2020 14:30:00

Due to a recent relapse, I have found myself spending less time on the saddle, pushing pedals and back where my feet belong…skipping along merrily and carefree in the rugged fells. Without a shadow of a doubt one major contributing factor which has helped me rediscover my love for running has been (no…not the weather) but NEW SHOES! Slipping on.... More

“How do I reproof my waterproof jacket?”

Mad about Mountains | 03/02/2020 12:09:04

People regularly ask me “What’s the best means of reproofing a waterproof garment?” I also hear often “My coat is no longer waterproof!” My answer is…Nikwax! If the jacket is fairly new, chances are it probably just needs a good clean and by that I mean it needs to be the right cleaning product to achieve the desired results. At.... More

MAM ON TOUR- Oberalp Convention in Austria

Mad about Mountains | 04/01/2020 17:00:41

A very overdue report on mine and Ro’s (girls trip) adventure over to Austria for the annual winter convention hosted by Oberalp Group; parent company of our in store brand Salewa. The first I heard of this awesome opportunity and jet setter experience was when Ro asks on one afternoon in late October “Is your passport in date?”.... More

Rab Kinetic Alpine Jacket Review- By MAD Ambassador Graham Uney

Mad about Mountains | 18/12/2019 09:45:00

Every now and then a new waterproof jacket hits the market that demands attention. I knew that 2019 for me was going to be largely about spending time among high mountains, including mountaineering trips to the Alps, the Caucasus, and the Nepal Himalaya, as well as working on a lot of mountaineering, rock climbing, and hillwalking courses back home in.... More

Cycling the Outer Hebrides DAY FOUR

Mad about Mountains | 27/10/2019 16:13:11

Our 5 Day Excursion covering Barra, Uist, Harris and Skye by Heidi Dent Waking up Monday morning I thought maybe the ‘shed’ had been picked up in a tornado overnight, (Wizard of Oz styley) and dropped somewhere new. The view outside was hardly recognisable. What could be seen now was grey murky tones and rain, lots of rain..... More

Cycling the Outer Hebrides DAY THREE

Mad about Mountains | 14/10/2019 14:46:38

Our 5 Day Excursion covering Barra, Uist, Harris and Skye by Heidi Dent Sunday 1st September, DAY 3 Across Harris to Skye Despite the elaborate supper the night before I woke up hungry. If I was hungry…Tom was going to be a Starvin Marvin. We went to bed last night aware of the problem that there would be.... More

Rab Forge Base Layer Review

Mad about Mountains | 07/10/2019 16:46:00

Last week I caught a chill cycling in to work, so working in an outdoor shop it was too tempting not to grab a new base layer. I’d had my eye on the Rab Forge LS Tee; a merino/polyester blend, lightweight base layer. The tops are true to size, with a slim fit. For me the length of the body.... More

Cycling the Outer Hebrides DAY 2

Mad about Mountains | 29/09/2019 13:54:44

Our 5 Day Excursion covering Barra, Uist, Harris and Skye by Heidi Dent Saturday 31st, August, DAY 2 Barra to Harris After a good night’s sleep and a continental breakfast (help yourselves to anything out of the cupboards styley) we set off @ 8:30am with plenty of time to catch the 9:20am ferry from the north of Barra.... More

Planning a Cycle Trip across the Outer Hebrides? DAY 1

Mad about Mountains | 23/09/2019 12:17:51

Our 5 Day Excursion covering Barra, Uist, Harris and Skye by Heidi Dent I am going to break down the trip day by day. Each day will be a new blog entry. My intent is to try and keep it entertaining but informative in case you too are planning something similar yourself. So I’ll start from the very beginning….... More

Salewa Ortles Jacket Review

Mad about Mountains | 18/09/2019 14:10:00

Product= Salewa Ortles Celliant Wool Jacket Location= Strathpeffer, Highland, Scotland Event= The Strathpuffer- A 24hr mountain biking challenge When I first set my eyes on this jacket it was love at first sight. The vibrant red really stands out. Salewa do a great job of.... More

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