It’s become common practice for authors and publishers to give away free books to readers in exchange for a review on Amazon. It’s something I don’t do. I believe it’s in the interests of all of us to maintain trust in reader reviews by not trying to cheat the system.Read more
Happy 50th birthday to Cicerone guidebooks
One of the things about writing an outdoor blog is that people sometimes ask to send me free stuff. I’m very bad at receiving presents and don’t want to encourage it, but today I’m going to make an exception.Read more
Why do outdoor brands constantly dick around with perfectly good gear?
I recently bought a new version of a jacket that I’ve always liked, but when it arrived in the mail, I found that it had a feature so annoying that I had to send it back. This perplexed me so much that I decided to write this 900-word rant and post some silly photos.Read more
Win a pair of Scarpa Phantom 8000 boots that have been to the summit of Manaslu
I am giving away a pair of Scarpa Phantom 8000 mountaineering boots to one lucky person who signs up to my mailing list.Read more
4 pairs of mountaineering boots
Mountaineering can be an expensive hobby, particularly if you end up buying the same things again and again. I’ve just bought my fourth pair of mountaineering boots in preparation for Everest next month, not because I need four pairs ofRead more
What price an outdoor gear reviewer?
Apart from a few Google Ads and the odd Mars bar provided by Amazon’s associate links programme, I’ve never tried making anything out of my website by advertising. Although I’ve been approached many times, I’ve always ended up deciding IRead more