Writer, editor and enthusiast of anything involving boots, bikes, boats, beers and bruises, Pat has spent 20 years pursuing adventure stories. En route he’s canoed Canada’s Yukon River, climbed Mont Blanc and Kilimanjaro, skied and mountain biked through the Norwegian Alps, run an ultra across the roof of Mauritius, and set short-lived records for trail-running Australia’s highest peaks and New Zealand’s Great Walks. He’s authored walking guides to Devon and Dorset, and once wrote a whole book about Toilets for Lonely Planet. Follow Pat’s escapades here.
Our selection of the best trekking poles are designed to give you superb support when taking on strenuous trails or on long hiking expeditions
Classic wellies, Barbour Bede Wellingtons comes from a brand with deep roots in the British countryside
Out selection of the best waterproof jackets will help you make the right choice on an outer that will guard you against the most challenging winter conditions
Neoprene-lined, wonderfully warm wellies, Gumleaf Viking Wide Calf Wellington Boots have a Vibram sole and extra-wide calf cuffs
In some weather, only the very best wellington boots can keep the wet and wild elements from getting to your feet
A pair of the best hiking shoes give you many of the benefits of chunkier boots without weighing you down
Choosing the best hiking socks for winter will keep your feet cozy, dry and protected, no matter what you trudge through
Out selection of the best hiking gloves rounds up the finest hand warmers from high performance mountaineering gloves to lighter options for trail running
Choosing the best trail running shoes allows you to take on the most epic ascents, scrambly ridgelines, muddy paths, rooty forest trails and awesome, no holds barred descents
Choosing the best hiking boots for your planned expeditions is the foundation of all of your adventures in the backcountry
Handsome and handy-to-pack, the Beyond Clothing Yuba Ultralight K6 Rain Anorak has loads of storage and decent performance levels
The lavishly featured Adidas Terrex Swift R3 GTX hiking shoes have the funky look and lightweight feel of trail runners
Our selection of the best fleece jackets contains only the finest mid layers, giving you comfort, warmth, performance and breathability on your winter adventures
Learning or refreshing your knowledge of how to use a compass is a great idea if you're nav skills have gone south
We’ve spent countless nights under canvas, putting the best sleeping pads, mats and airbeds through their paces, so that can choose wisely and sleep soundly
The sweetly priced Forclaz Mountain Trek 500 gloves offer hand protection for hill hikers and peak baggers, perfect for fall and spring adventures
The Hanwag Banks Low Bunion LL is a low-cut version of a very popular walking boot, available in a special comfort fit bunion sufferers
Knowing how to use trekking poles can make the difference between a successful outdoor adventure or one that leaves your legs in tatters
Knowing how to break in hiking boots will avoid discomfort when wearing newly-bought boots during their maiden adventures on the trails
Comfortable and high-performing, BAM Bamboo Technical Trainer Socks are friendly to your feet, wallet and the planet
The transformer trousers, Royal Robbins Active Traveler Zip ’N’ Go Pants go from long to short pants in seconds, and repel bugs while they’re at it
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