April 2014

Duct tape – holding my life together

Duct tape has long been a staple of the outdoor instructor’s personal kit. From gun shot wounds to relationships, if it can’t be fixed with duct tape, it isn’t worth fixing.

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Gear I’m Loving… HF throwlines

I’ve used many different throwlines over the past few years, from all of the main manufacturers. However, I believe that HF are the best on the market and here’s why…

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Haynes Kayaking Manual Review

Here at iboutdoor we’ve been lucky enough to get hold of a review copy of the Haynes Kayaking Manual. Here’s our thoughts…

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Pyranha Burn Modifications

Last year I switched from a Medium to a Large Pyranha Burn. I’m always fascinated to see what people have done to improve their boats when I buy second hand and thought I’d share these two modifications here on iboutdoor.

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Sport climbing quickdraws

Sport climbing is becoming increasingly popular, with routes being put up all over the world. Unlike traditional climbing, sport routes are protected with quickdraws attached to permanent bolts that have been drilled in to the rock.

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Throwback Thursday!

This week we take a look back to last summer, paddling on the river Tungufljot in southern Iceland.

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Mounting a river knife on a buoyancy aid

Externally mounted river knives are a little frowned upon in the UK, mostly because they look quite aggressive and our rivers are usually fairly close to urban areas. In the past, I have carried a folding knife in the pocket of my BA and to be honest, I’ve never had to use it. However, I’m not convinced that I could easily get to it (with one hand) if I ever did need to use it in the water. Hence why I purchased an NRS Pilot Knife.

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5 tips for the successful dirtbag

There comes a point in every young climber’s life when they decide it will be a good idea to go and “live the dream.” To free themselves of the outside world, live as cheaply as possible and chase routes not $$$. Here at iboutdoor we applaud such ventures and offer the the following hard-learnt advice:

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Losing your drain bung…

Most manufacturers have designed methods of keeping drain bungs attached to your kayak at all times, but they still part company on occasion. This can be a real pain when out on the river…

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Dealing with stuck cams

Back in 2011 I spent most of the summer living out of my car, on a UK climbing road trip. I spent a week living near Stanage Edge in the Peak District, one of the most popular climbing crags in the country. Although I didn’t see many climbers out during the week, I found plenty of evidence of their presence

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Making a kayak rear gopro mount

Some of the best kayaking videos use footage taken from many different angles, breaking away from the first person view that we have become used to over the past few years. I have tried using my GoPro on different mounts attached to my boat, (here) but was never really happy with the result. After seeing footage taken from a pole mount on the stern of the boat, I decided to have a go at making my own. 

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