Comments for The Adventure Junkies Be Safe, Confident & Prepared In The Outdoors Sun, 21 Nov 2021 18:12:27 +0000 hourly 1 Comment on Best 2 Way Radios of 2022 by Christina Fri, 16 Dec 2016 20:41:13 +0000 A solar backpack is a creative idea. You make a good point when suggesting people consider their environmental conditions and then choose the battery type from there.

Comment on 50 Best Bicycle Touring Books Of All Time by Peter Dickerson Fri, 16 Dec 2016 10:39:13 +0000 I have read Alastair Humphreys two books. I wish they were longer. They deserve to be at the top of this list. His trip is the one to judge all others by. It is a true round the world bike adventure that included the length of Africa, from Patagonia to the top of Alaska and then through Siberia, down Japan, across China and back through Europe. Alastair did the whole trip on the surface of the Earth as well by including three boat trips. The books are entertaining, amazing and inspiring. They are essential reading for anyone that is planning anything really, but especially an epic bike adventure.

Comment on 39 Of The Best Scuba Diving Books Of All Time by Amanda Zeisset Fri, 16 Dec 2016 04:45:34 +0000 In reply to Dan.

Hi Dan, I’ve never read that one…sounds interesting. I had a look around online but couldn’t find it. I’ll Let you know if it turns up 🙂

Comment on 39 Of The Best Scuba Diving Books Of All Time by Dan Fri, 16 Dec 2016 04:00:20 +0000 I’m trying to find the book I read some years ago. I don’t “think” it was Scheck? The book was pretty much an autobiography of sorts, detailing a solo man’s experiences: Recovery of cave divers, investigating boat ramp deaths, I remember it was in the Yucatan maybe NM and FL? any ideas? I think I read it in the early 90’s?


Comment on Best Climbing Ropes of 2022 by Kim House Thu, 15 Dec 2016 05:26:27 +0000 In reply to Taylor.

Hey Taylor! Thanks for your comment.

One of the wonderful things Mammut offers with their ropes is your own choice of dry treatment. You can buy from their Classic, Protect, or Dry collections. If you are climbing in the gym only, buy the Mammut Eternity Classic – you definitely will not need the Dry! The Classic is much less expensive and will meet all your needs indoors. Depending on the length of the routes at your gym, you might be able to go in on this rope with a friend, and then cut the rope in two at the halfway mark. 30-35m is a sufficient length for most gyms, but be sure to check first!

I own a Mammut Eternity Dry and use it all the time for sport climbing outside. If outdoor climbing is in your future and you’re not worried about the cost, it can be a great choice.

Comment on how to prevent hiking blisters by Aaron Wed, 14 Dec 2016 13:27:53 +0000 I would try surgical spirit rather than white spirit.

I think most people have had boot problems at some time or other. Until about 10 years ago I had the odd blister and used Compeed to good effect. Then I had problems with my Scarpa Mantas – just couldn’t wear them despite lots of previous walks in them. Then my Scarpa SLs and Scarpa Alps started the same trick. I ended up using a pair of cheap light weight boots for a while but had to get better boots for the winter. I was very careful in my selection and the first thing I noticed was that no Scarpas of any size fitted any more (I’ve tried other Scarpas since – no good).

The problem wasn’t Scarpa – it was my feet – MY ARCHES HAD FALLEN hence blisters and bruised toes. I had denied or been ignorant of my boot size going up from a 46 to a 47/48 AND at the same time I needed a wider fit (no – Scarpa wide fits are no good for my either).

So my advice is to try out boots for size and width (Meindl, Raichle/Mammut, Vasque, AKU and Berghaus work for me).

I would also suggest wearing boots suitable for the walk. My Berghaus Kibos are really comfortable but I only use them in winter – at this time of year my feet would get too hot. Think about the socks too and match them to the boots.

It might also be worth trying an approach shoe (if you have a comfy pair) on the hills (try a dry spell) – be careful with the lack of ankle support but if you blister with them it is back to the drawing board. Good luck.

Comment on Best Diving Cameras of 2022 by smith curtis Tue, 13 Dec 2016 04:15:39 +0000 Great display of what these cameras can do. Beautiful footage!

Comment on How To Read A Compass by yachna Sun, 11 Dec 2016 09:35:53 +0000 Very nicely explained! Will keep it handy fro my next one!

Comment on Hiking The Abel Tasman Coast Track in New Zealand by Mimi McFadden Sat, 10 Dec 2016 13:10:27 +0000 Hi Florian! The name of the company for the kayaking tour was called Abel Tasman Kayaks. Here is their website, I did one of their half day tours.

Comment on Hiking The Abel Tasman Coast Track in New Zealand by Florian Wittek Sat, 10 Dec 2016 01:15:12 +0000 Hey Mimi,
Do you remember what the name of the company was that offered the kayak tour?
I would like to do the same thing as you guys and was wondering who offers such a tour.

Thank you!

Florian Wittek