When Carl Alvey came back from guiding a 57-day ski expedition to the South Pole, he very kindly got in touch to tell us about the equipment he took with him.
Alex Pancoe on Vinson
Although he’d spent a lot of time in the mountains skiing, it never occurred to Alex Pancoe to actually climb one until a trip to Africa inspired him to try Kilimanjaro. Thinking he’d bitten off more than he could chew, he trained as hard as he could and surprised himself by taking it in his stride…and so decided to climb more.
A tale of two Wafers
We’ve heard from a couple of folks who’ve been off on very different trips, but both using our Wafer clothing, so we thought we’d let you know what they had to say about it.
So light it’s just not fair!
160km – 100 miles, if you prefer – in under a week is quite an undertaking. Even more so when you do it at altitude. Even more so when you consider that the height gain is upwards of 28,000m. So, it’s not really surprising that competitors in the Everest Trail Race like to keep the weight in their bags to a minimum!
First ascents in Kyrgyzstan’s Djenghi-Djer
We were approached, a little while ago, by a chap called Will Rowland, who wanted to talk about sleeping bags. Nothing too unusual in that: as you might imagine, people ask us about sleeping bags pretty much every day! This stuck in our minds though, thanks to an old family connection.
Fire & Ice: Back to the Icelandic Wilderness
There are many things people choose to do in order to push themselves: running marathons, running ultra-marathons…and then there’s the Fire & Ice. Said to be one of the toughest races in the world (even the five-times winner of the Marathon des Sables reckons it’s tough), it takes in 250km of volcanic ash, glacial river crossings, barren rock, grassy meadows, and everything else the Icelandic terrain can possibly throw at you.
Bivouacs, a personal view
Nowadays, PHD gear is used all over the world, from weekend camping and lightweight backpacking to Himalayan peaks and polar expeditions, but the story really begins with a young man, sleeping under the stars in the north of England. So, we thought it would be interesting to hear what Peter Hutchinson – our founder, and now not quite such a young man – has to say about the freedom and the sense of adventure which comes from the bivouac.
Any Good? Not Half
We know why we think Half Bags are a good idea, but it’s always worth our while finding out what you guys think! We asked a load of our Half Bag devotees to tell us about them. Find out what they said.
A Suit Less Ordinary
Right from the beginning, off-the-peg solutions have never really been our style. So, when Anja Blacha asked us for something for her Himalayan trip which she couldn’t get anywhere else, we were all ears. Find out more.
Jo Bradshaw: One step closer to the 7 Summits
The Seven Summits: the highest peaks on each continent. Fewer than 500 people have climbed all of them and, of those, just 9 British women have managed it. Well, last month, with her success on Denali, Jo Bradshaw came a step closer to being the 10th.