Mountain Journal

Grab a brew, kick back and relax with in-depth features, Alpkit news and tales of derring-do

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Daring Deeds

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What's Possible in 55 Hours

What's Possible in 55 Hours

It’s 55 hours from 7pm Friday to midnight Sunday. Enough time to flip a weekend of chores into two days exploring what lies beyond your front door....
A thousand smiles —discovering Rwanda’s singletrack

A thousand smiles —discovering Rwanda’s singletrack

I’m lost in a swirl of excitement; a clammer of eager faces. Kids crowd me to get a glimpse of the back of my camera and the photo I just shot — a ...
The Highlands

The Highlands

'So what is it we’re actually doing?’ I asked. Our week to the Highlands was getting close and thoughts were turning to packing and organising. Al...

Events

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Our Use of Recycled Materials

Our Use of Recycled Materials

We’re doing our bit. And we always have. We’re on a long journey towards being an even more environmentally and socially responsible business. Part...
March's Sewing Stories

March's Sewing Stories

This is the fifth installment in our Sewing Stories series. That means we’ve told 25 lovely stories of keeping gear going longer, making it fit and...
A Treasured Outdoor Moment - Bivvying with friends

A Treasured Outdoor Moment - Bivvying with friends

A Treasured Outdoor Moment - Conor Watt   My treasured moment is from this summer. Three friends and I went up to Ogof Owain Glyndŵr, on Moel yr Og...

Spotlight

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June Sewing Stories

June Sewing Stories

We hope you love reading our sewing stories just as much as we love sharing them. Sometimes our Repair heroes are doing big, long projects. Giving ...
A Guide to Custom Frame Bags

A Guide to Custom Frame Bags

Meet Gemma. Gemma is one of our wonderful custom machinists at Alpkit’s UK-made factory on the edge of the Peak District. She works on the Stingray...
South Lakes 100 Kit List

South Lakes 100 Kit List

A few years back, Dan Thompson took us through his bikepacking kit list for the South Lakes 100 - a two-day 100-mile mountain bike ride. Dan rode a...

Kudos

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Runner's World reviews Polestar

Runner's World reviews Polestar

The Polestar is an affordable twin-skin hiking pole tent. This is a lightweight but durable model for a very reasonable price, I found it to be id...
Robert Macfarlane reviews The Outdoor Swimmers' Handbook

Robert Macfarlane reviews The Outdoor Swimmers' Handbook

‘A really important, inspiring book, written by someone at the heart of the outdoor swimming movement that -- over the last fifteen years -- has e...
Walkhighlands reviews Ranger

Walkhighlands reviews Ranger

Comfortable to wear on long, wet days (thanks Mull!) and have found it extremely breathable. A good barrier against the wind, heading uphill I foun...

Alpkiteers

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Kate Rew

Kate Rew

Kate Rew is an outdoor swimmer, writer and mother. She set up The Outdoor Swimming Society (The OSS) in 2006 and has been a pivotal figure in the r...
Jenny Graham

Jenny Graham

Jenny holds the Guinness World Record for being the fastest woman to circumnavigate the planet by bike. 18,000 miles unsupported in 124 days 11 hou...
Sarah Leighton

Sarah Leighton

Sarah is the jack of all trades and master of none of the adventure world - which led her to create the Adventure Triathlon series. Paddle boarding...