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Top five things that you need for a camping trip (that you didn’t know you needed)

Posted on November 9, 2013

Disclaimer: you do not actually need any of the items on this list to go camping. 1. IPL. Yes, that’s right, intense pulsed light laser therapy. You need to permanently remove all of your unwanted body hair before you go camping. This might sound a little extreme, after all couldn’t you shave while you’re away or wax beforehand or just live with a bit of fuzz? Sure you can if you are one of those lucky blondes or red heads or darker skinned people born with the extremely undervalued genetic advantage of virtually no visible body hair. You people can throw caution to the wind and skip off into the sunset of camping adventures with never a thought for your poor fair-skinned-dark-haired friends. They…

Product Review: La Sportiva Mythos

Posted on May 23, 2013

Most. Comfortable. Climbing. Shoes. Ever. These babies were first released in 1991 and a special 20th Anniversary Edition (in a slightly bizarre brown and sparkly gold) was issued to mark the occasion a few years ago. Personally, I opted for the prettier standard issue women’s shoe which comes in a very fetching mint. The shoes have a fancy lace up design which means that they are very snug on, without squashing your feet: your toes will love you. The leather is very soft and supple and feels lovely on your feet. I cannot emphasis enough how comfortable these shoes are – I can quite happily stand around and or climb in them all day long. They are perfect for long multi-pitching days if you…

Product Review: Scarpa Thunder Women’s Climbing Shoes

Posted on May 23, 2013

These are the most uncomfortable climbing shoe I have ever worn. I have no idea how I was talked into buying them. I was after a slightly more technical shoe that my comfy beginner boots but really the only selling point of the Thunders is their nice rich plum colour. However, having focused so much hatred on those stupid shoes I now loathe the sight of anything plum-like. They didn’t actually start off that badly. The first few times I wore them I was enchanted by all the lovely rubber that my new shoes had and figured that the intense pain in my big toes would eventually subside as I wore them in (I am in fact a big gir’s blouse when it comes…