‘News’ Archive

Lockdown 3

So here we are again, and to us outdoor enthusiasts, we face the onset of another frustrating time. As we view pictures of pristine snow conditions on mountains in Scotland and Wales posted (presumably) by people living in the shadow of those summits, many of us are limited to the immediate area of our homes […]

Bringing Woodland diversity to pasture fields.

I read a lot about rewilding and I hear a lot more about it. Usually the theme is planting trees or allowing trees to regenerate naturally in uplands and pasture land. I don’t intend to go into the rights and wrongs of converting these areas to woodland, but to focus on one aspect of the […]

Realigning our political landscape to the environmental landscape.

Regular readers of my blog could be forgiven for believing that it’s just a page about walking kit, but in reality its about any issues impinging on the hillgoer, and environment is central to the hillwalkers raison d’etre. Environment is also more controversial than which boots are best, and it should be understood that I’m […]

Looking at this seasons technical waterproof jacket offerings at Cotswold Outdoors

In this review I’m not going to comment on colour choice as it’s such a personal thing, and can be better gauged online or in store. I have not worn any of these garments in anger, but as I occasionally work at Exeter Cotswold Outdoor, I have had the chance to examine them all, try […]

Waterproof jackets:- a hole in the market?

In the beginning was the anorak…an outer garment pulled over the head with a kangaroo pouch pocket and made of various canvas materials, usually with some treatment to keep out the worst of the weather. The anorak was cut quite short and had a “frog” that passed between the legs and buttoned up to reduce […]

Sad Times

Covid has impacted all of us in one way or another, and 2020 has not been good for the Outdoor Adventure Industry. We at Hillwise have had to think hard about our core income streams and some things have had to go. We have decided, with great reluctance, to surrender our NNAS providership, so we […]

National Navigation Award Silver Course 29-30/03/19

A 2 day fully practical non-residential course on Dartmoor following the NNAS Silver syllabus and assessment criteria. Ideally you will have completed the NNAS bronze course already or be capable of completing tasks in the bronze syllabus (see www.nnas.org.uk). Please bring full waterproofs including gaiters, a packed lunch, and dress warmly. If you own a […]

Bronze National Navigation Award course 25-26/03/19

A chance to complete the introductory course of the National Navigation Award scheme, laying a firm foundation for your navigation learning. A great way to get started. The course concentrates on map orientation, judging distance and following linear features. To find out more email adrian@hillwise.co.uk or text to 07740983334

Review of PHD Tundra Jacket

PHD Tundra jacket review…….a study in evolution. Back in the day, back when I was young and short of cash Mountain Equipment produced the “Mountain Jacket” I should say THE Mountain Jacket. To my mind this garment was the bees knees able to compete with anything that is produced to this day. The jacket was […]

Courses in March 2017

We have an NNAS Bronze course running on the 13th and 14th of March (non-residential) at a cost of £60 per person. The 1st day will run from  Haytor lower car park and the second from Trendlebeare down car park (just past the cattle grid). Both days will be 9-5 with a little “Homework” overnight. […]