Tried and Trusted: Helly Hansen Loke Jacket

The Helly Hansen Loke jacket is a small, lightweight, windproof, waterproof jacket. There really isn’t a whole lot more to it. No bells and whistles. But it does what it says it does, and it does it very well. I’ve been using the Loke jacket for about four months now, so a review is overdue.…

Escape from the Castle: The Art O’Neill Challenge

First, a little history: On the 6th of January, 1592, Art O’Neill, his brother, Henry, and Red Hugh O’Donnell made a break for it! In doing so they became the only three people in history to successfully escape from Dublin Castle. Their goal was to reach the stronghold of Fiach McHugh O’Byrne, in Glenmalur, over 55km…

Mick’s Route 66 Kit List

This isn’t the usual kind of post, but for those of you who were wondering, here is the complete kit list Mick Dolan used on his Route 66 cycle tour. You can read more about it in my interview with him here. The Bike and bags Surly Long Haul Trucker (with modifications) Brooks Flyer Saddle…

Adventurer: Mick Dolan

For a while now I’ve wanted to include a series of interviews on the blog. The first subject of those interviews was never in doubt. Mick Dolan; retired army officer, bicycle touring expert (I think at this stage that’s a reasonable claim), published author, and my dad. Dad’s been on a bike for as far…

Adventure Essentials: Footwear

I’ve mentioned in a previous post how work is like an adventure school, and honestly I’ve been learning a lot since I started. Things that a) I didn’t know; or b) I did, but I didn’t realise a lot of other people didn’t. So I’ve decided to write up some of the basics here as…

Perks of the Job

As I said on Facebook, I used to think getting to sit beside the window in the office was a perk, but then about an hour before work finished on Wednesday May 18th I was asked if I wanted a free ticket to the Banff Mountain Film Festival. Of course I did! There were six…