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…

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…

The Oakleaf Adventure Insignia

I grew up with the Army. I was christened in the garrison church of the now closed Mullingar barracks, and I first learned to cycle a bike by pedaling around Pearse Square in the Curragh Camp. It’s always been there, my dad was in the army and I joined the Army Reserve (then FCÁ) when I…