Meals in a bag will be familiar to anybody who regularly spends a night under canvas in the wilderness.
While not exactly Cordon Bleu in taste and presentation, they are, for the most part, perfectly pleasant meals and a nice way to get some warmth and nutrition in your belly at the end, or beginning, of an epic hill day.
However, the extra rucksack weight of the stove required to boil these bags will also be familiar, so how cool would it be if all you needed to heat your meal to a delightfully piping-hot temperature was a plastic bag, a large tea-bag looking sachet and some water?
Too good to be true? Umm, watch the video and find out...
At Trail magazine we're usually strapping on a pair of heavy duty walking boots to tackle some peak or other. Sandals do not feature highly on our kit list.
But Keen have always straddled the divide between leisure footwear and shoes for tougher challenges, and their Clearwater CNX sandals are no exception.
Sandals they may be, but the Clearwaters are capable of more than you might imagine, as we found out during a trip to Spain's Sierra Nevada.
Well, you wouldn't want to watch a sandal review in the rain-soaked Scottish Highlands, would you?
You've probably heard of Fjällräven - the Swedish clothing brand that make tough outdoor gear for the harshest conditions. You might, however, not have heard of their annual winter event - the Fjällräven Polar.
So what is it? Well, Fjällräven Polar is an approximately 300km long winter adventure across the arctic tundra. The participants, who will have applied, submitted application videos and then been voted onto the expedition by their peers, steer a dog sled all the way from Signaldalen, Norway, to the forests around Jukkasjärvi, Swedish Lapland.
Oh, and there's the small matter of camping out in the frozen tundra with nothing more than the provided Fjällräven tents, clothing and equipment and some new skills drilled into them by outdoor survival expert Johan Skullman and a team of professional mushers.
And it's not just themselves they'll have to look after. Each has a team of six dogs which they will need to get to know, feed, harness and drive. Sounds great doesn't it? But also kind of tough..
Click HERE to find out how to enter.
Trail's news and features writer Ben Weeks joined the trip in 2013 to see how it compared with trekking in the UK hills, as well as finding out how he coped in the freezing conditions north of the Arctic Circle. This is some of his video diary from the event.
Fjällräven also have a media team on hand to photograph, video and interview the participants throughout the event. They have put together a 30 min documentary of the 2013 Fjällräven Polar which you can view below.
For more information on Fjällräven, the Fjällräven Polar event and how to enter, clickHERE.
The Brasher Hillmaster II - with Country Walking Magazine
In February team Trail spent two fun-packed days at the ISPO Outdoor Show in Munich, looking at all the new gear that will hit the shelves this year.
While there we were introduced to one of Mountain Hardwear’s sponsored athletes, Tim Emmett. Athlete is a bit of a vague term, so let's be a little more precise.
Tim is a rock climber, ice climber, B.A.S.E. jumper, wingsuit flyer, surfer, skier, snowborder, inspirational speaker and stuntman. As you can imagine, he's pretty busy.
Nonetheless, Trail's Oli Reed grabbed a few minutes with Tim whilst at ISPO at to ask him about his involvement with Mountain Hardwear, including his design input on some of their brand-new products.
Oli also chatted to Tim about his ice climbing at the phenomenal Helmcken Falls in Canada, his plans for future adventures, and his favourite spots in the UK.
At the back-end of last year I was interviewing a casualty, a young British woman, who had been recovered by the French Alpine Team I was training.
She had not been able to contact the emergency services because she did not know the number to dial and it was pure luck that she was found by other skiers who were also off piste.
Over the years I've spent a great deal of time meeting with the Home Office, visiting BT’s OACs (Operator Assistance Centres) and also the ECC (Emergency Control Centre) of the Police, Fire & Rescue and Ambulance Service. I also have intimate and personal knowledge of Mountain Rescue.
When I got home I made this short video to tell people exactly what to do to maximise their chances of getting through to the emergency services in the event of an accident.
Please share this video with your friends and family because one day it could save their lives.
Pick up the February 2013 issue of Trail magazine and you'll find several pages dedicated to staying safe in the mountains. It's perhaps and obvious statement, but staying safe in the hills is both more important and more difficult during the winter months. Conditions often dictate that even familiar territory will require a completely different skill set to tackle it when it's covered in snow and the temperature is well below freezing. To ensure they were equipped with the necessary skills, last winter Trail writers Dan Aspel and Ben Weeks were sent to Scotland to learn the basics of using crampons and ice axes, as well as simply moving over snow and ice covered terrain. This video is a brief clip of their time in the Cairngorms and includes a first person perspective of an ice axe arrest. For full details of the trip along with several 'how to' guides to crampon and ice axe use, pick up the February 2013 issue of Trail magazine - on sale from Thursday 27th December.
Pick up the February 2013 issue of Trail magazine and you'll find several pages dedicated to staying safe in the mountains.
It's perhaps and obvious statement, but staying safe in the hills is both more important and more difficult during the winter months. Conditions often dictate that even familiar territory will require a completely different skill set to tackle it when it's covered in snow and the temperature is well below freezing.
To ensure they were equipped with the necessary skills, last winter Trail writers Dan Aspel and Ben Weeks were sent to Scotland to learn the basics of using crampons and ice axes, as well as simply moving over snow and ice covered terrain.
This video is a brief clip of their time in the Cairngorms and includes a first person perspective of an ice axe arrest.
For full details of the trip along with several 'how to' guides to crampon and ice axe use, pick up the February 2013 issue of Trail magazine - on sale from Thursday 27th December.
Often promotional videos can be, well, just a little too commercial.
Obviously, that's the point - they're made to promote a particular product or service, and their artistic merits are secondary to that.
This one, however, is different.
Whether it's the sincere voiceover, the emotive soundtrack, the breath-taking Himalayan scenery, or the fact that Sherpa Adventure Gear is a genuine Nepalese brand with its roots still very much buried at the feet of the world's highest mountains, we're not sure. It's probably a combination of all of the above.
But we love this video, we believe in this video and we'd happily watch it over and over again, before popping out to pick up a genuine, hand-knitted Nepalese Sherpa Adventure Gear hat.
Oh yes, as promo videos go, this is a good one.
A couple of months ago Squash Falconer headed out to the Aosta Valley in Italy with a rather unusual goal.
The plan was to climb Monte Rosa (the highest mountain on the Swiss/Italian boarder and the second-highest in both the Alps and western Europe at 4,634m) and paraglide down from the top.
However, the weather had other ideas and heavy snow put an end to those plans. A metre fell in the days before Squash's intended climb and although by the day of ascent the weather cleared it was unlikely that she would make the top of the Monte Rosa with so much snow to wade through.
So the morning Squash was due to begin her climb she changed plans and headed down the Aosta Valley to climb Gran Paradiso instead. As usual she had her GoPro with her - check out the video below to see what happened!
Strange but true: the Polartec fleece material in Norrøna's new /29 warm4 upcycled Jacket is made from approximately 40 recycled PET-bottles.
The bottles were collected in Norrøna's home country of Norway and recycled into Polartec's Repreve fabric, from which the fleeces are made.
Understandably, Norrøna is excited and proud to be making a fleece jacket from 100% recycled material, without any reduction in quality compared.
"This way we're saving both raw materials and energy, transportation included."
You could be looking at the future of outdoor gear right here.
Read more and get the jacket at: www.norrona.com
They're light, comfortable, robust and waterproof. These are just some of the things that Trail magazine's Dan Aspel had to say about the Keen Gypsum Mid hiking boots.
To see more of the boots and hear Dan's thoughts on them, check out the video below. It's fair to say he was impressed.
Join Country Walking and navigation expert Mark Reid in the beautiful Peak District for the ultimate map-reading lesson!
Against a backdrop of stunning moorland and towering rocks, we'll show you how to use a compass, understand map symbols, take a bearing and pace your distance – then use these skills to discover amazing sights that are hidden from most walkers.
We got a glorious day on the edges of Black Hill and Saddleworth Moor for our trip, but with the expert tips in this video, you'll be able to find your way over Britain's wildest hills whatever the weather throws at you.
All this and a dog called Elvis too…
Find out more about Country Walking magazine and find brilliant subscription offers at www.greatmagazines.co.uk/countrywalking
The Gear News section of the November 2012 issue of Trail magazine features the Hexa Pot. Hopefully you've read it.
The Hexa Pot is a pot that can be used on a gas stove or burner to boil water or heat food, much like any other pot.
Oh yes, except it's made of paper.
If you read the mag and have been scratching your head in disbelief, convinced that it's simply not possible to cook with a paper pot, this video from Hexa Pot might convince you that miracles can happen.
See them cook sausages, boil pasta, heat noodles and simmer soup using nothing more than a gas stove and a Hexa Pot.
Seeing is believing, so check out the video below and prepare to have your understanding of paper changed forever!
It's really shaky, the sound quality isn't great, and our Welsh pronunciation is terrible, but this video shows some of the highlights of our mission to hunt down some of the iconic landmarks of Snowdonia, as featured in the November 2012 issue of Trail magazine. And some goats. On the plus side, it might just encourage you to go out and find them yourself (the landmarks, not the goats). If you do (assuming you haven't already), you'll find them much less jittery and far more impressive than this video suggests, although we can't promise the wind will be any better.
It's really shaky, the sound quality isn't great, and our Welsh pronunciation is terrible, but this video shows some of the highlights of our mission to hunt down some of the iconic landmarks of Snowdonia, as featured in the November 2012 issue of Trail magazine.
And some goats.
On the plus side, it might just encourage you to go out and find them yourself (the landmarks, not the goats).
If you do (assuming you haven't already), you'll find them much less jittery and far more impressive than this video suggests, although we can't promise the wind will be any better.
Nikwax produce a range of cleaning products designed to enhance the performance and increase the longevity of your baselayers.
Deodorising conditioner for all technical underwear and wicking clothing worn next to the skin. BaseFresh effectively deodorises, inhibits the build up of body odours, accelerates drying and improves cooling efficiency of all base layers.
Deodorising cleaner and conditioner for synthetic technical underwear and wicking clothing worn next to the skin. BaseWash effectively cleans, deodorises, inhibits the build up of body odours, accelerates drying and improves cooling efficiency of synthetic base layers.
Nikwax Wool Wash is a new product created specially for cleaning and maintaining the natural qualities of wool garments. This new innovation from Nikwax is a gentle product formulated to clean technical wool base-layers, whilst enhancing wool’s natural wicking properties. Recommended for Merino.
See the video below for details of the pructs' benefits and how to use them.
New to the world of GPS? Or looking to boost your GPS skills? Here are two simple videos to help!
In 'The Beginner's Guide to GPS', you'll get a basic introduction to what a simple GPS unit does, and how it can liven up any walk – especially if you've got young explorers in tow.
And in 'Get the Most from your GPS' we take you out to the wilds of the northern Peak District to show you how an advanced GPS can unlock amazing adventures in remote places.
They've been produced in association with our friends at Garmin. See www.garmin.co.uk to visit their website.
Earlier this year Trail headed over to North Wales to tackle the dark side of Carnedd Dafydd.
More specifically, Editor Simon Ingram, writer Ben Weeks and photographer Tom Bailey aimed to ascend the north face of Carnedd Dafydd via the Grim Lem Spur - an easy going but relatively exposed grade 1 scramble.
The trip is featured in the August issue of Trail magazine, but it was also the first outing for the GoPro sponsored Trailcam.
Initially worn by Ben, then transferred to Tom to avoid it being in the photos, the camera was used to film the entire scramble from bottom to top.
Obviously a couple of hours watching hands on rock would be dull, so this is an abbreviated, streamlined version of the video that was recorded.
Hope you like it.
Navigation Skills with Lyle Brotherton, author of The Ultimate Navigation ManualRead More
To get the best support from your rucksack it's important that it fits properly. In this video Trail's features editor Phoebe Smith is fitted up for a pack by technical editor and gear guru Graham Thompson.
Plus, check out Phoebe's review of rucksacks in the Spring 2012 issue of Trail, on sale 21st March.