Tuesday, 12 January 2010

Invitation to Review : International Journal of Biodiversity and Conservation Jan 2010

Review and recomendations for 'Impact of the Nomadic Grazing on Floral Diversity in Miandam, Swat-Pakistan (Preliminary Results)' submitted 08/01/2010


Review of Alp Kit Hunka Bivi Bag Aug 2009 p19

Saturday, 9 January 2010

Trail Magazine Berghaus Kibo Review September 2009

B2 with walking-boot comfort

Lucy Grewcock


User's Overall Rating ****

I used these 4 season B2 boots for 5 weeks in the Arctic and subsequently for stomping around the Peak District and South Downs. Being a sucker for good looks, it was the design that initially appealed (I liked the colour!). But when you pick them up, the first thing you notice is the weight; at around 910g they are amazingly light for a B2. I found this a huge advantage for long hiking days, especially when adding the weight of crampons to my feet. Through terrains of tarmaced roads, boggy tundra, moraine fields and solid ice-caps, thanks to the Kibo’s firm cushioning, Gore-tex liner and breath ability, I emerged blister-less and dry. The leather/synthetic upper provides solid support and the rubber randing gives reassuring durability. Shopping around, you can buy for around £150 and are available in half sizes. For pure rambling and country walking, these boots are on the stiff side and will feel clunky in comparison to non-graded footwear. However, if you’re looking for a durable hiking boot that can take a crampon as well as feel comfortable for less challenging terrains then the Kibo’s a winner. ‘B2 with the comfort of a walking-boot’ (Written by: grewcocklucy)

01 September 2009 13:38


Trail Magazine Duvet Jacket Review Feb 2010 issue

Friday, 8 January 2010

Telegraph Readers' holiday guide: Asia and Australasia

Sulawesi, Indonesia

Recommended From Makassar, we travelled 200 miles overland to see the macabre funeral rituals of Tana Toraja, where an eclectic mix of life and death spatters you in the face. Snorting buffaloes are sacrificed within touching distance, blood dashing the feet of Mohican-haired infants who run tripping and giggling through puddles of blood, pulling the redundant hooves of drained beasts behind them like kittens’ playthings. Throughout August, daylong funerals dominate this mountain kingdom of banana-shaped roofs. Indonesians flood here, showing off their wealth with offerings of squealing beasts, and to gorge on spiced and succulent meats, to revel in their culture, and to celebrate life lived.

Word of warning In Makassar we checked into a deceitfully overpriced, decaying room, with a pungent blend of faeces and mothballs. With no desire to linger, we headed out, avoiding the karaoke-bar brothels. In a restaurant swarming with locals, the bowl of solid noodles and chicken snot we were presented with made it part-way down our empty gullets, only to reward us later with an agonising week of vomiting and diarrhoea...

Lucy's article was published by...

The Telegraph: Readers' holiday guide: Asia and Australasia and Toraja Cyber News: Backpacker Recommended Toraja for Telegraph Reader's Holiday Guide