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Kit Focus – SPOT X Bluetooth 2-Way Mobile Satellite Phone and Tracker

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The SPOT X Bluetooth 2-Way Sat Phone is a lifeline for expedition adventurers. It offers two-way communication through text and email, position tracking, a quick 'check-in' facility, and an SOS distress functionality. All these things can add comfort and safety to your adventures and travels.

When I plan and execute an expedition, I stick to a 4C's plan – Care, Comfort, Communication, and Contingency.

Care – This starts with careful and thorough planning of an expedition and continues with a careful and sensible approach to all aspects of its execution.Comfort – This does not mean opting for luxury, but considering comfort over potential discomfort or distress. For example, if you are wild camping in sub-zero temperatures, take the right season sleeping bag rather than opting for a summer season one to save weight—it could save you from hypothermia.Communication – Aim to keep communication as constant and flowing as possible at all times. This supplies reassurance to famil…

Kit Focus – ENO Sub6 Ultralight Hammock

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ENO (Eagles Nest Outfitters) were the creators of the parachute hammock, and have a wide range of hammocks for the outdoor adventurer. The ENO Sub6 is the lightest hammock in their range; aimed at the minimalist ultralight explorer.

The Sub6 is made from lightweight 30D ripstop nylon and super strong Dyneema line with aluminium toggles. It weighs in at just 165 grams, and packs down to a sack not much bigger than your fist (4" x 4").

Despite its ultra-lean weight, the ENO Sub6 is impressively durable and strong; rated to a holding capacity of 136 kilograms. You need to integrate it with the ENO Helios Suspension System, which of course does add a little more weight (another 160 grams), but provides a super strong connection with your chosen trees or lashing pillars.

Whether trekking into the depths of the jungle or just heading down to the beach to chill out after a summer adventure; the ENO Sub6 and Helios Suspension System is a quick and easy hammock set-up, that you…

Kit Focus – Goodr Running Sunglasses

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Goodr are "recklessly committed to fun... BLAH, BLAH, BLAH sunglasses". For me, running has always just been about having fun — these polarised sunglasses are the perfect match.

Duuude. Where are my sunglasses?!

Running should be simple… Grab a pair of shoes, preferably pull on some clothes, and then head out the door. Forest Gump has long been my favourite film; his mantra "I just ran, and ran, and kept on running" is something I hold true to life in general, as well as my attitude towards running.

Goodr are an American brand created by fun — with colourful and well-priced polarised sunglasses that allow you to do fun runs in the sun.

The sunglasses are lightweight, have strong gripper arms, and are very well priced for polarised sunglasses. They are a great solution for travel and running adventures.

My choice of sunglasses for running and life's expeditions.

>> Shop Goodr Sunglasses at goodr.co.uk here <<




Goodr provided The Expdition Journals…

The Original Mountain Marathon 2019 — Bogs and Blue Toes

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I first ran the Original Mountain Marathon in 2016, on the mountains and marshes of Galloway, Scotland. That event I labelled 'Bog Bashing' for the arduous terrain; we did not believe another location could be so challenging. The 2019 edition, in Largs (also West Scotland) proved me very wrong...


The Original Mountain Marathon (OMM) is a two-day ultra-running orienteering event, hosted every October in a remote and hostile landscape. Self-sufficient teams of two must navigate between hidden markers, and camp out overnight in the wilderness. It is a challenge of endurance; pushing both physical and mental limits.

When you sign up for The OMM you can pick either the Line Course or the Points Course. This year, my running buddy Ben and I chose the 'A Line Course'; a set order of checkpoints that you have to visit, totalling a direct line distance of 65+ kilometres, with 3000 metres of height gain over the two days.


Welcome to Scotland… It is 21:00 on Friday night as we…

Kit Focus — The OMM Kit List #PackLightRunFast

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The Original Mountain Marathon (OMM) is a two day ultra-running orienteering event, hosted every October in a remote and hostile landscape. Self-sufficient teams of two must navigate between hidden markers, and camp out overnight in the wilderness. This is a challenge of endurance; pushing both physical and mental limits. Here is what I am packing...


I first ran the Original Mountain Marathon in 2016, on the moors and mountains of Galloway. The weather was bleak, but both my running partner and I relished the challenge. You can read more about that first edition here.

This year, we are making a return.

When you sign up for The OMM you can pick either the Line Course or the Points Course. This year we have chosen the 'A' Line Course; a set order of checkpoints that you have to visit, totalling a route distance of 65 kilometres, with 3000 metres of height gain over the two days. In 2016, we completed the Medium Points Course; where you visit as many points as possible in an 11 …