Hi, I’m Jon and I climb mountains. That sounds like the start of an AA meeting but I really am a mountaineering gear freak – I climb mountains to shop for cool gear. This site is about independent reviews, tests and news on mountaineering, backpacking and hiking equipment. It has reviews of boots, sleeping bags, headlamps, mountain jackets and pants, tents and stoves. I offer unbiased opinions, good and bad, on kit that will work on expeditions to Nepal or just look good down the local trail.
If you drop by and agree or disagree with anything I’ve written please feel free to post a comment or drop me a mail.
A bit about me
For my day job I’m a journalist covering finance and other serious stuff. I haven’t given my full name here as I don’t want to be seen trading off the name of my employer on a blog that I really just do for fun and because I love the subject.
I’ve been hiking and camping since I was a little kid, first with my dad (I climbed my first mountain at about the age of 7 or 8), then with the boy scouts and over the years with various friends and clubs. That said I’m more an enthusiast than a serious peak-bagger. I haven’t done any of the seven summits, or even really come close. The highest I’ve been is just short of the summit of Mera peak (6400 or so meters) in Nepal. That’s me above looking tired and also a few years younger when last in Nepal. There are happier shots below.
These days I live in London, which is about as far from decent hills as it is possible to get on the planet, but work and family are here.
I have two small boys and am waiting until they are big enough to walk so that I can drag them off into the hills and give their mum some peace.
The boring stuff
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