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100 walks later

Tuesday, March 19th, 2019

While I’ve been Camping magazine’s lightweight camping equipment expert for the last 20 years, since 2010, I’ve also devised a weekend backpacking walk for every issue, which has always made a very nice double page spread. As the editor told me recently – knowledgeable yet accessible. But increasing demands on my time have led me to decide to call it a day on the monthly walk.

The June issue (on sale May) will be the last to feature one of my weekend walks, and while it is purely a coincidence, that last walk will be number 100! I’d originally planned this in order to free up some time to spend on the Spirit of Cardiff documentary which I’m making, but some very exciting developments with Team Britannia‘s round the world powerboat project are also about to happen, and they have already soaked up some of my spare time.

I’ll still be reviewing lightweight tents and outdoors clothing and equipment in Camping, but the walks won’t be forgotten. With 100 weekend walks spread across the country, I’m already thinking that at some point they’ll enjoy a second lease of life either in a print or electronic book. In the meantime, there’s a big red boat to get into the water, and the time is coming close!

From cruising to climbing

Saturday, October 23rd, 2010

The last couple of weeks have been pretty hectic, not to mention varied. It started off with me pitching and photographing a number of lightweight tents which will be hitting the shops next spring. The resulting pictures will end up in Camping magazine at various points next year. Then it was off to Gloucester for a pleasant and not at all enigmatic trip down the Gloucester Sharpness Canal on board the river cruiser MV Edward Elgar.

This week saw me in Switzerland’s Engadin St. Moritz, researching summer outdoor activities. Turned out a little tricky right at the end of the season, and before I went I was wondering whether snow would put the kybosh on everything. In the end I had a fantastic hike in Switzerland’s National Park, and saw loads of chamois and ibex, plus one or two marmots. One day was bitterly cold, with flurries of snow, and so the programme was re-jigged so I went for a ride on an e-bike – like a normal bicycle, but with an electric motor which doesn’t so much propel you along without any effort on your part, but gives you a useful boost when you need it. And I ended up doing one of those adventure rope parks, including a 100 metre zipwire across a river. Talk about a leap of faith!

Clive Tully having a Cliffhanger moment

Clive Tully having a Cliffhanger moment

The highlight was climbing a new via ferrata called La Resgia, on the outskirts of Pontresina. A via ferrata is a protected climbing route which, assuming you have the correct equipment, you can clip into and climb safely, even where the steep bits – what climbers call “exposure” – are terrifyingly sheer. I actually didn’t think about that anyway, as most of the time I was concentrating on not falling off, and summoning every last ounce of strength in my arms as I tackled a couple of overhangs.

Via ferrata are graded for difficulty from one to six in Switzerland, and this one was a four, so I think I did pretty well getting up it without any problems. As it was, my guide was the man who designed and built La Resgia, so I was in good hands. My camera did part of the route in his hands too, so I’ve ended up with some very nice evidence that I really did it!