Examining The Quintessential Outdoor Jacket

Examining The Quintessential Outdoor Jacket

Mountain Designs Adventure Ambassador Harrison Candlin and his partner Madison continue their grand journey across the western part of the US, this time testing the quintessential outdoor garment - the down jacket. Read on for their gear reviews...

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Deciphering Temperature Ratings

Deciphering Temperature Ratings

Arguably the most critical factor when choosing your sleeping bag is its warmth, and how much it will provide. Obviously you want to be comfortable when the temperature starts dropping, but you also don't want to overheat if conditions are mild.

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The Perfect Bag For Life On The Road

The Perfect Bag For Life On The Road

Life on the road can wear you down - even when the location provides you with some of the most incredible landscapes in the world as your backdrop - so a good night's sleep is vital...

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Pioneering Pack For Trailblazers

Pioneering Pack For Trailblazers

While a multi-day hike doesn't have to be an epic expedition, the chances are you'll need to put in a bit more effort than when taking a simple stroll in the local park. Having high quality and functional gear no doubt makes life easier on the trails...

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What We're Doing To Pay Our Fair Share

What We're Doing To Pay Our Fair Share

Our new Heritage tees have just landed and while they look like simple T-shirts, there is so much more to them than meets the eye. Read on to learn about how each of these unique garments speaks to our brand DNA and how we are paying a fair share to...

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Mountain Designs Sponsors A1 Adventure Racing

Mountain Designs Sponsors A1 Adventure Racing

We're excited to announce our official sponsorship of the A1 Adventure Racing series in Australia. The Mountain Designs A1 Australia series will feature some of the most gruelling races on the planet, with this new partnership set to propel adventure…

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Comfort On The Californian Coastline

Comfort On The Californian Coastline

Adventure Ambassador Harrison Candlin and partner Madison visited Point Reyes on California's northern shoreline last month, where they were met with some crazy coastal weather. Here they review the performance of our Alta and Perisher softshell...

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5-Star Fleece

5-Star Fleece

Adventure Ambassador Harrison Candlin recently took to Californian high ground with his partner Madison for some R&R and to capture the incredible views of the Sierra Mountains. We gave them some fleece jackets to test, which proved to be up for their...

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Travelite 320 - An Adventurer's Dream

Travelite 320 - An Adventurer's Dream

As part of our recent brand relaunch, we ensured some of our more iconic products were reintroduced too. The Travelite Down Sleeping Bag has long been a Mountain Designs customer favourite since it first appeared back in the 90s, and the...

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The Art of Layering

The Art of Layering

Gearing up for an outdoor adventure involves packing a mix of apparel and equipment. When it comes to the clothing side of things, the way you layer your outfit can have a huge impact on reducing the amount of kit you eventually take with you, but...

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GORE-TEX® - THE ORIGINAL WATERPROOF PROTECTION

GORE-TEX® - THE ORIGINAL WATERPROOF PROTECTION

If you ask any adventurer worth their salt about waterproof protection, chances are they'll soon start talking about GORE-TEX®. Read on to learn more about this iconic technology brand, why you want a GORE-TEX® garment...

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Getting The Low Down On Down

Getting The Low Down On Down

Down insulation is made from goose or duck down, the lofty, fluffy layer found underneath the feathers and predominantly around the chest area. Down is commonly mistaken for the feathers but in actual fact is the bird's undercoat...

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Beginners Guide to Hiking

Beginners Guide to Hiking

With winter soon upon us, some of you may be snuggling up indoors away from the cold. For the more adventurous, however, winter is a great time to get into the great outdoors. The Australian wilderness provides some incredible places for cold-weather...

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Basic Climbing Lingo Explained

Basic Climbing Lingo Explained

Tied into the rope, chalking up my hands, I observe the climbing route before me to establish what is required both mentally and physically. Do you want some beta? asks a fellow neighbouring climber with a hopeful look on his face.

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14 Outdoor Hacks for Rainy Weather

14 Outdoor Hacks for Rainy Weather

Rainy weather doesn't have to ruin your outdoor adventure. With the right preparation and knowledge, you can keep the good times rolling when the heavens open. Here are our top 14 hacks for rainy weather.

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5 Tips for Taking Better Photographs Outdoors

5 Tips for Taking Better Photographs Outdoors

Photographs last a lifetime. Unfortunately, sometimes they don't turn out quite the way we want them too. We've compiled 5 of our top tips for taking better outdoor photographs. Be a confident shutterbug on your next adventure.

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Big Hike, Big Hunger: Snack Tips for your Hike

Big Hike, Big Hunger: Snack Tips for your Hike

Fuel your body the right way on your next expedition with hiking food that keeps you going. Tracey and Adrian from Take Shape Adventures live and breathe fitness, nutrition and adventure. They share their top hiking food...

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Tips for Using Stuff Sacks

Tips for Using Stuff Sacks

We have a range of stuff sacks and dry bags that can help to make a huge difference for your packing, organisation, and protection of your gear, including: Mesh Stuff Sacks, Compression Stuff Sacks, Regular Stuff Sacks, Dry Bags...

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How to Stay Warm While Winter Camping

How to Stay Warm While Winter Camping

Snuggling around a fire in a toasty sleeping bag, hot cuppa in hand, with the freshness of cool winter air slowly circulating is a truly beautiful experience, but what if you're not so toasty, snug and warm? Keeping warm is one of...

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2019 A1 SEASON SIGNS OFF AT WILDSIDE

2019 A1 SEASON SIGNS OFF AT WILDSIDE

The 2019 Mountain Designs A1 Racing season culminated recently with another epic adventure, this time Wildside Adventure Race Southern Highlands Edition throwing out the challenge to all-comers...

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Conquering Kilimanjaro For Cystic Fibrosis - Part 2

Conquering Kilimanjaro For Cystic Fibrosis - Part 2

For most people, climbing Mount Kilimanjaro - the world's tallest free-standing mountain at 5,895 metres above sea level - would be a once in a lifetime experience. For Meg Draffin and Nath Roye, it was an opportunity they never imagined would come...

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Conquering Kilimanjaro For Cystic Fibrosis - Part 1

Conquering Kilimanjaro For Cystic Fibrosis - Part 1

Climbing Mount Kilimanjaro in Africa is one of the most physically and mentally demanding challenges that anyone could face. At 5,895 metres above sea level and as the highest free-standing mountain in the world, you can understand why. The high...

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A 24-Hour Race Not To Be Underestimated

A 24-Hour Race Not To Be Underestimated

Mountain Designs Hells Bells was recently hosted on the Sunshine Coast in Queensland by Wild & Co event director Chris Dixon, and as per previous editions this year’s course was certainly one not to be underestimated. We caught up with Kim Beckinsale...

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GeoQuest 2019 Delivers Epic Challenge

GeoQuest 2019 Delivers Epic Challenge

Under new event director Chris Dixon and his Wild&Co team, Mountain Designs GeoQuest delivered to the adventure racing community an event of epic proportions. After completing Australia's premier adventure race...

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Mountain Designs GeoQuest - Australia's First, Biggest & Best Adventure Race

Mountain Designs GeoQuest - Australia's First, Biggest & Best Adventure Race

Adventure racing is all about pushing the physical, mental and emotional boundaries of the human body. Hear from Kim Beckinsale and Jan Leverton, two members of the Mountain Designs Wild Women team, who this week will be tested to the max...

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10 Hikes Around Melbourne

10 Hikes Around Melbourne

There's a lot more to Melbourne than its trendy bars, delicious bakeries and thriving live music scene. Beyond the city you'll find spectacular hiking trails just waiting to be explored. Here are some of our top picks...

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The Spider Climbers Of China

The Spider Climbers Of China

Deep in the mountainous province of Guizhou, an ancient death-defying practice is alive and well. A handful of locals free climb enormous cave walls to gather rare medicinal herbs for their village. These daring climbers are known as Spider-Men...

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See the Worlds Longest Walking Trail

See the Worlds Longest Walking Trail

It's no secret that Canada is a popular destination for winter sports and activities. What you may not be aware of, is that for 24 years now, it has also been home to the world's longest recreational walking trail -The Great Trail...

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10 Of The Most Incredible Trails In The World

10 Of The Most Incredible Trails In The World

Are you ready to experience some of the most breathtaking trails in the world? From single-day hikes to multi-day treks, here are 10 incredible walking tracks that will make you want to get packing, tie up your hiking shoes and head off.

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Travelling Around Australia Part 1: Where to Visit

Travelling Around Australia Part 1: Where to Visit

Did you know Australia is considered the world's sixth-largest country in terms of total area? That means there are a lot of places to visit and adventures to be had when you're road tripping across this vast land.

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Travelling Around Australia Part 2: Handy Tips

Travelling Around Australia Part 2: Handy Tips

Not sure what to expect while you're travelling Australia? Who better to ask than other people who have done the trip themselves? We've done the ground work for you, gathering some important tips and tricks from some of our favourite...

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Your Guide to Hiking the Bibbulmun Track

Your Guide to Hiking the Bibbulmun Track

The Bibbulmun Track is one of the world's great long distance walking trails, stretching nearly 1000km from Kalamunda, a suburb in the hills on the outskirts of Perth, to the historic town of Albany on the south coast.

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Hiking the Kokoda Trail

Hiking the Kokoda Trail

Understand... After walking the Kokoda Track over a dozen times now you might wonder why I keep going back. I smile to those who ask, knowing they have not been there or they would not ask the question for those who go.

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A Climbers Guide to the Blue Mountains

A Climbers Guide to the Blue Mountains

The Blue Mountains are a unique mountainous region in New South Wales that offers challenging and varied climbs, stunning landscapes and huge sandstone walls that make you feel as small as you are against them.

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The Journal Vol.2

The Journal Vol.2

This edition sees Harrison and Madison head up Highway 1 and Big Sur, as well as Mount Whitney and the Eastern Sierras. They visit the Sequoia forests in Northern California and learn the value of having no plans.

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The Journal Vol.1

The Journal Vol.1

Meet Harrison and Madison as they embark on their journey across the US and Canada. This month the intrepid pair visit Yosemite, Sierra Nevada, and the Ansel Adams Wilderness. Plus: their packing list and van fit-out guide.

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Gear List - Summiting Mt Elbrus

Gear List - Summiting Mt Elbrus

Mountain Designs Adventure Ambassadors Alyssa and Glenn Azar recently lead a team of adventurers to the summit of Mount Elbrus in Russia. Here they offer an insight into what you'll need to pack, providing a gear list based directly on their experience...

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Gear List - Climbing

Gear List - Climbing

So you'd rather go over it than around it? We think it's more fun that way too. This gear list will help you get going onwards and upwards! Clothing & Footwear: T-Shirt, Shorts, Head buff, Climbing shoes and Sandals. If it's cold...

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Gear List - Mountaineering

Gear List - Mountaineering

If the mountain summit is your destination of choice, you'll need to be super prepared in both training and gear. Use this gear list as a guide for what you will need for your expedition to the top of the world.

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Gear List - Hiking

Gear List - Hiking

Keen to feel the rugged terrain of a backcountry trail under your feet? Whether you're taking off overnight or you're up for a multi-day trek, it's important to make sure you've got everything you're going to need. Pack light but pack...

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Gear List - Travelling

Gear List - Travelling

From visiting far-off places to meeting people and experiencing their way of life, travelling is all about embracing the adventure. There's a whole world out there for you so use this gear list to help pack everything you're going to...

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Gear List - Snow Holiday

Gear List - Snow Holiday

Tackling the slopes or building snowmen, whatever your thrill, the snow is a fascinating travel destination with much to see and do. To make sure you're going to stay warm and organised, use this packing list as a guide for your...

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Gear List - Camping

Gear List - Camping

There's something about tapping back into our primal skills and getting back to basics in the great outdoors that makes camping so appealing. Whether you're comfortable in a sleeping bag on the ground under a tarp or you prefer...

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Gear List - Day Walking

Gear List - Day Walking

Day walking is a great way to escape the daily grind and immerse yourself in the wilderness. The relaxation that comes from the sights, sounds and smells makes it worth every effort. But you never know what Mother Nature...

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Gear List - Backpacking

Gear List - Backpacking

There's nothing quite like backpacking - new places, new people, new languages, new cultures. As the excitement builds and you're thinking about all the sights, food, bars, and experiences you'll encounter, there's always the temptation to throw your...

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Product Care Instructions - GORE-TEX® Rainwear

Product Care Instructions - GORE-TEX® Rainwear

A GORE-TEX® rain jacket is an investment in your adventure lifestyle. Take care of it and it will take care of you on wet days over and over again. Mountain Designs recommends the following care instructions…

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Product Care Instructions - Snow Apparel

Product Care Instructions - Snow Apparel

Your snow apparel is designed to handle the rugged nature of skiing, snowboarding and other snow adventures. Regular care will help to maintain its high performance. Mountain Designs recommends the following care instructions. Cleaning Your...

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Product Care Instructions - Boots & Footwear

Product Care Instructions - Boots & Footwear

While your hiking boots or shoes are designed to take serious punishment while out on the trails, regular care will ensure you can keep lacing them up trek-after-trek. Mountain Designs recommends the following care instructions. Cleaning Your...

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Product Care Instructions - Down Jackets

Product Care Instructions - Down Jackets

Your down jacket is an excellent insulating garment that will keep you warm, winter after winter, if you look after it properly. Mountain Designs recommends the following care instructions. Cleaning Your Down Jacket - Before washing, remove any...

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Product Care Instructions - Sleeping Mats

Product Care Instructions - Sleeping Mats

Taking care of your sleeping mat guarantees you keep getting the good night's sleep you deserve after a long day of adventuring. Mountain Designs recommends the following care instructions. Cleaning Your Mat - Hand wash with a mild soap or...

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Product Care Instructions - Packs

Product Care Instructions - Packs

Taking care of your pack is super important - after all, it does store and protect all of your gear while you're on the move. Mountain Designs recommends the following care instructions. Cleaning Your Pack - Remove all your gear from...

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Product Care Instructions - Hiking Poles

Product Care Instructions - Hiking Poles

Regular care and maintenance helps to maximise the performance and ongoing use of your hiking poles. Mountain Designs recommends the following care instructions. Cleaning Your Hiking Poles - Disassemble the hiking pole into its various parts. Wash each...

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Product Care Instructions - Tents

Product Care Instructions - Tents

Your tent is your home away from home. Taking regular care of it ensures ongoing comfort and protection long after your first night under the stars. Mountain Designs recommends the following care instructions. Cleaning Your Tent - Hand wash with...

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Product Care Instructions - Rainwear

Product Care Instructions - Rainwear

Your down jacket is an excellent insulating garment that will keep you warm, winter after winter, if you look after it properly. Mountain Designs recommends the following care instructions. Cleaning Your Rainwear - Before washing, ensure that all zips...

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Product Care Instructions - Sleeping Bags

Product Care Instructions - Sleeping Bags

Take regular care of your sleeping bag and it will take care of you on a cold night in the outdoors. Mountain Designs recommends the following care instructions - Cleaning Your Sleeping Bag - Machine wash your sleeping bag with...

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Product Care Instructions - Merino Wool Apparel

Product Care Instructions - Merino Wool Apparel

Garments made with 100 percent Merino wool offer breathable insulation, are moisture wicking and quick drying, and adapt to changing weather conditions. To ensure these performance qualities are maintained, take good care of the Merino...

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How To - Choose Trail Running Shoes

How To - Choose Trail Running Shoes

When it comes to the outdoors, you need to use gear that suits your adventure, and this notion is even more relevant for trail running given the high performance nature of the sport...

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How To - Use Hiking Pole Wrist Straps

How To - Use Hiking Pole Wrist Straps

Most hiking poles are designed with wrist straps, and knowing how to work with them will go a long way towards using your hiking poles effectively in the great outdoors...

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How To - Choose A Sleeping Bag

How To - Choose A Sleeping Bag

Like with all your outdoor gear, using a sleeping bag that is fit-for-purpose will help make your outdoor adventure more comfortable, enjoyable and safe. But choosing the right sleeping bag can be tricky...

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Choosing a Hiking Pack

Choosing a Hiking Pack

Next, you will have to decide on the size. Carrying too much on your backpacking trip will drastically alter your experience (not for good!) and packing too much is the number one mistake that all new travellers make.

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Choosing a Sleeping Bag

Choosing a Sleeping Bag

No matter how you've spent your day outdoors, with the right sleeping bag you can recover at night. The standard sleeping bag will suit people up to 185cm tall. If that is not enough for you, check for XL sized sleeping bags.

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Choosing a Tent

Choosing a Tent

Your perfect tent provides you with the right weather protection and space at a low weight. This leads you to considering which weather conditions you expect and how many people you want to accommodate. Then you compare features and weight of...

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Choosing a Pack

Choosing a Pack

Apart from looking good, every backpack is designed for a purpose. Different designs and sizes suit different activities. At Mountain Designs, we offer a wide range of packs. Some will be cross-functional, but the real decision comes from...

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Choosing a Sleeping Mat

Choosing a Sleeping Mat

Why put a mat under your sleeping bag when sleeping outdoors? Sleeping mats cushion you, but more importantly, they block thermal transfer between you and the ground. Your sleeping bag, how advanced it may be, could not preserve all your...

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How To - Change A Hiking Pole Tip

How To - Change A Hiking Pole Tip

Most hiking poles are constructed with a carbide tip at the pole end to provide greater traction on standard trails or on slippery surfaces such as ice, snow and mud. These tips can also be covered with a rubber foot for...

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How To - Setting The Height Of Hiking Poles

How To - Setting The Height Of Hiking Poles

Your hiking poles are designed to enhance stability and provide support on a variety of trail surfaces. To get the most out of them you need your poles set at the correct height, which varies from user to user depending on...

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How To - Inflate A Self-Inflating Sleeping Mat

How To - Inflate A Self-Inflating Sleeping Mat

A peaceful night of rest is essential after a long day of hiking. Your sleeping mat plays a big part in whether you wake up the next day ready to hit the trails again, or feel like you've been run...

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How to Plan a Road Trip

How to Plan a Road Trip

Whether you're escaping for a long weekend or planning a bigger trip, make it count. You have it in you to become a road trip maestro and we're going to help you release it. So, here are our top tips for...

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How To - Fit A Backpack

How To - Fit A Backpack

One of the keys to a comfortable backpack is to get a pack that is the right size for you. Your torso length - not your height - is the key measurement. Hip size can also be helpful. Follow these simple...

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How To - Inflate An Air Sleeping Mat

How To - Inflate An Air Sleeping Mat

There are few better feelings than waking up in the outdoors as the sun creeps up over the horizon, and the sound of birds chirping and the smell of nature fills the air. Your sleeping mat has a big impact on...

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How To - Pitch A Tent

How To - Pitch A Tent

When you're setting up camp for the night, all you want is to get your tent pitched quickly so you can sit back and relax. This becomes even more crucial if bad weather has rolled in and you have to bunker down.

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How To - Lace Hiking Boots

How To - Lace Hiking Boots

From a casual bush walk to a rugged alpine trek, there is no more important asset for hikers than their feet. To optimise the performance and comfort of your hiking boots, there are a number of methods to lacing them...

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How To - Layer Clothing

How To - Layer Clothing

Layering clothing is crucial for the comfort and protection of any adventurer. This simple concept allows you to make quick adjustments based on your activity level and changes in the weather. Call it an art or call it science, when the...

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How To - Prevent Blisters

How To - Prevent Blisters

One little blister can mar an otherwise wonderful hiking trip. The best way to ensure your feet keep you moving forward out on the trail is blister prevention. Before heading out, ensure that you have chosen moisture wicking socks, the right shoes...

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How To - Pack A Pack

How To - Pack A Pack

When embarking on a hike or travel, never underestimate the importance of pack organisation. It can affect your comfort, centre of balance, back health if wearing for extended periods, and accessibility to items. Use this guide to ensure...

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Mt Elbrus Summit Diary 2019

Mt Elbrus Summit Diary 2019

Mountain Designs Adventure Ambassadors Alyssa and Glenn Azar recently took on the might of Mount Elbrus, Europe's highest peak, when they lead a team of adventurers on the 5,642-metre summit attempt. Here Glenn recounts the remarkable journey to...

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Gear List - Summiting Mt Elbrus

Gear List - Summiting Mt Elbrus

Mountain Designs Adventure Ambassadors Alyssa and Glenn Azar recently lead a team of adventurers to the summit of Mount Elbrus in Russia. Here they offer an insight into what you'll need to pack, providing a gear list based directly on their experience...

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The Azars Return

The Azars Return

For many of us setting out on weekend hikes or even month-long overland treks, the prospect of scaling the loftiest of peaks - Mt Everest herself - seem far off, the result of years of training and conditioning. Fewer of us still were...

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Alyssa Azar Summits Mount Elbrus

Alyssa Azar Summits Mount Elbrus

Alyssa Azar recently returned from successfully summiting the dangerous and unpredictable Mount Elbrus. At age 19, Alyssa has now completed four of the Seven Summits. We caught up with the determined adventurer to talk about her Elbrus climb and...

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Alyssa Azar Prepares to Summit Mount Elbrus

Alyssa Azar Prepares to Summit Mount Elbrus

You've been keeping pretty busy since your Everest Summit. What are some highlights from the past year? It has been a busy year since Everest. The highlights would be the release of my book, receiving the Key to the City of Toowoomba...

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Alyssa Azar Mount Everest Record

Alyssa Azar Mount Everest Record

Alyssa's Everest Summit is a story of sheer determination, strength, courage and human endurance. After surviving two natural disasters on previous attempts, Alyssa has finally become the youngest Australian to reach the summit of Mount Everest.

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Alyssa Azar Everest 2016

Alyssa Azar Everest 2016

Armed with unwavering determination, Queensland teenager Alyssa Azar has become the youngest Australian to reach the Summit of Mount Everest! After being stopped by natural disasters two years in a row, Alyssa returned this year for her third attempt.

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