Hiking Cronk Ny Arrey Laa from Dalby

Another hastily clobbered together route that turned out all right, on the hottest day of the year, and it’s only May. This one sees us getting sunburnt over 4 hours and 715 sweaty meters of elevation, bagging one of the island’s highest peaks and visiting an ancient hermitage. Welcome to the Dalby circuit.

Springtime comes to Cringle Plantation

Section of mountain bike track disappears into the distance between trees and little white flowers

I spent a couple of hours on the Stumpjumper yesterday exploring Cringle Plantation, one of the more technical mountain bike areas on the Isle of Man. Towards the end of the blue dot community trail I was transported into a magical woodland of mature, moss-covered larch, planted just wide enough to allow a carpet of wild clover to conceal the entire forest floor, and that carpet was now in full bloom.

CooSpo Heart Rate Monitor Review

CooSpo HRM H6 product box

I finally ended a 2 week period of iffy training stats by replacing the Garmin HR chest strap that died on me, and here’s a few words on the replacement product I’ve chosen as my daily activity heart rate monitor: cheap, accurate, compatible.

Garmin Fenix Optical Heart Rate Test

Back of Garmin Fenix 5 Plus Sapphire Titanium

My Garmin chest strap finally died. Originally bundled with the 920XT I purchased back in August 2015, I’ve been using the HRM-RUN on average three or four times a week without issues, but after two intermittent failures during road rides…

iPad’s problem wasn’t the keyboard

Image showing Apple iPad Pro with Magic Keyboard

Apple have released a new iPad together with a Magic Keyboard. But does it solve a problem that doesn’t exist? I share some thoughts on a year spent with the previous model, and why the new Magic Keyboard is likely to be just as frustrating as the old Smart Keyboard.

Three Months with Fujifilm X-T3

Standard shot of Fuji X-T3

In the never-ending quest to try something new, I’m revisiting one of the brands which started me out in digital photography at the turn of the millennium: Fujifilm. This post contains a few thoughts and impressions of Fuji’s X-T3 mirrorless camera, written from the point of view of a long-term Nikon full-frame and Olympus Micro Four Thirds shooter.

Open-source Mapping on Garmin

Small section of OSM map

Availability of open-source map data has been eroding sales of Garmin’s proprietary maps for some time now, and in this short post I’m going to share my approach for getting several countries worth of routable maps onto my handheld device and my laptop.

GPSMap 66s Mini-Review

Most of the major bugs with Garmin’s latest instalment in the popular GPSMap series have been ironed out, so I’m sharing my thoughts after living and travelling with the device for a month. Spoiler alert: there are still some – ahem – Undocumented Features spoiling an otherwise great outdoor GPS.

Another Way?

Title image: Conundrum

As 2019 draws to a close I’ve arrived at a crossroads in my photography efforts, failing to produce any satisfactory images despite owning two interchangeable lens systems, a high-end compact, and living in one of the most picturesque locations in…

Garmin 3D Speed & Distance Test

Garmin Fenix 5+ in front of some trees

Not really sure if you should be using the 3D Speed or 3D Distance activity settings on your Garmin fitness watch? Me neither. But I’ve been spending quite a bit of time in the mountains recently, and with so much geography at my disposal felt it might be time for a little controlled experiment.