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Quick Release Motorcycle Bike Mount Handlebar Kit with Water Resistant Case for HTC One X
Quick Release Motorcycle Bike Mount Handlebar Kit with Water Resistant Case for HTC One X
Offered by UltimateAddons-UK
Price: 21.99

4.0 out of 5 stars It works, 26 Mar 2014
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This is easy to fit, adjust and remove, seems secure and watertight, holds the phone in position and overall does what it says on the tin. You can work (and hear) the phone through the casing, as long as you're not wearing gloves, and it came through a crash without the phone being damaged.

It's a bit fiddly to clip in place and can be slightly too easy to unclip it if you are fiddling, but other than that it is a very good product and good value.


The Last Mountain
The Last Mountain
Price: 1.50

3.0 out of 5 stars A good attempt to write a mountaineering thriller, 12 Feb 2013
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This review is from: The Last Mountain (Kindle Edition)
The book is the story of a climber trekking in the Himalayas who falls in with an expedition to climb a high mountain. They have a couple of unexpected dropouts and need someone to share the load, so he and his girlfriend are invited to join them. But the route that the climbing party have in mind is not the one on their permit...

I've not seen a mountaineering thriller before and this was quite fun. The technical details are well-handled and the book really comes alive once the climb proper begins (though there is one glaring exception: the mountain they are trying to climb is at one point described as "the last unclimbed 8,000m peak" - which just doesn't ring true as the list of eight-thousanders is so well known. It would have been better to make it just short of 8,000m).

The main gripe with the book is that the author goes out of his way to make the (anti)hero and narrator of the book chippy, self-centred and angry at the world. It's necessary to the plot, but he goes too far - the guy has so few redeeming features that it's hard to see why you should keep reading about him. Fortunately, just as it gets too much, the proper climbing begins and the plot sees you through.

Without wanting to spoil it, the ending has a very effective twist that I didn't see coming (but all the clues are there). It's stayed with me long after I finished reading, so perhaps the book deserves another star on that basis.
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The Tomb of Chewang Nima: An expedition to climb Baruntse in Eastern Nepal (Footsteps on the Mountain travel diaries Book 14)
The Tomb of Chewang Nima: An expedition to climb Baruntse in Eastern Nepal (Footsteps on the Mountain travel diaries Book 14)
Price: 0.77

4.0 out of 5 stars A good sense of what an expedition is like, 12 Feb 2013
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I'd recommend Mark Horrell's books for anyone planning a mountaineering expedition who wants to get a sense of what it's really like - especially the rhythm of travel, climbing and hanging around base camp.

The books are adapted from his blogs, written as he was on the mountain so they give a good idea of day-to-day on an expedition. His companions are often entertaining characters in their own right and he tells a good yarn. And all for under 1.

If I were being very picky, they could do with a little more proof-reading, and the drama of the books doesn't quite live up to his (excellent) choice of titles. But again, they're less than 1 each. It's hard to complain at that price.

This one describes a climb up Baruntse - in which a sherpa from another party, who has summitted Everest multiple times, dies while fixing rope on the upper slopes of the mountain. This happens off-screen, so to speak, but you get a sense of the danger involved in mountaineering


In the Footsteps of Whymper: Climbing Ecuador's volcanoes (Footsteps on the Mountain travel diaries Book 11)
In the Footsteps of Whymper: Climbing Ecuador's volcanoes (Footsteps on the Mountain travel diaries Book 11)
Price: 0.77

4.0 out of 5 stars A good sense of what mountaineering is really like, 12 Feb 2013
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I'd recommend Mark Horrell's books for anyone planning a mountaineering expedition who wants to get a sense of what it's really like - especially the rhythm of travel, climbing and hanging around base camp.

The books are adapted from his blogs, written as he was on the mountain so they give a good idea of day-to-day on an expedition. His companions are often entertaining characters in their own right and he tells a good yarn. And all for under 1.

If I were being very picky, they could do with a little more proof-reading, and the drama of the books doesn't quite live up to his (excellent) choice of titles. But again, they're less than 1 each. It's hard to complain at that price.

This one describes a trek up several of Ecuador's volcanoes - not his most dramatic but very evocative of the experience.


Camelbak Antidote Reservoir with Quick Link 3.0 Litre, 100oz
Camelbak Antidote Reservoir with Quick Link 3.0 Litre, 100oz
Offered by Millet Sports
Price: 32.99

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A number of good design improvements, 12 Feb 2013
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I've used Camelbaks for years now, but bought a new one because I needed an insulated hose and the new hoses have the new click-on connectors on them (instead of just pushing onto the outlet like they used to). The latest design has a number of improvements - the lid is easier to open and close (needs only a quarter turn), the new connectors feel more secure but also more versatile than before, and the internal divider in the reservoir gives it a bit more structure and makes it easier to fill.

Overall, a worthwhile upgrade.


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4.0 out of 5 stars Light, comfortable but bulky, 12 Feb 2013
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This is a good, low cost, warm sleeping mat. I used it in conjunction with a self-inflating style mat on a mountaineering expedition and never felt cold or uncomfortable at night. The only thing to watch out for is that even rolled up it is still quite bulky - make sure you take some cord or webbing to attach it securely to the outside of your pack, because it probably won't fit inside it.


Nalgene bottle pouch isolated
Nalgene bottle pouch isolated
Offered by BIKESTER
Price: 12.75

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Does the job, 12 Feb 2013
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Fits the Nalgene bottle snugly, is easy to carry and open (with a wide carrying strap and a glove-friendly zip-pull) and, most importantly, keeps the contents liquid. I used this at 7,000m on Aconcagua, and the water was still water when I opened the bottle after a full day in my pack.
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Lion Man: The Autobiography
Lion Man: The Autobiography
Price: 4.99

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4.0 out of 5 stars A fascinating insight into a rugby coach who has seen it all., 12 Feb 2013
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Ian McGeechan's writing style (I assume he wrote it himself) is quite unusual in these days of ghosted biographies - quite clipped and almost as if he were typing up notes, and organised by themes rather than in strict chronological order. But once you get used to it this is a really interesting read.

McGeechan was a fine player and an even better coach, who has worked with club, country and Lions teams in the amateur and professional eras. His book gives a real insight into what it was like to play and coach over a time of huge change in the game, and sheds some unexpected light on tactics and players he has worked with.


2014 Rayzor Professional UV400 Double Lensed Ski / SnowBoard Goggles, With a Matt Black Frame and an Anti Fog Coated, Vented Blue Iridium Mirrored Anti-Glare Wide Vision Clarity Lens.
2014 Rayzor Professional UV400 Double Lensed Ski / SnowBoard Goggles, With a Matt Black Frame and an Anti Fog Coated, Vented Blue Iridium Mirrored Anti-Glare Wide Vision Clarity Lens.
Offered by Sports Eyewear
Price: 69.95

4.0 out of 5 stars Did the job at a very good price, 12 Feb 2013
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I bought these to wear on summit day on a climb of Aconcagua. To put it in context, the day involves a 12 hour hike from 6,000m to nearly 7,000m and back again, starting at 3am in temperatures that range from well below zero to, if you're lucky, just above zero and bright sunshine. On our summit day, we also had the added bonus of a snowstorm on the way down.

I put the goggles on at the outset and didn't take them off until I returned to my tent. I barely noticed they were on; they were comfortable, offered great vision and stayed clear the whole trip. I normally struggle with fogging but had no difficulties.

Considering what I paid for them, it was a very good performance


Xtreme 2in1 Polarized Sunglasses / Goggles for Kayaking, Canoeing, Snow Boarding, Cycling ... Foam Padding + Free Polarized Test
Xtreme 2in1 Polarized Sunglasses / Goggles for Kayaking, Canoeing, Snow Boarding, Cycling ... Foam Padding + Free Polarized Test
Offered by Sunglasses Expert
Price: 19.89

4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent value, 12 Feb 2013
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I bought these as spare sunglasses for a climb of Aconcagua. They represent excellent value for the price, which gets you the basic sunglasses but also an elasticated strap that can be interchanged with the arms and a foam insert that provides full glare protection. I didn't get to use them much as they got given to a porter in a "secret santa" game - but he was certainly very pleased with them. Given that porters on Aconcagua are generally well-paid and decently equipped (the shades of choice are top of the range Julbos), I'll take that as a decent recommendation


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