From Crag to Cave With The Broke Backpacker
I first hit the road when I was nineteen. I didn’t really know what to expect but my mum was adamant that I take the right gear. She insisted on spending a fortune on everything from cold ration packs and technical trousers to a bowie knife and two massive rucksacks; I think she was largely under the impression that I was going off to war.
I wasn’t. I was going to Nepal, it’s not particularly dangerous.
Whenever I go home there is a new bunch of Craghoppers clothing, folded and ready to go, from my Mum.
This is now the only thing that she still buys me, I get it every Christmas without fail and I have so much that sometimes I literally do not know what to do with it all.
Me and my girlfriend both pretty much live in adventure gear, whether we are on the road or in the UK, it’s comfortable and practical.
If you’re already in your adventure gear then you are ready for an adventure – that means rappelling down waterfalls, crawling into caves and trekking through jungles; adrenaline pumping activities which, for me, are the whole point of travelling.
I am almost always to be found in a pair of NosiLife Simba Trousers…they are probably the most comfortable trousers I can get away with wearing pretty much anywhere. And I do. A few weeks back, I wore them at a wedding. Before that, I wore them whilst climbing Mount Roraima, the highest table-top mountain in the world, in Venezuela.
When it comes to gear, I really know my stuff. Craghoppers technical clothing is without a doubt some of the best gear around. It’s versatile, smart when necessary and unbelievably tough.
A huge thank you to Craghoppers for continuing to push the boundaries and arm wannabe explorers like myself with the necessary tools to climb higher, trek further and wriggle deeper in search of adventure.
About the author: Writer and photographer. Adventurer and vagabond. Master of the handstand pushup. Conqueror of mountains, survivor of deserts and crusader for cheap escapades. Will is an avid hitch-hiker, couch-surfer and bargain-seeker. He is a devout follower of the High Temple of Backpackistan and the proud inventor of the man-hug. Will blogs over at The Broke Backpacker about his adventures around the world, you can follow him on Facebook and on Twitter or, if you’re really friendly, hunt him down on the road for a cheeky pint.