Magazine article Geographical

Explorer's Essentials: Martin Hartley, Adventure and Photographer

Magazine article Geographical

Explorer's Essentials: Martin Hartley, Adventure and Photographer

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Small pair of pliers If you have cold fingers and something fiddly needs attention, pliers can do most jobs well and quickly.

Travel pillow A good night's sleep is essential to recharge your batteries. If your only sleeping companion is a pillow, make sure it's a good one, I swear by my fluffy LifeVenture stuff-sack pillow; stuff it full of fleece and the odours of the day are kept well away from your sleeping nose.

* Info: lifeventure.co.uk

Emergency rations Chocolate-coated espresso beans are better than a kick up the backside if you're feeling tired and much better tasting than glucose tablets. The downside is the psychological trauma of having them in your pocket--you will always want to eat them. Top tip: keep them in your rucksack.

* Buy online: www.whittard.co.uk

Whisky ... makes any hot drink taste a whole lot better.

* "Info: www.glenfiddich.com

Chapstick Eating and drinking is usually the best part of an expedition day. But when its cold and your lips crack, bleed and stick together, it becomes a most unpleasant experience. Look after your lips.

* Buy online: www.boots.com

Duct tape Always buy the most expensive brand--the cheap stuff just cracks and peels. …

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