Magazine article Geographical

Ten of the Best

Magazine article Geographical

Ten of the Best

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On some expeditions, you can usually get away with using one or two everyday items instead of specialist equipment--a pair of trainers instead of walking boots, say, or a light on your phone instead of a torch. But if, like Helen Anderson, the quality of your everyday life depends on having the right gear, then making the right choices will always pay dividends

1. Wood burner

Jotul F 602

708/78 [pounds sterling] kilograms

The Jotul is the heart of our home. It's beautiful, functional and efficient. The 602 has the benefit of a glass door. Despite its small size, this wood burner is large enough for baking bread

2. Basket

Owen Jones oak swill

55/1.2 [pounds sterling] kilograms

The strongest basket in the world. Woven from strips of oak sap wood, the swill is traditional to the southern Lake District. It was originally used for carrying coal from mines, harvesting root crops, and cradling babies. I use a 22-inch (56-centimetre) model for carrying wood

3. Billhook

Morris Double Edged

31/625 [pounds sterling] grams

My preferred hedgelaying and coppicing tool. Also known as a Staffordshire billhook, it features an ash handle and a short curved blade with a straight-edged blade on the back. The total length is about 38 centimetres

4. Mobile broadband dongle

Huawei E3256

45/35 [pounds sterling] grams

This small dongle boasts an articulated USB plug, which prevents it from damaging your computer's socket if it's accidentally knocked. The E3256 is capable of downloading files at speeds of up to 42 megabits per second

5. Ger

Woodland Yurts Mongolian ger

6,000/230 [pounds sterling] kilograms (including wooden door)

We commissioned Woodland Yurts to manufacture a ger to our specifications. Our 4.9-metre ger has an olive-green canvas roof with white exterior walls, fitted wool felt insulation and a white inner liner. …

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