General Hiking Tips & Info
When you're a beginner, the topic of avoiding blisters while hiking probably isn't the first thing that springs to mind. You just want to get out into the hills - I know the feeling. That is until you get your first blister. There is absolutely nothing...read more
Have you bought a hydration pack yet? If you're a keen hiker, cyclist or long-distance runner then you should get one right now! When you think about how to clean a hydration pack, you probably just envisage rinsing it with some water and that's that. If...read more
Staying hydrated is as important as nutrition, even more so when you're out on a hike. It's not always obvious how much water to bring hiking but I hope that after reading this post, you have more of an idea. For the average adult, 60% of the human body is...read more
When I first started hiking this wasn't ever something that I considered to be important. How to dry my hiking boots wasn't even given a second thought until one day when I was changing the insoles of my Salewa hiking boots. I noticed a significant amount...read more
Hydration Packs are incredibly popular with outdoor enthusiasts and it's easy to see why. I have actually tried going out for a hike without my hydration pack and just carrying water bottles. I then did a hike with no water bottles and carrying just my...read more
Anybody who has travelled to tropical regions or visited a country where mosquitoes and their diseases are a problem, you will most likely have used repellents with DEET. You are most likely reading this post because you have been asking 'What is DEET?'....read more
Hi there, I’m Stephen!
I created In Shape Explorer with the goal of giving you thorough hike reviews of Scotland’s mountains and lesser-known peaks further afield. I also share hiking advice, tips and guides so that you are as informed as possible before getting out there! Any questions or queries then don’t hesitate to get in touch.