Roland Handel

Written by Roland Handel:


Sleeping Mats, Insulation and R-Value

On a recent summit attempt of Mount Kilimanjaro, I was using the NeoAir® XTherm™ from ThermaRest, with an R-value of 5.7. But what actually does that 5.7 mean? The R-value is a measure of resistance to heat flow through a given thickness of material and is calculated by measuring the temperature difference between two surfaces Read More


Marmot Eco Featherless Insulation

For years the gold standard in apparel and gear insulation has been the down of ducks and geese. As far as the lightness, warmth and compression offered by down, for many years there has simply been no alternative. Back in 2014, global manufacturing brand, 3M announced the launch of its Thinsulate Featherless Insulation. A leader Read More


Panda Child Carrier

The Panda Child Carrier is a re-branded baby carrier from Czech company “Corazon”. Panda don’t try to hide this, as the Corazon logo is emblazoned across the back of the carrier. To be honest, I know very little about Corazon, other than what is available on their website, which isn’t a lot. Further, I know Read More


The Lost Valley – Burragorang

“PAINTINGS FROM BURRAGORANG – THE LOST VALLEY” I’m a wilderness artist and have been painting for 40 years. I love to paint remote places anywhere in Australia and I’ll do anything from bushwalking, trekking or abseiling to find them. As a child I was brought up by parents who loved bushwalking – a mother who Read More

Snap the Wet Tropics Competition

Wet Tropics “Snap the Tropics” 2017 Photo Competition

The Wet Tropics Management Authority is pleased to announce its Snap the Tropics photograph competition winners. The competition attracted more than 150 entries from local photographers across the Wet Tropics region, featuring everything from creek and waterfall scenes to cassowary and orchid snaps. Entries were independently judged by acclaimed Cairns nature photographer Mike Prociv. The Read More


A European Slacklining Holiday

When setting off on a backpacking holiday to Europe, Blue Mountains-based photographer Aidan Williams and a few friends decided to take their passion along for the ride, packing their slackline kit for the journey. The result is a European journey with a difference and, as you can see from the spectacular photos that results, Williams Read More

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