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Meeting Your Mountain Heroes

Meeting Your Mountain Heroes

They say you shouldn’t meet your heroes, as they are sure to disappoint you. Particularly in these days of social media, where people portray images of themselves which are so far removed from reality, we have unrealistic expectations of their apparently perfect lives. But what if your heroes aren’t people? What about your mountain heroes? As a child, I was fascinated by mountains and some grabbed my attention more than others. I would spend hours looking at my dad’s old…

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Senses: Smell

Senses: Smell

On a recent family break to the Scottish coast, I overheard a lady taking a deep breath before smiling and saying to her teenage children, “I love that smell”. There was such feeling in those four words. It was a beautifully clear day. A gentle breeze wafting the aroma of the sea into her nostrils. No doubt evoking memories of childhood holidays, paddling in the sea, ice cream dripping down the sides of a cone, seagulls screaming overhead… of life…

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BST is here

BST is here

It’s 8pm as I sit down to write this. The house is quiet. I’ve had my tea. And I’m a little bit giddy. It’s still light outside! BST is here and I bloomin’ well love it. Although we’ve only had five months of GMT, the dark nights can take their toll. Whether you suffer from SAD (Seasonal Affective Disorder) or not, you can’t help but sense a lift in the mood of the nation when the light evenings come round….

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Sir Ranulph Fiennes: The World’s Greatest Living Explorer

Sir Ranulph Fiennes: The World’s Greatest Living Explorer

Many 75 year olds, particularly those who have lost part of their fingers and suffered multiple heart attacks, would be content with a quieter life. Not Sir Ranulph Fiennes, who, on the final day of his 74th year on the planet, chose to regale a packed Royal Festival Hall with tales of his adventures. As if that wasn’t enough, the evening was hosted by Bear Grylls, one of my all time heroes. I remember reading Ran’s excellent book, “Mad, Bad…

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Bad Habits and Quick Fixes

Bad Habits and Quick Fixes

We all have weeks where we aren’t getting outside as much as we’d like. Too much on at work. A few busy weekends on the trot. Evenings taken up with housework or just some good telly. Short term, we cope with it. But we aren’t designed to live like this and it’s amazing how quickly this lack of outdoors time starts to grind you down. Your brain feels a little foggier. Thoughts are less clear. Your limbs feel sluggish. You…

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Caravan, Camping and Motorhome Show 2019

Caravan, Camping and Motorhome Show 2019

Wednesday this week saw me venture to the wilds of Birmingham and the 2019 Caravan, Camping and Motorhome Show. With so much on offer, my plan was to experience three things: Find out if there’s room for a campervan in my life Be inspired by a great line-up of speakers Soak up the atmosphere of all-things adventure First things first, I’m always a little nervous of ‘Shows’. I’ve been to the Motor Show and the Great Yorkshire Show a few…

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Trail Magazine: Mountains for the Mind

Trail Magazine: Mountains for the Mind

My badge has arrived! Proud to show my support for Trail Magazine’s latest campaign: Mountains for the Mind. You can read all about it on their website. Some sobering statistics on there about the realities of mental health issues in 2019. Great to see Trail championing what we’ve known all along – the outdoors is one of the best remedies out there! Make sure you sign up to pledge your support too.

The Sound of Silence

The Sound of Silence

I’ve been thinking about silence recently. It all started when I saw this article on the BBC Website: The glories of being quiet. Silence is a magical thing. I can recall a handful of times when I’ve experienced it. The most vivid memory is from a walking holiday as a teenager. A small tarn in the Lake District. No breeze. We were in a slight dip and there were no people. The absence of sound made me stop in my…

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How to Stay Safe in the Outdoors

How to Stay Safe in the Outdoors

Getting outdoors is an essential part of staying fit and healthy and introducing much needed balance into our hectic lives. To make sure you remember your hill days for all the right reasons, looking after yourself has to be your number one priority. So remember these top tips for staying safe in the hills: 1. Tell somebody your plans Let someone know your expected route, when you plan to be back and what to do if you don’t return on…

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Free Solo: Film Review

Free Solo: Film Review

There are some things which should be beyond the capabilities of human beings. Walking on the surface of Mars. Running a sub-2 hour marathon. Climbing El Capitan without ropes or other safety gear. But every now and then, a super-human comes along. Someone who pushes the boundaries of what we previously thought possible. A goal that seems so dangerous to the rest of us becomes an obsession, until that person conquers the impossible and we take a huge leap forward…

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