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Ultimate Hillwalker’s Flapjack Recipe

Ultimate Hillwalker’s Flapjack Recipe

A walk of any length requires some decent snacks in your rucksack to keep you powering up those hills. Flapjack takes some beating. It’s easy to make, it doesn’t melt like chocolate and you can tailor the recipe to your tastes. Plain flapjack is tasty enough but supercharging it into the ultimate hill snack means adding your own ‘secret ingredient’. Chocolate chips, raisins, or even ginger are firm favourites. I’ve recently taken things up a notch with a mix of…

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Sink or swim – the spiral of burnout

Sink or swim – the spiral of burnout

I recently shared an article on Twitter from the BBC website: “Sick and tired of feeling sick and tired”. There were other headlines that day too: “Warning over youth career aspiration-reality disconnect”. “Young people ‘most vulnerable’ at work”. “My boss let me go over my condition”. The common themes? Stress. Anxiety. Burnout. All too common experiences for the 21st century worker. While it’s good that we’re starting to give mental health issues a voice, these articles show there’s still stigma…

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How to enjoy the outdoors when it’s cold and you’d rather stay inside…

How to enjoy the outdoors when it’s cold and you’d rather stay inside…

Let’s face it, many people find it harder to enjoy the outdoors when it’s cold. December is a busy time of year for many with work, not to mention ‘the C word’ just around the corner. The shorter days and dark nights mean it’s harder to motivate yourself when the sofa looks so inviting. But those who can fight the natural urge to stay tucked up warm in bed are on to something. With the right mindset, it’s possible to…

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Kendal Mountain Festival and Everyday Adventures

Kendal Mountain Festival and Everyday Adventures

Last Friday saw me in the Lake District for the Kendal Mountain Festival. As a first-time festival goer, I booked myself on to a couple of talks and went with an open mind to see what KMM has to offer. Here’s how I got on… If you don’t know Kendal, it’s not hard to find the Brewery Arts Centre, home to the festival’s ‘basecamp’ for the long weekend. ‘Follow the people in down jackets’ is as good advice as any….

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Adventures with children

Adventures with children

Much like starting a proper job, people often say having children is a major obstacle to regular adventure. That might be true if you plan on spending every weekend ice-climbing in the Himalayas (although I’m sure are are those who make this work). But in other ways, having children has a positive impact on getting you outside more. You just need to realign your expectations of what’s possible to make having adventures with children a reality. Why should I bother?…

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Should I put the heating on?

Should I put the heating on?

As we move further into Autumn, the topic of conversation across Britain turns to putting the heating on. Much like Brexit, this can spark furious debate in homes and offices across the country. I like to hold off as long as possible, both for the sake of the planet and my wallet, but also because it encourages you to be more active. A quick half hour run at lunchtime warms me up no end. Followed by a cold shower (or…

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How to clean your bike

How to clean your bike

Riding your bike makes you happier. And you should do things that make you happy, right? That means taking every opportunity for a two-wheeled adventure: your commute; nipping out for a pint of milk; or even just a gentle Sunday morning pootle with the family. But one thing many people forget to do as they ride more is clean their bike! It’s hardly the most exciting job, but even if you only go out in fair weather, the chain soon picks…

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Trail Running: How to do running if you don’t do running

Trail Running: How to do running if you don’t do running

Lots of people don’t ‘do’ running. I get that. Until recently, I was one of them. There are many reasons why. Pounding the streets. Traffic fumes. Injury. Heavy breathing. Boredom. Lots of grimacing. I’d do it a few times but never really got it. It felt like a chore. Not particularly fun but something I should do as it’s good for me. On paper, running is a terrific idea. You don’t need lots of expensive kit – a pair of…

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Be Adventure Smart This Bank Holiday Weekend

Be Adventure Smart This Bank Holiday Weekend

Are you adventure smart? It’s bank holiday weekend. The perfect opportunity for many of us to head to the hills. The weather’s turning out to be half decent too! On a recent walk around Lake Windermere, I endured some more typical bank holiday weather conditions. It chucked it down all day. I saw no other walkers; I was the only mug stupid enough to brave the conditions. And I bloody loved it. As long as you are adventure smart, there’s…

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Family Camping – Creating a Checklist

Family Camping – Creating a Checklist

CLICK TO ACCESS THE FAMILY CAMPING CHECKLIST GUIDE I’m feeling pretty smug. It’s taken some gentle persuasion but my family now has the camping bug. This is the holy grail for many an everyday adventurer. Getting the family on board means you’ll be spending much more time outside. Every spare weekend becomes an excuse to get some fresh air. Not to mention the benefits for the kids – connecting with nature, being free range, inspiring a sense of wonder plus…

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