THE GREAT OUTDOORSY CHRISTMAS GIFT GUIDE 2017
Tis the season to be jolly! And to give these lovely presents to your outdoors-mad friends and family. This year my gift guide has a bit of a beachy, country vibe to it – expect cosy woolly blankets and jumpers, fire and forest-inspired treats, practical gadgets and some very cheerful wellingtons. Happy Christmas!
Volunteering abroad? Watch this first.
The active guide to Edmonton, Alberta
This vibrant city is more than just a great base for exploring the Rockies – it’s also an adventurous capital in its own right, full of outdoor activities to try and cosy places to eat and spend the night.
Where are you walking this weekend? I'm aiming to include more regular walking guides including maps and directions over on The Girl Outdoors. Where would you like to see routes for?
My latest walk: Alcock Tarn, Cumbria
Hunt out a perfect, panoramic view of the Lake District on this beautiful walk in the fells above Grasmere.
We've all been there! 😴
Where are you skiing this winter? How about swapping France or Austria for beautiful Bulgaria? Bansko is not your average ski town, and fun, friendly Snomads is definitely not your average chalet.
New review: the beautifully crafted Mountain Light Cascade hiking boots from Danner
Extremely proud to make this list along with some very inspiring outdoorswomen!
Where the wild things play. A walk up Alcock Tarn after Kendal Mountain Festival.
Hello Kendal Mountain Festival! Started the day with a little 10k trail run up Scout Scar and a catch up with the lovely Paddle Against Plastic, The Itinerant and Columbia Sportswear. Now for some films and talks (and carbs) 🎥 ⛰
The neverending quest for beautiful places to swim in the wild in Britain continues. This time my lovely friend Kate took me to seek out Sharrah Pools in the river Dart.
Ready to hit the pistes? I’ve been testing out the best snow jackets, salopettes and base layers for The Independent. My top picks will keep your warm and happy in the mountains all winter.
The outdoorsy girl's guide to Bristol: swim, climb, SUP, cycle, ramble and be merry.
ADVENTURE KIT ITEMS THAT COULD SAVE YOUR LIFE
The great outdoors is an extremely beautiful place – but it can also be pretty inhospitable. From water filters to paracord bracelets, I’ve picked ten must-pack bits of kit for Red Bull Adventure that are designed to aid survival in extreme environments.
Planning your next weekend away? The Forest of Dean is chock-full of adventure – clamber through caves, canoe down rivers and mountain bike along leafy paths before a well-deserved evening in a cosy forest pub.
A fantastic message from Maia Media. Your body is not an enemy - it'll take you to amazing places.
15 genius camping hacks for your next night under canvas. What would you add to the list?
Britain's best birdwatching walks:
Just because winter is coming doesn't mean there's not plenty of beautiful wildlife to discover outdoors. These glorious walks will let you spot puffins, choughs, oystercatchers and more. Don’t forget your binoculars.
Snow season is almost here!
"I think snowsports are becoming more accessible, equipment is easier to get hold of and there is a lot of help available. So just go for it!" - pro freerider Angelica Sykes, shot for Snooks
Friday vibes from The Enjoyable Rut
New kit review: the extremely comfy KEEN Terradora leather boot is perfect for travellers
Love this from the awesome Anna McNuff! Periods are a normal part of adventure if you've got lady bits - it's time we all talked about it like the completely natural thing it is. And surfing the crimson wave is absolutely no reason not to do all the intrepid things you want to do and love to do. ❤️🥊
Celebrate the season of mists and mellow fruitfulness by wrapping up in Seasalt Clothing's cosy new layers and planning a colourful walk in my favourite British woodlands.
Autumn foraging favourites to seek out on your next country walk! What have you spotted in the hedgerows?
No more hibernating.
Staying active all winter with Dickies cold weather clothing
Lovely gardening hacks 🌿🍓
They say when you’ve seen the world, there’s always Greenland. Mighty glaciers, Inuit hunters, the Northern Lights, polar bears on the kill – this is the story of my voyage around is magical ice-clad land with Quark Expeditions. Worth a watch just for the extremely cute husky puppies.
Competition: fancy winning £500 worth of photography kit?
I'm judging Urban Cottage Industries awesomenew #lettherebelight photo competition. The focus of the competition is one of my favourite outdoor photography themes – playing with light.
How to enter:
After a new rucksack? Meet the adventurous traveller’s new best mate. The perfectly sized new Osprey Europe Fairview 40 litre rucksack, £100, is roomy enough for all your kit but still small enough to sail through airport security and to work as an excellent hiking backpack.
One a little closer to home - my outdoorsy guide to my own fair Bristol, the city of bridges and balloons (and cycling, climbing, riding, trail running and plenty more).
The outdoorsy girl's guide to Bristol
Grab your trainers and explore some of the best scenery the UK has to offer with my pick of the seven best trail runs in Britain for Red Bull Adventure
From the toughest courses to the most incredible views and the best after party, these seven events showcase the very best of Great British trail running, and they all promise to deliver mud, sweat and post-run beers.
Every woman has her Everest - in praise of small adventures.
"There’s this idea that to achieve your dreams you need to quit your job and dedicate your life to extreme adventure. But it’s also ok (more than ok) to work 9-5 and have a busy life and a dog to walk and Friday evenings in the pub and to simply make time when you can for the outdoors, for nature and for travel. This much I know – filling your life with plenty of small, happy adventures in wild places is a sure route to happiness."
In need of some fresh gear for autumn? My three latest kit reviews for The Independent might sort you out.
Best backpacking tents
Best active swimsuits
Best down jackets and midlayers
Fabulous day at Women's Adventure Expo. So many inspiring tales of adventure from epic lady explorers and loved getting to chat storytelling.
Only a few days to go until the Women's Adventure Expo returns for its third year on the 7th October 2017. The Expo in Bristol at AT-Bristol (We the Curious) with a stellar lineup of adventurous speakers, amazing workshops, exciting exhibitors and the chance to try new outdoor activities.
I'm so proud to be speaking alongside some amazing and inspiring women, including Squash Falconer Mollie Hughes - Everest NorthSide expedition 2017 Beth french Paddle Against Plastic UK A Lotus Rises The Itinerant Anna McNuff Laura Kennington Anna Blackwell and Bex Band - 'the Ordinary Adventurer'.
If you come along do come and say hi, and let me know if you have any questions you'd like me to cover in my talk.
More info and tickets here: http://womensadventureexpo.co.uk/
Ahhh October, month of leaf swishing, ghost stories and breaking out your woolly jumper collection. Anyone for easy peasy pumpkin pie (slightly less cliche than a spiced latte)?
A tabletop firebowl!
NEED. TO. MAKE.
Build an adventure-ready first aid kit
First aid is an invaluable skill to have anywhere, but it’s especially important in the back of beyond, for treating yourself or others. Pack a soft mini kit bag for treks and travelling with my list of essentials.
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