Climbing For Beginners: Why you should hit the wall

Guest blogger Charlotte Clark on the delights of rock climbing for beginners, and why this is the perfect confidence-building sport for women of all abilities. CLIMBING FOR BEGINNERS “I should start this post by confessing that I’m not a fitness…

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How it feels to try ice swimming, Scandinavian style

Scandinavians have known it for centuries – plunging into ice-cold water is good for you. Here’s how it feels to take a dip in the ice in Arctic Sweden – and where you can try this tinglingly fun form of…

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The best sustainable and eco-friendly swimwear

The tide is turning – these nine ethical and sustainable swimwear brands make a stand by using recycled materials to create their beautiful and sport-friendly swimsuits. The best eco-friendly and sustainable swimwear brands A new tide of independent brands are…

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Arctic Adventure: The Fjällräven Polar 2019

This is the story of a 300km journey across the wilderness from Norway to Sweden as part of the Fjällräven Polar 2019 expedition, crossing the tundra, cuddling huskies and proving that there’s an Arctic explorer hidden inside everyone.  Fat snowflakes…

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How to join a British Exploring Society expedition

They say life begins outside your comfort zone. Challenge yourself, learn new skills and travel to some of the wildest places on earth by joining an expedition with the British Exploring Society – here’s how you could look as happy…

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Video: British Exploring Society Expedition in the Indian Himalayas

Looking for a challenge? Here’s a taste of my six-week adventure in the Indian Himalayas with the British Exploring Society, a charity that takes young people on life-changing expeditions every year. In the summer of 2018 our team set up…

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Review: Red Pro Change jacket

Love getting in the ocean in any weather? Jacob Little reckons the Red Pro Outdoor jacket, £120, will be your new favourite bit of kit. Red Pro Change Jacket review Product description: “Shield yourself from the elements with this PRO…

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Review: Rydale Middleham leather boots

Say goodbye to your wellingtons – Rydale’s Middleham tall leather boots, £100, are perfect for countryside adventures in any weather. Rydale Middleham boot review Product description: “The Rydale Middleham Riding boots offer style and elegance without compromising on practicality and…

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Review: Adidas Free Hiker boot

Bouncing around in the cheerful Adidas Terrex Free Hiker, £169.95, a versatile summer trainer/walking boot hybrid that’s big on comfort. Adidas Free Hiker Boot review Product description: “Every ingredient in these shoes aims for comfort on long-distance hikes. The sock-like…

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The adventurous guide to Jordan

Welcome, adventurers, to a land of wild deserts, of lost cities and of moon-like seas. My active guide to Jordan is here to show you where to hike, go canyoning and sleep out under the stars. Jordan really is the…

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Review: Osprey Rolling Transporter wheeled duffel bag

International adventurer? Meet your new favourite travel bag. The fantastic Osprey Rolling Transporter 90l, £220, is a durable duffel on wheels that can travel has hard as you do. Review Osprey Rolling Transporter Product description: “AdventureProof on wheels. By taking…

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Review: Joules Sailaway waterproof raincoat

Fear no shower in Joules’ Sailaway short waterproof rain jacket, £99.95, a great all-rounder of a raincoat for casual wear that can withstand a hefty downpour. Review Joules Sailaway raincoat Product description: “A short, PU coated cotton canvas raincoat to…

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The outdoorsy girl’s guide to a weekend in Hay-on-Wye

Ready to fall in love with Hay-On-Wye? This magical market town in Wales makes the perfect weekend base for both brave and bookish adventures. Hay itself is famed for its literary scene, but just as special are its surroundings –…

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Trying ski touring in Crans Montana, Switzerland

Crans Montana have made their corner of the Swiss Alps into the perfect adventure playground for beginner ski tourers. I strapped on skins and tried their mapped trails for all abilities. Trying ski touring in Crans Montana, Switzerland I’ve always…

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Hiking At Altitude: Altitude Sickness and Altitude Sickness Remedies

Hiking in high mountain passes is one of the most awe-inspiring adventures on earth, but the rarified air in the highest peaks on the planet can take a toll. Be prepared of the effects of trekking above 2,400 metres with…

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Nine of the best active trips to plan for 2019

Make 2019 the year you learn a new skill or master a new sport in a gorgeous landscape. My top nine best active trips to book in 2019 are all the inspiration you’ll need to go hiking in high mountains,…

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