Interview with pro freestyle skier and UK champion Becky Hammond

The Girl Outdoors loves a good girl sports hero, especially one as fearlessly cool as Becky Hammond, UK freeski champion and part of Team GB. The 25 year old took time out of training halfpipe in Breckenridge, Colorado, to chat…

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Interview with pro surfer Mitch Corbett on the Endless Winter

Having to surf in the biting cold is pretty much inevitable for riders in the UK, where freezing green waves, menacing grey skies and frostbitten fingers are more of the surf scene than tropical sands and hibiscus flowers.

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The Girl Outdoors in Company magazine

Wahooo the December issue of Company is finally out and I am in it! If you fancy spending your hard-earned £2 on a magazine this month, may I suggest it be this one, and that you closely peruse pages 56…

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Five breathtaking views from around the Great British Isles

Countryside fan James Agate rounds up the most beautiful vistas in the UK for your viewing pleasure. If you’re looking for stunning views and breathtaking scenery then you really look no further than the shorelines of good old Blighty. Here…

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Review: The North Face women’s 100 Glacier fleece

The North Face Glacier Fleece review: In preparation for my epic ski adventure, coming soon to The Girl Outdoors (well, once I actually hit the slopes), I tested out my new North Face Glacier fleece, £30, in chilly Britain before…

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How to: beginner’s guide to DSLR photography

After many many years as a bit of a tech-phobe, I’m finally learning the ins and outs of photography, mainly because pretty much any time I am outdoors I spot things that I want to shoot (foxes, landscapes, umm, interesting…

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Review: Annecy ski cosmetics

I’m off on a ski season to Cervinia, Italy in December, which I am so excited about that I can’t sleep at night without cuddling my new woolly hat. The fact that I can’t ski very well is clearly immaterial…

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Urban wildlife – foxes in London

It was spellbinding to wake up on a sunny Sunday at my aunt’s house and open the curtains on this beautiful russet-coloured fox having an nap amongst the ivy. What made it more surprising was that my aunt doesn’t live…

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The magical £5000 hobbit house

Simon Dale is my new hero – using just £5000 worth of materials and some man power he has magicked up a cosy little house in Wales for his family to live in. Eco friendly, low impact, and built using…

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Places to stay: Cuddling reindeer in Lapland

I think a small part of me wasn’t quite sure reindeer were real until we visited Napapiirin Porofarmi Reindeer Farm. The farm’s reindeer are friendly and come up for a cuddle, which I enjoyed immensely, as their horns feel amazing…

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Walking Lapland’s Pieni Karhunkierros trail

It doesn’t get much more authentically Finnish than waking up in Lapland in a cosy log cabin overlooking a misty lake in the middle of nowhere, having a breakfast of rye porridge, salmon and cheese and heading off for a…

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Heroes of the arctic circle: more on Steve Young

Someone else has been on adventures in the Arctic recently, but in a more dramatic way than me. In March I interviewed the fantastic Steve Young, a soldier who trekked to the North Pole after breaking his back in a…

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The North Face Base Camp flip flops review

Base Camp Flip Flop Review: I took a pair of The North Face Base Camp flip flops, £28, with me on my Finnish adventure,  because where better to test them than an actual base camp? We were staying in log…

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White water rafting in the Ruka rapids

White water rafting does not involve the most attractive outfit in the world. Over your normal clothes go thick rubber dungarees, a coat of the same shiny blue material, wellington boots a few sizes too big, a lifejacket so well…

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Guest Blog: Nuuksio National Park by Karina Kold

It doesn’t get much more beautiful than Finland’s Nuuksio National Park, which may be only an hour from central Helsinki but feels like a million miles away in both space and time. Unspoilt and untouched, the semi-wilderness stretches for miles…

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Nova Scotia: a photo blog

Two weeks in Nova Scotia are not enough. The Maritimes are a gorgeous patchwork of apple trees, wooden slat houses in pastel yellows and blues and cold, empty lakes fringed with dark pine trees. Oh, and gooooood pie. Actually, two…

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