Category Archives: extreme sports

Amazing active road trips for The Independent

June 1, 2016 § Leave a reply

Dreaming of the road less travelled? Roaring down a ribbon of Tarmac through wild open spaces is one of life’s great pleasures, and exploring by car is the perfect way to combine discovering a new place with active adventure. Try one of my favourite active road trips, from buzzing round Ibiza in a hippy campervan to island-hopping in Sweden and exploring Nova Scotia on four wheels.


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Greentraveller’s guide to the protected landscapes of Wales

April 22, 2016 § Leave a reply

I had a blast helping Greentraveller to create these beautiful new video guides to each of Wales’ eight protected landscapes (that’s Anglesey, Gower, the Brecon Beacons, Snowdonia, Llyn Peninsula, Wye Valley, Pembrokeshire and the Clwydian Range). Celebrate Visit Wales’ Year of Adventure by using the guides to explore the mountains and coastline of this magical land. Here’s a taste of the beautiful landscapes we filmed in.

Find the full Greentraveller’s Guide and read my guide to where to stay, eat and explore on the Gower Peninsula.

Review: Odlo Blackcomb Evolution winter base layers

February 1, 2016 § 1 Reply

I’ve been tearing around the Austrian pistes and the Welsh mountains in Odlo’s Blackcomb Evolution range of winter sport underwear, partly made from recyclable materials. I tested out the long baselayer pants (£65) and baselayer shirt (£65). Cosy, comfy and saving the planet – I’m a big fan.

Review: Odlo Blackcomb Evolution winter base layers

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How to: pack for a ski season

November 22, 2015 § Leave a reply

Off on a ski season this winter? You don’t need warm pants, extra scarves or photos of your dog. Trust me, I’ve seen enough emergency care packages get delivered to Cadbury’s-starved seasonnaires to know that if you’re off to work a winter you require:

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How to film better sports video with your D-SLR

November 14, 2015 § 2 Replies

Think making movies takes time, experience or fancy software? Think again. If you own a DSLR, a tripod and a couple of lenses you already have everything you need to find your inner videographer. I headed to the Forest of Dean with mountain biker Jake Ireland to create this beginner-friendly guide for


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Video: Adidas #openallwinter

Get inspired for a winter of adventure with the awesome new Adidas #openallwinter trailer, featuring skiing, cold-weather trail running, ice climbing and the very brave Hayley Ashburn slacklining 3,000 metres up a Dolomites peak in Italy. Adidas are also launching their new insulated Climaheat winter range, designed to keep you warm in extreme conditions. Watch out for my review, coming soon.

Top eight extreme adventures in the world

Push your adrenaline levels to an all-time high with eight of the craziest extreme adventure experiences on the planet (I’ve ticked off three so far). There’s volcano bungee jumping, hair-raising cycling, antarctic running and cheese. Because all good lists include cheese.

nicaragua Extreme Adventure - Top Eight Extreme Adventures

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Review: The Monster Race 2013

The mucky pups over at Muddy Race asked me to write a little review of my latest foray into cross-country obstacle running – last weekend’s 12k Monster Race. There were cow pats, 10ft walls, ice baths and some delightfully gloopy mud to contend with – heaven.


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Interview: the awesome girls of Boatylicious

I had a nice chat with Laura of Team Boatylicious. In June 2014, she and three other super-adventurous ladies are aiming to set a new world record, rowing 2,400 miles across the Pacific Ocean from California to Hawaii. The best bit? You could join them.


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Competition: Win a kitesurfing holiday with Explora Morocco

The adrenaline junkies over at Explora Morocco have a pretty rad prize up for grabs in their new competition – an action-packed week of kite surfing for two on the Moroccan coast.


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European Outdoor Film Festival 13/14: Where are the women?

Well done, EOFT! You are returning for a whirlwind tour of Europe and will be passing through Britain showing a truly stunning collection of adventure films. I just have one question – why are there no ladies in your videos?


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NASS Extreme Action Sports Festival 2013

The awesome Nass Festival dudes asked me to come along last weekend and snap some of the goings on. There were mental people parkouring, motorbikers backflipping in the air and a lot of very chilled out skater kids horizontal in the sunshine. And me falling off a tiny slackline a lot.


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Israeli Adventures part 2: mountain biking in the Negev Desert

In June I spent a week in Israel discovering the delights of Tel Aviv, biking in the Negev Desert and wandering around the labyrinthine streets of old Jerusalem. Here’s part two of the journey – cycling in the desert. Some photos by the fantastic Mark Stratton.

Photo By Mark Stratton

Photo By Mark Stratton

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How to: boulder, by UK champion Shauna Coxsey for Adidas

If you’ve ever fancied chalking up your fingers and teaching your body to defy gravity, watch inspiring UK champ Shauna Coxsey talk about her love of climbing, plus tips on warming up and improving your footwork, in these videos from Adidas’ All In campaign.
I started last year and am addicted, despite my constantly blistered fingers.


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Interview with adventurer Sean Conway on Swimming Britain

A speedy chat with the rather epic Sean Conway, who this summer will attempt to become the first person to swim round the British coast from Land’s End to John O’ Groats.
No biggie – he’s already cycled the world, climbed Kili dressed as a penguin and grown a ginger beard of fearsome proportions.


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Photoblog: the ski photoshoot

I spent last week on the sunny slopes of Verbier shooting a ski and snowboard photography feature for NPhoto magazine with the fantastic Ross Woodhall. Click on the images to see them in all their glory.


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A year in the Spanish outdoors

No matter where I live in the world, I’ll always have a huge soft spot for Spain. It’s a treasure trove of unspoilt beauty spots and offers an amazing range of outdoor activities to suit all seasons, from gentle walks in summer to extreme skiing in winter. Here’s my favourite destinations for a year of outdoor love.

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How to: get better at skiing with ten top tips

I am beyond excited about January. Four days in Verbier followed swiftly by a week in Val Thorens means I can finally stop pretending that riding my bike really fast down hills feels a bit like skiing and actually SKI!

How To Get Better At Skiing

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European Outdoor Film Tour

I don’t know when I was last this excited about going to the movies. Nine of the coolest European extreme sports films are on tour across the continent. Get tickets now.

Mud Runner 2012 – nothing tougher!

Last Sunday Hayley, Pete and I made it through seven grueling, muddy, sweaty miles of the Mud Runner Classic 2012, at the beautiful Eastnor Castle in the Malverns.

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Snow girl style: the coolest looks for chilly weather

Snowsports are definitely the most style conscious sports around, as Dolce and Gabbana are obviously aware, even if their lovely model has forgotten her trousers. Working as a seasonnaire in the Italian Alps, I’m constantly exposed to a fashion parade of girl skiiers and boarders in the latest look-at-me labels.

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Guest post: The UK’s Best Rock Climbing Spots

There’s some spectacular scenery that’s ideal for rock climbing in the United Kingdom, and wherever you live in Britain, you’re sure to have some fantastic cliff faces a reasonable distance away. Rebecca Hall sums up her favourite spots.

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10 Inevitable things that will happen to you on a ski season

As devised by myself and my lovely housemate Jillian whilst we were very hungover and in bed. We’ve been working in the Italian Alps for two months now, in which I have learned that salopettes are perfect for après ski, as they are wipe clean, and that I have the strength in me to clean over 700 toilets. Who knew? I have also learnt that, as a seasonnaire:

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How to: the ultimate seasonnaire’s guide to waxing snowboards and skis

Waxing guide! That’s boards and skis, not legs. Snowboard wonderkid and fellow seasonnaire Simon Andrews kindly took time out of shredding the crap out of the Cervinia backcountry to compile this fantastic guide to waxing your snowboard or skis for The Girl Outdoors.

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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 about the highlights of her sporting career and what the ski scene is like for aspiring pro girls.

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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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Review: The North Face women’s 100 Glacier 1/4 zip fleece

In preparation for my epic ski adventure, coming soon to The Girl Outdoors (well, once I actually hit the slopes), the amazing outdoorsy peeps at Webtogs have sent me a lovely North Face fleece to test out in chilly Britain before I wear it whilst falling over a lot on an Italian mountain. Read on to see how it measured up, or get your own here for £34.

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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 in my night-time fantasies of perfectly executed black runs. I am busy figuring out what gear to take with me to the mountains, so I was very pleased when the lovely people at Gear Zone sent me over some sun creams from French company Annecy to test.

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Look mum, no hands! 50 no handed bike moves

It’s a warm and sunny Indian summer afternoon in Soho and I am sitting in an air conditioned office. This is not ideal. Instead I will fantasise about practising these absolutely amazing bike moves courtesy of film director Ninian Doff. I am particularly enjoying the Royal Wave, the MGM Lion and the Cup of Tea. Lovely.

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 padded you can perform sumo wrestler moves on friends worry free, and, finally, a helmet strapped under your chin that immediately makes your scalp sweat. As soon as you are dressed like this, all you can think about is how much to now need to pee.

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The best surfing beaches in Wales

I absolutely, utterly and completely love surfing. I should quickly make it clear that this does not mean I am GOOD at surfing: I spend most of my time flailing in the shallows or getting hit on the head by my board, but the utter rush of catching a wave makes pain, cold and wee in your wetsuit seem like very minor issues. Whilst I would love to surf the USA, Indo or Oz, living in Cardiff has meant I’ve been able to get out on the green waves of Wales, which offer some very decent surf.


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