How to: conquer the winter blues

It’s cold and miserable outside. It’s dark by the time you get home. You ate a whole herd of Lindt chocolate reindeers over the Christmas break. I feel your pain, but I also have five ways to help you get…

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How to: Cook five scrumptious eats on the campfire

It’s time for chilly autumn evenings! And cuddly knitted jumpers and leaves the colour of sunsets and crackly campfires and all the other lovely things that make poor old unappreciated autumn my favourite season. Celebrate by wandering into the woods…

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How to: have an epic adventure in just a few weeks

If you fancy planning your own life-changing, globe-trotting journeys but worry work will get in the way of dreaming big, try one of these seven epic expeditions I’ve picked for Red Bull Adventures, all of which take just a week…

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How to: make homemade Christmas gifts for outdoorsy friends

Screw you, consumerist-driven, money-mad Black Friday! Avoid mental shoppers and, instead, show some love and save some dosh by making these delightful outdoorsy trinkets, the perfect Christmas presents for adventure lovers.

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Five quick and easy favourites for tastier camping meals

Just because you’re sleeping out in the wild doesn’t mean you have to live off tasteless ration packs. These five easy camping meals and ideas, from proper tasty morning porridge to a make-anywhere filling stew, will make feasting in the…

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How to: use your watch as a compass

A quick but potentially life-saving little tip – your analog watch also works as a compass if you know how to read it. How to use watch as compass Hold the watch up horizontally and match up the hour hand…

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How to: survive a bear attack

How to survive a bear attack This is essential knowledge for the outdoorsy type as you never know when you could come across a Grizzly up a mountain. Unfortunately, opinions seem to vary on what to do when there’s a…

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How to: survive a festival – the essential packing list

Lucky enough to have a Glasto ticket? Planning on moshing at Reading or Leeds? Taking the sedate path at a family-friendly shindig? Wherever you are heading, take heed of my definitive festival packing guide which I have compiled from the…

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Snow adventures for non-skiiers

There are plenty of ways to explore spotless winter landscapes that don’t involve hurtling downhill on skis or a snowboard. In my latest column for The Independent’s travel pages I’ve got some great ideas for adventuring in snow – how…

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How to: go camping. The ultimate packing checklist

Crackling logs, the smell of canvas, charcoal-like marshmallows burning your fingers… camping is pretty great, isn’t it? If the weather’s looking on the clement side and you’re itching to run for the hills and set up a tent in the…

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How to film better sports video with your D-SLR

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…

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How to: Make foraged blackberrry and apple mini pies

If you’ve been as obsessed with picking the glut of blackberries currently growing down country lanes as I have, these cute mini pies are the perfect way to use them up.

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The cheat’s hygiene guide to camping and festivals

Just FYI, I love it when people suggest ideas for new blog posts. So with thanks to Jessica Renz, here’s some tips on to look passably normal in the great outdoors, even if you’re spending a week under canvas in…

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How to: make American s’mores by the campfire

My brilliant friend Bobby Downs taught me how to make all-American s’mores when we went hiking in the Catskills, so I asked him to write down this extreme(ly delicious) way of toasting marshmallows over a fire.

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How to: cycle safely in winter

Just because the clocks have gone back and storms are a-blowing doesn’t mean you can’t cycle happily and safely – just follow these tips on how to kit you and your bike out for winter.

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How To: get started with surf photography

On what was probably the Best Day at Work Ever I put together this beginner’s guide to surf photography for N-Photo magazine. It’s easier than you might think to get action- packed shots, promise!

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