On joy and the great outdoors

I’ve been thinking a lot recently about what makes me happy. Perhaps the dark nights and garbage weather have got me down – as I…

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Learn a new skill in 2017

What’s your new years resolution for 2017? Why not learn a brand new skill in the great outdoors? I’ve chosen ten brilliant courses which combine…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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,…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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The Ultimate Camping Packing List To Check Off

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…

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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…

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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…

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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 my hygiene guide to camping…

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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…

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