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Giving a little back at Christmas

December 23, 2015 § Leave a reply

Hey wonderful readers!

This post isn’t about the great outdoors or my new favourite hiking boots, but bear with me.

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I recently travelled to the island of Lesvos to write an article, and whilst there I met some of the many refugees waiting to catch boats to mainland Greece, aiming eventually to get to Germany. I chatted to families and played with a little girl as she waited to board a ferry to Athens. I heard about their journeys and their hopes for a brighter future.

I also learned about the wonderful residents of Lesvos who are helping the refugees who are still arriving every day. The man who goes down to the port to cook food for people in the evenings. The local grandmothers helping to look after refugee children. The men and women leaving water bottles at strategic points for anyone thirsty to drink.

One of the scariest things we came across was a crumpled, washed-up lifeboat, which looked more like a child’s blow-up swimming pool than a vessel. It was a fragile plastic lifeline that would strike terror into the heart of anyone forced to climb aboard, or worse, put their children out to sea in it.

So. Christmas is a time to think of others, don’t you reckon? Especially in the midst of the biggest refugee crisis Europe has seen since the Second World War.

I have donated all of my fee for the article I wrote about Lesvos to Migrant Offshore Aid Station, who are dedicated to preventing migrant deaths at sea.

If you’d like to help too, you could donate to MOAS or one of many other fantastic organisations: Save the Children distribute essential items such as diapers, Red Cross Europe provide emergency health services, the International Rescue Committee set up camps and basic services.

If you’d like to help in other ways, the Independent has a great article on how to volunteer, fundraise or aid grassroots groups.

So why not give a little bit (a fiver, after all, is only the price of a nice cocktail, a tenner is only a lunch out) too? Think of it as one more Christmas present.

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Sponsored video: adidas Outdoor presents #claimfreedom

November 12, 2015 § Leave a reply

Fancy becoming the next adidas Outdoor athlete. It’s a more tangible dream than you think. adidas Outdoor are on the hunt for people with dreams of big adventure to submit project ideas that would enable them to #claimfreedom. The winners will see their dreams made reality in 2016.

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Long term tests: my hero kit

August 10, 2015 § 4 Replies

I’ve reviewed a lot of gear over the past years, and whilst I try to put new kit through the toughest situations possible (sometimes desperately hoping it’ll thunderstorm so I can get out in a new waterproof!) there’s nothing like the test of time to know if gear is really worth splashing your precious pennies on. These are my favourite long-term bits of kit.

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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 Dean with mountain biker Jake Ireland to create this beginner-friendly guide for Digitalcameraworld.com

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How to: get cycling fit with yoga

Feeling a little bit saddle sore? Total Women’s Cycling have just finished a new video series of yoga moves specifically for biking that will show you how to keep flexible and strong – perfect for training during the chilly winter.

Yoga for cyclists: Bridge Pose by Total Women's Cycling a Road Cycling video by Total Women's Cycling

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Competition – Win an ethical necklace from Soko

Want to give your jewellery box or your Christmas list some heart? Try an accessory from the beautiful Soko Loves Kenya collection. Their handcrafted pieces made from natural materials don’t just look good – they do good too, giving a fairer deal to the African artisans who make them.

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Wimbledon 2013

My sports watching partner in crime (Leo) and I spent a delightful Monday at Wimbledon after Leo magically managed to procure us centre court tickets. We watched Serena Williams cry, Sabine Lisicki kick ass, Murray make grunting sounds and Djokovic give good lego hair. Oh, and we ate strawberries and drank far too much pink cava.

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Four lovely things to do in the Lake District

The gorgeous green valleys, unspoilt blue waters and postcard-pretty villages of The Lakes are bliss to ramble through on sunny weekends, and there are plenty of family-friendly holiday parks in the Lake District that are the perfect base to explore from. Here’s my pick of the nicest places to visit.

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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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Five best accessories for summer gardens

Spring is finally here! Dust down your flipflops, crack out the Pimms and get out in the garden – it may have been a little neglected during the dark days of winter but there’s nothing more satisfying than getting your hands dirty getting it into shape. Plant some spring flowers and head to local gardening centres and sites like www.mysmartbuy.com in search of the best new tools, then add some of this lovely lot of garden accessories for the finishing touch.

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