The great outdoorsy Christmas gift guide

Oh man I love Christmas. I love all the fairy lights and walks in the snow and novelty jumpers and attempting to drink my own body weight in glühwein. I do not, however, like the crazy shopping frenzies of late December, which is why I am making you a lovely gift guide now – snap up all these beauties for the outdoorsy girls and guys on your list and you can be all smug for the rest of the festivities.

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How to: get cycling fit with yoga

December 3, 2013 § Leave a reply

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.

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Four amazing outdoor experiences in Italy

November 27, 2013 § 1 Reply

It may be known as the prime destination for gazing at art and gorging yourself on the three main food groups (that’s pizza, pasta and wine), but there’s an outdoorsy side to Italy too, adventure fiends. When you’re not in a food coma or pretending to be Audrey Hepburn in Roman Holiday, try hiking the glittering coastline, skiing in the shade of the Matterhorn or horse riding under the Tuscan sun.

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Video: A kiteracer from the North

November 18, 2013 § 2 Replies

Ethereal Canadian lakes? Check. Stunning Mexican scenery? Check. An awesome outdoors girl showing off her talent? Massive check. Videomaker François Guinaudeau presents ‘A kiteracer from the North’, following Québécoise Catherine Dufour‘s training process around the world.

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Review: The Monster Race 2013

November 14, 2013 § Leave a reply

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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Competition – Win an ethical necklace from Soko

November 13, 2013 § 3 Replies

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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Sponsored Video: Nissan’s ‘Nismo Vs Wingsuit’

November 7, 2013 § Leave a reply

Add a little bit of James Bond to your life with a watch of this rather cool video. It follows Nissan’s new Nismo as it races a wingsuited skydiver down Switzerland’s stunning Susten Pass. So a standard day’s work, eh?

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How to: Cook five scrumptious eats on the campfire

October 30, 2013 § 2 Replies

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 this weekend, fixing up a crackling fire and cooking my five favourite zero-fuss camping recipes with some of your nice mates.

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Go camping on the Isle of Wight

October 29, 2013 § Leave a reply

Super chilled, lush green in hue and dotted with surf-friendly beaches, secret woodlands and cool camping spots, the Isle of Wight deserves its growing rep as a hip island getaway, and camping is the best way to experience its beauty. Here’s my little guide to the best places to stay and the nicest things to do on the IOW, from hanging out in Airwave trailers to making friends with alpacas named Wallace and Gromit.

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The Autumn Edit: the best kit for the new season

October 23, 2013 § 8 Replies

A chill in the air is no excuse not to get out in the countryside. Wrap up warm in some of my favourite kit for fall, including the best waterproof jacket I’ve tested, a gorgeous fluffy gilet to cosy up in and some rather delightful cableknits, plaid shirts and snow boots.
Plus, win a pretty printed rucksack from Animal to cart all your new stuff about in. Happy autumn!

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Interview: Johnny Flynn on the lure of the great outdoors

October 17, 2013 § Leave a reply

A few weeks ago my favourite music website For Folk’s Sake asked me to have a chat with wandering folk minstrel, Johnny Flynn, about new album Country Mile. Here’s a snippet from the full interview on how Johnny finds inspiration in walking and the great outdoors (of course).

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Competition: Win £300 of Uniqlo goodies

October 16, 2013 § Leave a reply

To celebrate UNIQLO’s gorgeous new super light Ultra Light Down jackets they’re offering fans of the collection £300 to spend in stores in their new competition. Just upload a picture to Instagram or Twitter of you in your cuddly ULD coat or gilet using the hashtag #ULD before the 20th October.

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Climbing in the Mendips

October 10, 2013 § Leave a reply

Last weekend Pete the Younger, Pete the Elder and I went climbing in the gorgeous Mendips, around the corner from Cheddar Gorge. We also made friends with some mountain goats, had a go at vertigo-busting blindfolded climbing and wore some very attractive helmets.

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Interview: the awesome girls of Boatylicious

October 9, 2013 § 1 Reply

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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Review: Meindl Sölden snow boots from Complete Outdoors

October 7, 2013 § Leave a reply

Whether you’re off on a ski season, planning a little foray to the Alps or just want to keep your toes toasty on wintery walks, a pair of chunky snow boots are an outdoor wardrobe essential. Here’s my review of Meindl Sölden snow boots, £85.49 from Complete Outdoors in time for the winter.

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How to: turn yourself into a runner

October 1, 2013 § 1 Reply

Josie Cox isn’t just one of my all-time favourite girls, she’s also the author of amazing running blog 26 and a bit miles. Here she explains how to get hooked on running in five steps.

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Competition: Win a kitesurfing holiday with Explora Morocco

September 30, 2013 § Leave a reply

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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Review: Fjallraven rucksack from Complete Outdoors

September 29, 2013 § 8 Replies

I do like rugged outdoors gear that also manages to be über beautiful. Hence, I have a bit of a style crush on my new Fjallraven rucksack, £125.99 from Complete Outdoors, which I have been cycling with, hiking with and, er, pug cuddling with. I also made Pete cart it around on the beach. Doesn’t he look nice?

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Review: The Gallivant Hotel at Camber Sands in Sussex

September 27, 2013 § Leave a reply

I spent a very nice seasidey weekend at the gorgeous Gallivant Hotel on Camber Sands in Sussex, a chilled-out beachside haven that’s straight out of the Hamptons.

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Autumn layers: cosy parkas and yellow wellingtons

September 25, 2013 § Leave a reply

I spent the weekend staying near the beautiful Camber Sands in East Sussex and wrapped up in a fuzzy parka and some super-rad-amazing acid yellow swallow print wellies. I also competed with Grazia for Most Stylish Beach Photoshoot (guess who won).

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Best autumn country walks

September 24, 2013 § Leave a reply

From bracing cliff hikes to autumn leaf-stomping riverside strolls, there’s no shortage of appealing places ramble about in this autumn. Lace up your boots, whack out the waterproofs and don’t forget some dosh for a well-deserved post-walk pub lunch.

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A life well lived – Jim Whittaker on Everest

September 17, 2013 § Leave a reply

Gorgeous little video interview with Jim Whittaker, the first American to summit Everest.

“Throughout my life I have been drawn forcefully to the outdoors, to forests and mountains, seacoasts and oceans, drawn by both a conscious delight in the grandeur and diversity of the planet and an unconscious spiritual yearning to be in the natural world.
It is in the wild places— in the damp, clean air of an ancient forest, on a heaving ocean in unpredictable winds, on a snowy summit at the top of the world— that I enter my own personal cathedral and know where I fit in the vastness of creation.”

Gift Your Gear with Rohan

September 17, 2013 § Leave a reply

Want to give a little outdoors loving back? Sarah Howcroft’s genius initiative, Gift Your Gear, takes your donated old kit and uses it to help kids develop a love of the great outdoors. And as a little reward for being so good, if you have a clear out before the end of September you’ll get 15% off at Rohan, too.

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

September 6, 2013 § 1 Reply

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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How to: take sun-drenched backlit portraits

September 2, 2013 § Leave a reply

Squeeze the last out of the Indian Summer by using the golden light of the evenings to beautifully backlight outdoor portraits. I wrote this guide for issue 23 of N-Photo magazine and digitalcameraworld.com.

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Autumn essentials from Sports Direct

August 29, 2013 § Leave a reply

It’s starting to get a tad too chilly for flipflops and short shorts, isn’t it? But happily the rapid approach of autumn means getting to cuddle up in chunky sweatshirts and patterened leggings like these lovely pieces I shot for Sports Direct.

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Review: Jack Wolfskin Vapor Trail XT Jacket

August 9, 2013 § Leave a reply

The thunderstorms rumbling over Bristol made me all happy as I got to stomp about in puddles in my new Jack Wolfskin Vapor Trail XT jacket (£140). It’s now with me on a monsoon-y adventure in the Thai jungle, dealing with storms, sweat and having Chang beer spilled down it on a daily basis.

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Four amazing Thai adventures

July 30, 2013 § 2 Replies

On Friday I’m giving in to wanderlust and heading to Thailand for a few weeks of elephant cuddling, under water exploring and jungle ziplining. I’m flying with Emirates to Bangkok – here’s my list of the gorgeous things I plan to see and do.

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Joules Beaufortlark polo goes country walking

July 28, 2013 § Leave a reply

After my recent introduction to polo, during which the boys wore very fetching shirts, I’ve been dying to have my own polo shirt from official outfitter to the England team Joules to gallivant around in. This insanely cute striped Beaufortlark number (and their ladies polo shirt collection in general) makes me think of lazy summer evenings and retro seaside prints.

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10 quick summer activity fixes

July 28, 2013 § 2 Replies

If the weather’s gorgeous outdoors and you’re sitting indoors in your pants watching Dave reruns, something’s seriously wrong. Pick an adult and kid-friendly summery activity from this list and go get fitter, browner and happier (put some clothes on first).

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