For the last few weeks I’ve been attempting to retrain my body and learn to run in Vivo Barefoot running shoes. So far? I’m a little bit obsessed with them.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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?
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).
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.
CATBELLS, Lake District
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.”
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.
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?
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.
Backpacking through Bangkok, volunteering in Vietnam or gap-yah-ing in the Ganges? Here’s a roundup and review of everything I pack in my rucksack for tropical trips.
Stuck in an office with only a laptop and a lonely banana for company? Escape for a little bit with Fat Face’s gorgeous new Autumn lookbook video.
Flo and I have returned from adventures around the land of golden buddhas, crystalline waterfalls, charming locals and interesting toilets.
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.
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.
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).