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
It’s cold and miserable outside. It’s dark by the time you get home. You ate whole herd of Lindt chocolate reindeers over the Christmas break. I feel your pain, but I also have five ways to help you get through the chilly winter and stay happy and healthy till spring.
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.
Bouldering, sport climbing and general scrabbling around on rock faces is great fun, but it’s not very kind on your mitts. You’ll have to say goodbye to nice fingernails, but you can still keep your hands in reasonable shape with a bit of care.
Keen to get kitted out for the slopes? Here’s my roundup of the best ski gear for 2015 that’s both snow and pocket-friendly. Now, if only the Alps had some decent powder…
Film maker Elizabeth White, who basically has the best job in the entire world, on dodging polar bears in the Arctic and meeting sea gypsies in Sulawesi.
A two-day hike through glorious sunshine, driving rain and many a midge cloud in the stunning highlands of Glen Affric.
It has returned once more! My annual outdoorsy gift guide is stuffed with all my favourite things for all your favourite people, from camping lasses and cliff-jumping lads to adventurous little ones. Plus there’s a mini roundup of socks. Because it’s not Christmas if you don’t get socks and a satsuma.
Messing about on the Dorset coast with the lovely Lucy. Lyme Regis is a bit of a beauty, all pastel beach huts, glorious fossil-filled beaches and the epic Cobb snaking out to sea. And I successfully ate an oyster for the first time ever *proud*.
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.
I am very pleased indeed to be named The Great Outdoors Magazine’s Outdoors Blogger of the Year. It was wonderful even to find out I’d been nominated, let alone to hear I’d won. If you voted, thank you kindly!
I’ve been writing about the stuff I love to do (I think my first ever post was about cheese rolling!) for almost five years now and I’m so proud to have such a wonderful readership. Ta very much ducks!
Off on a ski season this winter? You don’t need warm pants, extra scarves or photos of your dog. Trust me, I’ve seen enough emergency care packages get delivered to Cadbury’s-starved seasonnaires to know that if you’re off to work a winter you require:
My friend Matt has a little bit of woodland tucked away in the Wye valley, complete with tiny cabin kitted out with a stove and a sofa, a very sophisticated stick system for cooking over a campfire and lots of beer.
Get sartorially savvy in time for winter with these gorgeous lookbooks from my favourite outdoors brands. Looks like accessorising with Land Rovers and really great hair is big news this season.
Chilly weather and long dark nights can make you feel a bit tetchy, especially when you’re saving all your dosh for Christmas/just a little bit broke. Conquer your cold weather blues with these three seasonal ideas that’ll cost you very little indeed and you’ll have more money left for important stuff. Like chocolate santas.
Get inspired for a winter of adventure with the awesome new Adidas #openallwinter trailer, featuring skiing, cold-weather trail running, ice climbing and the very brave Hayley Ashburn slacklining 3,000 metres up a Dolomites peak in Italy. Adidas are also launching their new insulated Climaheat winter range, designed to keep you warm in extreme conditions. Watch out for my review, coming soon.
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.
It ain’t easy looking good in a blizzard, but help is at hand! These wonder products will help you ski, surf and have slightly blue hair all winter long, without the cracked lips and chapped face. All together now: “the cold never bothered me anyway!”.
I’ll leave you with this INSANE Jack-o’lantern. If only I could surf as well as this pumpkin wave rider.
A great little video from the British Mountaineering Council on the right kit to pack for technical scrambling and climbing on the go.
In January the world’s most daring explorers, talented travel photographers and coolest tour companies (plus hundreds of fans of the road less travelled) are converging on The Adventure Travel Show 2015 in London. Fancy a day of inspiring talks (including Sir Ranulph Fiennes. Swoon.), workshops and seminars? I’ve got five pairs of tickets to give away.
Hire a rusty fixie bike and explore the cobblestones, cafes and canals of Amsterdam. Pedal power is all you need to discover the city’s gems (well, that and this handy guide to cycling like a local).
Push your adrenaline levels to an all-time high with eight of the craziest extreme adventure experiences on the planet (I’ve ticked off three so far). There’s volcano bungee jumping, hair-raising cycling, antarctic running and cheese. Because all good lists include cheese.
Take a dip somewhere a little bit magic – the Fairy Pools, Isle of Skye. Crystal clear icy water flows from the foot of the Cuillin mountains, forming lagoons and waterfalls that’ll both enchant you and give you serious brain freeze.
Keep cosy outdoors all winter with a fire pit in your back garden. This super simple step by step guide will help you build your own, ready for some serious marshmallow toasting.
Frosty green waves, ominous grey skies and wearing a jumper underneath your wetsuit – it’s British surfing season again. Here are seven of the best beaches to hit now that the crowds have gone and the waves are picking up. Gnarly.