White water rafting in the Ruka rapids

White water rafting does not involve the most attractive outfit in the world. Over your normal clothes go thick rubber dungarees, a coat of the same shiny blue material, wellington boots a few sizes too big, a lifejacket so well padded you can perform sumo wrestler moves on friends worry free, and, finally, a helmet strapped under your chin that immediately makes your scalp sweat. As soon as you are dressed like this, all you can think about is how much to now need to pee.

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Guest Blog: Nuuksio National Park by Karina Kold

Guest Blog: Nuuksio National Park by Karina Kold

It doesn’t get much more beautiful than Finland’s Nuuksio National Park, which may be only an hour from central Helsinki but feels like a million miles away in both space and time. Unspoilt and untouched, the semi-wilderness stretches …
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Nova Scotia: a photo blog

Nova Scotia: a photo blog

Two weeks in Nova Scotia are not enough. The Maritimes are a gorgeous patchwork of apple trees, wooden slat houses in pastel yellows and blues and cold, empty lakes fringed with dark pine trees. Oh, and gooooood pie. Actually, two&…
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Review: Gelert Wilderness 55 Litre rucksack

Review: Gelert Wilderness 55 Litre rucksack

The Girl Outdoors has been a bit quiet recently, mainly because the only downfall of actually being out and about outdoors is a lack of internet connection on remote beaches or in pineforests. Now that I am back in civilization&…
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Review: Cushe IT cuff boot

Review: Cushe IT cuff boot

Shoe company Cushe sent me a gorgeous fuzzy pair of IT boot cuffs for me to kick about in. As the company is big on sustainability, comfort, and a chilled-out surf vibe, all stuff I like, I was more then&…
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Ten Butterflies of the British Isles

Ten Butterflies of the British Isles

The Painted Lady, the Red Admiral and the Grizzled Skipper may sound like characters from a sea-farin’ fairy tale, but they are actually the common names of three of the UK’s 50 varieties of butterfly. Each year, the first brightly&…
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Review: The North Face Resolve jacket

Review: The North Face Resolve jacket

My beautiful new green Resolve jacket (£64.99), courtesy of the fabulous people at Webtogs, came with me to Glastonbury last week, where we both managed to have a pretty fabulous time despite the rain. As the weather was horrible for…
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Gorgeous Glastonbury: A photoblog

Gorgeous Glastonbury: A photoblog

Amongst the mud, fast food and excitable indie bands at Glastonbury there is a lot of beautiful stuff, which I attempted to take pictures of (when I wasn´t queuing for the toilets, drinking copious amounts of Brothers Festival cider …
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Review: Gelert Lakeside Deluxe 300 Dl sleeping bag

Review: Gelert Lakeside Deluxe 300 Dl sleeping bag

I’m heading to Glastonbury next week, and am so excited I’m a bit worried I’m going to burn out before I even get there. The amount of bands I want to see and muddy dancing I want …
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British surfing

British surfing

The mantra that “The best surfer out there is the one having the most fun” is common lore amongst surfers, and whilst this might sound pretty unbelievable to a surf virgin attempting to paddle out from the shore, surrounded by&…
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The best surfing beaches in Wales

The best surfing beaches in Wales

I absolutely, utterly and completely love surfing. I should quickly make it clear that this does not mean I am GOOD at surfing: I spend most of my time flailing in the shallows or getting hit on the head by&…
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Review: Keen women’s Venice H2 sandals

Review: Keen women’s Venice H2 sandals

Last weekend I headed to Rest Bay for a surfing session in the cold cold Welsh sea. Besides catching a few waves I also tested out my lovely stripy new pair of Keen Venice sandals (which cost £62.99 from the…
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Alice Robert’s Wild Swimming

Alice Robert’s Wild Swimming

Absolutely beautiful show on BBC Iplayer at the moment: Alice Roberts swims in empty lochs, freezing rivers and underground lagoons, interspaced with water-based poetry in this beautiful one-off show. As a huge fan of river swimming I am mega jealous.
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Photogblog: spectacular Snowdonia

Photogblog: spectacular Snowdonia

It’s been a few weeks since a crack team of 13 of outdoor enthusiasts decided to take on the mighty Snowdon. I swear my legs still ache.
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Review: Keen women’s Shasta walking boots

Review: Keen women’s Shasta walking boots

Keen Hiking Boots Review: Last weekend a gang of 13 of us packed into some small, unreliable cars and drove from Cardiff to Snowdon. Watch out for a proper post on how much my buttocks ached after scaling the peak,…
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Festival special: Top ten under £100

Festival special: Top ten under £100

Missed out on Glastonbury tickets? Or feeling the pinch and want the outdoors experience for less? These beauties are the finest fests in the land, all for under 100 squids, chosen and (on the whole) personally experienced by me. Book…
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