Anna Buckingham: How Do You Follow Up the Tor Des Geants?

The end was in sight, but I wasn’t ready for it to end. I sat down for a few minutes watching the sky change colour, sobbing. I walked slowly up towards the col and took a photograph of the sun peeking over the horizon and sent it to my coach, Robbie Britton, with a comment “I don’t want to come down!” This was one of the most emotional and memorable moments of my life so far during the final stretch of the Tor Des Geants (TdG); a long distance trail race in the Aosta...

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Slacklining: Why Balance on a Wobbly Piece of Webbing?

You know that feeling when you try out a new sport and you really suck at it? That’s slacklining for everybody, don’t worry it’s not just you! It looked easy when you saw that person in the park balancing, bouncing and floating around on the webbing strap between two trees. You put your leg up and it starts to shake, you step up and the line vibrates and wiggles, your knees wobble and you’re quickly back on the ground. 

This is what happens to most people with...

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Conflict in the Mountains of Georgia

climbing conflict georgia Aug 03, 2019

My climbing expedition started at the Tbilisi Airport in the Republic of Georgia—coming down the stairs from passport control, I met my climbing partner from Turkey for the first time in person. Prior to meeting each other, we had spent months online getting to know each other, our skill levels, and planning the logistics of tackling two mountaineering objectives: Mt. Kazbek (16,512 ft) and Tetnuldi (15,938 ft). The thought of travelling to an overlooked country to climb two beautiful...

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The Big 5 Challenge - Reeks District Ireland

Uncategorized Jul 24, 2019

When someone says "The Big 5", what springs to your mind? For me, it was Africa. Lions, rhinos, open savanna and hazy red sunsets. That illusion was shattered within all of 5 seconds as I read to the end of the sentence. Ireland: the land of green and blue, sea and mountains. Followed shortly by "There is no such thing as bad weather, only bad clothing".

The challenge was simple, at least on paper. Go to the Reeks District of Ireland. Complete the Big 5: five outdoor challenges featuring the...

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The Myth of #outsideisfree: Recognising Outdoor Privilege 

privilege Jul 16, 2019

Although I hold up my calloused climber hands and confess that I often use the hashtag #outsideisfree on my Instagram pictures, more and more I’m learning that this couldn’t be further from reality. Living in the UK, the outdoors is never too far away. Mountain biking in National Trust forests, #wildswimming on Britain’s 12 000 km of coastline, or climbing in quarries of years gone by is never far out of range. As a student myself in a relatively large city (Bristol), I have...

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7 Marathons, 6 Days and a Whole Lot of Litter

If you’d suggested a ‘plogging’ session to me just over a year ago I would have looked at you rather suspiciously. It wasn’t until I found out that it combined two of my passions of fitness and looking after the environment that I realised how perfect it was. Plogging originated in Sweden and roughly translates to picking up rubbish whilst jogging at the same time!

Myself and my good friend, Dermot, decided to run a plog in London and were blown away with not only the...

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A Midsummer Night Dreaming: A Solstice Microadventure

It was the 21st June. I was pottering around my study, trying to finish up some writing for a contract and I was feeling quite cooped up. I hadn’t been on a ‘proper ride’ on my bicycle since I stepped off it at John O’Groats over a month previously.

“Sod this,” I thought, closing the lid of my laptop. I didn’t have any plans for the evening, and the longest day of the year looked like it was going to be a cracker: shame to waste it.

I’d had in...

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A Wild Week on the Water: Sea Kayaking Near Glasgow, Scotland

kayaking scotland Jun 22, 2019

The city gradually falls away, buildings dwindle and the hills dominate the landscape. Then the water, the Clyde, Loch Thom, the sea; dolphins, porpoise, golden eagles. Gannets dive at 70 mph and curious seals peak over the waves. The Secret Coast of Scotland is just two hours from Glasgow.

If you want to experience life from a different perspective, take to a sea kayak. These specialist boats are designed for speed on long journeys with plenty of space for camping kit. How else can you scour...

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From Fear to Fearsome: Jo Bradshaw Attempts the Seven Summits

Jo on the summit of Denali.

Who?

Jo Bradshaw is a 48-years-young former no-saying, height-hating, risk-averse sofa surfer who has gradually turned fear into fearsome. Having started her working life with horses, in her mid 20s she moved into retail and gradually worked her way up the management ladder in various industries, finally becoming a Business Advisor for Business Link in Buckinghamshire.

A kick up the backside by a good friend resulted in a charity bike ride in 2004, which, in...

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These Women Can: Female Success in the Iconic Devizes to Westminster Canoe Race

Danielle Sellwood and Guy Dresser speak to competitors in the ultra-distance, Devizes to Westminster canoe race, which this year saw unprecedented success by women.

Women weren’t allowed to run marathons for years. Infamous Youtube footage shows an official trying to stop American runner Katherine Switzer from completing the 1967 Boston marathon. Yet it was a British woman, Jasmin Paris, who ran away from all the men in the 268-mile Montane Spine race earlier this year, sparking much...

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