Quickfire questions with pro climber Hazel Findlay

Hazel is a professional British climber, with a huge list of acheivements including being the first British woman to climb a trad* route at E9, and free* El Capitan in Yosemite, which she has now done three times. She has red pointed* 8c and onsighted* many 8as. She's known for her super-steady head, and her interest in the mental challenge of climbing led her to become a Mind Coach. For anyone wanting to know more, we'd serously recommend reading her Blog - one of the best we've come across...

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Anna McNuff - hopes and fears for the Coast to Coast New Zealand race on 8/9th Feb

The Coast to Coast race in New Zealand is one of the longest, oldest, most EPIC and iconic adventure/multi-sport races in the world. Starting on the West Coast of New Zealand's South Island, competitors run and cycle to the foot of the Southern Alps, before starting a 30.5km mountain run over rocky riverbeds, hills, and crossing rivers. After another cycle, they woosh down (kayaking) 70km of the stunning Waimakariri River, before the final 70km cycle into the finish at Christchurch. Some...

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Jenny Tough: Running across the Bolivian Andes

In October 2018 Jenny Tough set off on ‘Part 3’ of her challenge of running across a mountain range in every continent, solo and unsupported. This time - the Bolivian Andes. 17 days, over 600km, and covering 3 or more mountain passes a day, often reaching 5000m altitude. Despite heading out in Bolivia’s ‘dry season’ she arrived to find that this hadn’t really happened this year - she faced at least one thunderstorm a day, lots of hail, rain and cold....

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Sophie Pavelle: Walking the 300 mile South West Coast Path (for an MSc dissertation!)

Sophie Pavelle is an adventurous zoologist and science communicator, passionate about sharing the wonders of nature with a wide audience, in an informal way. Since her trip in 2017 she's worked on various projects for the BBC as well as the Wildlife Trusts - and is still using social media as a way to share her passion for nature. Check out her website here, and Instagram here - for a beautiful stream of nature pics!

Sophie, tell us about your trip?!

In June 2017, I decided to ‘do...

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Iron Girl: Patronising, or attracting more women to sport?

"Women are powerful, strong and accomplished. We are not children. ‘Ironboy’ would never be a thing for men. Can you imagine?"

Many of you may have heard of ‘Ironman’; a triathlon event that involves a 2.4-mile swim, a 112-mile bicycle ride and a marathon 26.22-mile run. Hardcore. Likely some of you have done one too! It’s a goal of many who enjoy triathlons and is seen by some as the ultimate test of endurance and athleticism.

The company have caused some...

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WanderWomen Scotland - catching up with Anna Wood

“WanderWomen Scotland was inspired by so many different aspects of my life. My upbringing in a politically very closed and strict country has instilled the idea of being outside in nature meaning freedom from a very early age. Escaping from rules and laws and enjoying the lawless perfection of nature, stilling the mind and moving the body.

When my 2 boys were younger I flexi-schooled them for 5 years, meaning that they didn't go to school on mondays - instead we would climb trees, make...

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Tonic of the Sea - a story of recovery with Katie Maggs

“Being in open water, there is something about the fact that you’re quite ‘away’ from other things. You get that feeling of being ‘inside’ nature, you’re immersed in it. All of the things that I lost through burnout or stress and anxiety - feeling brave, feeling capable, feeling physically strong, mentally strong, being able to have fun and enjoy something - swimming is what brought all of those things back. If you can manage to get into the sea in...

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How I rode a unicycle the length of Taiwan* - Kelli Jackson

taiwan unicycle unicycling Dec 27, 2018
*In actual Taiwan, not just doing laps of my driveway to equal the distance.

Unicycle. It’s a word that often invokes circus images. It’s not something you’d associate with anxiety. But that’s exactly how it was that I came to ride a unicycle for eleven days and 430 kilometres, from the north to the south of Taiwan, in November 2018.

A few years ago, life threw me some difficult moments - as it does to us all, and I decided in celebration of making it through that...

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What I learnt from the Patagonia Adventure Activists - 8 key takeaways

When you find something that you can give some of your soul to, it’s the most fulfilling thing ever – Carmen Kuntz.

Patagonia’s Adventure Activists tour has travelled the country showcasing people who have paired their love of sport and adventure with environmental activism - trying to communicate big, gritty issues in a fun and meaningful way.

But what has adventure got to do with activism? Do we really need to drag these big environmental issues into EVERY single part of...

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Finding My Brave - by Jo Mosely

UPDATE, January 2019 - you can now hear Jo recite this poem in her new film here!
 
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I couldn’t find them in the fridge
Not in a bar of salty chocolate nor homemade rhubarb jam
I’d searched on Twitter trending and scoured Stories on the ‘Gram.
 
My body grew so nervous, I was anxious in my soul 
My joy and courage had gone AWOL
I didn’t feel quite whole.
 
With treasured fins and board I headed for the beach 
Laced up trusty running...
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