Rosie Watson: Failing to run the length of the Pyrenees, via the Haute Route

failure pyrenees running Apr 11, 2019

May 2018; I was inside, revising, again. Attempting to cram another 100+ pages of notes, which I had only just caught up on yesterday, into my brain in less than 48 hrs, well enough that I could survive yet another final year exam. “It’s OK”, I told myself, “in a few weeks time you’ll be on a trip of a lifetime, for a whole month! It will be paradise!”. 

The Haute Route is the highest and toughest of the trails which follow the Pyreneean mountains on...

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Eve Jones: Five climbing films you NEED to watch

climbing film review Mar 26, 2019

Outdoor climbing and mountainous adventures lend themselves to the film form due to both their naturally stunning scenery and the intensely personal nature of long-term climbing projects. More than this, these films form an exciting part of climbing culture. In a tight, uncompetitive community, watching the big names of climbing take on cutting edge ascents has a unifying effect; we all know some of the internal conflicts they’re experiencing, we all appreciate the incredible...

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Anna McNuff Announces Barefoot Britain Adventure 2019

news running Mar 20, 2019

Yesterday, adventurer Anna McNuff announced her next adventure: Barefoot Britain. In 2019, Anna will run 100 barefoot marathons across the UK - and she means barefoot. No shoes whatsoever!

The Route

Barefoot Britain will take place from summer through to winter of 2019. Anna will start on 2nd June from the Shetland Islands and weave her way down through the UK - including parts of Ireland, Jersey, Guernsey, Isle of Man and Isle of Wight.

You can see the full route here.

Guiding the Next...

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Lisa George: Come Dive With Me - A Beginners Exploration into the Deep Blue

I have always loved swimming and being in the water; there is something wonderful about being weightless in this strange environment – the closest you can get to flying under your own power. You can also encounter some of the largest marine animals who can easily out-manoeuvre you in an instant and many could kill you just as quickly but choose not to out of curiosity or acceptance of the bubbling stranger floating by. I never really learned how to swim properly as my father taught me,...

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Hannah Parry: How to adventure in London

My boots slipped and slid in the soft mud as I held out my arms for balance. The footpath rose steadily uphill in front of me with thick undergrowth on either side - white snow lay in patches where the now bright daylight had failed to reach. The path widened and suddenly I was dazzled by the low, winter sun. A frozen pond, a memorial stone and some surprised ducks greeted me at the top. Navigating the edge of the pond led me to an ideal lunchtime bench where I unpacked my picnic with a...

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Bex Dawkes: Are adventures destroying the planet?

Fresh air. Big skies. Mountain tops. Epic storms. Endless views. That’s what does it for me. Those big breath, deep sigh, wow moments. Those tiny pieces of time when you feel grounded and lifted and massive and minuscule all simultaneously. When you feel completely immersed and in awe of the world around you. When you feel really connected.

Humanity is complexly interwoven into many of the earth’s ecosystems. And yet, so often, we live as though we exist separately to the rest of...

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Behind 'Swimming Through Winter', written by Kirrilee Bracht

Voyage; a long journey involving travel by sea or space

I recently completed a five month voyage.  I travelled by sea.  In the sea in fact.  The passage took me through the season.  For the first time, I swam during the winter months in the ocean on the New South Wales South Coast, in Australia. 

The only equipment that I needed I already owned.  As a swimmer, I seem to have a limitless amount of swimming caps ranging from the lovely comfortable silicone ones to...

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20 questions with Beth Pascall - Fastest Known Time to run the Cape Wrath trail (in winter!)

"4 days 9 hours 43 minutes. It was awful, but it was amazing"

Beth is an ultra runner with a huge number of acheivements under her belt, including coming 4th at the infamous UTMB race in 2018. To top off her incredible year of racing, she and Damian Hall ran the Cape Wrath trail - 229 miles of unmarked rugged, remote Scottish terrain - to break the previous fastest known time (FKT) by 3 days! With it being the middle of December, they only had 6.5 hours daylight per day, and with it being a...

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Interview with Alex Feechan - Founder and CEO of FINDRA Clothing

We caught up with Alex, to discuss the inspiration behind award-winning, Scotland-based biking and outdoor clothing brand FINDRA. What does it take to build a business from a passion? Read on to find out...

What were you doing before FINDRA? 

Before FINDRA I was the Design Manager of the Scottish knitwear company Peter Scott, which was owned by South Korean retail company Eland. My role was to oversee the design product development and marketing of the in house brand of luxury Golf...

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Helen Langridge: What cycling around the world taught me about my body and mind

The coffee came out of a sachet, one of those 3-in-1 Nescafe sorts perfect for travelling. Nescafe is the go-to coffee brand in Asia; Mike could find a packet anywhere. A coffee in the morning is normal for what seems like the majority of the British population back home but had never been for me. Throughout my 28 years thus far, whenever someone had suggested we go for coffee, I’d always order a hot chocolate.

However, sitting on the grass in the apex of a hairpin bend part way up a...

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