Keeping the outdoors alive into Autumn

Keeping the outdoors alive into Autumn

Over 2020 there has been an outdoor revolution- bikes were brushed off, camping became the summer craze and everyone has at least once considered a move to a leafy, rural village. This blossoming took place during lockdown and then conveniently as the sun came out and the incentive to get outside is nicely rewarded with [...]

Hiking the Tour du Mont Blanc: Chamonix to Courmayeur

Hiking the Tour du Mont Blanc: Chamonix to Courmayeur

Having long pondered a multi day challenge, including the camino de Santiago, a bike ride along the highland way or a kayak expedition, this year the dates, the timings and ironically covid restrictions lined up perfectly for the two of us to tackle part of the Tour du Mont Blanc. Possibly one of the most [...]

Is ‘The Fear’ justified?

Is ‘The Fear’ justified?

It’s a good-natured laugh line, fraught with undertone. Climbing’s continual balancing act, between safety and daring, freedom and caution, has been injected with a growing quest for speed. One of my biggest difficulties I face when climbing is 'the fear'. I know I ought to push myself harder in the gym, I ought to climb [...]