Friday, October 5, 2018

Bouldering in the Okanagan Valley, British Columbia



Best thing about travelling solo and having a bit of a ''go with the flow approach'' is that I get to experience things which I would never otherwise get to see if I had a rigid plan with every step of my trip planned to the smallest detail. I haven't even heard of bouldering in Okanagan before I got to Squamish and so when the opportunity arose to come and try it out , I jumped on it. I joined my Scottish friend Cora and her pals who kindly invited me along to join their weekend adventure exploring this area of BC. It was so nice pulling hard on the boulders after months of trad climbing. I was surprised how much good quality bouldering there was too, and I have only just scratched the surface.
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Wednesday, September 26, 2018

Sport Climbing in Skaha, British Columbia



What do you do when it rains in Squamish and you can't get your hands on dry rock? You make the five hour drive through the stunning British Columbia and make it to the best sport climbing crag in the area- Skaha. If you like crimping and small edges with delicate footwork and well bolted lines, this will be an ideal crag to spend a few days/ weeks testing yourself on one of the classics. The setting makes it so different to other sport climbing areas that I have been to. You really know that you are in Canada- the crags are surrounded by forests heaving with wild life. 

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Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Zero Waste Micro Adventure - Introduction to Scottish mountain rock routes




I spent a while pondering on what to call this type of mountaineering adventure. Big walk ins, long routes deep in the mountains which always require the full use of your trad rack but also the use of a map and compass and general mountain skills which you develop through hill walking. For some, this seems like hard work and way too much faff but to me it has great appeal as it combines the two things I love - trad climbing and hill walking. 
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Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Wild Swimming in The Cairngorms- Loch an Eilein




There are some spots that I have visited around the UK which are beautiful and then there are places which are just outright special. You know deep inside that you want to come back again and again. So what makes something tip from the label of amazing to special? Is it how the place makes you feel? Perhaps you are happy or so content and connected when you are there that you forget everything else and you want to stay in that moment forever. Or is it how you discover the spot which is important to you? Do you prefer to stumble upon it by yourself and relish in the solitude or would you rather for someone to take you to this magical place and share it with you, which makes it feel so special?
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Sunday, June 17, 2018

Zero Waste Microadventure- bivvying in Snowdonia




If you are a faffer like me, it may just happen that your weekend adventures can sometimes start late in the evenings in what would others consider halfway through the weekend. Because when you wake up on Saturday morning, well, you have breakfast first, then coffee, then check the weather forecast, go to the shop, finish packing, do the dishes etc etc and by the time you are ready to set off at 12, you suddenly become very aware that it is still 4 hour drive to North Wales. But you know what? Weekend adventures don't always have to start at 4 am. You haven't missed the boat if you are not on your way by 8 am. It doesn't matter that it is 4:30 pm when you start walking towards the hills. There are adventures to be had in even the shortest time possible.
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Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Help reduce plastic trash in the Peak District with #mypeakcup + giveaway!




The anti plastic revolution is definitely real and palpable around Sheffield. It is great to see that not only people are becoming more aware of the issue but there is a real movement to protect our environments and reduce plastic trash. I am really pleased that The Peak District National Park Authority have made the pledge and started leading the positive change towards reducing waste in our beautiful National Park. And the first step? They have introduced their new Ecoffee cup as part of the #mypeakcup campaign. 
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Wednesday, June 6, 2018

Wild Swimming in Snowdonia- The Watkin path waterfalls



I think the best wild swims are those that you have to earn. You know, those that require some uphill walking, or a fight with brambles/fern. The harder the struggle, the sweeter the reward. And if you can find dipping or swimming spots which are of superb standard with water so clear that you can drink it, you know that you are in for the winner. And there is a spot just like that nowhere else than en route to the top of the mighty Snowdon. By taking a less trodden path to the top through the Watkin Path, you will be rewarded by a series of crystal clear plunge pools and waterfalls. On the way there to wake you up and on the way back to give your body a much needed ice bath! 
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