Saturday, May 19, 2018

Wild Swimming in the Peak District - The Old Mill Pond by Stanage

I used to think that I know the area around Stanage Edge like the back of my hand. That is why I was really surprised when someone told me that there is a small Mill Pond not far away from it where you can go for a swim. Surely not, I thought. I have been walking around there for years and I have never seen it! But after some serious searching and with the help of my trusty ViewRanger , I found it. And yes you can totally swim in it!

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Unwrapped- Sheffield's very own Zero Waste shop

Finally, we have a Zero Waste shop in Sheffield! Thanks to Kirstie and Bex and their passion for the environment, Sheffield's very own Zero Waste shop- 'Unwrapped' is now open. I don't have to tell you that I was as excited as a kid on Christmas morning when I went to have a look for the first time. This will not only make Zero Waste shopping easier for myself and for local people but it also puts Sheffield on par with other UK, US and European cities which have really good Zero Waste shops already. Is this yet another string to Sheffield's bow or what?

Sunday, May 13, 2018

Zero Waste Climbing Trip to Pembroke

Oh Pembroke, what have you done to me? I can’t eat, I can’t sleep and all I can think about is your fantastic lines, great gear and views overlooking the sea with its many creatures swimming among your crashing waves. I think I can honestly say that all it took to fall in love with this place was a few days of climbing over the Bank Holliday weekend. Would I recommend you going to do some trad climbing there? Absolutely. But just a word of warning.  If you do go, every other place might just seem inadequate (apart from Peak grit of course) when you compare it to these incredible limestone cliffs and you might just want to sack it all off it, buy a van and move there for 6 months.

Tuesday, May 1, 2018

My Trash update - April

April was a bit of a whirlwind of a month. I spent quite a bit of time away on short trips, having adventures on my weekends as well as those ever lighter evenings. I have pushed my limits this month in climbing and tried hard (whatever it is that my ''hard'' is in each moment) and was very lucky to spend the majority of my time doing what I love the most -being outside and having great experiences with friends. I am quite proficient with Zero Waste at home as I have access to my usual shops and recycling/composting facilities and so it was a good challenge to try and apply all of my principles whilst being away a lot. Zero Waste and your life should not be mutually exclusive and it should not stop you from doing things that you want to do. Just live your life to the max and whilst you are it, try and be mindful of how much rubbish you produce. That is exactly what I have done. Less than a small Kilner jar's worth of rubbish is the product of my efforts this month. Sure, there were challenges and lots of learning along the way, but not once have I thought that Zero Waste has restricted me in living the life that I want to live. Talk about sustainable solutions for the environment? I think Zero Waste has ticked all of the boxes for me.

Thursday, April 19, 2018

Free Zero Waste Talk

Starting my Zero waste journey was one of the best decisions that I have made. I learned about Zero Waste a few years ago and I remember that something about it really hit home. I was inspired when I watched badass ladies like Bea Johnson and Lauren Singer living purposefully and doing game changing things, mainly living to the max whilst producing a jam jar’s worth of rubbish in a year. They talked about the benefits of simplifying and living their values. I was hooked. But I wasn’t sure if it was possible. It seemed like a really daunting task and a huge mountain to climb. But if I have learned anything through being a climber, it is that you don’t climb a mountain in one. You climb it step by step , move by move until you finally suddenly find yourself at the top.


Thursday, April 12, 2018

How to shop Zero Waste and a few essentials to help you along the way

The biggest part of plastic rubbish when I started my Zero Waste journey came from my food shopping. Literally, everything is wrapped in plastic if your standard shop happens to be in one of the UK’s supermarkets. Meat, cheese, vegetables, fruit, seeds and nuts- whatever you buy on a weekly basis, chances are that it will come wrapped in plastic which is unrecyclable and goes straight into landfill. I have noticed a huge reduction in my trash when I swapped to Zero Waste shopping. How did I do it? With a few trusty essentials and the help of local shops, I can now buy most of my food completely package free or in recyclable packaging in those rare cases where I can’t get my hands on bulk produce.  

Saturday, April 7, 2018

Best places to climb in North Wales for beginners

I have spent quite a bit of time in North Wales recently even though I have only come for the first time last August. Before that, I was always keen to explore Scotland or other places as Wales didn't sound that exciting. (I am very much ashamed of that now!). I guess you could say that I was stuck in an adventure rut a little bit. It is easier to do things and go somewhere you know, right? But after spending some time learning to trad climb last summer in North Wales, it didn’t take me long to get utterly and completely hooked. Because no matter if your chosen climbing discipline is sport, trad or bouldering- there is just so much of it. And if you strive to be a Jack of All Trades like I do and have a go at all three, well, there is a lifetime of quality climbing just in North Wales alone.