Summer Solstice

Summer Solstice. The longest day of the year (in terms of daylight hours anyway), and the time of year where the sun reaches its maximum declination. It is celebrated all around the world. Welcome to the first day of summer, and the growing season for agriculture! Whether you celebrate like the Danish by building aContinue reading “Summer Solstice”

Planning & Preparing for your next Mountaineering Adventure

I have lost count of the times I have had a conversation with someone where they have announced, ‘I am off to the mountains this weekend’, and after being asked about their route, they respond, ‘Oh, I don’t know.  I will work it out when I’m there; there will be a path‘. OK, in someContinue reading “Planning & Preparing for your next Mountaineering Adventure”

My 6 Tips for ‘Wellness’

As it is wellbeing week, I thought I would share some tips for finding that sense of ‘wellness’.  These tips have come from my research into wellbeing and quality of life.  If you have not read it yet, I recommend reading a previous post of mine – ‘what is wellbeing, anyway?’ which highlights the subjectiveContinue reading “My 6 Tips for ‘Wellness’”

It’s just a tree…… isn’t it?

OK. I admit this is a really random post. But, it is something that has been on my mind after I read an article which basically said that we only see value in trees when they are chopped down. It was a dig at capitalist-value and the damage on the environment, but it did getContinue reading “It’s just a tree…… isn’t it?”

Lockdown fatigue – yes it’s a thing!

It is true! There is a legitimate reason we have been feeling a little less motivated to do……well, anything during this third and (hopefully) final lockdown. We can blame the winter months, the cold dark nights, the short days and lack of vitamin D. But if like me, you have had a bit of aContinue reading “Lockdown fatigue – yes it’s a thing!”

Preparing your kit list: from crampons to Kendal Mint Cake

I have grown up with an awareness of the outdoors and what should be included in essential kit lists for all eventualities.  A daughter of a Mountain Rescue Volunteer and Countryside Ranger, from an early age I was helping with taught navigation sessions and guided walks.  My experience also comes from spending a lot ofContinue reading “Preparing your kit list: from crampons to Kendal Mint Cake”

Kevlar- radical innovation and consumer value

Stephanie Kwolek, a chemist from Delaware, created Kevlar in 1965 as she worked for DuPont. What we know today as ‘Kevlar’, like many innovations, was stumbled upon by accident. Stephanie was working in a research team, looking for a replacement for steel which could be used for racing tyres. During the research, Stephanie had becomeContinue reading “Kevlar- radical innovation and consumer value”

‘Put on your own oxygen mask, before helping others’.

This is a familiar phrase, right? Typically heard on an airplane during the take-off safety presentation (unless you are a firefighter of course). But the truth is, this is actually really sound advice for any situation. The rationale behind this instruction is that, if you cannot breath you risk losing oxygen and becoming unconscious beforeContinue reading “‘Put on your own oxygen mask, before helping others’.”

One Man’s Climb: a journey of trauma, tragedy and triumph on K2.

I love mountains and exploring the outdoors. The further off the beaten track, the better. So it was only natural that I would be drawn to this book. Going beyond abstract thought, this book really gave insight into Adrian’s K2 journey.  Triumph, yes….naturally.  Trauma- wow, beyond any comprehension, and tragedy- the raw reality of theContinue reading “One Man’s Climb: a journey of trauma, tragedy and triumph on K2.”