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”

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?”

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”

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.”