On our first full day in the Lake District we decided to attempt to climb Scafell. I say ‘attempt’ as all the forecasts were pointing to a lot of snow and were recommending that it not be attempted without proper equipment and training. Bearing this in mind, we set off with the mind-set that we would see how far we could go and would turn back when the terrain got too treacherous or snow impassable. We opted for…

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    Over a couple of trips last year, we summited the 14 tallest mountains in Wales. Although we both love the Welsh mountains a great deal, we needed a new challenge. So this February half term we ventured even further north – up to The Camping and Caravanning Site in Keswick in the Lake District. Neither of us had ever been to the Lakes before, so when we turned off the M6 and started driving down route 66 (A66)…

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    A few months ago, back in November, I got a pair of the Sire Waterproof Boots by CAT footwear. I chose them as they are not only advertised as tough and waterproof but also comfortable to wear. I’ve worn them almost every day for months and I thought I’d share my experience as well as some before and after photos!   During the months of November, December and January, I’ve not gone lightly on these boots and they’ve…

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  I love swimming, but I’ve got to admit – it can get a little boring. I think it is especially so in a pool doing long distance. I don’t see why even the most avid swimmer would disagree with me. Back and forth for an hour or so is pretty darn tedious. There has to be a way of making it a little bit more interesting? Surely? Right?     I’ve always been interested in ways to make the…

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  It’s coming to that Christmassy time of year when gift buying gets serious. Sometimes buying presents is a piece of cake, however it isn’t always this simple and you can find yourself wandering aimlessly around the highstreet without a clue! If you’re worried about getting gifts for your outdoor-loving friends or family, I’ve got you covered in this helpful guide with some excellent suggestions of things they will love.   Morakniv Companion Knife   Morakniv are a Sweedish company…

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    There are two reasons why I stop using a pair of sunglasses. A. I lose them. B. They break. These are both symptoms of living an active lifestyle and being out and about. There isn’t much you can do about point A, if you are prone to losing sunglasses, apart from maybe try and not be so forgetful!     Personally, I don’t tend to wear expensive designer sunglasses when out adventuring as I don’t like the idea…

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  I’m making life easy for you this Christmas by giving you a two part list of great gift ideas for the adventure loving man or woman in your life. I’ve tried to come up with off piste ideas that you might not have considered already. I hope you find this and the second part (coming soon) useful!   Timeline British History As you may have read in a couple of my other posts, I really like the Timeline series…

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    When we were away in The Forest of Dean I tested out my new soft shell from Keela. I’ve been wearing Keela gear for a few years now and am especially keen on their trousers which I love wearing climbing. The new jacket in question is the Zenith Pro Jacket. What drew me to this softshell is that it is suitable for wearing as both a lightweight, breathable mid-layer and an outer layer which will defend you against…

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  I always think winter is the hardest time of year to live in Cornwall. It’s dark not long after you leave work, so evenings fishing or on the beach become almost impossible. It’s not all bad though and as long as you keep your eyes peeled, there is a lot of stuff to do and keep you occupied. Here are a few things we’ve been up to as well as games we’ve been playing to stop us going stir…

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    Since really getting into hiking and doing a couple walking and scrambling holidays in Snowdonia this year, where we tackled all 15 of the Welsh 3000ft mountains and quiet a few extra, I’ve really learnt to appreciate hardcore, technical base layers. When it comes to baselayers, there is one company who are right at the top of the pile – Icebreaker. We recently got some of their midweight winter baselayers so that we could keep being active and…

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