Odyssey cover

Great climbing videos

With the Christmas holidays on the horizon, our days are often filled with preparation, celebration and catching up with family and friends.  Add in the winter months and it’s no surprise that for many, getting outdoors can be difficult over the festive period. However, those long dark nights give us a great opportunity to curl…

5 Outdoor adventure books by male authors

Hot on the heels of my post earlier this week about 5 of my favourite outdoor adventure books by female authors, it’s time to talk about some of my favourite books by male authors. 1. The Totem Pole by Paul Pritchard When he won the Boardman Tasker Award for Mountain Literature in 1997, Paul Pritchard…

5 Outdoor adventure books written by women

Over the years, I’ve read some fantastic books about people’s adventures in the outdoors. Personally, I make no distinction between gender when it comes to reading about outdoor adventures and enjoy books written by both male and female authors. However, it is good sometimes to read a book when you can identify better with the…

Bike Packing

5 Wild Camping Tips

Following on from my earlier blog about Wild Camping Alone as promised, here are a few tips and some background information which I’ve picked up through my own experiences: 1. Check the weather forecast Ok, so you might think this that this goes without saying but for my first solo wild camp I checked the…

Setting up camp

Wild Camping Alone

It’s exactly 12 months since my first solo wild camp. I remember the day well.  It was a glorious sunny day in December, with a similar forecast for the day after – a beautiful break in the weather right after a period of heavy rain and horrendous floods.  I had a burning desire to be…

Malham Cove

5 Reasons I love Malham

In celebration of the 62nd birthday of the Yorkshire Dales National Park today (16/11/16), I decided to write a post listing 5 reasons why I love the iconic beauty spot of Malham. I’ve met tons of people over the years who’ve known of Malham from their geography/geology lessons in school. For those of you who…

Outdoor First Aid Scenario

Outdoor First Aid Training

I’ve thought for years that I should learn basic first aid. However, that was pretty much as far as it ever got – thinking about it. With all the time I spent climbing (sometimes in remote places with just my climbing partner for company), or heading out into the hills for a walk (often on…

Snowgoose - Nevis Range

7 Fabulous Cafes in the Scottish Highlands

Around a year ago, I wrote a post about 10 of my favourite cafes to visit after a day of adventures in Yorkshire, the Peak District, the Lake District or Wales.  When it was published, a few people asked if there was a similar list covering Scotland. At the time, I had no first hand…

Bike packing - looking for camp

Wild adventures on a mountain bike

Thwarted again! After finding our first planned option for an overnight camp in some woodland was fully walled in, with barbed wire all around and no gateway entrance, we’d cycled on to check out our second option – a deep valley leading up onto the moors.  However, the wide track had led to a footpath…

Loch Alsh

Recovering from a mountain bike accident

It’s been a strange old summer… On the one hand, it’s been perfect weather to be outdoors – honestly!  Loads of people have talked about the rubbish weather this summer, but wherever I’ve been (since around the end of May) it’s been sunny and warm with only the odd day of cooler wet conditions.  I’ve also…