Tuesday, 31 May 2016

5 Reasons I Love Kayaking

If I had it my own way, I would be on the water kayaking every day. I used to turn up at my dad's house, right on the River Tay, and if I couldn't find him in the house, I'd head to the garden and look out across the water. If I could see a kayaker in the distance, I would assume it was my dad, grab my own kayak and head out, meeting him in the middle on the river. Ever since a neighbour who was moving abroad gave us a long-term loan of his two kayaks, I've had a great time heading out for a paddle whenever the weather was dry and wind-less, and the river was still and glistening like a mirror. When you see it shimmering out of your window, a feeling like no other just spurs you to grab the paddles. If you haven't been kayaking before and need a little encouragement to give it a bash, have a read below of my top reasons why I love kayaking.

Tuesday, 24 May 2016

The Excuses We All Make for Not Spending More Time Outdoors

...me especially! Outdoors, adventure and nature have always played such massive parts in my life. But since I moved to the capital city around 6 years ago (!!!), I've found I use all the excuses in the world as to why I don't spend as much time outdoors as I wish I did. So I guess this post is me giving myself a slap across the face and a kick up the back side to stop make excuses and just DO IT, because I know it means the world to my happiness and health! I also doubt I am the only one out there (or at least I sure hope not) who makes excuses to themselves for not going outside or finding some time with nature when they're feeling lazy. I hopefully can inspire both myself and you lovely readers to stop moping and making excuses, and instead just get out there, and find that even that first step can kick-start the motivation you needed!

1) I don't have time.

Probably the number one most common excuse...and probably the worst one too! What we forget is that it doesn't even have to be a long expedition or a weekend camping trip to "count". Even a brief walk outside during your lunch break, or a lunch trip to the beach can be enough for you experience the benefits of the outdoors. You'll probably find that that small adventure will inspire you to start putting time aside for nature and the outdoors.

Monday, 16 May 2016

Gear Review: Walking Boots - La Sportiva Trango S Evo GTX (Womens)

The Boots: La Sportiva Trango S Evo GTX (Womens)

Brand New and Un-Worn!

When purchased: 

October 2014

Where purchased:

Cotswold Outdoor - Edinburgh Rose Street. Originally purchased for my Everest Base Camp trek. Store assistants were extremely helpful with deciding upon a boot. Had a discount due to above-mentioned Nepal trek.

Crampon compatible?

Yes, but haven't tested yet.

Monday, 9 May 2016

My Post-Camping Tips

You've had your immense camping trip. You're feeling at one with nature, drank a wine/cider/juice in front of the campfire overlooking hills, lochs, mountains, the seaside. Now it's time to go home, which is never fun. And when you get home all you want to do is flop on the sofa because all that driving, walking and tent-collapsing is a tiring job. BUT. There's things you should always do after a camping trip. Read the tips below. Doing these things will make future camping trips easier, and ensure your safety, health and relaxation for the days after your trip!

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