Alpine Roadtrip Part #3 – Cortina & the Dolomites

The second half of our roadtrip after our 48-hours of rest was to be in the Dolomites, the Italian Alps. Rather than classic mountains however, the landscape of the Dolomites is even more dramatic, with soaring stacks of rock creating strange and otherworldy formations. Neither of us had been before, and our (rather limited) research … More Alpine Roadtrip Part #3 – Cortina & the Dolomites

The Bee’s Knees

At the risk of sounding like I’m 24 going on 90, for around 18 months now I’ve been unable to go hiking without – at times severe – pain. Predominantly in my knees, that squishy, unstable sensation has wracked my legs on every downhill for over a year. As someone who loves hiking and the … More The Bee’s Knees

Book review: Wild

Two years ago, I hiked the South Downs Trek with two friends. It’s not that far, but takes in beautiful coastline, ending on the Seven Sisters (which is a series of more than 7 hills in quick succession). It was a great experience on a baking hot day, to just set my pack on my … More Book review: Wild

Take a Hike!

Did you know that the 17th November is ‘Take a Hike Day’? Nor did I – but the clever people over at Fix.com brought it to my attention. I’m currently reading Cheryl Strayed’s autobiographical book Wild in which she tackles thousands of miles of the Pacific Crest Trail in an attempt to clear her mind, heart and … More Take a Hike!

Remembering Kilimanjaro

At this time of post-university limbo, it felt appropriate to reflect on one of my biggest achievements to date. Exactly a year ago today, my summit dream on Mount Kilimanjaro ended. At 5000m, after several hours of disorientation, fainting, and hallucinations, I was turned back suffering from altitude sickness. Hindsight is both a gift and … More Remembering Kilimanjaro