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
My whole life has been punctuated by some sort of worry. From 18 months old I had a phobia of dogs, and ended up going to a psychiatrist when my parents realised that my instinct to run away from the problem could lead to serious issues – namely running into the road in a state … More Big Sky Therapy
It’s been around 2 weeks since I moved up permanently to the Peak District. Took my life and transported it 200 miles north to a new home, new job, and new surroundings. It’s safe to say it’s been a bit crazy – two days in Ikea, lots of self-built storage, learning new roads and train … More Moving On Up
Before I read Regions of the Heart, I’d never heard of Alison Hargreaves. To be honest I can’t even remember where I first saw the title of the book, or what prompted me to buy it. But I am so glad I now know about this remarkable, intense woman who pioneered women’s mountaineering quietly and … More Book review: Regions of the Heart
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!
This year has been the year of the great British holidays for me – with time and funds relatively low, my breaks have been around the UK. A weekend in the Lake District, time spent in Devon, a family holiday in Dorset, and multiple trips to the Peak and South Coast for lots of climbing. … More Island Magic – Climbing in Mallorca
I have never fully tried to put into words the reasons why I have such an obsession for climbing – it’s one of those things where I often think “If you’re not a climber, you won’t understand”. But I have been encouraged to voice my passion by Sallyjane, who has herself a fear of heights … More Head for Heights