Bikepacking has always seemed this method of travel that was just a little bit inaccessible to me. I don’t have a bike that could go off road, so there goes a large section of fun. I don’t have any bikepacking bags and after working as a bike courier for a summer I know how crap it is to carry a rucksack on a bike all day. And I didn’t really have any drive to try. As a long term follower of Bikepacking.com and loads of different sick Instagram accounts (Lael Wilcox is definitely one of the best ones) I always thought that it looked cool but I never really tried. Until now. Continue reading
There is nothing impressive about being needlessly dangerous in the outdoors. Nothing at all. Being outdoors does have it’s risks and, as outdoorspeople, we accept them and try to limit them. But doing something stupid is just that, it’s fucking stupid. It’s likely that everyone has a story of something stupid that they did in the outdoors, something they’ll shrug off as ‘funny’ instead of stupid. Continue reading
A quintessential part of the Scottish mountain landscape is the bothy. Spread across Scotland (and also with some in Wales and England), the bothy has provided respite for the weary hike, mountain-biker, climber etc for many years. Bothies are little huts, usually old shephard huts, but sometimes old youth hostels, hotels or private houses. They are free to stay at and their upkeep is tended to by the Mountain Bothy Association. The MBA is a great charity and the funding for upkeep comes entirely from memberships.
Above is a short film I made whilst touring around different bothies in Scotland. Have a look at the MBA website, and especially their map section, to explore some of the amazing locations you can stay in!
Beds are comfortable. You can get beds with lumbar support, really big beds, dense warm duvets. You can cover your bed in a goose down quilt, use blankets, you can get pillows that are pretty much clouds wrapped in material. But why sleep there when you can sleep in a sleeping bag, in a shack with a fire slowly going out beside you? Or under a fallen tree on a beach when you’re not quite sure where the high tide mark is? Or inside a glorified body bag, vomitting over yourself from altitude sickness as the wind chill forces the temperature below freezing?
So you want to go on an adventure. It could be big or small, you just know that you want to hit the road and do something sick. But for most of us, adventures cost money, usually money that we don’t quite have. You may be asking yourself, ‘how can I fund my adventure without sponsorship or x, y and z?‘ Here you’ll find some tips on easy ways to start putting money aside for that trip you want to go on. Continue reading
When people think Cornwall they think pasties, pirates and beaches. And most people are right, Cornwall is absolutely full of those things, but the pirates are usually just old drunkards. As well as the clichés, the Duchy is also a great place to go wild camping. Miles and miles of stunning coastline, mixing sea cliffs and long sandy beaches and dunes, the county has hundreds of nooks and crannies that are perfect for a night or two under the stars. Continue reading