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Rebecca Lees Writer

Review: Vaude Mark L two-person backpacking tent

Have you been amongst those trying to buy a new tent this year? Sadly, 2021 has proved, for many, the year of the unhappy camper, with retailers running short of everything from tents to travel pots and pans as holidays… Continue Reading →

Paw prints on our hearts

The end, when it comes, has a perfect stillness. The vet and the nurse soothe Lionel with hushed, calming words and it’s done. He slides, supported, onto my knees, his long nose nestling into my hand, and the vet and… Continue Reading →

Head in the black clouds

The black cloud comes early, not waiting for the clocks to fall back, as is her custom, but settling on still-light evenings and grizzly-grey mornings. A cough takes hold and refuses to shift, whiplashing my bones and rattling through my… Continue Reading →

National Get Outside Day Giveaway!

I’m celebrating National Get Outside Day, and so are the lovely team at Spring PR! Ordnance Survey’s Get Outside Day takes place tomorrow (Sunday, September 26) and this year’s theme is ‘Be kind’ – to nature, to others and to… Continue Reading →

Recycle Week: Small steps to big changes

It’s Recycle Week, a brilliant opportunity to take stock of how we consume and re-use. Now in its 18th year, Recycle Now’s flagship event brings together retailers, governments, the media and – most importantly – us! And there’s plenty we… Continue Reading →

Review: Salomon Unisex Out Night 30+5 backpack

I’m fortunate to be frequently offered hiking and camping kit to review and, until now, my first question has been: Is the brand ethically sound? Increasingly, this is followed by: Do I really need it? Along with many outdoors bloggers… Continue Reading →

A mountain for the mind

I’m on top of the world, or, at least, higher than anyone else in Wales or England right now. I’m with two of my three favourite people under a searing sky, a spiral of walkers fanning out patiently below us…. Continue Reading →

Do you need hiking poles? (Yes, you do!)

If 2020 was all about the home workout and, before that, wearable tech and wild swimming, 2021 is shaping up to be the year of the hiking pole. A piece of kit that many walkers assume they can do without,… Continue Reading →

April, come she will

We leave lockdown just as the T5 grinds, literally and horribly, to a halt, half a mile from home. A harsh scraping, nothing in the gears and I freewheel to kerbside safety.   A two-hour wait for a tow is… Continue Reading →

My Mothers’ Day gift guide for the outdoors mum

Forget flowers and chocolates*, spring is in the air and what your mum really wants this Mothers’ Day is to skip into the Great Outdoors (believe me, after a year of homeschooling and the shortest Dry January known to womankind,… Continue Reading →

Review:  Páramo Women’s Mirada Jacket

I’m channelling my inner Miranda Hart with a quick gallop around a soggy field. My claim to fame is that I share a birthday with the goddess of glee (I admit it’s not a great claim, as far as claims… Continue Reading →

Review: Haix Black Eagle Adventure 2.2 trail shoes 

It’s easy to trip over the superlatives when testing outdoor kit, with every new shoe, backpack and eco tee initially seeming the best, the comfiest or the most waterproof EVER. In the interests of balance, I always trial new clothes… Continue Reading →

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