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Rebecca Lees Writer

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 →

2020 vision: Looking forward… and looking back

The strangest of years comes to a close with a mild pffft. Not for 2020 the traditional fireworks – of which I never take notice anyway, other than to ensure an anxious greyhound is tucked in the middle of a… Continue Reading →

Shopping small, supporting local this Christmas

Round about now I’d ordinarily be spending a day with my mum, mooching around the good shops of Cardiff or Swansea. I say ‘mooching’; to be honest, you’d find me collapsed in the doorway of the fourth shop reached, weakly… Continue Reading →

Review: AKU Trekker Pro GTX women’s boots

In the strangest of years, a 14-day spell of isolation ends, with precision, on the day that Wales locks down. While everyone I know stocks up to stay indoors, my backpack and boots are propped up, ready to go out…. Continue Reading →

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