Rebecca Lees Writer

Category Hiking

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 →

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 →

Lockdown walks: Garth circular, Rhondda Cynon Taf & Cardiff

Heard the one about the Englishman who went up a hill and came down a mountain? You may have seen the Hugh Grant film, based on a story about the village of Taffs Well and Mynydd y Garth, which hulks… Continue Reading →

Review: Why good kit is Páramo-unt

We’re in that seasonal interlude of autumnal days unable to decide between frosty mornings, driving drizzle and surprisingly sunny spells. If, like me, you’re in gloves and coat one minute and reaching for the sunglasses the next, it’s time to… Continue Reading →

Eight essentials for your hiking backpack

The hills are alive with the sound of people enjoying themselves. After nearly four months of staying close to home in Wales, it’s joyful to be able to get into the mountains again and see solo hikers, couples and families… Continue Reading →

Review: Klean Kanteen insulated bottle & ChicoBag

For someone with little dress sense and a habit of packing odd flip-flops for a day at the beach, I’m rather more discerning when it comes to my outdoor accessories. When gifted a Klean Kanteen bottle and asked to choose… Continue Reading →

Keeping life simple as lockdown lifts

It’s National Simplicity Day, an invitation to slow down and reflect. That it comes after 111 days of slowness and reflection, just as the world is slinking its way out of lockdown, is just the kind of punchline 2020 keeps… Continue Reading →

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