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Rebecca Lees Writer

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When the best medicine is… the medicine

It’s perhaps no coincidence that Mental Health Awareness Week is now. October is a tricky month, her early golden promise sludging all too quickly into ruthless rain, dark evenings and the long slide into winter. The awareness week brings a… Continue Reading →

These girls can at Cardiff Half

I’m a badass. Yep, me – school class swot, Girl Guide, chorister, altar girl – a total badass. This is according to a friend off of Instagram who, from quite some distance, sees the plate-spinning and the ball-dropping and, in… Continue Reading →

Review: Vango F10 Hut 45L rucksack

This new rucksack has a lot to live up to, I think as I pack for a night in the hills. I’m rather partial to the 35L daypack I’ve been wearing thin for the last five years, to the point… Continue Reading →

The Reading Room, Cambrian Escapes

Time slows in the Tywi Valley. Houses scatter, phones lose signal and more than once I’ve switched off the engine, mid-tarmac, to patiently wait for a mama sheep and her babies to stagger up from a sun-soaked doze and move… Continue Reading →

Genes back on for life’s next challenge

The all-clear is within touching distance. Just a formality with a genetics professor; a box to tick, and we can assign the last two and a half years to that accepted medical condition, ‘one of those things’. Two and a… Continue Reading →

Review: Hydro Flask vacuum insulated bottle

Summer slips into September; it seems only a few short weeks since I watched a shimmering solstice from a quiet beacon, yet somehow the equinox is almost here. Sunrises sharpen, leaves gently crispen and I wistfully pack away the light… Continue Reading →

Review: Vango Venom 200 sleeping bag

I’m enveloped in glowing orange, the double hit of tent and sleeping bag captured and boldly magnified in the glare of a lantern. It’s blowing an absolute hoolie and I’m miles from anyone, save for a trio of lads half… Continue Reading →

Review: LifeStraw water bottle filter adapter

Loyal readers and random visitors (hello, you’re welcome) may have noticed I’ve spent the summer on something of a mission; to complete my kit bag. The essentials have long been there – layers, waterproofs, first aid kits (human and hound),… Continue Reading →

Glamping in the Afan Valley, Pt II

I’m lying in bed in the T5, looking wistfully through the window at a gorgeous camping hut bathed in late evening sunshine. Lionel is lying on his bed, looking wistfully up at me. Lionel is in the dog house and… Continue Reading →

Review: Robens Arrow Head one-man tent

Some reviews write themselves. I could just say “I absolutely love this tent” and leave it at that, I really could. But hey, you say, we need to know why. So ok, here are some reasons!   I’m on my… Continue Reading →

Review: Hi-Tec Shadow running shoes

Oops, I’ve done it again. A few weeks after the Welsh 3 Peaks Challenge, when my feet and hair have returned to their normal state, I’m scrolling through Facebook and spy a call for runners to join City Hospice’s Cardiff… Continue Reading →

Mountain biking in the Afan Valley

I’m zipping down the Helter Skelter, knuckles and several other parts of me white. I say ‘zipping’; I could probably hike faster, but when you haven’t done this for, oh, about 33 years, it feels as gravity defying as being… Continue Reading →

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