Rebecca Lees Writer

Category Outdoor blogging

Silver linings

I’m on a weekend break for one, booked to escape the awfulness that is Valentine’s Day when you’re the patron saint of Singles Awareness. After being not-so-gently let go, with thoughtful timing, between my birthday and Christmas, I make positive… Continue Reading →

Review: Haix Scout Gore-tex hiking boots

There’s no white Christmas in Wales, just a gorgeously golden day that, of course, slides behind ominous Boxing Day clouds just as soon as I can get my boots on and get out properly. The boots in question are Haix… Continue Reading →

Reason to believe

“It’s been a long December and there’s reason to believe Maybe this year will be better than the last” – A Long December, Counting Crows     I’m crunching over endless white under endless blue, eyes half closed against the… Continue Reading →

Review: TOG24 Beamsley Waterproof Jacket

TOG24 Beamsley Women’s Waterproof Jacket, £100   My mission to wear less blue isn’t going so well. I’ve promised myself I’ll foray into warmer colours and here I am, with three new coats all in inescapable shades of sea. But… Continue Reading →

Review: Mountain Hardwear High Exposure Gore-Tex Jacket

Mountain Hardwear High Exposure Gore-Tex C-Knit Jacket, £450   I’m hiking 12 miles around Waterfall Country in a yellow weather warning. In addition to the rain (persistent), the spray from the seven falls forming the route is fierce. There’s no… Continue Reading →

Review: Weird Fish Lulu Waterproof Jacket

Weird Fish Lulu Waterproof Jacket, £60    Lionel and I are having a stand-off. He likes to think he has the smartest coat in the village but, in my new waterproof jacket, I’m giving him a serious run in the… Continue Reading →

Review: Sundried Eco Tech tee

I’m road testing Sundried’s Eco Tech® women’s fitness top, ‘road’ being the operative word as I up my running game. The claim is that it’s perfect for all manner of sports and workouts, from running and cycling to the gym… Continue Reading →

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 →

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