Climbing / Outdoors

On learning to lead climb

I'll let you into a secret.  I was a teenager in the 90s.  Remember the grunge look? Checked shirts, terrible baggy cardigans and doc martens? That was me.  The alternative music of that decade – Smashing Pumpkins, Soundgarden, Nirvana – still fills my iPod now.  But one of the best things about growing up in … Continue reading

Climbing / Hiking / Outdoors / Travel

What’s a girl to do?

Since my last post, my biking activities have been significantly curtailed, by the world's lengthiest puncture repair/ inner tube replacement process – and even after finally getting back on the bike, technical issues continue (evidenced by a slightly terrifying experience involving a seized wheel whilst crossing the road in front of a speeding van).  So, … Continue reading

Gear / Outdoors / Travel

A love letter

It’s Valentine’s Day.  For every unabashed declaration of love, there is a corresponding cynic decrying the commercialisation of the day with its cards, chocolates and twee teddy bears.  So, here’s my love letter – it’s to my PrAna trousers! This isn’t a standard gear review – it’s definitely a swooning, lovelorn look at a purchase … Continue reading