– recent journal entries –

I started a training vlog

It's been over a year since we last took a bouldering trip to the Forest of Fontainebleau. Nathan and I have been itching to get back to the forest, so we booked a cabin in the woods over the Christmas break. With just over eight weeks to go, I asked on my YouTube...

Reviewing the Lowe Alpine Manaslu ND50:65

“Lowe Alpine was born from a drive to create backpacks that help people push their limits, move freely and go further,” explains Lowe Alpine’s Head of Marketing, Rachel Brine. “The very first backpack we ever designed revolutionized the outdoor industry, forming the...

Solo backpacking the Stoja Peninsula

A couple of weeks before my 25th birthday, I found myself with some time to spare. Having seen off my notice period at the museum where I’d worked for the past two years, and with Nathan out of town for work, I had five days to fill and a sense of restlessness to...

‘Tides’ by Nick Bullock

'Tides’ picks up where Nick Bullock’s debut ‘Echoes’ left off, with Bullock leaving his career in the prison service to pursue a life of climbing out of a small van. ‘Tides’ found me during my own time of upheaval. Moving house and changing job in the same month, my...

A weekend in the Black Mountains with Outdoors Magic

I woke at 8:30am, sunlight streaming through the train window and my escaped sleeping mat rolling around on the floor of the empty compartment. Shropshire moved by in a blur through the train window, a vintage slide projection carouseling penchants of rural, chocolate...

Tales from Nowhere

‘Many places can feel like nowhere: a desert, an isolated village, even the middle of a bustling, impersonal city. And then something happens: an adventure, a revelation, an experience that changes the whole landscape. The discovery that every place is the center of...

Bouldering in Albarracin

In the last weeks of March, we took a trip to Albarracín, a small town in the south of rural Aragón. Tucked behind towering city walls on the curve of the Guadalaviar River, its quaint stone houses and sun soaked streets cling to the mountain side – a snapshot of...

The Yorkshire Three Peaks

We piled into the van at 6am in early March, pulling open the door to the musty smell of our hiking shoes and damp waterproofs. Having eased ourselves between bags of snacks and assorted Gore-Tex we set off for a small café which marks the start of the Yorkshire Three...

Van camping in the Peak District

I find the best plans are often the ones you make quickly, with barely enough time to sling your pack into the van and only the vaguest idea of a destination. A couple of weekends ago, we packed up the van and headed out into the countryside on a sub-zero Friday...

Reflections and resolutions

A year on, I’m revisiting my 2018 resolutions, reflecting on my achievements and squaring up to the things I didn’t do.