During these difficult times as we do our bit to try to slow down the spread of the Coronavirus pandemic, we all face many challenges. If like me, the thought of staying inside for any long periods of time makes you feel claustrophobic and the symptoms of cabin fever sets in, then you may find…

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I am so fed up of walking in the cold wet rain in the UK! Someone once told me there is no such thing as bad weather, just bad clothing and they were right! Frogtoggs Rain Jacket If I am hiking long miles then I wanted a lightweight, breathable and effective rain jacket. My Mountain…

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I have a strange obsession with socks, especially hiking and backpacking socks. I find myself lingering in the socks section of the outdoors shop convincing myself that I need another pair! After years of experimenting, I thought I would share with you my sock findings! #1 – Hiking socks A good quality hiking sock is…

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Do you have a walking club or are you responsible for leading a group of people on a lowland walk? A lowland walk is a generally flat land with not many big hills to climb! When we are training our walk leaders to run and organise an Adventure Geek event, here is a quick list…

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Believe: Boxing, Olympics and My Life Outside the Ring by  Nicola Adams At London 2012, Nicola Adams made history. The flyweight boxer became the first woman ever to win an Olympic Gold medal for boxing. In Rio 2016, with the nation cheering her on, she did it all over again. Years of relentless training, fundraising…

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Why didn’t I know this before? My mother-in-law is a bookaholic!  She introduced me to Goodreads.com many years ago and from here you can set an annual reading challenge.  Unlike my mother-in-law who read 126 books last year, I scraped through with just 24.  As we were chatting over the Christmas turkey I casually mentioned…

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Julia’s Reading Challenge for 2020 0% Introduction Help Me: One Woman’s Quest to Find Out if Self-Help Really Can Change Your Life by Marianne Power   A hilarious and heartwarming rampage through the world of self-care Marianne Power was a self-help junkie. For years she lined her bookshelves with dog-eared copies of definitive guide after…

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Item: Umbrella Clip Cost: £1.00 Used for: Attaching your umbrella to a rucksack Enjoyment Level: Brilliant! TREAT OF THE WEEK – UMBRELLA CLIP I have walked with an umbrella now for many years.  A trekking umbrella is brilliant in the rain and is also fantastic in the hot sun.  The Euroschirm umbrella that I have…

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Item: Walking Wellies Cost: approx £115 Used for: Hiking in wet and muddy terrain Enjoyment Level: Warm, dry, toasty feet! Grade: 4/5 Feature: A warm fleece lining to keep your feet toasty in temperatures as low as -40C. GEAR REVIEW – Muck Boot – Women’s Arctic Sport 11 Tall Boots BY MICHELLE BANISTER (aka Fat…

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Julia’s Reading Challenge for 2019 0% Introduction Atomic Habits: An Easy & Proven Way to Build Good Habits & Break Bad Ones by  James Clear   Tiny Changes, Remarkable Results No matter your goals, Atomic Habits offers a proven framework for improving–every day. James Clear, one of the world’s leading experts on habit formation, reveals practical strategies…

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