A lot of Kilimanjaro kit lists out there are flooded with affiliate links or are websites trying to flog their own gear. While there is nothing wrong with this, often these products are not budget friendly. When I climbed Kilimanjaro I had no job, no savings, or no sponsor. I was supported by myself. I worked a summer school job for a week which gave around 400 quid to buy my remaining… Read More

You step out into the open and feel the fresh mountain air on your face. You are looking forward to a day or few days of solitude or mountain town life. You’re excited to hear the chirping of marmots, the cracking of glaciers or the sound of your boots on the trail and 360 degree panoramic alpine views. This is surely is what we all search for? Unfortunately there are things that… Read More

I used to hate everything about myself, face, body and personality. I used to analyse those women I saw on TV and in magazines, wondering why their legs didn’t have cellulite like mine? Or how their faces were so flawless. Why couldn’t mine be like that? If someone said I look beautiful, I would say “are you taking the piss” or “you should see me without my face paint [make up] on”…. Read More

Bordering with County Durham, Tyne & Wear, Cumbria and the Scottish border, Northumerland is England’s most northerly county. If you visit Northumberland, you could find yourself sailing on a boat to near by islands, or exploring sweeping valleys, forests or sand dunes. The northumberland coast is my favourite place to get away to when I need some space, or to be somewhere tranquil. It really is somewhere special. The area is steeped… Read More

May is mental awareness month in many parts of the world and I would like to bring you a selection of Mental Health Blogs 2019. The Mental Health Foundation, an organisation that is helping people to understand and sustain their mental health, is hosting Mental Health Awareness Week from Monday 13 to Sunday 19 May 2019. My blog is a little over a year old and for a while now I have… Read More