When we think of Kilimanjaro, we think of that lone standing volcanic peak that peers out from the clouds beneath, with a handful of giraffes stood in the foreground. Spoiler alert: I never saw any giraffes in the near vicinity of the Kilimanjaro National Park. But the volcano is stood among greenery and that infamous peak is visible and peers above the clouds. Many think of Kilimanjaro as a trip of a… Read More

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