I’m a hopeless romantic, though I mean that in the sense that I am hopeless at being romantic. Not content with spending previous Valentines days ice climbing, and buying her discounted outdoor gear for birthdays and Christmases, I somehow managed to sneak the outdoors and a wild camping trip into my marriage proposal to my … More Great Nights in the Hills – Part 3, White Sands National Monument
If two is company and three is a crowd, then what on earth is 18.4 million? This startling figure was the number of visitors to the Lake District National Park in 2016, 450 times the number of residents within the national park’s boundaries. Some 582,000 people visited Snowdon alone last year, and across the pond, … More How Busy Is Too Busy?
Upon leaving the comfort of the fantastic Lazy Lizard hostel in Moab, the skies were darkening and extensive rain was forecast for the night. The wind was strengthening as we pitched our tent at our campsite, 6000 feet up on the Colorado Plateau in Canyonlands National Park. This tired tent hadn’t stood up well to … More Bad Nights in the Hills – Part 2, Willow Flat Campground, Canyonlands National Park, Utah
The Grand Canyon, Mount Rushmore, Yosemite, Manhattan: they’re all great places to visit, but they are the bread and butter of American road trips. How about spreading some fish paste, nutella and tabasco on that bread, and see the wacky things that are still capable of taking your breath away, just in a different way… … More A Dozen Bizarre Places to See in the USA
Aged ten, I went on a walk through the Essex countryside with my father that affectionately became known as “The Death Walk”. It achieved such status after being chased by a tractor down a narrow lane flanked by tall hedgerows, wandering into a ditch, falling foul of an electric fence, slipping numerous times on black … More Bear in Mind