The next time you’re huffing and puffing up a steep mountain track, take a moment to consider why we even have mountains to explore. Nothing lasts in nature. Given time, lots and lots of time, towering mountain ranges wear down, expansive continents erode and vast oceans dry up and fade into obscurity. Take the Caledonian

I enjoy paddling (a lot), and by that I don’t mean taking my shoes off, rolling up my trousers and stepping into the icy North Sea.  I prefer the paddling that involves a boat and a paddle. I’m not alone though as there are growing numbers of people at all ages getting involved in the

The Outdoor Paradise – A Ski and Kayak Odyssey in Europe’s Great Wild This looks like a great read although it’s only available for pre-order at the moment.  The author, James Baxter, is a member of my local Sea Kayaking club so this is a bit of a plug too, I have to admit. What’s

Carrying on where we left off yesterday… click here “Adventure sports bring considerable health benefits, both physical and psychological, and this is now fairly common knowledge. Even in relation to children, the educational benefits of adventure activities are coming to be widely accepted.” The coalition Government is planning to abolish the Adventure Activities Licensing Authority,

Public Safety and Risk Assessment By David J Ball and Laurence Ball-King Is Britain wrapped in cotton wool? It’s a question posed by the authors in this book which looks at how legislation originally introduced with the laudable aim of reducing workplace deaths and injuries is seen to permeate every walk of life, including the

Carrying on where we left off yesterday – Yesterday’s post Sarah Howcroft sees her new website project as a start. “I do believe this is the only way we will see sustained progress.” The OIA boss said: “The trick then, in walking the ‘Fine Patagonian Line’, is to use the position of responsibility we have

Recyling outdoor gear: first industry steps towards a greener future? How green is your outdoor gear? No, not the colour; do you ever consider the environmental consequences of the clothes and equipment you use, or the trips you make to the mountains and moorland to enjoy your outdoor pursuits? There are moves afoot to acknowledge