Blogger Profile | Kate, The Adventures of Kate

Time for another one of our member profiles here on the Outdoor Bloggers blog. We ask one of our members the same set of questions so we can get to know them a little better. Today we have some words from Zoe over at Splodz Blogz, who is one half of the Outdoor Bloggers organising team… 

Adventures of Kate

Name | Kate Jamieson

Blog | The Adventures of Kate

Social Media | Kate’s Twitter, Kate’s Facebook, Kate’s Instagram

Where in the world are you answering these questions?

Not so sunny Hampshire, on the South Coast of the UK.

Describe your blog in one sentence.

The Adventures of Kate is all for inspiring people to get out and seek great adventures, whether at home or abroad.

Kate, Adventures of Kate

What sparked your love of the outdoors?

I always used to go on country walks with my parents as a child, but when I was 14 I joined the Sea Cadet Corps, took part in Ten Tors and completed my Duke of Edinburgh Silver Award. After that, I fell in love with being outside, come rain (normally) or shine!

What is your favourite thing to do outdoors?

I love hiking, and always feel a real sense of achievement when I reach the top of a hill, plus the views are always worth it! If money were no object I would say skiing, as I’d spend all year in the mountains if I could!

I’ll usually give any outdoor sport a go though.

If you could see the sunset from one place in the world where would you go and why?

If I could see sunset from anywhere in the world it would be Svalbard, when it sets for the winter. I just think that whilst it’s not likely to be a beautiful orange/gold, it would be unique in a totally different way!

What is your favourite meal to eat after a day spent outside?

A warming stew or curry always goes down well.

Kate, Adventures of Kate

Tell us about a recent outdoors adventure you enjoyed.

I climbed Kilimanjaro in October, which unfortunately was my most recent, as I’m now on crutches with a knee injury gained upon descent! It was the most inspiring trip I have ever been on, and I want to do it all over again! Read about it.

What has been your biggest outdoors adventure to date?

Definitely Kilimanjaro, but I’m planning a trip for 2017/18 from Addis Ababa to Cape Town armed with just a backpack, tent and camera!

Tell us something about you that’s not related to the outdoors… if you can!

I’ve been on Mastermind and am a huge naval history geek!

Kate, Adventures of Kate

 

If you’re a member of Outdoor Bloggers and would like to see yourself featured here, drop us a line via email and we’ll send you the questionnaire! 

Blogger Profile | Zoe, Splodz Blogz

Time for another one of our member profiles here on the Outdoor Bloggers blog. We ask one of our members the same set of questions so we can get to know them a little better. Today we have some words from Zoe over at Splodz Blogz, who is one half of the Outdoor Bloggers organising team… 

Splodz Blogz

Name | Zoe

Blog | Splodz Blogz

Social Media | Zoe’s Twitter, Zoe’s Facebook, Zoe’s Instagram

Where in the world are you answering these questions?

I am sat at my kitchen table typing away on my iPad whilst watching random videos on YouTube. We’ve had dinner and I’ve got a cup of tea and I’m supposed to be blogging but I thought I’d do this first.

Describe your blog in one sentence.

Splodz Blogz is my little corner of the internet where I write about my bucket list, getting outdoors, and going travelling and having little adventures in between the day job.

Zoe, Splodz Blogz

What sparked your love of the outdoors?

I blame my parents and our Sunday afternoon walks – normally up a hill to see what is on the other side. And my granddad for taking me to the seaside to check the sea is still there. I’m sure I moaned a lot about being outside in all weathers when I was seven (eight, nine, etc.), but I couldn’t wish for a better childhood now and I am so grateful for all that time outdoors my family encouraged me to have, because it’s definitely helped me in adulthood.

What is your favourite thing to do outdoors?

I just love to be outside – whether it’s hiking, cycling, motorcycling, skiing, or just sitting looking at the view, I enjoy just being in the fresh air. I would say my absolute favourite is hiking, though. It doesn’t have to be far, but I love to lace up my boots, put on a beanie hat, and head out into the countryside to explore on foot. Failing that, sitting with a cone of chips by the seaside makes me a very happy lady!

If you could see the sunset from one place in the world where would you go and why?

Any sunset over the sea is good for me. We watched the sunset over the Pacific at Ocean Shores, Oregon this summer, and it was truly spectacular.

Zoe, Splodz Blogz

What is your favourite meal to eat after a day spent outside?

I love my food and will generally pick something hearty like pie and mash or a roast. There is something just wonderful about coming in from the cold and tucking into a cottage pie with extra gravy. Actually, that’s what we had this evening – and it was goooood!

Tell us about a recent outdoors adventure you enjoyed.

A year ago is recent isn’t it?! It’s just that the Lyke Wake Walk is an adventure that really sticks in my mind. It was tough but so enjoyable for a number of reasons. If you’ve not heard of it, it’s a 40 mile crossing of the North Yorkshire Moors on foot, that I completed last October with hike-loving friends Jenni and Allysse. I blogged about it here if you’d like to have a read.

What has been your biggest outdoors adventure to date?

I have been super fortunate this year to have spent just over ten weeks exploring North America on my motorbike. My husband and I took some unpaid leave from work and flew our own motorbikes across the pond and rode nearly 11,000 miles through Washington State, Oregon, California, Nevada, Arizona, New Mexico, Utah, Colorado, Wyoming, Idaho, Montana, Alberta and British Columbia.

Zoe, Splodz Blogz

It might not be what comes to your mind when you think “outdoors adventure”, but it truly was; we spent most of our time without a roof above our heads, exploring and learning (and eating) our way around the West of America. We did think we would do something like this when we retired, but realised that sometimes you just can’t wait because, well, you might end up waiting too long. Morbid, perhaps, but true. I have blogged about it (catch up with all my posts here) and there are some videos to come in the New Year.

Tell us something about you that’s not related to the outdoors… if you can!

I have an absolutely massive bucket list (and some of the things on it are indoors…) that started off as my “things to do before I’m 30” list and is now something of an untameable list.  It’s become something of my thing, I love nothing more than choosing something and working to tick it off. One thing I find a little strange but also totally brilliant, is how family and friends refer to it when buying me presents; at the moment I have vouchers for axe throwing and driving a couple of stunning sports cars sat waiting to be redeemed. I’m always looking for new ideas (indoors and outdoors), so please drop me a line if there’s something you think I simply must do!!

 

If you’re a member of Outdoor Bloggers and would like to see yourself featured here, drop us a line via email and we’ll send you the questionnaire! 

Blogger Profile | Lauren, The Helpful Hiker

We’re back for the second in our new series of blogger profiles here on the Outdoor Bloggers blog. We ask one of our members the same set of questions so we can get to know them a little better. This time it’s the turn of Lauren from the Helpful Hiker…  

Name | Lauren

Blog Name | The Helpful Hiker 

Social Media | Lauren’s Twitter, Lauren’s Facebook, Lauren’s Instagram

Lauren, The Helpful Hiker

Where in the world are you answering these questions?

In my front room, drinking tea and grateful to Mr Tumble for giving me five minutes peace to get this done!

Describe your blog in one sentence.

The Helpful Hiker is all about inspiring people to get out and have some fun by showing everyone how easy it is.

What sparked your love for the outdoors?

I was really into horses growing up so spent a lot of time outdoors, as I’ve got older I’ve realised how lucky I was and how much I’ve missed it. I loved seeing the changing seasons and appreciating the world around me. I really want my son to grow up with a love of the outdoors, it’s so important to us as a family.

Lauren, The Helpful Hiker

What is your favourite thing to do outdoors?

I’ve always loved a good walk and that hasn’t changed. You see so many tiny details when you travel slowly and nothing beats climbing a hill and seeing the view open out in front of you. I also love the feeling of accomplishment when you get back, tired and aching, and fully deserving of a decent pint.

If you could see the sunset from one place in the world, where would you go and why?

I would go back to Scotland, I went there once a couple of years ago and the scenery was just stunning. We camped by a loch and, if there were no midges, I would happily sit there for hours admiring the view.

What is your favourite meal to eat after a day spent outside?

I do love my food, so something substantial like a good pie with mash, peas and gravy.

Tell us about a recent outdoors adventure you enjoyed.

Last week me and my husband Luke enjoyed a walk around the area where I grew up. We had a few child free hours so headed out to make the most of it. It was a beautiful day and felt great to be back in familiar territory. Time is a precious commodity these days, so to be able to take our time and enjoy the walk was heavenly.

Lauren, The Helpful Hiker

What has been your biggest outdoors adventure to date?

To be honest I haven’t done that many big adventures. I’m more about getting out and doing what you can, however small that might be. Having said that, we did do Ben Nevis a while back (I do go on about it a bit, but it was spectacular) and that was pretty big to me!

Tell us something about you that’s not related to the outdoors… if you can!

By day I manage a wine shop. I’m actually ridiculously qualified in wine & spirits (not just drinking them), which is quite cool – so now you know where to come for a recommendation!

 

If you’re a member of Outdoor Bloggers and would like to see yourself featured here, drop us a line via email and we’ll send you the questionnaire! 

Follow Your Feet – KEEN Aphlex Boots Winner

One of the things we were super excited to do while we were at the Outdoor Bloggers weekend in Snowdonia last month was run a competition with KEEN. They very kindly offered us a pair of their new Aphlex hiking boots to give away to one blogger attending our event – 

KEEN Logo

KEEN Follow Your Feet Logo

During the weekend we asked the bloggers attending to take photographs on the theme set by KEEN – “Follow Your Feet“. The idea was to demonstrate what we were up to during the weekend – our main activity was, of course, hiking up Snowdon, but we did other things too and the images could be taken at any time during the weekend. We all posted them on twitter and instagram using #FollowYourFeet #OutdoorBloggers and #KEEN and you can take a look at some of them here.

It was really fantastic to see the images our bloggers shared – there were some brilliant ones. Choosing the winner was really tough; I had the pleasure of shortlisting the eight images that I thought fitted the theme the best, and sent them over to KEEN for the final judging. KEEN took a look and after quite a lot of deliberation in their office both here in the UK and over in Europe, chose this image that Allysse from Beste Glatisant took:

KEEN Follow Your Feet Competition Winner - Allyssee, Snowdonia

We are very pleased to therefore announce Allysse as the winner of the superb new Aphlex boots – we hope you enjoy them on lots of outdoors activities over the next few years!

KEEN Aphlex Boots

If you’d like to find out more about the KEEN Aphlex boots, head over here.

Zoe, Outdoor Bloggers & Splodz Blogz

Blogger Profile | Jenni, The Thrifty Magpies Nest

Welcome to the first in a new series of blogger profiles here on the Outdoor Bloggers blog. Each month we will ask one of our members the same series of questions so we can get to know them a little better. First up we have Jenni, one of bloggers who started the network and organises our events. 

 

The Thrifty Magpies Nest

Name | Jenni Tulip

Blog Name | The Thrifty Magpies Nest

Social Media | Jenni’s Twitter, Jenni’s Facebook, Jenni’s Instagram

Jenni, The Thrifty Magpies Nest

Where in the world are you answering these questions?

Right now, I’m sitting in my front room by the fire, watching a TV programmes while doing some blogging.

Describe your blog in one sentence.

A Yorkshire lass blogging about her love for the outdoors and life in the woods.

What sparked your love for the outdoors?

I’m lucky to have been brought up in the countryside with family that love the outdoors. My step dad, Ian, has been a strong infulence on me.  He has given me most of the knwolegde I have, along with Sir David, about birds and all the other beasts that roam our planet.

What is your favourite thing to do outdoors?

I love love LOVE hillwalking. Reaching a summit to see miles of stunning views after an achy climb or scramble to the top is what I live for!

When I’m not in the hills, I love spending time outside in our wood, listening to the birds and observing the colours around me.

What is your favourite meal to eat after a day spent outside?

There’s nothing like haggis nips and tatties after a long hike; everything I love mashed up on a plate and easy to eat.

It’s my ritual after a walk in the Scottish mountains.

Jenni, The Thrifty Magpies Nest

Tell us about a recent outdoors adventure you enjoyed.

Earlier this year I visited the Arctic tern colony of Inner Farne, one of the Farne Islands in Northumberland. Being mobbed by these magnificent birds was both hilarious and awe inspiring. There were chicks and eggs everywhere we looked. You have to be so careful not to step on the ones nesting on the edge of the board walk!  It was an amazing experience.

What has been your biggest outdoors adventure to date?

Probably the Lyke Wake Walk that I did last year with Zoe from Splodz Blogz and Allysse from Beste Glatisant. It’s a 40 mile long distance walk across the North Yorkshire Moors. It took us two days to complete and it has made me want to do more long distant walking.

Tell us something about you that’s not related to the outdoors… if you can!

By day, I run my own business called SocialRocks helping local businesses to get noticed online through social media and digital marketing. My desk job is quite the contrast to my outdoor hobbies, however, it allows me to work from anywhere, meaning I have the freedom to spend more time at home and travel.

Jenni, The Thrifty Magpies Nest

If you’re a member of Outdoor Bloggers and would like to see yourself featured here, drop us a line and we’ll send you the questionnaire! 

Outdoor Bloggers Weekend Thanks

This weekend the Outdoor Bloggers headed over to Snowdonia for a meet-up and camping weekend. Now we’re all back home (and recovering), we wanted to post a few thank you’s as we’ve had some great support for our second annual weekend event.

Snowdon Weekend 2016

Mud and RoutesOur sponsors for the weekend were the guys over at Mud and Routes. They provided the camping, which was at the gorgeous Llyn Gwynant Campsite in Snowdonia.

We were also supported by Climb Snowdon, part of RAW Adventures. Ross and Craig expertly lead our hike up Snowdon. There will be more about the hike (and the gin…) another day, but in the mean time here’s a preview of our route.

Snowdon Weekend Route

Outdoor Bloggers in Snowdon

At the foot of Snowdon at the end of our hike. 

No blogger event would be complete without a goodie bag, and so we’d also like to thank the fab outdoor brands who were kind enough to send us a few bits and bobs for our members who came along…

Outdoor Bloggers Goodie Bag

  • Hi-Tec gave us each a pair of hiking socks.
  • Nikwax gave us some waterproofing and cleaning products.
  • Kitshack gave us each a mountain-themed Buff.
  • Aquapac gave us cases for our phones.
  • Real Handful sent us some snacks for our hike.
  • And KEEN donated a pair of boots so we could run a giveaway (more about that another day).

Thank you so much to those who supported us, and to those who came along – we had a great time and hope you did too.

If you want to make sure you get an invitation to our next Outdoor Bloggers meet up, sign up as a member… and if you’d like to support our group of bloggers by putting on an activity or want to work with our members on something else, please get in touch

Why should more people #GetOutside?

The OS (Ordnance Survey) believe that an active outdoor lifestyle helps you to live longer, stay younger and enjoy life more. But it is a sad fact that research tells us fewer and fewer people are regularly getting outside, either on foot, on bike or by any other means.

Get Outside Ordnance Survey

Despite the advice from Public Heath England that says that adults should be doing 150 minutes of moderate exercise a week, recent research showed that a quarter of British people won’t walk anywhere that takes over 15 minutes.

Three quarters of us don’t walk to work, almost 70% never walk to the shops, while only a third would ever do the school run on foot. And it’s not just incidental walking that looks to be on the decline, only around a third admit to liking a weekend walk for pleasure!

Not only is the lack of exercise potentially bad for people’s waistlines, social activity and exercise are a great way to help improve mental and the exposure to natural light can help to set your body clock, meaning you’ll sleep better at night.

To help combat this, OS have launched the #GetOutside campaign to help to give people inspiration to go outdoors and be more active through other people’s stories and experiences – whether that’s beginners guides to new sports, great new locations to explore or family fun festivals to enjoy.

Could you inspire more people to #GetOutside?

OS are looking for people like you to inspire and to help others appreciate everything the outdoors has to offer. It’s not experience that counts as a Champion, but passion.

If you like to #GetOutside off-road (whether that’s walking, mountain biking, horseriding, camping or anything else), and would love to enthuse others to do the same, make a difference and apply to become a #GetOutside champion for 2017 at http://www.os.uk/champion2017