My Journal

Everything from climbing mountains to midweek microadventures

It’s okay (not to be okay).

For a quite some time I’ve had a nagging question in the back of my mind – how much of my true-self am I happy in ‘putting out there’? I set up Mud, Chalk and Gears to keep a record of my adventures and encourage others to give things a go. It’s important to me […]
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Women’s Trad Festival 2017

Inspired by the Women’s International Climbing Meet in Llanberis a few years ago, Charlie Low and Ellie Fuller set up the Women’s Trad Festival to encourage people to take the next step in their climbing. Whether you’re looking to attempt your first lead, push your grades or even climb outside for the first time – […]
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Baby steps up big things.

Location location On booking this holiday, the plan had been to head over to Saas Fee as it has a number of achievable 4000m peaks we could ‘try and tick off’ (Tom’s words not mine!). However, in the weeks approaching our trip, it was apparent the weather gods were not looking kindly on the Swiss […]
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Slightly damp ‘adventure-trad’ at Baggy Point!

I can’t put my finger on it, but there’s something about climbing sea cliffs that fascinates me. I’m not sure if it’s situation you’re in with the smell of the sea and the crashing waves below or the extra dollop of ‘adventure’ you encounter, relatively uncertain of your route choice and where to abseil down! […]
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A Dream of White Horses

When people ask me what my favourite sport is, I find it impossible to answer – I’m a jack of all trades and master of none. Amongst climbing, mountain biking, and fell running I love anything that involves being outside, especially if it’s in the mountains. Although I wouldn’t change this for the world, spreading […]
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Race Report: SILVA Great Lakeland 3Day

What is the SILVA Great Lakeland 3Day? The SILVA Great Lakeland 3Day is a three-day mountain marathon with a twist… Now before you jump to conclusions having read some of my other blogs – it’s a good twist! The key focus of the event is MAXIMUM enjoyment. How great is that!? I think it’s worth […]
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Race Report: Edale Skyline 2017

Preparation: Running through my typical pre-race routine the morning of Edale Skyline, it occurred to me it’s been a while since I’ve done a fell race. Surprisingly, in the lead up to the event I had been more relaxed than ever, not getting too nervous or stressed about the undulating 21 miles ahead of me. […]
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Race Report: Marmot Dark Mountains 2017

DNF – Did Not Finish. The three letters a runner never wants to hear. Marmot Dark Mountains was an incredible race. It was everything I had expected and more – testing navigation, brutal conditions and challenging terrain, the event certainly lived up to its reputation. However, despite having a fantastic time, it was also my […]
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Snowless Scottish Ski Tour!

The Plan The original plan was marvellous – or at least it was in my head… Between Christmas and New Year I would drive up to Aviemore where there would be the perfect amount of snow for a three-day ski tour. Here I would be travelling from bothy to bothy ticking off as many 4000ft […]
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