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Trying hard up hills and often falling down them.
Sheffield Adventure Film Festival, ShAFF 2015 | Outdoor Adventure Motivational Speaking | Hetty Key | Mud, Chalk & Gears

Favourite films from the ShAFF 2015

  Sheffield Adventure Film Festival or ‘ShAFF’ is one of my favourite events in Sheffield. Its timing is perfect, just close enough to spring and the weather is getting better to get you motivated for a summer of adventure. Friday night I went to a lecture and film by Steve McClure, one of the best […]
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Sunset over Burbage, Peak District | Outdoor Adventure Motivational Speaking | Hetty Key | Mud, Chalk & Gears

Can we officially say winter is over!?

This weekend has been absolutely stunning – for the first time in a while we have had two days of sunshine – it was hot! Well warm enough to leave the house not looking like the Michelin man! Having been at ShAFF Friday night listening to Steve McClure, I was all ready to get out […]
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Mountain biking around Ladybower, Peak District | Outdoor Adventure Motivational Speaking | Hetty Key | Mud, Chalk & Gears

Mountain biking with Katie around Ladybower

This weekend Katie and I finally managed to get out riding together in the Peak District. We have been trying to find a weekend where we are both free for a while now with the aim of introducing Katie to proper mountain biking! We arranged to head out from Sheffield about 11 am on Saturday […]
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Yorkshire Dales, Haglof Open 5 Adventure Race | Outdoor Adventure Motivational Speaking | Hetty Key | Mud, Chalk & Gears

Haglof Open5 Adventure Series

Such a good weekend! I competed in my first adventure race, one of the Haglof Open5 Adventure Series and it was so much fun! For those of you who don’t know, these are a series of 5-hour orienteering adventure races set around the UK consisting of a mountain biking and fell running section. The day before […]
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Bianchi Logo | Outdoor Adventure Motivational Speaking | Hetty Key | Mud, Chalk & Gears

New road bike, shoes & potentially broken scaphoid!

This week saw an exciting new addition to my bike collection! I have been scouring Gumtree, PinkBike and Ebay for a while now with the aim of updating my retro steel Peugeot to something more suited to road biking. And having tried a fair few bikes with varying degrees of success, I finally found the […]
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Gritstone Edit of Millstone | Outdoor Adventure Motivational Speaking | Hetty Key | Mud, Chalk & Gears

A very chilly day climbing at Millstone!

Just a quick entry today as I am a bit tired after a busy weekend. Finally, the snow has melted just enough to get out and about! Saturday I headed up to the yard to ride a very fresh Ace. Having had a bit off time off with the snow, he was full of beans […]
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Fell running in the snow in the Peak District | Outdoor Adventure Motivational Speaking | Hetty Key | Mud, Chalk & Gears

Trying out my new shoes!

Having recently treated myself to Inov-8’s new fell running shoes the Oroc 280 complete with ice-spikes I thought today would be the perfect opportunity to test them out fell running in the snow in the Peak District! So I headed out to Fox House with the aim of running about 10k. Those of you who have […]
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Skiing in Tignes | Outdoor Adventure Motivational Speaking | Hetty Key | Mud, Chalk & Gears

Tignes – Skiing 2015

I love skiing – it has to be one of my favourite ways to spend a week! Having just come back from an excellent week in Tignes I thought I would share a few photos and highlights of the week: My favourite route of the week: It snowed about 50cm the day we arrived, which […]
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Snow covered hills in the Peak District | Outdoor Adventure Motivational Speaking | Hetty Key | Mud, Chalk & Gears

Taking my mountain bike for a walk!

A bit of a fail today – I was desperate to head out in the Peak District mountain biking but as we have had so much snow options were a little limited. I figured the mountain bike was the best option, so ambitiously headed out towards Ladybower to have a bash at the top circuit […]
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Mountain biking in the Lake District | Outdoor Adventure Motivational Speaking | Hetty Key | Mud, Chalk & Gears

New Years weekend in the Lakes

The original plan was to see the new year in from a tent in the Lake District, ideally with a nice beer after a good bit of mountain biking. However, this got delayed due to slightly less than ideal conditions… 97mph winds and hail! Now don’t get me wrong, I am a big fan of […]
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