In lockdown, we had a glimpse of our own mortality. Not just the fear that shrouded every hang out and door handle, but in the things that we love and hold dear which were whisked away from us in a moment.
We can take this insight and use it to move forwards suggests our founder and curator.
Ambassador Sean king takes on the Transcontinental Race TCRNo7 - the definitive self-supported bicycle route across Europe. A beautifully hard bicycle race, simple in design but complex in execution. Did we mention it covers 4000km across the wilds of Europe?
August's Adventurous Ink is the ever inspiring Sidetracked. We caught up with cold water swimmer, freelance philosopher and co-host of the Women's Trad Festival, Gilly Mcarthur, to understand just how awesome Sidetracked's contributors really are.
A lot of people get in touch saying “I could never do that.” My response is always the same “You can. You just need to open up the possibility of doing it.”
I’m just trying to create moments when choices become more apparent, and people can make a positive decision that moves them forward.
Whether you're car camping to make the most of a tiny calendar window for a microadventure, or because you love the thought of the #vanlife, but can't stomach the cost, it's a great way to maximise your time outdoors.
We asked ambassador Anna Blackwell to share her top tips.
There have been back to nature movements since the beginning of industrialisation, in a backlash against Victorian pollution inspired by German environmental philosophy, with a lot of naked bathing, foraging and wild camping thrown in.
We humans are busy creatures, always getting on with something, always moving or talking or checking our phones. We have a terrible fear that if we stop for a moment we will miss something. The exact opposite is true.
Surfing has humbled me, reminded me of the joy of being a beginner. It has given me one more thing to try and factor into my life, but in doing so has forced the realisation that my time isn’t there to be balanced. Not to be spread thinly but to be lived deeply in the pursuit of happiness, fulfilment and feelings of contentment.
Human beings are members of a whole, in creation of one essence and soul.
These are stories told by people who have undertaken amazing journeys and achieved impressive feats, but the tales in these pages are not of their achievements; they are stories of the charity they received, grateful elegies to the simple acts of the kindness that made their journeys possible.
Stripping down together, egging each other on to brave the cold water, finding simple pleasure in slipping your head under or watching birds flit between branches and fish flopping out onto lilies in the heat. There is a sense of everyone becoming part of the scene.
Dinner is always accompanied by a great bottle of wine. These rather indulgent meals do come at a cost, with pack weights sometimes eye wateringly high. However, we feel great food hard won can’t be beaten especially in stunning locations around a fire.
"I've been here for 12 years now and I love it, we're like a family. I used to work closer to home, but there aren't many of these jobs around now. I wanted to make something I could feel proud of, not slippers being knocked out cheap.
I have developed an uneasy relationship with the mountains, largely due to an accident I had in Chamonix three winters ago... Eventually, I could not resist the pull; their raw, unforgiving and slightly sinister beauty.
I have never learnt this much in such a short amount of time. Living on a remote island is very different than living on the mainland! We have no cars, only two tractors. I have learnt how to shoot with a rifle and to use safety precautions in regards to polar bears.
The changing attitudes toward sustainability in wider society have made it easier for people to understand the position Klattermusen has taken for over 40 years that sustainability holds much deeper values than just a solid construction.