I haven’t always been a mountain biker, so I totally understand if you are thinking, “I don’t love mountain biking. What’s she on about?” I used to be a runner and it wasn’t until continuous shin splints forced me into the sport… Yes, FORCED ME! I was so not into it when I started but, now it is my life, my passion and my everything. Here’s why it can be yours too....
Most of you reading this would be quite inclined to discovering new things, but it is probably fair to say that a lot of us are probably guilty of one thing: forgetting to look in our own backyards. Because those things will always be there, because we get caught up in our daily lives, because we prioritise things that are less accessible, we often don’t end up making the most of what is readily available to us. We also tend to take them for granted and forget how exciting they actually are because we see things everyday.
Meet Fredrika Ek, 24 from Sweden, who 2 years ago started The Bike Ramble, which is a bike trip. A very long one. A bike trip around the world to be exact. In the early spring of 2015 Fredrika strapped everything she owned onto her bicycle, kissed family and friends goodbye and took her first wobbly pedal strokes into the unknown. Why?
At 30 years of age I’d never hiked a single trail. Sure, I’d walked through the bush and spent a lot of time outdoors as a kid, but I’d never set out to immerse myself in the landscape. I couldn’t read a compass, I’d never owned a pair of hiking boots and to my knowledge a Camelbak was the top of a large smelly desert animal.
Growing up, I never had the inclination to discover anything beyond my fence line. The extent of my exposure to the great outdoors was the odd grade 0 bush walk with my family and to be honest, I didn't like it all that much. So how did I find myself here then, my life consumed by rock climbing, mountains and exploring distant lands?
I have always loved the challenge of camping and riding my bike alone. While it can be difficult at times, I find that it usually opens up opportunities that might not have appeared if I was riding with a friend or in a group. I get asked so often about what it’s like to bike tour alone that I decided to examine the pros and cons in this handy list!
People who truly respect and appreciate our local bush would never intentionally enter these areas to damage it, however sometimes it’s harder than it seems to leave without a trace. When you are bushwalking, it’s important you consider the impact of the environment you are treading into. These top 7 tips will assist your next day walk.
The great outdoors, the fresh air, the mucky shoes, that log fire smell that remains weaved into the fibres of your jacket for days after your trip, the food that you’d never consider cooking at home, tastes like it deserves all the michelin stars.
It’s easy to fall in love with camping... but can we make it easier?
In honour of International Women's Month this March, we have teamed up with Mountainfilm on Tour - Australia & New Zealand to put on a screening that focuses on women in Adventure. Join us at Randwick Ritz on Tuesday 16 May 2017 at 7pm for a series of all new inspiring short films featuring women's adventure stories.
Meet Lindsey Cole. In 2016 Lindsey embarked on an 1600km adventure walking through the Western Australia outback, retracing the steps of three young Aboriginal girls took in 1931 along WA's rabbit-proof fence. We caught up with Lindsey to hear her story, who is now embarking on her second adventure of circumnavigating Australia with Truck Drivers!
As part of our aim to inspire, empower and enable women to get outside and learn new outdoor skills, we organise adventure workshops across Australia. We're constantly looking for new ways to improve our service and offerings, and kindly ask for your feedback to ensure that we're giving you what you want. It only takes a few seconds and your email address will be put into a draw to win a free pass to a workshop near you!
We love Journeying Outdoors In Nature in all forms but one that holds a special place in our hearts is White Water.
There’s something about the magic, that accompanies natures original roller coaster, that draws us in. The adrenalin that pumps through our bodies, as we hear the roar of a rapid approaching from around the next bend. The grin that spreads across our faces upon successful completion, or if mishap avails, as we float down amongst our belongings, laughing.