Author: Jennifer Carew

The Holy Grail of Kit Selection

By David Love Choosing the right kit for any outdoor adventure can be a really daunting prospect.  We often find ourselves having to navigate through the latest sales hype of unnecessary technical features, mind-bendingly light materials and eye-wateringly high prices to boot!  For me, I try to boil it down to three simple factors, what I like to call the holy trinity of kit selection: quality, weight & price. As…

Our Adventure Around Scotland : Saving the Fisheries

During our Scottish tour we went to visit Peter Cunningham, a biologist from the Skye and Wester Ross Fisheries Trust who has spent years researching wild trout and wild salmon in that area of Scotland. Peter’s in depth knowledge about the wild fish population and the pressures they face highlight important conservation issues. We caught up with him to hear what he had to say about the future of vital…

Kevin Richardson: The Problem Facing Africa's Lions

Words: Kevin Richardson. Image: Jackie Hill- Murphy Apart from the rugged work of looking after these wonderful lions, my time is also spent growing the non-profit organization we launched in 2018 years to spread awareness about the challenges facing Africa’s lions. It comes as a shock to most people that lions are incredibly at risk with less than 20,000 left in the wild and numbers dropping year on year. Wild…

Writing A Book

By Daniel Nielson Before you write your first book it’s easy to imagine that the process is wonderfully romantic: locking yourself away in a tower (or beachside bolthole) writing reams of creative copy, allowing the words to spill from your keyboard like water from a tap. But then it happens. Reality starts to kick in. You realise that it is nothing like this. Worse still, it’s more akin to childbirth.…

Our Road Trip Around Scotland

By Conor Phelan Ask me about trekking the Machame route on Kilimanjaro, and I can give you the ins and outs of each campsite. Ask me about the best road to take from Ho Chi Minh to Dalat and I can give you a few of my favourites. However, ask me about the Cairngorms, Glencoe, or Gairloch, and I have shockingly little to say. It’s a strange phenomenon where people…

The Craghoppers Film Prize Winner 2019

Words by Camille Hollett- French No one gives a sh*t about your short film. That is what I started to believe. Comments like that are common in the film industry and they’re said in a myriad of ways. “You won’t make any money.” “It’s just a calling card.” Or from one man who owns a distribution company here in Vancouver when I tried to give him my film postcard “Yeah…

Travel Writer's Field Guide: How to write for the internet

By John Summerton The internet is a tool to wield. For some areas of travel writing, it hands-down beats print. For others, print will always win. Long-form journalism, in-depth reporting, travelogues and travel books, the inspirational, the picture-heavy, the complex, belong on dead wood. It is in the magazine and the newspaper where the skill of an editor is to position an article that you’d never reach for online but…

The Duke of Edinburgh Award expedition – what’s to be gained?

Words by Pauline Stirling The expedition section of the Duke of Edinburgh (DofE) programme, like the other sections (physical, skills, volunteering, and at Gold level, residential) is driven by guiding principles which enable the DofE Award to be achievable by any young person who chooses to take up its challenge, regardless of ability, gender, background or location. By following these guiding principles, DofE aims to give any young person the…

Winner of #chooseyouradventure

Words by Anne-Marie Wallace, Craghoppers Competition Winner Growing up in a small seaside town in Northern Ireland at the foot of the Mourne Mountains I was always going to be 'outdoorsy'. Every weekend was spent climbing up Slieve Donard or Slieve Commedagh mountains with my friends and, as we got older, sitting up all night near the Icehouse under Blackstairs waterfall. It was pretty magical and we knew that even…

Saving The Survivors – By Dr. Johan Marais

Ambassador Johan Marais has been a qualified veterinary surgeon for over two decades. He grew up in Etosha, Namibia and on the Highveld of South Africa before becoming a qualified veterinary surgeon in 1991. From then, Johan spent years in equine racing, before being a senior lecturer, then later head of the Equine Clinic in Pretoria. Johan has been the president for both the South African Equine Veterinary Association and…