"Don't forget to play"
Sometimes when we grow up, we forget the importance of play in our life. Here you will find stories and articles to equip you to get out there and discover the great outdoors and all it has to offer.
We can’t tell you how much it makes our hearts swell with pride to read about, tell the stories of and support the daughters out there blazing trails for the next generation.
There is nothing too elegant about true exertion. We know this yet many of us have terrible trouble with our expectations around our race photos…Of all of the things that have the potential to ‘undo’ us, it’s the sight of ourselves.
With a little shake of his head, he proceeded to challenge everything I thought I knew about ‘skiing’. He offered up a place where you could have a powder run every run, a place with no crowds, no lift lines, no hole in the back pocket, a place called the backcountry.
Our addiction to our devices, to social media, to the every shudder, vibration and ping of our phones is real and it’s an epidemic. Yet our world, as challenging as it is beautiful, has more colour than pixels could ever show, more connection than any social media and offers more adrenaline than any video game. So lets learn to log off and live!
“Vulnerability is our most accurate measure of courage. Tell me how vulnerable someone is willing to be, and I’ll tell you how brave they’re willing to be.” Brene Brown
Sitting in the snow and over the coming days these are the lessons I have learnt from my 'failure' on Elbrus.
The 80's were a particularly wild and fun time for me, and Boy George was, and still is, one of my all-time idols, so I’m not even going to pretend for one second, I’ve never worn a dress before. What I’ve never done, however, is wear one hiking.
Adventure reminds us that we are fierce, independent and self-sufficient. Adventure also takes us back to nature, and as women, our connection with nature is undeniable - we need it to ground ourselves, re-connect and re-set.
One minute I was out running trails lost in my familiar backyard with the edges of my comfort zone safely surrounding me, the next, at the door labeled adventure racing, it swung wide open in front of me, exciting and beckoning.
People often ask me if I ever get frightened photographing wild animals. The answer is “no”. I have stood next to black bears while they fished for salmon. I have remained absolutely still while wild horses galloped straight towards me. No, being out in the wild doesn’t scare me. What really terrifies me is surgery.
Go ahead be adventurous. Be awesome. Be determined. Be strong. Be daring. Be committed. Be what you want to be. But define your own summits. Even if they’re more like other people’s base camps.
Do you understand it now ? You empower others when you empower yourself. It requires you to build a bank of trust every day, not with other people, but with yourself. Each and every day… remember this!
When we build a strong team around us, we not only inspire and motivate but we also role model behaviours that show others an alternative path to exercising solo, one where the success and celebration are magnified due to having shared the journey.
As one who’s completed numerous Oxfam 100 km Trailwalkers in the past, I can vouch that the reality is so much richer than the marketing promises. When you dig deeper you find that there’s lots more to this than just walking 100kms and raising some money.
“Boogie boarding!?” I hear you say, “I can do that! Don’t you just grab an esky lid and catch some wash into shore?”
Four times World Champ Body Boarding Champ Lilly Pollard tells us there is so much more to the sport than that.
When this city girl met her action-adventure husband there was always going to be a clash of ideas as to what constitutes a great way to spend a weekend. So when my seven-time-Antarctic-expeditioner UN-post-disaster-first-responder husband suggested a six-hour rogaine using just a map and compass to navigate our way around a state park three-hours drive from Melbourne I wasn’t immediately on board.
In following our hearts and souls out to the trails, to the mountains, to the ocean, or to the extremities of our capabilities, we are paving a new road of movement. We represent what happens when we tune into our authentic selves and say ‘yes’ to the adventures we are yearning for and when we show up in these spaces and be visible, we are proving what we already know, we can achieve anything.
A weekender is sometimes all we need to find ourselves again – but what if you never wanted to come home? This is what happened to Lisa Murphy and her husband. Here are some of her tips on how to live the nomad life...
We are lead to believe that overtraining is a ‘syndrome’ reserved for elite athletes or individuals who love excessive amounts of physical activity so here I wish to highlight an important paradox about overtraining.
"Surfing tends to take itself pretty seriously, and women’s surfing carries the extra burden of not only having to be serious, but also be sexy. 'Pear Shaped' is a tip of the cap to the people who shrug off the unique challenges of surfing and choose to go anyway."
Learn how to spark a little productive risk-taking and raise gutsy girls - girls who skateboard, climb trees, clamber around, fall down, scrape their knees, get right back up — and grow up to be brave women with this Ted Talk from Caroline Paul.
One thing I hear a lot of amongst would be adventuresses, is that they can’t afford to buy the ‘right gear’ to start training for their adventure, or they think they have to have all the gear and equipment before they even start. This is not the case! You certainly don’t need a full kit of technical gear to get started.
When it comes to getting outside, let’s face it, it can sometimes be difficult to motivate the kids. Across the globe however, the once relatively obscure hobby of Geocaching is breaking down some of the barriers associated with getting our little millennials, and their families, exploring new places together in the great outdoors.
When we challenge ourselves outside our skills and possibly our personality and beliefs, we can become uncomfortable. Escaping that comfort zone though is all about understanding that the benefits can be high, failure is mostly limited and that it is purely fear that holds us back. By changing the way you think, getting uncomfortable can have a number of benefits for you.
Sometimes it’s not the actual challenge of the adventure that stops us from undertaking it, but rather getting to the start of the adventure. You talk yourself out of it before you’ve even seriously considered the idea. In most cases it’s hard to know where to start, and when thought of in its entirety, can be really overwhelming.
Exploring the outdoors with my kids is a fairly new phenomena, it's not really a surprise that they are only just warming to the idea. In theory they are keen, in practice there is an awful lot of complaining, so much in fact that at one stage I contemplated ducking off the track and disappearing into the wilderness never to be seen again.