"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.
“When I’m in the outdoors I feel as though I’m exactly where I should be. In the outdoors I feel stronger, more capable and more focused. I no longer care about what I’ve achieved in life because I’ve just achieved something amazing. Right here. Right now. Right in this very moment.”
A swag of women designers across the world are now creating cool urban cycling fashion and accessories for women. To the naked eye, they look like everyday fashion accessories, but under lights and on a cyclist, they are glamorous, life-saving adornments. Pieces are subtle enough to integrate into the daily wardrobe, going seamlessly from the staff meeting to happy hour.
Albert Einstein once said “Nothing compares to the simple pleasure of riding a bicycle.” and we couldn’t agree more. In an instant, cycling can transport you back to your childhood.
For some reason, many of us have terrible trouble in pursuing something that satisfies our individual interests outside our social roles as mothers, partners, daughters, wives (etc) without having some guilt about doing it
For many people, the thought of bike touring, even just an overnighter, seems both exciting, but super daunting. Richelle Olsen has cycled her way on many a journey including the bike touring in the Italian Alps and from Canada to Mexico. Richelle shares her top tips!
Brassieres! Over the shoulder boulder holders, double-barrelled slingshots. We have heard them all! It doesn't matter what it is called, all we know is that sometimes these things are painful - especially when you are hiking with a full backpack.
Ever since I can remember I’ve wanted to travel. It’s like it’s in my blood. When I was a kid I’d spend hours contemplating world globes and Atlases, I had created my own world-wide bucket list before I even knew what a bucket list was. Little did I know how long it’d take before I actually started travelling,
Every element of that adventure to Federation Peak should have been miserable and yet, when I reflect on it, all I can find is joy. I am so proud that we overcame the temptation of comfort to embrace the conditions, that we found delight in the discomforts, and that we didn’t turn around in the face of fear or vulnerability.
It only takes a tiny drop of imagination to turn the mundane into an adventure. Adventurer Kirrily Dear shares her latest adventure, hoping to spark you treading down the trail to your own adventurous life.
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.