Updated: Jul 28
You are desperate to be back in the hills, we are too, but for the moment the best we can do is plan for future adventures whilst staying safely contained at home - and to help you do that we've compiled a list, with the help of some friends, of some excellent adventure and outdoor content to fill your watch/read/view list.
This is nothing official, not a paid ad - just content we've found inspiring from some pretty good folk in the outdoors.
Be transported and run across mountain ranges with Jenny Tough, go wild swimming with Calum Maclean, adapt to your indoor lifestyle with Fi Outdoors, travel to remote pockets of the world with Sidetracked Magazine - and delve into plenty more stories here.
First up Sidetracked Magazine - we are huge fans of the work this team do, each magazine has a carefully curated collection of thought provoking stories from around the world with beautiful photography. They are currently offering a 50% discount of all their back issues until the 31st March with the discount code ADVENTUREAWAITS.
Fiona Outdoors is a multi award winning blogger and journalist, with a blog that is consistently placed in the list of top 10 UK outdoor blogs. A wonderfully cheerful and downright lovely human being and tornado of an adventurer, she tears through the mountains, notebook and camera in hand documenting some of the most beautiful, unusual, and challenging events, expeditions, and adventures out there. Her Fit Over 50 selection of posts refreshingly tackles taboo busting topics, writing about the menopause and her bid to feel stronger in her 50s, with articles to help both men and women. Fi is filled with unstinting enthusiasm for whatever challenge is thrown her way and it's hard not to be carried along with her on whichever adventure she embarks on (obviously whilst remaining in the armchair at home for the moment).
Her latest article is tips on how to cope with being stuck indoors during the lockdown:
Broadcast presenter, wild swimmer, forager, adventurer, filmmaker, photographer (the list goes on...) and he makes face achingly funny videos. He's creating a series of videos (one every day) from his house during the lockdown, featuring everything from lessons in Gaelic (he's fluent), to wild swimming lessons in the bath, to tutorials on how to take underwater photos. I guarantee you will smile.
Subscribe to his channel and follow his social media links to catch up on live videos and new content.
The chances are if you're a fan of adventure films then at some point you will have seen some of their work. They are a group of adventurers and filmmakers, documenting adventures from the Peak District, to Wadi Rum.
Shifting Sands part of their Pertex Elemental series is a dose of pure escapism (the cinematography is stunning, makes me want to pack my bags and head out there) and for a Saturday cinema-style 'night out'? Try Mirror Wall - a 40 minute, free-to-view, film festival selected, adrenaline fuelled climb-fest.
I think Wide Boyz was constantly on repeat in our household when it first came out, and for good reason, it's a witty, beautifully shot film which hands down captures an incredible feat of climbing, but what makes me come back to it time again is the way Hot Aches captures and portrays the relationship between the two protagonists; Tom Randall and Pete Whittaker. If you've not seen it, even if you don't like climbing, or the outdoors, this story is brilliant and inspiring, and a little bit emotional. Watch It. It's a personal favourite, and guarantees to cheer us up.
Gushing about Wide Boyz aside, Hot Aches are famous for their climbing films, you can check out their free to view content here: https://www.youtube.com/user/HotAches/videos
Or sign up to their Patreon page and from 4$/month you can stream all their films.