Outdoors

Bristol to London Paddle (How did it go?)

Apologies for the radio silence, but I thought it was about time I got on and told you the story of how the Paddling went- if you didn’t know it was happening, click here for the Pre-paddle post. On the Friday night, after work, we hopped on a train to Bristol and hauled our heavy…

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Bristol to London Paddleboard

We start a whole new adventure tommorow! Bristol to London is 260km and is going to take us 9 days to complete. It’s the first time I’ve done an expedition with Adam and his first expedition ever. It’s exciting and scary and daunting, especially when I just looked at the map! We are doing it…

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ACL/MCL Injury: Snowboarding into a Tree

So if you follow my instagram feed you will know that I got injured. View this post on Instagram A post shared by Helen Read (@trektradewinds) On New Years Eve I went for a night ride in Annapuri (an area of Niseko United that is floodlit and open for skiing until 8pm). I was snowboarding…

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A First-Timer’s Guide to Niseko

If you have never been to Niseko, it can be a bit confusing trying to figure out how the resort works and where you might want to be for your stay, so here is a little guide to help you decide. Nearest Airport: New Chitose Airport, Sapporo (CTS) New Chitose is an international airport but…

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First Trip to Oludeniz

Oludeniz is a massive clash between two very different worlds. Despite being only a very small town, the population is almost entirely 2 types: Brits abroad looking for the all inclusive beach package, and those who get bored really easily and are trying to get as many runs as possible throwing themselves off the top…

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Durmitor National Park

This UNESCO national park  in the north west of Montenegro is little heard of in the UK, but if you’re looking for somewhere new to go then this is a fabulous place that is definitely worth exploring. Zabljak is the nearest town and has everything you could need, a few restaurants, hostels, hotels and a…

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The Fear

I have never felt fear like it. Not nervousness about going to a party or running away from a spider. Gut-wrenching, wretch-inducing, sweaty everywhere, can’t listen to anyone else’s inane chatter, curling up in a ball and hiding to putt off the inevitable. In Turkey I learnt to do Full Stalls and Spins on my…

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Andorra (and Spain)

When Adam came to visit we had already decided we were going to go to Andorra because I’d found the Tourist Information App that showed loads of different outdoor activity spots. It was however a longer drive to Toulouse Airport than I had envisaged so we wanted to do more than we had time for-…

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Giving up something you love

In the second week of my Kitesurf trip to Morrocco I had a bad day. This is what I wrote at the time; I think I’m about to give up kitesurfing and I dont know if its for the right reasons. I first picked up a kite at uni 8 years ago, but the instructors…

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Kitesurfing in Morocco

I have joined Blast Kiteboarding for their annual 2 week trip to Essaouira in Morocco to try and remind myself how to kite and get my confidence back before I set out on my roadtrip. As guests of Explora, we had access to beach-side storage which made logistics much easier and also they were on…

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Learning to Fly

Not going to lie, the weather forecast wasn’t looking great as I prepared for my trip to Algodonales. So why am I going to this tiny town in Spain? To learn to Paraglide! Since visiting Gerlitzen a couple of years ago, I have wanted to travel Europe and learn to fly for myself, but having…

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Loch Sween

My sabbatical has finally started and first on the agenda was a trip up to the West Coast of Scotland for my friend’s 30th Birthday. A two day drive up from Bristol and the loch side on the road side was looking pretty grey and gloomy but the further west we went away from Glasgow,…

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Cairngorm 4000s

  The Cairngorms are the mountain range south of Inverness in Scotland. I was in Scotland for 2 weeks doing various things, including Paddleboarding the Great Glen, but I’m going to restrain this post to my hiking adventures. I’d never stayed in a Bothy, so I decided I would go and find one. I had…

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First Trip Down Swildon’s Hole

Over the course of the past year, I have slowly been persuaded into caving. It started with a small trip down Goatchurch cavern in the Mendips a few times and it actually got easier each time. I wasn’t convinced that I wasn’t claustrophobic, but having stuck myself down the smarty tube a couple of times…

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CarTen100

In May I completed a 100 mile cycle from Cardiff to Tenby. Gorgeous day, we knew we’d be slow so set off an hour early. Such lovely camaraderie from all the others doing it. Considering I’d done no training, I was still feeling suprisingly OK by Swansea and was looking forward to the finish when the…

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Gerlitzen

Still catching up from an awesome summer, this is just a little post on Gerlitzen, Austria, where I spent a week at the end of July. This area is really well used by Paragliders as there is a ski lift and a season ticket isn’t too expensive. But the main appeal is the altitude that…

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Serre Chevalier

Just got back from a week snowboarding in Serre Chevalier Valee. This is a little known resort made up of 4 main villages. All the staff know english and some of the bar staff were english, but we very rarely heard anyone on the slopes. Which was fantastic, because getting around and ordering food etc…

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