Hiking in Tuscany, Italy
We are sitting round the dinner table at Lavacchio when my mother jumps up to check the eggs. She’s not aiming to make an omelette; she’s just interested to see if the first chicks of the season are starting to break their way out of the eggs.
Chamonix is quickly becoming the trail running Mecca of Europe. While known for decades as the climbing capital of the world, Chamonix's vast network of trails suitable for running remained relatively undiscovered. Recently, though, widespread media coverage of events such as the Ultra Trail du Mont Blanc and the CCC (Courmayeur - Champex - Chamonix) have brought trail running into the limelight and exposed Chamonix to a new legion of outdoor athletes keen to explore the natural wonders of the Mont Blanc massif.
As part of International Women's Day earlier this week Julia was interviewed along with another female IML, Becky Cole, about their experiences as working as an International Mountain Leaders. If you are interested becoming an IML or would like to know more about what our guides do then read the piece that was written for the BMC website called International Women's Work by Nicola Jasieniecka.
From +30 to -7 was certainly a shock to the system. Back to the Alps following a superb action packed 3 week trip to South East Asia with time in Thailand, Laos and Cambodia. I'm still savouring what can only be described as 'a land of smiles'.
It's fare to say that I am never happier than when i'm exploring new territory under my own steam – be it on foot, skis or snowshoes the world offers the wonder lust mind endless opportunities and itineraries for every mode of travel. Working seasons in Europe gives us November our main holiday month making Asia the perfect destination for some exploring. And how...this time by bike!
Julia from Tracks and Trails featured in a BMC online article today researching jobs in the outdoors. Sarah Stirling interviewed myself as a mountain leader, a product designer, a film maker and an event organiser and asks: is your job as good as it looks, and how do you go about getting a job like yours? Read on for an insight to behind the scenes! It's interesting piece on what it's like to combine a love of the outdoors with earning a living in the outdoor industry.
Read the full article here: Jobs in the outdoors: living the dream
Think spaghetti Western, think Clint Eastwood, think amazing desert landscape, then saddle up and head off for the distant horizon! But I am not talking about a cowboy's best friend as a means of transport, instead imagine a sleek shiny Mountain Bike, full suspension cross country steed, and you are nearer the mark.
The phones have been ringing off the hook! Not sure we have 'hooks' in 2013, but you know what I mean. Travel writer with 'The Sunday Times', Jez Lazell decided that our epic cross country ski journey across the Jura mountains in France was just the ticket for a feature for last weekend. I can see it now, a log fire, a cup of something warm, the dogs lying across the hearth, and feet up with the Travel Section dreaming about winter mountains and sparkling snow crystals.
Walking and running are amongst the most popular of physical activities, but which is best? Nope, no easy answers to this vexing question - it all depends on what your objectives are!
The great snow conditions continue here in the Alps giving us a fabulous start to the New Year. The view from the office window this morning offers another blue sky day with the sun sparkling on the mountain tops. Ski conditions on the downhill pistes in Chamonix are excellent and the town is buzzing ! Off piste a lot of the terrain is ‘skied out’ but offering good descents in what are ‘stable’ snow pack conditions. For the French avalanche bulletin check here and if you are in Switzerland this provides a good service and an App called White Risk, which I would recommend. One of the best snow forecasts is from snow-forecast.com
Many of us that struggle to find enough time to dedicate to training wonder how best to develop our VO2 max, given busy lives and tight schedules ('VO2 max' is shorthand for maximal oxygen uptake, a standard measure of aerobic fitness). In actual fact about 50% of our VO2 maximum is innate i.e. it's based on our own genetics… so you're to some extent blessed with being born relatively fit, or rather less so. That however does mean that the remaining 50% is in essence entirely up to you!