This past weekend, I spent my time camping in Cheddar with the Outdoor Bloggers group. While it was only a short drive from home (and not an area in which I would usually look to go camping), it was also my first time meeting anyone from the group.
Two years ago, I probably wouldn’t have done this, through fear and anxiety. But I’m pleased to say that I have been. I’m going to share some of the highlights with you now and I look forward to meeting up with them all again in 2020, if not sooner.
Continue reading “Meeting the Outdoor Bloggers”
Earlier this week, I read what I thought was an incredible post from Katrina Megget, who wrote very open and honestly about her own struggles with self-doubt. Of course, personal realities like this are not often showcased across social media, in favour of the near-perfect images and quotes that will often attract the interactions from an audience.
Feeling inspired from reading Katrina’s own experiences, I’d like to write of my own.
Continue reading “I Live With Self-Doubt”
We all make mistakes. It’s part of being human and part of a greater learning experience. Inspired by a post from Becky the Traveller on 6 Stupid Hiking Mistakes she has made this year, I’ve decided to create my own list of personal errors.
Continue reading “My Hiking Mistakes: 2018”
It hopefully goes without saying that I’ve not been very active on this blog over the past month and maybe a bit more. I’d like to write about why that is and what’s going on.
Continue reading “About This Blog”
Over on YouTube, I was recently tagged by a couple of other channels (Paul Outdoors and Gillian Smith) in a ‘Five Items’ challenge.
I believe this particular tag-challenge began in the bushcraft/wilderness survival scene. As I don’t frequent that area of the outdoors and I’m not currently a wild camper, I’ve decided to respond with five items that I carry in my backpack on every hike.
Continue reading “Response to the ‘Five Items’ Tag”
It’s Sunday afternoon, as I sit down to write this. A dismal day outside and this is my first visit to my computer since Thursday evening!
I felt physically tired and ‘mentally unwell’ as the weekend arrived. I knew something was up. I’m impressed with myself, for being able to avoid the PC for two whole days (and half of the third). Whether or not that was the issue, I’ve found the time away to have been beneficial.
Continue reading “Being Offline”
I hope that some of you will have followed me over from Olly Writes which, through several names changes, has been my primary blog site since August 2009.
Here, at Olly Outdoors, I have a dedicated space to write solely about walking, camping and my outdoor adventures. With foundations in woodworking, I was finding my original blog to be extremely ‘diverse’ at times and I can appreciate that many long-term followers are not necessarily interested in the hiking content.
At the time of creating my first post, it has to be said that a lot of work is still to be done on this site, regardless of the many hours of writing that will surely follow. Please bear with me as I attempt to create the appearance I’m looking for. Down the line, I will upgrade from my free package to remove those irrelevant adverts (in the mean time, please try equipping your browser with free ad-blocking software).
One long-term goal is to create a database of my favourite walking routes. These will mostly fit within the North Somerset/Mendip Hills region, close to where I live and have grown up. Distances will range from, say, six-miles up to sixteen and beyond! I’m yet to decide on how to share these routes but I would like to also be able to share .GPX files in time. All thoughts and feedback would be appreciated.
I’ll continue to post detailed write-ups of each walk on the main page, while the ‘Routes’ section will allow instant access to the details for all visitors.
I think that’s all I have to say right now.
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