Age is just a Concept

I learned to ride a horse when I was 50 – now I probably ride more each year than 99 percent of people out there I think.

I have lots and lots of stories or riding, camping, being in that still and serene moment when all there is is you, your horse and the stars. I don’t care how old I am. I don’t care what I “should” be doing. I don’t care if it hurts or if the pain will mean I will be able to do less strenuous things for a shorter time period. I don’t care. I live now. I will always live now – whatever that brings. Life is adventure… else why live?

Submitted by Julie Veloo – you can visit her website or follow her on Twitter and Facebook.

Give yourself a challenge

I am not the competitive kind of girl, but sometimes a specific challenge our goal is a good motivation to get yourself out and do the exercise even when weather is no too tempting.

2 years ago my youngest daughter and I signed of for an event called Coast2Coast. The concept is to cross from the western shore of North Jutland at sunset, and reach the eastern shore before sunrise, on the shortest night of the year.

That will be 60 km between 22.40 in the night and 4.23 in the morning. Your means of transport can be running, bicycle, mountain biking or as in our case, rollerskis! Rolling through the evening and night, and seeing the morning light was a great experience, we never would have done this without signing up for the event. We completed, and in time, exhausted but so proud of ourselves 🙂

Submitted by Mette Arleth – follow her on Instagram

Tough Soles

My boyfriend, Carl, and I love to travel and be outdoors, but we always went away to go exploring. We never saw Ireland as our next big “thing”. It was home, and adventure was somewhere else. And yet there was a curious thing happening.

The further we went, and the more people we met, the more we heard how amazing Ireland was. So in April of this year (2017) we quit our jobs, handed back our apartment keys, and started walking. This is how “Tough Soles” was born – wanting to explore and find out more about our home.

The idea was fairly straightforward: walk every National Waymarked Trail in Ireland. There are 42 trails totalling to around 4,000km. We both love the outdoors but are no experts in anything. It’s been 6 months of more highs and lows than I thought a person could have. So far we’ve made it halfway. At the moment I have a foot injury, so we’re staying still for a while to let that heal. The current game plan is to finish walking by next summer.

Submitted by Ellie Berry, Tough Soles – you can visit her website or follow her on Twitter, Instagram or Facebook.

Walking the HRP

Walking the high route Pyrenees in 40 days with my partner this summer:

Submitted by an anonymous but wonderful woman in adventure.

20 seconds of insane bravery!

I work in the outdoors helping people develop their leadership through practical experience. It’s an awesome job, and I work with awesome people (we have a pool of staff of 38 professionals from all walks of life). One of them owns a trekking company (which I’m now a partner in).

After a particularly difficult program in Margaret River, he asked me if I’d like to join his Everest Base Camp trip – the problem was it was only four weeks from there. I thought about it for a nano-second – it was never really on my bucket list (and being over 50, didn’t think I would ever do it). And I said yes.

I trained like a mad woman – at the gym four times a week, leg pressing up to 170kg to gain the leg strength I needed to make it. And suddenly it was time to go – pack the bags, head for Nepal. The trek was everything I thought it would be – and more. And it was even more wonderful that I can ever have imagined. Trekking through blizzards in -15 degrees to get to the base camp at over 5000m…. exhausting and totally life-affirming. I would have missed this experience had I been too scared. It took 20 seconds of insane bravery to say yes…. the courage to commit to it and complete it came later. I help women to find the courage to say yes more often. Life is too short for no’s.

Submitted by Sheryll – visit her website, find her on Twitter and Facebook or email her.

Recovery from injury

Eighteen months ago I was knocked off my bike and fractured my hip socket, pelvis and elbow. I spent eight weeks in a wheelchair and had four months of rehab.

I think my lifetime of doing outdoor activity helped my recovery, I was determined to get back on my feet, start swimming, am now back Park Running, have joined a running club and about to start x country this season. I am taking part in my first trail race next weekend. I think the fitness and determination built up over many years alongside with support from my friends who are all outdoors people helped in my recovery and my mental strength in doing so.

Submitted by an anonymous but wonderful woman in adventure.

Staying active during pregnancy: Beth Rodden Climbing Pregnant study

Pregnancy and childbirth is a natural process, and many active women want to stay active as mums-to-be and new mothers.

How long to carry on climbing or running, how to adapt, and how to get active again after childbirth are personal choices, but when professional climber Beth Rodden became pregnant she felt there wasn’t enough information to support her to make those choices.

So Beth worked with two doctors to create a medical survey on climbing pregnant and post partum experiences to create the information she wished she had (the study also includes comparison notes from female runners).

I love Beth’s approach to enabling and supporting other women, you can read more about her experiences and the Climbing Pregnant study in her blog…

Climbing Pregnant: Medical Study Results

Fernanda Maciel runs up and down the highest peak in America in under 24 hours!

Yesterday I came across this awesome article on Redbull written by Ben Johnson about Fernanda Maciel the first woman to run up and down the highest peak in America in under 24 hours.

At 6,691m high, Aconcagua is incredibly steep covered in snow and ice, as well as that, at that hight Fernanda was also having to battle far thinner air and altitude sickness – no easy task! What makes this story amazing for me is Maciel’s determination and perseverance – her first two attempts failed (read more about that here) but she kept going and set record on what was her third attempt.

For the full story and more pictures click here!

Strong is the New Pretty, Kate T Parker Photography

Kate T Parker has produced a powerful set of photos of her daughters, titled ‘Strong is the New Pretty.’

“I wanted this series of images to show their boldness, their strength, and the beauty in them, as they are…”

Strong is the new pretty, the book, will be published by Workman Publishing spring 2017. Meanwhile you can see more photos from the series at Kate’s blog, and follow her on Twitter @ktparkerphoto.