One Night In A Bivvy Bag

Over the years, I’ve camped quite a lot. Often in north Devon, and always in a tent. But this week, I came across the phrase ‘bivvy bag’ for the first time, and now the rules of camping have changed. A bivvy (short for bivouac, and sometimes spelt ‘bivi’) bag is a waterproof cover for a sleeping bag, and using one …

Blues and Boogie Jam Night

About a year ago, a guy I know took over running a local Arts Centre. They have all sorts of interesting things going on and I spend quite a lot of time there (nothing at all to do with the amazing coconut and lime cake they sell). Today, they had their first ‘Big Piano Blues & Boogie Jam Session’, which …

Paddle Out Loud

Most of us want to make a difference somehow. Recently, I read the book Doing Good Better, which really made me think, and re-assess some of the things that I do, and the way I do them. There are so many good causes out there that it can be overwhelming, and our attention is easily taken by the big charities. …

Nine Hours On Scafell Pike

In my head, mountains are things that are thousands of metres high, and usually covered in snow. When someone suggested hiking up Scafell Pike in the Lake District, my first thought was “that sounds fun” (my first thought about most things), and on finding out Scafell is ‘only’ 978m, my second thought was “shame it’s not a bit higher”. This …