Lessons in being patient

“I really shouldn’t be doing this!” I thought, while hanging upside down in a tunnel and trying to push my foot into the next black foothold for balance, as a searing pain shot up my right side, again.

Sometimes, injuries happen by accident or as an unfortunate consequence of doing something inherently correct and safe, but more often than not they are exacerbated by impatience.

Impatience that stops us from warming up before jumping on a difficult or technical climb; impatience that drives us to the pub half an hour early after a day of climbing outdoors, instead of stretching; impatience that brought me to the climbing gym on a Tuesday night after a weekend of climbing, when I already knew I had an injury.

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My excuses for neglecting this blog

I am ashamed to say that time and time again over the past few weeks (months…?) I have chosen to neglect this blog, despite my best intentions to dedicate some time to it. I confess, I have been choosing the great, or even slightly mediocre, outdoors over sitting at home and writing…every single time.

This being a blog about adventure, I suppose it stands to reason that adventure would come top of my priority list, but it is, of course, totally inexcusable to ignore this project, and I will make every effort to change (famous last words…?).

Anyway, this is not going to be one of those “10 things to do outdoors” kinds of entries.

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Seven ways to have cheaper fun in London

The summer in approaching and us city dwellers are beginning to crawl out of our layers, where we have been hiding all winter, and look for entertaining ways to spend the longer evenings. But sadly, London salaries often do not match the price tags on trendy entertainment venues.

But there is no need to despair and stay at home! London has much more cheap, or even free entertainment to offer than you might suspect. So invite some friends, or that special someone, and head out to enjoy the summer without worrying about your wallet.

Here are just a few options I out together to help out with some ideas. Please share your ideas with me by commenting on this article, I’d love to know what else is going on in this city!

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How to make the most of Wales in any weather conditions

When i was first learning English, one of the iconic phrases I had to learn was: “English weather is no toy”. Well, if that is the case, Welsh weather is more of a torture implement.

The weather in North Wales can be extremely bipolar: sunshine can be replaced by snowy blizzards, only to turn back to blue skies in a matter of an hour. But as I have found out having spent a rainy Saturday in Snowdonia, that is no reason to give up on the great outdoors.

Waking up on the Saturday morning, I faced a wall of rain that didn’t look like it was planning to let up any time this century, but what’s a bit of water coming from the sky when you have waterproofs and friends to hand?

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Five ways to find adventures in London

Adventure is not always hiding somewhere in the middle of a desert or floating out in the deep salty waters of the Atlantic, it can just as easily be found in an loft conversion in Chalk Farm or in a forest in the middle of zone 6.

That is why I decided this blog does not need to be just about the far away travels, which, let’s face it, I can only afford once in a while, and don’t have enough time off work for anyway! But that does not mean I don’t look for small adventures to tide me over, and I find them nearly every day, sometimes in rather unexpected places.

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