Welcome, I'm Kate.
Award Winning Outdoor & Adventure Blogger, Mountain Lover, Sailor, Cyclist, Adventure Seeker,
Ordnance Survey #GetOutside Champion, Tea Fiend and Lover of Type II Fun.
I love an adventure and write about them on my blog as often as possible.
If you're looking for a walk, a kit suggestion or just want to say hi, send me a message!
If you love the mountains, why not follow my #MountainMonday blog series, or get involved
and write a guest post about your own adventures?
I'm currently starting my #30Years30Mountains Challenge, aiming to reach the summits of 30 mountains
throughout Europe before I hit 30 in December 2019.
"Never measure the height of a mountain until you have reached the top. Then you will see how low it was"
"It’s always further than it looks. It’s always taller than it looks. And it’s always harder than it looks"
"So, if you cannot understand that there is something in man which responds to the challenge of this mountain and goes out to meet it, that the struggle is the struggle of life itself upward and forever upward, then you won’t see why we go. What we get from adventure is just sheer joy. And joy is, after all, the end of life. We do not live to eat and make money. We eat and make money to be able to live. That is what life means and what life is for.”
“All men dream: but not equally. Those who dream by night in the dusty recesses of their minds wake up in the day to find it was vanity, but the dreamers of the day are dangerous men, for they may act their dreams with open eyes, to make it possible.”
Since moving to Hampshire a few years ago, I’ve spent a lot of time in the New Forest. Specifically Buckler’s Hard. It’s my favourite spot to start and finish a walk or a bike ride, is surrounded by beautiful forest and situated right on the Beaulieu River.
It’s also well known for being an old naval shipbuilding village.
As I’ve been there so often recently, and always mention that HMS Agamemnon was built there, and she was known to be Horatio Nelson’s favourite ship, it seemed the right time to finally write something up on her.
Knowing your limits is something a lot of us struggle with, but ignore. It's something that, if we're motivated, we try to push through, because we have the idea that we can do anything, right? I've completed X so I can do Y. I once managed Y so I'll have a go at Z.
There's a famous quote I love, which is frequently wrongly attributed to Sir Winston Churchill (there's not proof of him ever having said it), but I love it all the same...