Katy Dartford

Katy Dartford

Monday, 04 July 2022 08:08

L’eau de vie in Crans Montana

There may be an odd summer storm, but that doesn't stop the colourful cocktails flowing and toes being dug into the white sandy beach as people relax to the tropical island Reggae.

It’s said to be the race made for Kilian Jornet, while others use it to train for the famous Grand Raid de la Réunion due to its similar profile.

Never ask a mountain guide if the future of alpinism belongs to runners. It will go down like a lead balloon.

“If there is an area particularly characterised by male dominance it’s Alpinism. Glorifying courage, strength and endurance it embodies the exact opposite of what 19-century women were expected to be…”

Now that we can travel in either direction between the UK countries such as France, Italy and Spain without having to self-isolate afterwards, we can finally enjoy some of the outdoor activities we’ve been craving after weeks of isolation and confinement.

Imagine tucking yourself into bed after a hard day in the office and the next thing you know, you’re surrounded by snowy mountains.

Tuesday, 14 January 2020 11:21

Oman by UTMB - from oil to adventure

When I arrived in the port city of Muscat, Oman's capital that’s wedged between arid Hajar mountains and the Gulf of Oman, I am greeted by Omanis cheering and whooping out the back of a car.

Forget sports gels and isotonic drinks…… a race fuelled by raclette, strudel and a litres worth of Swiss wine - its grapes grown right there in the terraced vineyards you’re running through - is just the thing to round of a season of trail running.

It’s been a summer of mostly (work), running, a little climbing and a few trail races. But lately, I’ve been wondering else what I could achieve if I put as much effort into other activities as I do these.

The 65 litre Eagle creek wheeled duffel, can take you from lake to mountain, across cobbled streets and uneven paths,

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