Katy Dartford

Katy Dartford

When I first considered embarking on an 'expert' off-piste skiing course at the UCPA (Union nationale des centres sportifs de plein air) . National union of outdoor sports centres) hostel in Flaine, nestled in the French Alps, I was dubious.

After the usual aches and pains of ski touring - the swollen feet, the rubbing boots, and the heavy legs - you can’t beat submerging yourself in thermal waters for some speedy recuperation.

Monday, 03 October 2022 10:31

The inaugural Wildstrubel by UTMB

When I first heard of the new race series, “Wildstruble’ Crans Montana, I couldnt help but think of the layered pastry with a sweet apple sauce filling.

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.

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