Love the outdoors? There’s still time to book your ticket for November’s Kendal Mountain Festival. Set across four inspiring days in the Lake District, this year’s event sees outdoor enthusiasts come together with some of the industry’s leading brands, adventurers, climbers, runners and authors for talks, adventure film screenings and lots more.
At 13.1 kilometres long, 1803 metres high, and with an average gradient of 8.19% (max gradient 12%), Alpe d’Huez is one of France’s most iconic cycle climbs. Here, 54-year-old Lori Hoechlin recounts her experience of cycling up it an incredible EIGHT times in one day to achieve the feted ‘Everest’ – a continuous hill climb repeated until the height equivalent of Everest has been reached (a crazy 29,029 ft.)
The Fireflies Tour is a beast of a charity cycling event, taking its riders up and down momentous Cols and legendary Tour de France climbs during the nine-day journey from the Swiss Alps to Cannes in France. It covers a crazy 1,000km distance and a leg-busting 26,000 metres of vertical climbing. All in all, it’s pretty epic and takes a serious level of badassery, grit and fitness to complete.
Right now, the biggest women’s rugby event of the sporting calendar, the Rugby World Cup, is taking place in Ireland. And if you’ve found you’ve been inspired by watching England’s mighty Red Roses storm to victory over both Spain and Italy, but haven’t known where to start with rugby, you’re in luck – England Rugby’s Warrior Camp taster sessions are BACK.
Wishing England’s Red Roses lots of luck for their Women’s Rugby World Cup kick-off match today in Ireland. England, the current World Cup holders – see photo from their win in 2014! – start the defence of their Champions title with a game against Spain.
Let’s hope the media coverage is better than when they WON the International Women’s Rugby Series in New Zealand earlier this year – an achievement you may not have even heard about.
Got space in your diary over the weekend of 14-17th September? With organised climbs, scenic alpine trail runs and stunning hikes run by local guides and sponsored athletes, The North Face Mountain Festival sounds like a dream weekend to me (sorry, kids!)
If it’s been your lifelong dream to see up-close how a mountain expedition works, you won’t want to miss this: an opportunity to hike up to Camp 1, at 5700m on Ama Dablam, Nepal, with record-breaking British Mountaineer, Holly Budge.
Holly, who I interviewed back in April, is fresh from summiting Everest and has a second climb of Ama Dablam in her sights. She’s now organising a special group of 15 trekkers to hike with her up to 5700m, in tandem with her own expedition to scale Ama Dablam.
Best news of all? You don’t need any previous trekking experience.
I’m a copywriter and ex-journalist who fell in love with obstacle course racing last year, and I LOVE reading about badass women in sport, fitness and adventure. So I’m on a mission to find them, share their stories, and quiz them about their training, their motivation, and insider tips (totally hoping some badass magic will rub off on me along the way!). Plus I’ll bring you how-tos, must-have kit and tales of epic from some of the coolest and toughest events on the planet.