In the last days of his life, Freddie Mercury journeyed to the tranquillity of Switzerland to enjoy its beauty and peace. Yet paradoxically it was during this time that he … Read more
The best and most accessible climbing is found in and around the Krabi region, on the south west coast of Thailand. The two most popular (and arguable best) spots are on Phi Phi island and Railay Beach. Other prime destinations for climbers are Koh Yao Noi and Koh Lao Liang, although these are certainly not the best places to learn to climb.
I’ve recently started training for a triathlon later in the summer, but living in London have struggled to find decent cycle routes to train on. Cue the RideIt! series, a selection of organised mountain bike and sportive bike rides that take place twice a month around the UK. Arranged by Evans Cycles, the series offers a variety of distances to cater for all cyclists.
When I was asked to go ice climbing in Covent Garden, I wasn’t entirely convinced by the sincerity of the offer. But believe it or not there is indeed a … Read more
I was recently introduced to one of the most dangerous / awesome snow sports around. The notion of skiing down a mountain with a parachute on is nothing new. James … Read more
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Situated under the railway lines at London Bridge station, the Arch hosts London’s premier bouldering experience. It offers four rooms of unadulterated free climbing, with overhangs, traverse walls and routes for every standard of climber. Most distinctively, the Arch has an upward sloping tunnel with some routes requiring the climber to be upside down for the duration. This is a great place to try out the sport, given that no equipment is necessary. However, due its prime location and ease of use, The Arch can get extremely busy in the evenings. We would recommend the early morning “hangover cure climb” (often accompanied by a cup of tea/coffee), with doors opening at 6.30am on weekday mornings.
Location: 6 Bermondsey Street, SE1 2ER
We caught up with Great British 1500m runner and Olympic hopeful James Brewer. Here are his thoughts on the Olympics, being chased by dogs and the ultimate lap of honour.
The Helix is one of a range of suits from Blueseventy, designed for swimmers with “natural buoyancy”. It is a highly flexible suit, giving a more natural feel to swimming than the other stiffer suits.
The Great Swim Series has only been running since 2008, and is billed as “the UK’s biggest mass participation open water swimming series”. While the original event was held in Lake Windermere, in 2011 there are five events taking place in Salford, Suffolk, Windermere, London and Strathclyde.
Little Marlow Lakes and the Westhorpe Watersports club lie in the heart of Buckinghamshire, providing a stunning setting for summer open water swimming. At under an hours train ride from central London, the lakes grant an ideal escape from the city for both the casual swimmer and the training triathlete.
The Engadine Valley lies in the heart of the Swiss Alps, a couple of hours drive south-east of Zurich. At over 1,000m in altitude and 100km long, this stunning landscape provides a winter playground as good as any other.
The Norrona Narvik shell pant is a versatile piece of ski outerwear. It has a 3-layer Gore-Tex construction with reinforced inner leg panels to prevent sharp edges tearing the fabric. … Read more