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June 29, 2020

"Black women ain't never goin' to fly..." 

“Black women ain’t never goin’ to fly”, Bessie Coleman’s brother told her in 1919, whilst mocking her about her job in a nail salon in Chicago. Her brother John had served in the army during World War I in France, and often spo...

June 12, 2020

"I have the nerve to walk my own way, however hard, in my search for reality, rather than climb upon the rattling wagon of wishful illusions."

Over the years I've done a huge amount of research on female explorers and explorers in general. Although things are changing,...

May 14, 2020

Woman with Altitude has been in the press lately! Here are a few links and great articles you can read all about this incredible journey. Please click on the article image to read the full piece: 

Conde Nast Traveler: 

The Telegraph:

The Mirror:

The Scotsman:

For a full lis...

June 20, 2019

What do you wear if your heading back to 1940s rural Scotland? Well let me tell you.

Compared to my last journey, following in the footsteps of Alexandra David-Neel and having to search for 1920s Himalayan clothing and equipment, this time round was, dare I say it, rela...

June 15, 2019

I'm very pleased to announce that my next expedition, following in the footsteps of Nan Shepherd in Scotland will be supporting Scottish Women's Aid.

Throughout this project, it's very important to me to support charities working with women in the places that we visit....

May 10, 2019

The Living Mountain is like no other book I've read before. It's a poetic homage to The Cairngorm mountain range in the eastern Highlands of Scotland. "Poetic homage" sounds very dramatic, but the book really is just that. 

Written in the late 1940s, during the las...

April 27, 2019

Since returning from following in Alexandra David-Neels' footsteps, to be honest I've been a bit lost and confused.

The expedition was a huge success, I learnt so much, met so many amazing people, raised lots of money for Freedom Kit Bags and achieved everything I has s...

March 22, 2018

It may surprise you to learn, that trekking without any modern day clothing or equipment isn't actually all completely horrendous. In fact, I would go as far to say that in some aspects, it's just as good, if not an improvement. Obviously, my 1900s equipment wasn'...

February 17, 2018

I was told I would never find a female trip leader in northern India. What I’ve learned during this whole process however, is never to accept what people tell you in situations like that. Perhaps it’s easier just to do the normal thing and not to challenge the way thin...

February 1, 2018

We were now in Lachen, the sun had set, the dahl had been eaten and it was nearly time for bed. We were at 2700m so it was cold, especially at night, and I just couldn't bring myself to take off my RAB jacket even though I knew that after tonight, it would be bye bye R...

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