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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,...

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...

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...

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...

January 9, 2018

It surprised me just how perfectly my homemade chairpack slotted into an Exodus Travels kit bag. With a few clothes and emergency waterproofs tucked round the sides it managed to survive the journey to India, without so much as a screw coming loose. Amazing really as i...

November 11, 2017

There are only 4 days until we leave for India and there is still SO much to do!

As my friends have probably noticed, I am extremely stressed as there are so many last minute changes and things that could potentially go wrong on this big adventure.

I think it's probably...

November 6, 2017

It's hard to train for walking in the Himalayas when you live in London. Once you've done the big hill in Richmond Park twice you're kind of done with it.

I decided that the best way to train for this challenge whilst being able to fit it into my busy life, would probab...

November 3, 2017

In My Journey to Lhasa, Alexandra David-Néel only mentions "cotton undergarments" as an indication of what she wore under her long cotton shirt. To keep my clothes as authentic as I can, I will be finding the early 1900s equivalent to anything like this that isn't full...

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