When not creating content for the Blacks Blog and perpetually daydreaming about everything outdoors, Leonie enjoys heading down unbeaten paths and journeying to destinations less travelled.
She has traversed volcanoes in Northern Chile, explored local cuisine in remote Korean Buddhist temples, and rambled along some of Britain’s most classic trails. If the season’s right, Leonie can be found foraging in the local flora and fauna, and rustling up delicious meals from her latest find.
• Favourite British Location: Fairy Glen, Isle of Skye
Do you know your insole from your outsole? The importance of a good last construction, or the difference between B1, B2 or B3 rated mountain boot? If you’ve ever furrowed your brow whilst reading the product specifications of walking shoes and walking boots, then this guide to footwear... Read more01-10-20 • Leonie Saleem
Often Copied. Never Equalled. It takes a lot of confidence in your product to go out with a tagline like that - but the sheer time and dedication that Osprey has put into updating every detail of the hugely successful Talon and Tempest range is a testament to why these packs are considered by... Read more12-04-17 • Leonie Saleem
You either love them or hate them, but it’s an argument that pops up again and again across the outdoor forums. So let’s settle the leggings vs. trousers debate once and for all... Read more07-03-17 • Leonie Saleem
As part of our ongoing series of interviews documenting influential people instrumental in the outdoors we recently had the chance to sit down with Helen Mort, British poet and avid outdoor activist. Read more04-03-17 • Leonie Saleem
Driving in Britain can be incredibly frustrating - I’m sure we’re all familiar with that rush hour crawl. However, driving up the West Coast of Scotland couldn’t be more different with hundreds of miles of empty roads snaking through some of the most impressive scenery in the UK. It’s always a... Read more24-02-17 • Leonie Saleem
He’s conquered some of the most technical climbing routes in the world, but German-born star of the rocks, Alexander Megos, shows absolutely no signs of slowing down. We caught up with Alex in-between training sessions, to reminisce on some tough routes and how it feels to defy gravity and... Read more15-02-17 • Leonie Saleem
Photography is an emotive art. It can move you, entice you. It can tell others your story. That's why travel photography is so important - and it's an art we can all learn. We asked travel photographer, Ben Pipe, to share some of his secrets ahead of his appearance at this year's Telegraph... Read more14-02-17 • Leonie Saleem
Valentine’s Day is just around the corner, which means there’s never been a better time for couples to show - and celebrate - their love for one another. With work and family life often getting in the way, enjoying some quality time together can be difficult - especially for adrenaline-lovers. A... Read more09-02-17 • Leonie Saleem
Big wall climber, Andy Kirkpatrick, is a hard-core adrenaline seeker, whose combination of self-depreciating humour and maverick attitude has made him one of Britain’s biggest personalities on the rocks. But what makes Kirkpatrick tick, and what’s the motivation behind every climb and... Read more08-02-17 • Leonie Saleem
One of UK’s most celebrated mountaineers for over half a century, Sir Chris Bonington discusses his motivations behind reaching new heights, the peaks of his career and how we can all motivate ourselves to accept new challenges. Read more31-01-17 • Leonie Saleem
We are proud to announce that Blacks will be headline sponsors at this year’s Telegraph Outdoor Adventure & Camping Show, the UK’s largest outdoor show, in London between 16 - 19th February, 2017. Read more25-01-17 • Leonie Saleem
2016 was a year full of adventure for many of us. And this year we are on a mission to hear your stories of exploration, hardship, challenges and victories - great and small - and champion them as part of our Year of Exploration. As part of the drive, we asked our teammates to tell their story.... Read more24-01-17 • Leonie Saleem