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Written by Neil McRobert

Neil used to be a bookworm, an "indoor" type if ever there was one. After finishing a PhD he writes short stories about spooky places and odd people. Living in Switzerland, the Canadian Rockies and the north east region of the USA convinced him that there was something to be said for this whole outdoor thing. Now he runs everywhere he can, competing in races most weekends and endlessly planning the next great adventure to some far flung part of the world. Recent trips include Costa Rica, where he tried and failed to surf; Vietnam, where he almost got stuck in an underground tunnel; and back to Canada, where he came face-to-face with a bear. Watch this space for further updates on Neil's global bumblings and the occasional athletic success.

  • The Dark Tourist Trail: Chernobyl

    The Dark Tourist Trail: Chernobyl

    In this first of our series on the Dark Tourist Trail we journey to Chernobyl, to trace the path of a very modern tragedy an the tourism that has grown around it. Read more
  • 5 Secret Campsites near the UK's Biggest Festivals

    5 Secret Campsites near the UK's Biggest Festivals

    With the official arrival of festival season, we’ve asked the authors of The Cool Camping Guide to Festivals for their pick of the best secret festival campsites within a 10-minute drive of the festival site. You can dance all day, sleep all night and be guaranteed not to wake up in a mud... Read more
  • Land's End to John O' Groats: A Brief Guide

    Land's End to John O' Groats: A Brief Guide

    Few, if any, British journeys are as iconic as Land's End to John O'Groats. In celebration of a fantastic National Walking Month 2019, here's our intro to walking the length of the country. Read more
  • The Queue From The Top - Is Everest Worth It?

    The Queue From The Top - Is Everest Worth It?

    Is Everest worth the risk? With a record number of permits given, nearly a dozen deaths in a few days, and images of mammoth queues for the summit, serious questions are being raised about humanity's relationship with the world's highest mountain. Read more
  • Review: New Mammut Footwear

    Review: New Mammut Footwear

    Mammut are back with a brand new range of mountain footwear. We took them out for a spin in the hills and here's our verdict on the shoes you need this hiking season. Read more
  • The Best Packs For Summer 2019

    The Best Packs For Summer 2019

    A good pack is your best friend on the trail. Here's our verdict on the best new backpacks, rucksacks and daysacks for summer 2019. Read more
  • Mum and Me – by Blacks Ambassadors

    Mum and Me – by Blacks Ambassadors

    We asked some of our ambassadors to share memories of their time spent with their mum or as a mum in the outdoors. Clearly mums have a lot to answer for in the creation of adventurers. Read more
  • Campfire Dishes: Smoky Bean Breakfast

    Campfire Dishes: Smoky Bean Breakfast

    Our great camp cookout continues this week with the Smoky Bean Breakfast. This is real old-world cowboy cookery, with tons of smoky flavours and plenty of protein-rich ingredients. Read more
  • Best New Camping and Glamping Sites For 2019

    Best New Camping and Glamping Sites For 2019

    It may be raining now, but a few sunny days in February offered a tantalising taste of the spring and summer to come. With that in mind we asked Cool Camping’s Amy Woodland to give us the lowdown on some of the newest sites springing to life in the UK camping scene this year. Read more
  • Campfire Dishes: Banana & Blueberry Pancakes

    Campfire Dishes: Banana & Blueberry Pancakes

    With some basic camping gear and a selection of easy-to-use ingredients, you can create some serious outdoor gastronomy. Our new series, Campfire Dishes, is an introduction to tent cuisine, designed to get your tastebuds and imagination firing.  Read more
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