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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.

  • 13 Haunted Hikes | The World's Creepiest Trails

    13 Haunted Hikes | The World's Creepiest Trails

    On Halloween spirits are said to walk the earth. Why should they have all the fun? We've collected some of the creepiest walking routes from around the world to give your All Hallows Eve a shriek in its step. Read more
  • Blacks Presents | A Day in the Life

    Blacks Presents | A Day in the Life

    We gave the next generation of intrepid adventurers the chance to experience the highs and lows of their dream job. Now, we are delighted to present the video series: 'A Day in the Life'. Read more
  • 24 Hours @ the UTMB 2019

    24 Hours @ the UTMB 2019

    The Ultra-Trail du Mont-Blanc is an extraordinary race. We spent 24 hours following the competitors around the course. Here is our race report and highlights.   Read more
  • Introducing the Garmin Fēnix 6 | The New Tech

    Introducing the Garmin Fēnix 6 | The New Tech

    We are delighted to announce the release of the newest member of the Garmin fēnix range – the Garmin fēnix 6! Here's a breakdown of what's new, what it can do, and why your next adventure needs one. Read more
  • Team Blacks @ adidas Infinite Trails 2019

    Team Blacks @ adidas Infinite Trails 2019

    Team Blacks travelled to Austria to take part in the adidas Infinite Trails mountain marathon. They braved hellish heat, ridiculous distances and hills from a runner's nightmares. Here is the race report 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
  • From Mountains to the Moon | A Brief History of Epic Firsts

    From Mountains to the Moon | A Brief History of Epic Firsts

    To commemorate the 50 th anniversary of Neil Armstrong's 'One Giant Step for Mankind', we've put together a brief history of modern exploration. Here are the men and women who went to the furthest, highest and deepest places on Earth . . . and beyond. Read more
  • Wild Camping FAQs | Beginner's Guide and Kit List

    Wild Camping FAQs | Beginner's Guide and Kit List

    Everything you need to know to start your wild camping journey. Don't worry if you don't know your bivvy-bag from your backpacking-tent, or if you've never slept more than 6 feet from a mains plug. We're here to answer all your questions. Read more
  • Top 10 Secret Campsites near the UK's Biggest Festivals

    Top 10 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
  • 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
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