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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.

  • Armchair Adventures | The Best Outdoor Inspired Games

    Armchair Adventures | The Best Outdoor Inspired Games

    In the latest instalment of our Armchair Adventures series, we’ve put together a list of the best video games for those of us missing the outdoors. Whether you’re home alone or locked-down with the family, this list should keep the spirits up and give you a whole world to explore together. Read more
  • Armchair Adventures | The Best Outdoor Inspired Books

    Armchair Adventures | The Best Outdoor Inspired Books

    As part of our Armchair Adventures guide to getting the most from the next few weeks, we’ve pulled together a list of great books to keep your sense of adventure flowing. And, of course, being us – our choices all feature the outdoors. Read more
  • WIN a £500 voucher with DOWNHILL

    WIN a £500 voucher with DOWNHILL

    To celebrate the release of DOWNHILL in cinemas from 28th February, we are partnering with the film to offer the chance to win £500 of Blacks vouchers. 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
  • Destination Inspiration | Oman

    Destination Inspiration | Oman

    Oman is a key destination for adventure travel. Read our snapshot guide to the country and its endless opportunities for once-in-a-lifetime experiences. Read more
  • Light Nights | Pick Your Petzl Headtorch

    Light Nights | Pick Your Petzl Headtorch

    The clocks have rolled back, meaning it's officially headtorch season. We visited Petzl HQ in Grenoble, France to get the 'heads up' on exciting new products and some key updates to their classic torches. Read more
  • 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
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