Sophie has recently joined the team after working as a sales assistant in the Blacks Meadowhall store. She is an occasional walker and hoping to experience more of the outdoors after moving closer to the Peak District from her small village in Yorkshire.
She is more accustomed to camping and travelling with her local Senior Section unit, camping in places like Alton Towers and Marwell Zoo, and travelling to North America and Switzerland.
Sophie is a self-proclaimed crazy cat lady, space fanatic and likes going to the pub at the weekend like any normal person should.
To climb all 282 Munro mountains at any age is quite the achievement, however Nick Gardner has set himself the challenge at 80 years of age, and all to raise £10,000 for Alzheimer Scotland and the Royal Osteoporosis Society to support his wife Janet who suffers with Alzheimer’s Disease and... Read more20-10-20 • Sophie Gibson
This year really has been the year of the unpredictable getaway. In a bid to get a last minute break into nature, camping season is officially extended. As we progress into the cooler seasons and the cold weather announces its unwelcome arrival, we’ve put together a guide to make your technical,... Read more17-09-20 • Sophie Gibson
With more and more campsites opening to the public, many shower blocks and toilets still remain closed. Not to worry, you can still enjoy an outdoor getaway without contemporary creature comforts! We’ve put together an all-inclusive guide on how to camp, 100% facility free! Read more05-08-20 • Sophie Gibson
As the nation slowly moves out of lockdown, it’s completely normal to feel apprehensive about visiting your local gym to shed the post-quarantine pounds.Let’s get back to basics, with some natural alternatives to the gym Read more14-07-20 • Sophie Gibson
Netflix’s new documentary series, Tiger King: Murder, Mayhem and Madness, has hit the internet by storm. If you haven’t seen it, you’ll have almost certainly heard about it. If the Tiger King has you absolutely gobsmacked, then we’ve done the research, and are here to set you on the right path... Read more02-04-20 • Sophie Gibson
In these wholly uncertain times, there may be a lack of outdoor adventure in your schedule. We’ve scoured a number of streaming services to bring you 10 adventurous movies that are sure to leave you on the edge of seat, whether you’re aged 5 or 75. Read more25-03-20 • Sophie Gibson
Geordie mountaineers, Peter Lockey and Gordon Davison noted the absence of good outdoor gear in the UK market. This saw the beginning of the LD Mountain Centre in Newcastle Upon Tyne, with the sole purpose to import and sell products that adventurers couldn’t easily get their hands on, and so... Read more24-01-20 • Sophie Gibson
Specialist cycling clothing and equipment is well worth the investment, but it can seem like a maze of jargon and technical features. We’ve put together a roundup of the most common features you’ll see in your gear, and a breakdown of what the buzzwords actually mean. Read more16-01-20 • Sophie Gibson
In continuation of our support for the British Heart Foundation, we were visited at Blacks HQ by the one and only Hearty, and Andy who delivered the all-important training. 27 colleagues from all areas of the office were welcomed to learn all about life-saving CPR. Read more12-01-20 • Sophie Gibson