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Written by Sophie Gibson

Blacks old-timer, Sophie, joined the online team back in 2017 after serving customers in her local Blacks store whilst completing her degree. Voluntary work with The Scouts, Girlguiding and The DofE, means she knows expeditions and outdoor kit like the back of her hand.

Catch Sophie checking out new trails on weekends, and she's always game for a hike, especially if it involves a pub at the end.

  • Take Your Olympic Sport Outdoors

    Take Your Olympic Sport Outdoors

    We’ve patiently waited for half a decade, experienced a global pandemic and witnessed football nearly come home twice, but finally the Tokyo 2020 Olympics are here! We wouldn’t be Blacks if we didn’t put our own spin on the biggest event in the sporting calendar, so here’s our brief guide on how... Read more
  • The Evolution of Camping Kit

    The Evolution of Camping Kit

    To satisfy our appetite for the great outdoors, inventors and pioneers have created both kit and equipment to consistently improve comfort and functionality. Let’s pause for a second to contemplate how far we’ve come over the last few centuries; let’s look at the evolution of camping equipment. Read more
  • Product Spotlight | Garden Gear

    Product Spotlight | Garden Gear

    2021 is becoming the year of the UK. We’ve learnt to appreciate what’s on our (back) doorstep and whilst we can’t predict the future, what is for sure is that your garden’s on the green list. Let’s take a look into this season’s best products to transform your garden into the haven it should be. Read more
  • Digital Detox | 6 Reasons to Reduce Screen Time

    Digital Detox | 6 Reasons to Reduce Screen Time

    At Blacks, we encourage you at every opportunity to live “Everyday Life Outdoors”. However, it’s hard to break away from the hold that digital tech has on our lives. If your Weekly Screen Report is making you uneasy, read on for our reasons to put down your phone (even if it is only for a few... Read more
  • The History of The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award

    The History of The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award

    In light of the sad passing of HRH The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, we are taking this time to remember one of his most notable achievements, the establishment of The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award. Read more
  • Motherhood and Mountains | Interview with Tracy Moseley

    Motherhood and Mountains | Interview with Tracy Moseley

    Over the next seven days we’ll be celebrating females on both International Women’s Day and Mother’s Day. In light of these two amazing holidays, we caught up with Osprey Ambassador, Tracy Moseley, on how she balances motherhood and mountain biking. Read more
  • A Brief Discussion | Men Talk Mental Health

    A Brief Discussion | Men Talk Mental Health

    In our final instalment of A Brief Discussion, join Tim Warwood and our seven inspirational guys as they open up about their struggles with mental health as they navigate the modern world. Read more
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