It is Shell’s turn to be featured in our blogger spotlight this week. She writes over at Camping with Style,
Name | Shell Robshaw-Bryan
Blog | Camping with Style
Where in the world are you answering these questions?
I’m currently sat at home in Cheshire, England.
Describe your blog in one sentence.
For people who love going on adventures, exploring nature and being active in the outdoors.
What sparked your love of the outdoors?
As a child my dad used to take me camping, and I’ve loved it since ever since! As soon as I had a daughter, I took her camping and have always found it provides me with the escapism I need to help me feel more calm and centred.
What is your favourite thing to do outdoors?
That’s tough because I’m crazy about snowboarding, but I just don’t get the chance to do it anywhere near as often as I’d like, so realistically, and the thing I do outdoors most and enjoy is camping. One of the reasons I’m such a fan of camping is that living in a tent means I am pretty much outside already so I’m much more closer to nature, which helps to keep me balanced and chases away the blues. When you’re already in the outdoors it’s much easier to do outdoorsy active things, so I love taking my camera on walks so I can capture landscape and nature photos but wherever we go away for a weekend or longer, we always try to do something specific, from geocaching to kayaking. It’s great using outdoor activities to fill your time rather than relying on technology for entertainment all the time.
If you could see the sunset from one place in the world where would you go and why?
Whistler in Canada holds a very special place in my heart. I always feel so happy and calm when I’m there and there is nothing like seeing the sunset over such a vast mountain range.
What is your favourite meal to eat after a day spent outside?
I’d like to present a really health conscious picture here, but to be honest, after a day of hiking, all I crave is carbs and comfort food! If we head to the pub for a meal, then invariably it’s beer battered fish and chips with a big salad, but if we are going back to the campsite afterwards, then it’s usually pasta and a homemade spicy tomato sauce or a homemade chicken curry with heaps of rice.
Tell us about a recent outdoors adventure you enjoyed.
My partner and I joined the other Outdoor Bloggers late last year for a weekend of camping and walk up Snowdon. I’d never walked up Snowdon before, but it was on my to-do list for the year, so It was brilliant to finally have the opportunity to do a walk I’ve wanted to do all of my life! It was great meeting other like-minded people who up until then I’d over ever spoken to on Twitter! We also got the opportunity to try some delicious locally made artisan Gin, and I do like a good Gin! Read more about the Outdoor Bloggers weekend here: http://www.campingwithstyle.co.uk/outdoor-bloggers-snowdon-summit-camping-wales/
What has been your biggest outdoors adventure to date?
We went on a last minute road trip up to the Scottish Highlands last Easter. I’d never driven to Scotland before but had always wanted to see a Loch and climb a mountain there. The weather was terrible, but we had an amazing time! We made sure we set off with all necessary walking gear on us, but embarking on our first walk up a mountain without a guide still felt a bit daunting! As we got nearer the summit of Beinn Ghlas the it started to snow, and the higher we got the thicker the snow got! Visibility was really low and there were icy patches. As prepared as we were, we weren’t prepared for ice, so made the decision to head back down just shy of the summit. Even though we didn’t get to the top I’m glad we made the right decision instead of pushing on up, and it helped to increase our confidence too, and despite the bad visibility the clouds cleared enough on the way back down to get some lovely photographs which you can see here: http://www.campingwithstyle.co.uk/beinn-ghlas-scotland-hike-easter-2016/
Tell us something about you that’s not related to the outdoors… if you can!
I am obsessed with animals and have a spreadsheet of animal names for the chickens and dog I one day wish to have. Chicken names include Mrs Tabitha Cluckington, whilst potential dog names include Admiral Woofits. Oh dear.