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An open letter on LGBTQIA+ in cycling, a community service deal to clean canals, and some great Autu

6th October 2021

There has been a LOT of outdoors related news over the past few weeks, so I won't write too much. But first, some quick check-ins from the panellists:

  • Kirsty is now an ambassador for The Martin Moran Foundation, a group that aims to inspire people through the power of mountain adventure, climbing and community in wild places. Read more >>

  • All The Elements was on ITV news and Soraya has also featured in a new Finisterra video. All The Elements has also partnered with Slow Ways UK to offer funding of £500-£1000 to individuals or groups who want to walk a route on the Slow Ways network. Read more >>

  • There are a few crowdfunders... more below!

- Fran


Dominic Raab announces a deal with Canal and River Trust for litter picking as community service

A deal with the Canal and River Trust will see offenders clear litter, tidy tow paths and maintain beauty spots along the 2,000 miles of waterways in England and Wales. It's part of a 'transformation of the justice system' and has been referred in the media as 'chain-gangs.' I would love to hear other people's views on this one.


The Outside Voices project is a new digital anthology of the outdoors.

The Outside Voices project explores personal relationships with green and blue space through honest interviews, graphic interpretation, heartfelt poetry and music. Be sure to check it out!


An article in The Observer has looked at the "the activists plunging into the wild swimming campaign"

There has been a massive boom in outdoor swimming in the past year, yet of England’s 42,700 miles of rivers, only 1,400 miles currently have access legally.


Please support our panellists' with their crowdfunders!!

Our panellists are doing some fantastic things, and you can get involved! Neil Russel is raising £6,000 to Help fund me to handcycle across Southern Africa, through 5 countries, covering 4,000km over 60 days. You can donate to that here. And Frit has launched the crowdfunder to make his Glide For Pride documentary. Find out more about that here!

Fund Neil >>

Fund Frit >>

Boots and Beards feature in a BBC documentary

Boots and Beards were on the BBC's Our Lives programme. If you missed it live, you can catch it on iPlayer. Boots & Beards support people from ethnic minority backgrounds in accessing outdoor spaces in Scotland (and loads more.)


An open letter aims to address the LGBTQIA+ challenges in cycling

PRIDEOUT are calling on cycling and sporting organisations to acknowledge the specific challenges that LGBTQIA+ people face in cycling. You can read the letter and sign your own commitment to implement solutions which give everyone an equitable chance to ‘ride with pride’.



And in other news:

  • A little outside the UK. but related to Oge's story in Episode 1: The International Federation of Sport Climbing (IFSC) has apologised for the "objectification" of Johanna Färber after broadcasters showed a close-up shot of her bottom during the World Championships in Moscow. Read more >>

  • Australian biologist Sacha Dench was seriously injured and adventure filmmaker Dan Burton killed in a paramotoring crash in the north west Highlands. They were in the final stages of a challenge to raise awareness of climate change when the crash happened. Read more >>

  • There's a brand new show on Dave called 'Outsiders' which sees six comedians "tackle the great outdoors to see if they can, well, not perish". Read more >>

  • The TV show This Morning have bought a forest!? Read more >>

  • The flooded village of Mardale in the Lake District re-emerged last month because water levels were low. Read more >>

  • 'Rocking the Boat 2021' is the new conference to discuss the future of grassroots rowing in the UK. It takes place on 22nd October. Read more >>

  • Aneela McKenna was on BBC Scotland talking about diversity in moutnain biking. Read more >>

  • Mya-Rose Craig aka @BirdGirlUK has a new book out AND has started at Cambridge University! Read more >>

  • Will Renwick has become the first person to run all of the mountains in Wales in one go. Read more >>

  • Black Girls Hike have been busy! Not only did they run their first youth hike last month, they also held their Lake District weekender. Kirsty was there leading a session, and Frit was also filming. Read more >>


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