Want to read more about the things I get up to in the outdoors? This is the place for my personal blog posts and adventures.
From Mountain Leader Training to the Assessment – How to Consolidate
In mid-August 2020 I finally completed my Summer Mountain Leader training. This was after many years of planning to do it and, for various reasons, never quite getting around to it. In fact, I had booked onto courses a couple of times previously – just for them to be cancelled for different reasons. The latest of them being Covid-19 this spring. Now it has been a couple of months since the training and I have had some time to think and decompress. And with that in mind, it is time to format a plan for the future. It was clear to me already prior to the training that, as I’d…
How to Fit Everyday Adventures into Your Life
Life has taken a weird turn for a lot of us in the last year. I have found myself re-evaluating the important things in my life. And changing the direction where I am traveling in terms of my career and goals. There has been awfully lot of uncertainty and hesitance. And a few tears here and there. I can’t say I have sussed it all out yet. But I think I have accepted the uncertainty better. The fact that it’s okay to not be sure about things all the time. Instead, I have taken more time to do the things I love. And most of the time that means going…
What to Pack for Mountain Leader Training – Essential Gear
I love planning for trips away and the Mountain Leader Training week was no exception. Making a list of things I needed to bring ensured that everything I had with me was essential and functional. It also made sure I wasn’t one of those people desperately trying to find an open outdoor gear shop before heading out for the second day. If you are interested to read more about my experiences of doing the training, check out this article on My Mountain Leader Training Week in Snowdonia. For more information about the Mountain Leader Scheme check out the Mountain Training website. Or read on for my essential ML kit list!
Reflections on the Water: Why I Wild Swim
This is a more personal blog post than many you will find on my website. I struggle to put into words exactly why that might be. The closest to an explanation I have come up with is that, while the hills are close to my heart, the water is close to my soul. In order to explain my relationship to wild swimming here in the UK, I think it is necessary to first have a quick look backwards to my childhood. Where I grew up in rural Finland, we just called it swimming. And people of all ages swim outdoors. There is a strong culture of public beaches on lakes,…
Becoming a Mountain Leader: What is the Training Like?
After years of intending to become a qualified Mountain Leader. This summer I finally took the plunge and signed up for Mountain Leader training. This is what my week looked like, the skills we covered and what I learned. So to learn what the Mountain Leader Training course is like, read on!
Welcome to Hill Days: a new website focusing on outdoor adventures in the UK
Welcome! I'm Ina - the writer behind Hill Days - and I am a climber, mountaineer and runner. In Hill Days I share my personal adventures, advice and experiences. Being in the nature is hugely beneficial for our physical and mental wellbeing and I hope I can inspire your journey to the outdoors. I have been a hillwaker and mountaineer for a long time and want to share some of the things I have learned and the amazing places I have explored.