Adapting Our Outdoor Lives

6th April 2020 by Lisa Wells Share

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After being advised to work from home last week, restrict the time I spend outdoors and limit travel, I realised I needed something to keep me active.

So last Monday I decided to start a challenge to hike up as many mountains in Snowdonia as I could, from home, using my stepper.

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My life is in Snowdonia; I work there, I walk and camp on the mountains, and stand up paddleboard on the lakes. It made sense to me to focus my challenge here; I’ve spent so much time on these mountains that as I counted my steps on my stepper, I could almost see where I was on the route.

I bought a stepper 3 years ago and it’s been used as a shoe storage box, a cat bed and a chair … it was waiting for this day to arrive and be dusted off!

So far I’ve ‘stepped’ up to the summits of Snowdon, Moel Eilio, Tryfan, Pen yr Ole Wen and Moel Siabod. We’ve jumped a virtual Adam & Eve, stood on the cannon stone and scrambled our way up the Daear Ddu Ridge.

I’m an Ordnance Survey #GetOutside Champion and part of my role is to encourage people to spend more time outside and show them how much fun you can have. I’m still 100% backing this awesome campaign but we need to adapt and find different ways to keep active while spending some time outdoors everyday. This challenge ticks all the boxes, I’m having a fab time and even The Beast and Billy (my dogs) are joining in.

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My next challenge is to hike the Cambrian Way which is a long distance walk covering 46 mountains, I think I’ll need an extra bag of jelly babies for this one.

Regards Lisa, The Beast & Billy.

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