13 August, 2022
We know it’s super hot out there, we have some ideas to trick your mind into being cool, you can immerse yourself in cold adventures from around the world. The first needs some action on your part. Do you even know where your ski gear is?
Here we go, our mini cold festival coming up.
Book an indoor ski session: on the hottest day of the year is a perfect time to learn to ski or brush up your snowboarding skills. It’s super hot outside and you could be in your ski gear! If you do this we definitely need a photo.
Watch the film Everest: you will either be terrified or inspired. The film is based on the true story of a storm on Everest in 1996 which ended in eight fatalities.
Further Reading: The story has already been told in two accounts by two of those who were climbing that day; Jon Krakauer, Into Thin Air, and Anatoli Boukreev, The Climb. It’s up to you to work out what actually happened!
Watch a true adventure classic, Touching the Void: The true story of two climbers and their life changing journey up the west face of Siula Grande in the Peruvian Andes in 1985. Would you cut the rope?
Watch one of the many films from the Banff Film Festival: You can choose from tonnes of films and immerse yourself in spectacular snowy mountain ranges.
You can sign up and get involved in the local screenings.
Note some fees may apply - https://filmfest.banffcentre.ca/welcome
Read Shackleton by Ranulph Fiennes: Discover the story of Ernest Shackleton's legendary Antarctic expedition through the words of the world's greatest living explorer, Sir Ranulph Fiennes. Ranulph brings the story to life based on his own experiences in this epically harsh environment. This quote sums up his storytelling skills
“To write about Hell, it helps if you have been there.”
I went to see Ranulph on his Shackleton Book tour, he could fill an encyclopaedia with his stories, escapades and adventures. If you get a chance book your ticket.
Listen to podcast Outside and Active interviewing Ranulph Fiennes: https://podcasts.apple.com/gb/podcast/sir-ranulph-fiennes/id1601520776?i=1000546827384
My favourite line from the show was about Mike Stroud “we are starving even more than I had hoped” his chosen topic to study on the expedition was advanced starvation.
Random Fact: Ranulph only started using GPS on expeditions in 1991, before that he was using the same equipment as Shackleton.
Listen to Tough Girl Podcast: Meet Preet Chandi nickname Polar Preet. Preet recently became the first woman of colour to complete a 700 mile solo expedition in Antarctica in 40 days. With average temperatures of minus 50.
That should keep you cool today!
Wild Water Swimming: grab your swimmers, grab a friend and find your nearest place to swim. Check out the site below for locations and safety tips. Top Tip Never go on your own.
Meet the Ice Man, Wim Hof: this man takes cold to a whole new level. He is an extreme athlete famous for his ability to withstand very low temperatures. He is most known for swimming under ice and prolonged full-body contact with ice and snow. He is also partial to barefoot running in the snow.
This will definitely cool you down today. Check out the website and see how you can get involved.
Get cocktail making: we have two cocktails for you Frostbite and Runners Revenge (this was made up by my run club).
Make yourself a Frostbite cocktail. It's blue and fruity, packs a punch and takes tequila to another level. It's the perfect for the heatwave. Mix tequila, blue curaçao liqueur, white crème de cacao liqueur, cream, topped with cherries then add lots of ice.
For Runners Revenge add chocolate milk, Kahlua, expresso shot and sprinkle of chilli. Mix with lots of ice.
Shake and Enjoy
It’s hot outside, but we have filled your mind with cold journeys, snowy mountain scenes, cool cocktails and dreams of your own cold adventures.
Enjoy your hot/cold day
Over and Out
My very first adventure was on a Tall Ship called The Sir Winston Churchill when I had just turned 18.
I have loved adventures ever since. Although I still get seasick 30 years on!
I would describe myself as an everyday adventurer. I try and squeeze adventure into my every day from walks, swims and runs to film, podcasts and books. I am always on the look out for communities to connect with and adventures to be found.
I have just hit 50 and my adventure journey has changed so many times over the years, from a 20-year-old canoeing and sailing instructor, to a Mum with young children teaching them to embrace the outdoors through camping, building dens and cooking on open fires, to a mum of young teens when we surfed, coast steered, climbed Ben Nevis and swam in the North Sea!
My boys are in their late teens now and are slowly flying the nest, it is here I find myself now, ready to embrace the next stage of my adventure journey.
Embracing my new found freedom and loving being outside, I am ready to do some exploring!
My adventure journey has included Moonwalks, marathon walks along Hadrians Wall and the South Coast, firewalks, abseiling down castles, coast steering, a cross country ski marathon in the Arctic Circle, a wing walk and training in an Environmental Cold Chamber at the University of Sussex at minus 20!
I have just come back from running a 1/2 marathon in Greenland - the biggest and most extreme event I have ever taken part in. This Arctic adventure has definitely left me with a fire in soul for more adventures.
This year I am off trekking in Peru, visiting the Amazon Rainforest, hiking around the Isle of Wight and organising a mega sea swim for over 500 "mermaids" to celebrate International Women's Day.
When I am not on an adventure I am working with my beautiful VW Camper Van called Daisy on photo shoots - if you want you or your business to stand out from the crowd then its time to book a branding shoot with Daisy.
Photo Shoot Dates: Private shoots also available on request
Check out The Big Mermaid Dip for International Women's Day in Brighton - March 11th - Watch out for March 2024 Dates
Nicky Chisholm aka #PinkNicky
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