Author Archives: Anna Paxton

About Anna Paxton

Trail & #ultrarunner from #Sheffield, UK. Outdoors writer, @theoutdoorcity contributor. Writing about outdoor life, books, art, film, & inspiring women in adventure!

Tour du Mont Blanc (TMB) camping – packing/kit list

I have received a lot of messages asking if I’ll share my packing list for the Tour du Mont Blanc (TMB) hike, so here it is: Continue reading

Outdoorista – Inspiring Outdoor Women

In 2016 the Women in Adventure project surveyed hundreds of outdoor women… as a result I recently launched a new website, Outdoorista!

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The Women in Adventure project surveyed hundreds of outdoor women about their sources of inspiration, important issues, and any barriers to participation that they might have experienced during their outdoor adventures. Outdoorista is based on their feedback, it includes the content outdoor women said they would like to see…

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Yorkshire Three Peaks challenge – 39km, 1440m winter run

Running the route of a race ahead of race day (reccying) is one of the best ways to get know an area. On New Year’s Eve we ran the Yorkshire Three Peaks, a route which covers 39km and with 1,440m ascent, takes in the three highest summits in Yorkshire in a day. Continue reading

Fastpack Tour du Mont Blanc – 180km, 11,000m ascent, 5.5 days

The Ultra Tour du Mont Blanc (UTMB) is one of the world’s best known ultras, and one I dream of entering. For now a 100 mile race is beyond me, but I still wanted a taste of the UTMB…

So instead of racing, with my running buddy Bo, we fastpacked the Tour du Mont Blanc trail, setting off from Chamonix where we watched the start and some of the finishers of this year’s UTMB.
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A promise of the mountains from Chamonix centre at the UTMB start line

Day 1 – Chamonix – Les Houches – Les Contamines (France)
A day of two halves – spectacular views of glaciers from the Brevent (2526m), followed by an exhausting and seemingly never ending descent into Les Houches (1007m). 

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Peak Skyrace ultra, UK Skyrunning – 48km, 2000m ascent, 7 August 2016

The Peak Skyrace is relatively short for the ultra distance, but since it is a Skyrace, don’t expect an easy day out. Over 48km there’s 2000m of ascent, and with most of the route on good runnable trails the time limit of 8hrs keeps you moving.

Starting from the race HQ in Buxton, the excellent route is typical of the Peak District. The first section seemed to go by in a flash, taking in a little bit of everything including woodland, the fell of Axe Edge moor, and some perfect rocky trails.

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Approaching the Roaches

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Thinking about wild camping? For inspiration read Extreme Sleeps by Phoebe Smith

I thought about wild camping for quite a while, but it seemed like a bit of a mysterious world. With so much freedom I almost didn’t know where to start.

Extreme Sleeps by Phoebe Smith showed me how it’s done, and gave me the encouragement I needed to stop thinking about it and just get out there! Continue reading

Moon Climbing – Made in Sheffield range showcases local designers & artists

It’s not often you find products entirely locally designed and made, but the new Moon Climbing ‘Made in Sheffield’ range is exactly that. The bespoke, distinctively styled products made by Sheffield’s local artists and designers draw on the city’s climbing heritage, and will carry a ‘Made in Sheffield’ logo.

The products launched include the S7 Retro Chalk Bag, S7 Rope Bag, and S7 Musette – S7 being the Nether Edge postcode at the heart of Sheffield’s climbing community.  Continue reading