Friday Detours: 28th August 2020

The best outdoor and lifestyle news and inspiration from across the web. This week: two epic running rounds, life after a long-distance walk, how to nail campfire cooking and WFH concentration hacks

28st August 2020 | Words by Matt Jones @ WildBounds HQ

#1 Life after a long-distance walk
Life on the trail can become very simple – it soon becomes a rhythmic pattern of walking, camping and thinking. But what happens when a long walk ends? Is it hard to go back to ‘normal’ life? Raynor Winn, author of The Salt Path, reveals how she readjusted after finishing the South West Coast Path.

#2 Round and round
When it comes to fellrunning challenges, this one takes some beating. American ultrarunner John Kelly has completed a ‘Grand Round’, successfully linking all three of the UK's big fellrunning rounds – the Paddy Buckley Round in Wales, the Bob Graham Round in the Lake District and the Charlie Ramsay Round in the Scottish Highlands – consecutively, and connected by bike.

#3 Running the Three Peaks
Although this is similarly impressive/insane. Endurance athlete Alex Staniforth is currently attempting to run the Three Peaks Challenge – a distance of 440 miles – in under nine days.

#4 Fanning the flames
We’ve said it before, and we’ll say it again: food cooked outdoors just tastes better. But if you’re an aspiring campfire chef, don’t make the same rookie errors as other first-time fire cooks. Check out these top 5 campfire cooking mistakes and how to avoid them.

#5 How to stay focused when WFH
A new study suggests that the pandemic has wreaked havoc on home-based workers’ concentration. But there are a few hacks you can use to stay sharp, regardless of what else is going on out there

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