Hi there! We’re Andy & Gee; weekday engineers and self-confessed weekend warriors! Travelling, climbing, running and cycling are a few of our favourite pastimes, and we try to get out as much as possible, whether that’s on local trails, an overnight stay in the van, or even hopping across the ocean by boat, plane or train. Often we take our adventure cat, Kathmandu along for the ride too!
Andy has grown up in the outdoors, previously working in outdoor shops and spending every penny (and more) on gear for trips away. 2015 was a busy year for Andy, where he was working in a world championship winning Formula 1 team while training for a variety of cycling events, including La Marmotte and the Amateur World Road Championships. Since then, he has converted two vans into self-build campers, built a climbing wall in the garage, and is currently preparing to tackle an Ironman 70.3 outside of his day job as an engineer.
Gee is a physics graduate who spent her childhood spread across several different countries, including South Africa and Bahrain. These experiences have influenced and shaped her love for travel, culture and adventure, and have only helped to further fuel her affinity for sports and being in the great outdoors. A former adventure racer, Gee now concentrates her energy on bouldering and circus skills such as acroyoga, outside of her career as an engineer. She leads local female-first adventure groups of Adventure Queens and Love Her Wild, and can also be seen helping out on the pages of Intepid Magazine in her spare time. More recently, Gee also became an ambassador for the Trail Magazine Mountains For The Mind campaign, a collaboration of companies who aim to raise awareness about the benefits of getting outside and mental health.
Ordnance Survey – GetOutside Champions
Early in 2018, we became Ordnance Survey GetOutside champions. The champions are a team of 60 with an extremely diverse range of backgrounds and one key motivator – the great outdoors. Ordnance Survey have been running the campaign for a few years now and it has grown tremendously in that time. Together, the Champions aim to inspire people from all walks of life to get active outside more often, whether that be some time in the garden, climbing mountains in the Himalayas or anything in between. OS are developing some great tools to make it easier than ever to find your local green space, plot routes in one of the UK’s many national parks and log your activities too.
You’ll find us representing OS at a number of events throughout the year, spread across the whole UK. So if you have any questions about getting outside, OS Maps or OS in general, feel free to drop us a line. You can find us on their website here.
When it comes to keeping our outdoor gear clean and protected, Grangers has our backs! Aftercare is a very important part of maintaining gear and making sure that it lasts, particularly synthetic fibres and waterproof shells. With a brand that’s over 80 years old, they’ve done some pretty cool stuff – like having proofed the gear that was used on the first successful summit of Mount Everest. Stocked in over 50 countries worldwide we know they’ll be there for us when we need them, and we just love their conscientious ethics to boot.
We help represent Grangers at a number of outdoor festivals around the country, and you can also find us on their website here.
Trekmates – Outdoor Heroes
Trekmates is a UK based outdoor brand, offering a range of accessories and equipment perfect for adventures. We signed up to the #OutdoorHero scheme at the end of 2017 and have been a part of a growing group of ambassadors ever since.
We both use a range of the Trekmates gear wherever we go, whatever out adventure. A microfibre towel is always found in the van, gaiters go wherever our boots do, and drybags are essential for packing any valuables, whether it be our phones or a down sleeping bag. You can spot the Trekmates gear we put to the test on our social media feeds.
CAC – Climbers Against Cancer
CAC is a charity we have both supported for several years, but more recently we got even more involved with. We took on the role of UK Ambassadors towards the end of 2018, and haven’t looked back since! Like a lot of outdoor communities, the climbing community are a very supportive, open and caring bunch, and regularly rally round to raise money which goes directly to the research centres around the world. These donations fund extremely important research into a cure for cancer, a disease which 1 in 2 people in the UK will be diagnosed with in their lifetime.
We can often be found at climbing walls and events, selling merchandise and accepting donations for this brilliant cause.