“This is Ellen, the engineer that leads an amazing double life.  For when Ellen puts on a Buff*, an amazing transformation occurs: Ellen is Rando Girl!  Ever alert for the call to adventure!**”

Rando Girls is my journey to a life more adventurous and I love sharing the journey with others. 

My next big challenge is an arctic expedition crossing Svalbard.  I’ve never been anywhere that cold before and I can’t ski. Oh, and there might be polar bears.



  • Journal: Cycling the Camino de Santiago
    This blog is the journal I wrote while cycling the Camino. I'll add more about the planning and preparation, soon! Day 1: León to San Justo de la Vega Set off late morning, the anticipated excessive faffing and a quick trip to Aldi for supplies meant a slower start. Getting out of León was a … Read more
  • Navigation practice in the Clwyds
    I've always had a bit of a thing for maps.  I could spend hours looking at them, exploring the wilds from the comfort of home.  When it came to using maps to navigate, apart from a few basic school geography lessons, I was self-taught.  This had its disadvantages, mainly in sticking only to well marked … Read more


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Svalbard Crossing

(*other neckwear is available…**I was – and still am – a big Bananaman fan…)