The Ups and Downs of Hiking as Therapy

When Brandon Kuehn returned from combat duty in Iraq, something was wrong. He’d been discharged after being wounded in battle and struggled to return to life as a civilian, living with his wife and son in Washington. He’d seen terrible things at war, seen people die that he knew well. Kuen was wracked with unsettling […] Adventure Journal


Big Dreaming 12-Year-Old Dog-Sledder Hopes to Save His Favorite Sport

Nick Kristensen is a young man from Greenland who has just taken his first steps in the world of competitive dog-sledding. Already in love with the sport—though it’s much more than that; a cultural tradition, valuable mode of transportation, connection with history, and a sport—he hopes to not only win races as a musher but […] Adventure Journal

A classic Easter hot cross bun recipe

A delicious recipe, courtesy of GAIL’S Bakery, for you to enjoy traditional homemade, toasted and buttered hot cross buns over the Easter weekend

Traditionally an Easter treat, eaten toasted and buttered during Lent, hot cross buns were apparently viewed with suspicion in the Elizabethan era and their consumption was restricted. Thankfully, now we’re free to eat as many as we please, so here’s a delectable recipe from GAIL’s Bakery to try out over the Easter weekend.


The buns
20g (0.7oz) fresh yeast
200ml (6.5 fl oz) whole milk, plus 1 tbsp for yeast mixture and 1 tsp for egg wash
70g (2.5oz) caster sugar, plus 1 tsp for the yeast mixture
400g (14oz) plain flour
Half tsp each of ground cinnamon, freshly ground nutmeg and salt
1 tsp mixed spice
1 large egg
70g (2.5oz) soft unsalted butter cut into cubes
40g (1.5oz) each of sultanas, dry currants and dried cranberries
70g (2.5oz) mixed peel

Cross Topping
200g (7oz) plain flour
230g (8oz) icing sugar
2 tbsp olive oil
3 tbsp milk


Melt the yeast with a tbsp of whole milk and a tsp of caster sugar until dissolved and leave for 15 minutes. In a bowl, sieve the flour and spices, add to the yeast mixture. Add the rest of the milk, the sugar and egg. Bind using your hands, adding the butter a chunk at a time until you have a smooth, shiny dough. Add salt and fruits. Cover and leave to rise for 1.5 hours. On a floured surface, roll the dough into bun shapes. Arrange on a baking tray, leave to rise. When ready, make an egg wash by whisking 1 whole egg, 1 yolk and a tsp of milk, brush the buns and leave to dry. Preheat the oven to 200°C. Whisk all the cross topping ingredients into a smooth paste, then spread this in thin crosses on top of the buns. Bake until golden.

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Discovering Canada Capital City

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‘Downriver’ is a Paddling Adventure Tale With a Message

The Green River is an important tributary of the Colorado River, rolling through parts of Wyoming, Utah, and Colorado. The water it carries is sought after for irrigation, energy, municipal, and recreation uses; it’s also a gorgeous paddle. In 2016, environmental journalist and former rafting guide Heather Hansman paddled from its headwaters in Wyoming clear […] Adventure Journal