A response to climate doom and gloom

A major new report was recently released by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, documenting the severe potential impacts of even a small additional amount of global warming. While we are not fans of doom and gloom messaging – in fact, we created MAD Challenges specifically to provide a more positive and empowering narrative – this report has hit us […]

Making Ming Run

It started from a humble bet between two best friends. If one of them ran a half marathon the other would reduce their meat consumption. Fast-forward some time and at the end of May I will be running my first ever half marathon. Let me be clear, I am not a runner and I do not particularly love running. But […]

Human Waste… Literally: Some Thoughts on Eco-Friendly & Reusable Nappies

For this week’s #My_Handprint, we hear from two different parents on how they are trying to consider the environment in their use of nappies. Eilidh uses eco-friendly nappies, while Rosie has chosen reusable nappies. We value keeping the conversation around sustainability as real as possible. What are some eco-friendly practices you can employ in every day life? What sustainable action […]

Meet Chaz Powell: The man who walked Africa’s wildest rivers from source to sea in the battle against wildlife crime

Photo by Alex Frood

Meet Chaz Powell, the man behind The Wildest Journey. After travelling the world on and off for eight years, he decided to combine his passion for the outdoors and travel and become an expedition leader and has lead expeditions in Zambia and Botswana. From August 2016 to September 2017 he hiked along the Zambezi River from its source to the […]

A Sustainable Swiss Wedding

by Amelia Masters To be frank, I wasn’t really trying to throw a sustainable wedding. I was trying to throw a cheap wedding and a beautiful wedding. But hey, there’s an encouraging lesson: when I combined cheap and beautiful, I ended up with sustainable. Sounds good to me!  First, some context: Christian and I met about 5 years ago. How […]

Freezer: Tinder for Edinburgh’s Snow-people

by Amelia Masters   With days growing a bit longer now that we’ve landed on the other side of the Winter Solstice, I downloaded an app called Couch Potato to 5K to try and get myself back up and running after this long dark winter (you can never start training too early for Mad Seat). And with the usual irony […]

Dave Goes Vegan

  Cheese, as far as I can tell, is entirely irreplaceable. And meat, of course, is amazing. But too much or either has its downsides.   I’ve always tried to steer towards a healthy eating, but my ‘ideal diet’ is thwarted by a lack of self control. Strict ‘dos’ and ‘don’ts’ are somehow just not as appealing as a burger […]

5 Days of Christmas

Here at MAD Challenges we’re dreaming of a green Christmas, and we want to help you do the same! 🎄 Check out our sustainable gift ideas in the run up to the big day 🎅🏼   Day 1: just in CASE you need a good idea… Pelacase do eco-friendly phone cases that can be composted when you’re finished with them! […]

It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year

by Matt McDonald   ‘How can it be’, I hear you yelling angrily.  The air is getting colder, the days shorter and the feeling of rain turning to sleet throughout our cities is not welcome. It’s tempting to hide indoors and pack away the walking boots, vowing to bring them back out at the first hint of spring sunshine. But […]

Offsetting the Office with Mountain Views

At the Stortoppen summit (2,268m) of Snøhetta in Dovrefjell-Sunndalsfjella National Park, Norway.

At MAD Challenges we love to walk, climb and explore. Being based in Scotland with so many incredible trails and mountains on our doorstep means an adventure is never far away! We also love to hear tales from other inspiring places around the world. Today, we share a guest blog from our friend and fellow adventurer Clare Mackie. Norwegian mountains […]