Writing Portfolio

As well as this blog, I also work as a freelance writer for magazines, blogs, and brands. I specialise in outdoor adventure themes, often writing about personal trips in the Great Outdoors; the honest, raw emotions one feels when travelling; and the sense of connectedness with nature when immersed in it for long periods of time.

My aim as a writer is to inspire and engage my readers. I love working with brands, businesses, and publications to create compelling content; to capture the true essence of an experience, and to make the reader feel like they are there with me. I am always excited by the prospect of new writing work; it is where my true passions lie.

I write regularly for ROAM Magazine and Ramble Guides, and have worked with Sidetracked Magazine, Outdoors Magic, Rucksack Magazine, Lodestars Anthology and Pannier CC, amongst others. I have also produced blogposts for brands like Rab and Home of Millican, and collaborated on my own blog with Patagonia, Teva, Columbia, Keen and others. I often photograph all my own work, and am available for worldwide commissions. 

Do get in touch at athenajmellor@hotmail.com if you are interested in working together.

 

Heima & Heimur | Discovering Art in Iceland

ROAM Magazine x Inspired by Iceland

Writing & Photography

I was invited by Inspired by Iceland to experience the art scene in Reykjavík, writing and photographing a piece for ROAM Magazine.

"There were a few things that struck me about the art world in Iceland: firstly, how passionate the artists were; secondly, how much they engaged with their homeland in the creative work they produced; and thirdly, the way artistic disciplines were so fluidly combined by artists.  Perhaps reflective of the way the weather changes from rain to wind to sun all in one day, and the landscapes evolve from mountains to glaciers to black sand beaches – so too do artists synchronise elements and senses in their creative work. It goes back again to the idea of ‘home’ and the way it infiltrates into creativity – in a country as dramatic and otherworldly as Iceland, it’s not surprising that it does so."

Read the full article here.

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The Annapurna Circuit

Rab Equipment: Basecamp Magazine & blog

Writing & Photography

Following a trip to Nepal in February 2018, I wrote a personal piece about trekking the Annapurna Circuit for Rab's Basecamp Magazine and blog.

"It's 5.30 in the morning and I can hear the quiet yet obtrusive sound of my watch alarm beeping next to my pillow. I am cocooned into the comfortable warmth of my sleeping bag, but my cheeks, which have just peeped out from the hood, can feel the bitterness of the freezing air and are telling my body to make as little movement as possible. Though my body is dormant, my eyes and mind are wide awake, darting around the room and attempting to assess the weather conditions outside. Today is probably an ordinary Wednesday for a lot of people, but for my two sisters and I, it is something quite different."

Read the full article here.


The Peak District

Sidetracked Magazine x Ramble Guides

Writing & Photography

A piece about the Peak District for Sidetracked Magazine's Field Journal, in collaboration with Ramble Guides - meant to inspire visits to the Peak District.

"Living in Manchester, getting to the Peak District means a hop on the train and jumping off when the hills come alive with the deep colours of purple and magenta, the green of the grass and the dazzling gold of sunlight on leaves. Edale is the port of call for many keen ramblers, being the start of the Pennine Way and the station at which to alight for hiking onto the moorland plateau of Kinder Scout, or over the enchanting curved lines of Mam Tor (‘Mother Hill’) – two lovers gazing longingly at each other from across the valley, while the train rattles through the basin below.

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The contrast between the two sides of the valley is symbolic of the Peak District itself. Green rolling hills and barren, purple moorland; patchwork valleys and welcoming limestone villages; the birthplace of the traditional Bakewell Pudding and a rambler’s haven for hundreds of years. The timeless charm of the Peak District only increases with the changing seasons, as purple summertime moors assume the muted tones of autumn, soon to be buried under a sprinkling of powdery snow – and then the process renews itself, and there is nothing so tempting as witnessing it all over again."

Read the full article here.

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Hiking the West Highland Way

Outdoors Magic

Writing & Photography

An informative and inspirational article about my personal experiences of hiking the West Highland Way in Scotland for Outdoors Magic.

"Scotland’s first long-distance footpath, established in 1980, the West Highland Way runs from lowland to highland: from the urban outskirts of Glasgow to the picturesque shores of Loch Lomond, and from the wilderness of Rannoch Moor to the familiar romance of Glencoe. 

Despite its range of terrain, geology, flora and fauna, in summer, you don’t need any overly specialist kit for the hike – a good pair of walking boots, a warm sleeping bag and relatively lightweight tent are some of the main essentials. In fact, though I carried both a map and compass, I didn't use them often (only really using the map for mileage). I soon become accustomed to looking for a small hexagonal symbol with a thistle inside that highlights the trail, much of which follows historic routes on old Highlander footpaths, farm roads and railway lines."

Read the full article here.

 

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Waiting for Winter

Rucksack Magazine: Volume One

Writing

Personal reflections on  the feelings winter brings for Rucksack Magazine's first print volume, The Winter Issue.

"There is a rather distinct feeling when you wake up on a winter’s morning and it has snowed outside for the first time of the season. You know it before you even look out of the window. You know it from the gentle light that seeps through the curtains, a light that is soft and clean - a winter’s glow that sweeps over your body in frosty butterflies. You know it from the silence, because snow creates a unique quiet that incites peace and calm. You know it the second you peep your head out from amidst the layers of duvet and blankets, and despite the bitter chill you leap out of bed and run to the window, pulling the curtains back and seeing a bright scene of glistening white. With sparkling eyes you are a child again, running to the back door in your pyjamas just to feel it with your fingertips. Wispy flakes of soft, white snow blanketed over every surface. Wonderland."

The piece is available in Rucksack Magazine, Volume One.


 Photo by David Harvey

Photo by David Harvey

A Lakeside Retreat | Losing Time at Another Place, Lake District

Ramble Guides x Another Place Hotel, The Lake

Writing & Photography

A feature/review style piece about a stay at Another Place hotel written from Ramble Guides.

"It was sense of timelessness that first struck me about the hotel, a contented delirium that my boyfriend and myself fell quickly into upon arrival. We are normally those go-getting 100-mile-an-hour kind of people who must do and see everything no matter how short a trip and how tired and in need of relaxation we are. But here? Something else happened. We found we could get lost here. We so easily forgot what time, day, month it was after only a few hours of arriving. We found ourselves absorbed into the slow pace of Lakeland life; consumed by nature’s calmness. We didn’t want to leave it behind.

That sense of timelessness has a lot to do with the interior style of Another Place, which is designed to bring the outdoors inside and complement the stunning natural surroundings of the hotel - in this case, the lake. Remnants of the original Georgian building remain and are naturally blended with modern details that have been carefully chosen to reflect the lake and fells that you can see from almost every window in the hotel."

Read the full article here.


 Photo by Annapurna Mellor

Photo by Annapurna Mellor

Buxton Roastery: Direct Trade & Passionate Roasting

Ramble Guides x Buxton Roastery

Writing

Discovering Buxton Roastery, a coffee roasting company basedi n the Peak District, and chatting to the founder about his business, ethics and passion for coffee.

“The difference between getting a light, medium and dark roast happens in a matter of seconds”, says Iain as he continuously pulls a cog of beans out of the roasting machine, allowing us to smell the developing aromas each time. It is nutty and not exactly coffee-like, as you would expect. “That signature coffee scent comes with time”, he tells us - something else we have learned in an afternoon of coffee talk and sampling. As the timer on the machine counts up slowly, we fall silent waiting for the exact moment that it plateaus, somewhere at around 200 degrees. Then Iain allows the beans to spill out onto the cooling rack, whirling around as we appreciate the light colour and oily texture - the sign of a good roast."

Read the full article here.


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Jottnar Asta Gilet Review

Outdoors Magic

Writing & Photography

I often do reviews for Outdoors Magic, focusing on women's products. This review is of a gilet by Jottnar, written and photographed by me.

"Its weight was the first thing that struck me. At just 160g, it’s about as light as a tube of toothpaste or a small tin of tuna, however, it still offers an impressive amount of warmth thanks to its responsibly sourced, 750 fill power goose down with a decent 90/10 down/feather ratio. It’s also able to perform in reasonably wet conditions thanks to Jöttnar’s use of DownTek, an impressive PFC-free treatment that creates surface tension on each individual down cluster to make moisture bead up and roll away."

Read the full review here.