Up-Stix 2.0

Hi there! Welcome to Up-Stix! My name’s James and this blog is now about all sorts of stuff… Hopefully, the overarching themes are, that it’s entertaining, uplifting and an enjoyable place to visit!

If you’re into mountains, bikes, snowboards, Les Gets, Morzine, the Portes du Soleil, the outdoors, travel, nature, intriguing power-of-the-mind stuff, progressive ideas, having a laugh and uplifting things in the world, then you’re in luck, because I am too, so there’s plenty of all that.

Up-Stix actually started life a few years ago when we decided to sell-up and ship-out to the French Alps with our two young whipper-snappers in tow, a van crammed with outdoor toys and nowhere to live! Here’s our original ‘About Us’ page if you’d like to find out more.

I do the writing, Nina’s the chief photographer and the kids provide extra challenges to the delivery of written content and photographs. 😂…  Just kidding.

Over the years, we’ve blogged about the area, the mountains, the sports and our new lives over here and it’s all still there in the archives if you fancy a browse but recently it was time for a change

In the pursuit of authenticity and creative freedom, I wanted to open up the scope of the subject matter rather than constantly trying to stay confined to the niche.

At the same time, we tried out a commerce-free, contributions-only monetisation model for the blog but that didn’t work out, so it’s back to ads… If you click on one, we’ll earn a small commission. We left the contribute button on just in case and there’s links to Nina’s photo art too, so if you buy one of those, even better! 😉

Anyway, thanks very much for visiting and we really hope you enjoy it. You can find links to our latest posts below/beside or head back to our home page to browse the categories.