Minnie contributes to newspapers and magazines both in the UK and overseas. Her work has appeared in a wide range of publications including The Weekend Telegraph, The Independent on Sunday, Lifestyle + Travel, Running Fitness, Country Life, Evening Standard, Daily Mail Ski & Snowboard, Metro, Walk magazine, The Scotsman, Travel Weekly and Harpers & Queen. Here is a selection of cuttings:
HELICOPTERED TO HEAVEN
Sitting between world extreme skiing champion, Dean Cummings and the pilot, we lift off and fly into the immense mountains of the Chugach Range in Alaska, towards some of the world’s most technical and challenging terrain.
“This is big mountain skiing at its best,” announces Cummings. The Chugach’s unique combination of latitude, longitude and altitude usually produces between 50ft and 90ft of annual snowfall. This, along with the topography, makes Valdez heli-skiing the best in the world.”
HUSKY SLEDDING DEEP IN THE YUKON WILDERNESS
There is nothing I can do; we're on the point of no return. Sebastian's instructions resonate in my mind: "If you fall, whatever happens, you mustn't let go of the sled." So here I am being dragged along face down in the snow, deep in the Yukon wilderness.
The trail is narrow and my team of dogs is weaving around the trees without any concern for its fallen musher. The sky is blue, the sun is shining and everything is coated in snow, including me. The silence is shattered by my muffled laughter...
TO THE MOON AND BACK
(Health & Fitness)
The view in front of us is one of the most startling scenes on earth. A desolate lunar landscape scorched by day, chilled by night and blasted by strong winds. Black sands, strange abstract mounds and barren, lifeless gullies make it feel like a set from Star Trek. Called the Valle de la Luna it’s hardly surprising that this is where NASA road test their robot vehicles before sending them to the moon.
We climb to the top of a ridge and listen to the silence - no phones, no cars, no trees and no birds - just the sound of the wind. We are 2,750 metres up in the Andes, in the Atacama, the driest desert in the world...
TORTURE DE FRANCE – L’ETAPE DU TOUR (Get Lost!)
If you’ve never ridden a road bike before, agreeing to take part in the public stage of the Tour de France is probably not the best place to start. But when pro rider Tom Davis threw down the gauntlet, it seemed - from the safety of my desk - like a good idea...
Considered by many to be the World’s toughest sporting event, the riders of the Tour de France cover 3,454km in three weeks with just two rest days. It is on the first of these rest days that cycling enthusiasts are invited to take part in the public stage of the tour.
ANTARCTICA - BREAKING THE ICE
(Lifestyle + Travel)
It’s 2am and I’m standing at the helm of 6,450 tonnes of ice rated ship along side Captain Gennady Poskonny. Warm and quiet, the bridge of this Russian ship offers commanding views of our icy surroundings. The search lights from the ship’s top deck scan the sea for the glint of icebergs.
While the larger tabular bergs appear on the radar Poskonny is more concerned with spotting the growlers. These are icebergs which sink low in the water and are difficult to detect but can still cause havoc to ships if struck at speed...
ARIZONA'S COWBOY COLLEGE
They call it the three r’s of cowboy: riding, roping and roughing it. And that is what you can expect when you sign up for six days of intensive cowboy schooling. From beginner to experienced riders Arizona’s Cowboy College teaches people about life as a cowboy.
The first two days are spent learning the basics while the remainder of the week depends on what needs doing when you visit the ranch. This can be anything from fixing a fence, castrating bulls, lassoing, tagging, inoculating, dehorning, branding to driving cattle...