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Flowers in the Himalayas (Photo: Laura Tomlinson)Expeditions have had a great impact on my life and I have spent a lot of time thinking about why. Over the years, I have slowly elucidated my views through arguments expressed in the articles below.

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If You Aim to Motivate then Stop Exaggerating

Many adventurers claim that they want to motivate others whilst at the same time indulging in hyperbole to describe their expeditions.

Don’t Cycle Lands End to John O’Groats

Don’t always go for the first thing that springs to mind. The world abounds with wonderful alternatives.

In Defence of Celebrity Expeditions

Bear Grylls and Ben Fogle inspire people. Isn’t that enough?

In Offence at Celebrity Expeditions

An opposing view to the above.

Great Expeditions Don’t Make Great People

It’s easy to assume that someone who has climbed Everest or cycled around the world is a great person but that’s by no means given.

If an Expedition Happens in the Forest and No One Blogs About it…

People roll their eyes and scoff at “blogs”, “Twitter” and “Facebook” but I think it’s a real shame when people don’t share their expedition stories.

Expeditions Are No Better Than Offices

I think getting outdoors is great but that doesn’t mean that working in an office is a waste of time.

Vote Tomorrow, But Not For Yourself

Written before the 2010 UK General Election and arguing that you should vote for what you think is right, not what’s best for you.

Prove Yourself with an Expedition!

Expeditions are not and should not be a proving ground for egos.

Wild Swimming is Not a Sport

Swimming in the outdoors should not require training and wet suits, it is as simple as a child jumping into the sea fully clothed.

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Food for Thought

The following articles are less arguing a certain position and more thoughts on a subject:

Women Can’t Run Marathons

Did you know there was no women’s marathon in the Olympics until as recently as 1984?

Why Do Things The Hard Way?

Sometimes, making things difficult is actually beneficial. Originally written for Dan Martin.

What Would You Do if You Had a Million Pounds?

Not what you’d buy but what you’d do.

What If They Say It’s Not Possible?

People will always tell you that you can’t do something. They’re not always right. Originally written for James Bowthorpe.

10 Things I Learned at the Explore Conference

A few thoughts and lessons from a weekend well spent.