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.
Many adventurers claim that they want to motivate others whilst at the same time indulging in hyperbole to describe their expeditions.
Don’t always go for the first thing that springs to mind. The world abounds with wonderful alternatives.
Bear Grylls and Ben Fogle inspire people. Isn’t that enough?
An opposing view to the above.
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.
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.
I think getting outdoors is great but that doesn’t mean that working in an office is a waste of time.
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.
Expeditions are not and should not be a proving ground for egos.
Swimming in the outdoors should not require training and wet suits, it is as simple as a child jumping into the sea fully clothed.
Food for Thought
The following articles are less arguing a certain position and more thoughts on a subject:
Did you know there was no women’s marathon in the Olympics until as recently as 1984?
Sometimes, making things difficult is actually beneficial. Originally written for Dan Martin.
Not what you’d buy but what you’d do.
People will always tell you that you can’t do something. They’re not always right. Originally written for James Bowthorpe.
A few thoughts and lessons from a weekend well spent.