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Tim Moss

Tim Moss has supported over 100 expeditions across all seven continents. He has climbed new mountains, crossed a desert on foot and recently cycled 13,000 miles around the world. He is a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society London and a Guinness World Record Holder. He aims to encourage more people to live adventurously. Read more...


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    Good points Tim. Its also worth mentioning that setting up an expedition often requires an aweful lot of office and admin time. Sometimes the prep actually takes longer than the exped itself and you find yourself being a 9 to 5 desk bound organiser. But you always learn something new when you set up a trip and that’s what matters. Whether I’m in an office or on an ocean the key to a happy life is new experiences and expanding your knowledge and skill base, be it intelectually, physically or spiritually.

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    Couldn’t agree more. Dabbling with both is best, if not a necessity. And obviously lets not forget that more often than not, offices fund adventures.

    I think it’s almost a right of passage people go through once they’ve got the adventuring bug to think ‘give me some of this full time and permanently’, then life settles down again and reality hits home. Ultimately I think the rather blunt opinion that offices are bad is something people tend to grow out of. Obviously, some people succeed at introducing adventure more often into their lives but with anything the ‘serious bits’ and admin still need to be done. The message that your life can be enhanced by introduicng a bit of adventure, even if only rarely, does need to be said. However, perhaps it should come with the caveat that it might be harder to fit in than you think, and won’t necessarily permenently replace any routine you may feel stuck in but it will definitely be worth the effort.

    Good read Tim. Thanks

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    Tim Moss

    Thanks guys. Although, Jaime, I wouldn’t want to confuse the ideological point (that offices and expeditions are no better or worse than one another, just different) with a practical one (that it’s hard to lead a life of full-time adventure but easy to live one in an office).

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    Tom Allen

    It’s an easy soapbox to shout from. I guess the main point is that satisfaction comes from doing something for its intrinsic value – whether office or mountain-based – rather than simply to chase a paycheque / conform / satisfy the perceptions of others…

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    John Pasmore

    Balancing desk & outdoor is a reality that most of us have to exist with — thanks for the balanced perspective….and inspriation to get outside…

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    Put simply, we have to manage our expectations. Dreaming, skimping and saving for a year to fund a two month excursion doesn’t necessarily mean that you won’t still be susceptible to feeling a little blue on said adventure. The grass is always greener; despite trying to be rational about it, you can be in the midst of a fantastic adventure and find yourself planning how you will improve you ‘real’ life back home.

    Few single, immediate moments in life are entirely free from niggling doubts. Maybe I should be doing something else, because I do not feel as happy as I thought I would, right now. We expect too much, or I certainly do; it is not until after I return to the rhythms and routine of normality that I come to cherish adventures past.

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