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An Adventure Every Day

I ran a campaign throughout 2010 encouraging people to undertake a new "Everyday Adventure" each month. Simple stuff like seeing how far you could get on your lunch break, trying a novel route to work or heading for whatever you could see on the horizon. The aim was to ram home the idea that you really don't need time, money or expertise to have an adventure. It was one of the best things I've done with thi ...

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Photos from Cycling the Length of England #2

 A few photographs from the second half of our recent cycle ride. This batch come from the stretch from Lancashire out to the east coast near Newcastle from where we followed Sustrans National Cycle Route 1 up to Edinburgh. We were testing out a system of uploading photos to Laura's Nexus tablet computer and uploading them automatically, something we hope to do as efficiently as possible on our cycle to Aus ...

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Climbing Mountains in Kyrgyzstan

I had never heard of Kyrgyzstan or the Tien Shan mountains when a friend suggested we go climbing there, nor had I worn crampons or ever left Europe before. The thought of setting off for these huge peaks was both exciting and very daunting. But set off I did, with Ben Davitt and Thom Allen, pictured here enjoying a British tea party on a glacier. Kyrgyzstan was a bit of a shock to my middle class world. I ...

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Photos from Patagonia

Here are some of my favourite photos from our trip to Patagonia earlier in the year. If the slideshow above isn't working then click here to view full-screen. ...

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Around the World in 80 Ways video

My good friend Thom and I completed a charity challenge to travel around the world in two months using eighty different methods of transport some years back. We took a video camera with us and shot some sketchy footage. Thom, who has now filmed some far better videos, put together this little teaser from the trip. (If it doesn't work above, you can view it on Vimeo instead). ...

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The Wonderful Wahiba

One of my favourite ever adventures was conducted over a Bank Holiday weekend whilst living in Oman. I was enraptured by the Wahiba Sands (also called Sharqiya) the first time we visited - a beautiful, archetypal sand sea some 60 miles wide and 100 or so high. On the recommendation of a friend, we decided to try and cross it on foot. Here's our story told in pictures. We parked our car at the edge of the fi ...

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Risking the Mountains

Here is a video made by my friend Patrick O'Hara. Filmed in the Haute Marienne region of the French Alps, British Mountain Guide Andy Teasdale talks about risks and decision making in the mountains. (If the above window's not playing the video then you can try watching it on Vimeo). ...

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Images from Bhutan

The Kingdom of Bhutan is a prized destination for many travellers. My wife, Laura, was lucky enough to visit there two years ago and I've only just dug out her photos to share... The Tiger's Nest Monastery The view to Kachenjunga Unusual building decoration in Paro Yaks in the mountains with bells attached to help you avoid getting trampled Trekking mules used to carry kit Stupa above Thimpu Spin the wheel ...

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That’s All from the Book (and some nice pictures)

Over the last five months I've been slowly releasing a series of short extracts from my book as blog posts on this site. It was partly to help promote the book and partly because I know that not everyone will buy a copy so I wanted to share some of the more useful sections. Anyway, I hope it hasn't been too boring for those of you who have bought my book or prefer the other types of article that I write. Th ...

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Walking Across Patagonia Video

Laura and I were given a GoPro Hero video camera for Christmas (thanks Rob!) and, after a few test runs, we took it to Patagonia to film. For those not familiar, it is a tiny box of a camera about the size of a large stack of credit cards. It comes in a waterproof and shock-resistant case with lots of different attachments so you can stick it on your helmet or the handlebars of your bike so it's ideal for s ...

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A Thames Swimming Story

Laura and I are swimming the length of the River ThamesAnd we'd like to take you on a short journey. Come on in!We started at the source of the river. The first 14 miles were too shallow to swim so we ran.Once the water started flowing properly though, we jumped right in.We wear wetsuits most of the time because I get cold being in the river for so long at a time.My friends Nick and Vicky from Your Web Medi ...

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