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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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    Everything good eventually gets sh*tcanned by journalist hack one day. Don’t worry about it. A regular look at the news shows that we can die a thousand deaths just living a normal life in the city. With that in mind, everyone should try a little adventure here and there, before they get hit by a bus checking Facebook on their phone while crossing the street or driving their car, succumb to heart disease from their work-hours related poor diet, or simply fade away from boredom.

    I reckon your grant is great, and I am still planning to finish my trek you kindly sponsored a while ago after I didn’t succeed the first time.

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      Tim Moss

      Thanks Richard. I hope you didn’t write that while crossing the road.

      (Richard won an award from the 2015 Next Challenge Grant for a winter trek along the Great Wall of China).

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    Jon Stacey

    Tim – what a lot of tosh they write when they have too much space to fill. They would be better turning off the PC and going out for a bloody walk…but we mustn’t encourage that because then they might have a good time rather than writing “toxic, delusionary nonsense.”

    Honestly, for anyone who knows anything about either of the businesses that’s really cheap, shoddy journalism.

    Keep on keeping on mate.

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    Kerry-Anne Martin

    Well I’ve not read the article you mention (just your blog post) but I want to thank you for inspiring and encouraging me to go on an adventure with my young son last year! Risk is something we all need to take responsibility for our individual selves. And everyone needs some exposure to risk so they can assess what they’re capable of and don’t take too big a risk, including children… Extreme polar travel would be out of my league but I was so excited to receive a grant that would give some money to a lowly, very small time adventurer like me :-) Keep up the good work!

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    Linda Hutchinson

    I consider myself to be quite adventurous but would never be viewed as a thrill seeker or risk taker. It is all relative and each to their own and any support, ideas or encouragement should be welcomed. After 35 years behind a desk when I started setting off on my wee cycles many of my friends were shocked as they couldn’t even imagine going for a weekend City break alone and without firm plans never mind solo cycling across Scotland or England for a few weeks. It was just not something women in their late 50’s were thought of as doing. But what an amazing new world of adventure it has opened up for me. As Dr Seuss says “You have brains in your head, you have feet in your shoes, steer yourself any direction you choose”. Old Biddy on a Bike

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    Well said Tim. It sounds like the author of the article was exploiting the nebulousness of the word ‘adventure’ in order to create controversy where there really isn’t any. For some people, talking to a stranger on the way to the shop is an adventure; for others, leading a team up Everest is all in a day’s work.

    Generally, I think the balance in our sanitized, risk-averse, overly fearful and inhibited society is all wrong. Most people can achieve more and are more resourceful than they think. They understandably feel smaller than they are, because they’ve never put themselves to the test to find out otherwise. Most people think the world is a more dangerous place than it is because they haven’t unyoked themselves from media sensationalism and distortions long enough to get out there and find out to the contrary.

    I applaud your efforts in advocating “the anyone can have an adventure” ethos. Of course one shouldn’t encourage people to take reckless or uninformed risks, but it would be tragic to withhold help from people fulfilling their potential in a vain effort to protect every fool from their foolishness. Nor do I think it desirable to discourage people from taking well-calculated risks because occasionally the worst will happen, which in most cases is actually far less disastrous than people fear.


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