A Descent into the Maelstrom

Calum Hudson is a maelstrom swimmer, adventurer and one-third of the Wild Swimming Brothers. Together, Calum and his brothers Robbie and Jack have swum across the three largest maelstroms in the world and are ticking off the top seven one-by-one.

I talked to Calum about swimming in the most treacherous bodies of water in the world why he has made it his mission to inspire more people to go for an outdoor swim. Read more

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Fighting Depression Through Adventure – Luke Tyburski

When a series of physical injuries ended his professional football career, Luke Tyburski began a long and difficult battle with depression.

It was only on the chance mention of the Marathon des Sables by a friend that he realised adventure was the answer. After completing the 156-mile ultra-marathon across the Sahara Desert, Luke continued to fight his depression by pushing himself harder and harder to his limits.

His biggest adventure to date, in 2015 he created and completed the Ultimate Triathlon. A 2000-kilometre swim, cycle and run from Morocco to Monaco over just 12 days, all to raise awareness of mental illness.

I talked to Luke about his adventures and his struggle with depression. Read more

London to Paris - Newhaven

A Frantic 200-Mile Journey from London to Paris

Just over a week ago I set out to make the most of a long Bank Holiday weekend by cycling 200-miles from London to Paris. I wanted to show that anyone can have an adventure without much cost, fitness or time.

This is how it went. Read more

London to Paris

London to Paris by Bike: A Three Day Microadventure

It’s been four months since my last adventure.

It was a year ago – almost to the day – that I was standing at the Mexican border ready to walk the 2650 miles north to Canada. Since then I’ve had a few small trips, but with the combination of winter laziness, absence of money and work-based fatigue it’s all gone a bit downhill. The start of 2018 has featured a real absence of adventure, and I’m going through the usual withdrawal symptoms.

Time to do something about it. Read more

Olie Hunter Smart India

A Passage through India – Walking in the Footsteps of Gandhi

In less than a week’s time, Olie Hunter Smart will embark on a 2600 mile trek down the length of India, following in the footsteps of one of history’s most influential figures – Mahatma Gandhi. I talked to Olie about his preparations and expectations for the journey, as well as his most recent adventure – a source-to-sea kayak expedition along the length of the Amazon River.

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Crossing the Empty Quarter Desert – Janey McGill

Janey McGill is an adventurer, endurance athlete and former soldier. In 2010 while in military service, a broken back, a brush with death and a miraculous recovery completely turned her life on its head and left her with an insatiable desire to explore and experience as much as possible. I talked to Janey about her recovery, her 630 mile Sunflowers for Soldiers walk, sexism in the adventure industry and her upcoming trek across Oman’s Empty Quarter desert.

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Learning to Embrace Negativity

The “F*** You” Factor – Dealing with Negativity

“I will not let people walk through my mind with their dirty feet”

– Mahatma Gandhi –

 

If there is one thing I’ve learnt from over three years and 4000 miles worth of adventures, it’s that people like to say no.

They will say things like:

“That’s not possible.”

“You can’t do it.”

“Why would you want to do that?”

“You’ll never make it”

“It’s too dangerous.”

“You’re doing it wrong.”

“There’s nowhere to camp here, you should check into a hotel.” Read more

The Lost Art of Hitchhiking

I wait.

A lone figure standing at the roadside, thumb outstretched.

I wait.

Hunched forward with my neon green backpack weighing me down like a turtle too small for its shell.

I wait.

Looking for the shimmer of metal in the sunlight. Feeling for the vibration of the melting asphalt beneath my ragged boots. Listening for the hum of the engine. Any and all of the things that will herald the arrival of the inaugural vehicle in a long procession of cars, campervans and pickup trucks that all decelerate to a tantalising crawl before speeding up and carrying on down the dusty American highway.

I wait. Read more

Do What Makes the Best Story

Everyone loves a story.

Whether it’s reading about people who have done incredible things or sharing tales of my own adventures, stories bring people together, inspire them and just make the world an all round better place to live in. I love talking about my travels, the people I meet, the dangerous situations I get into and the stupid mistakes I make. And I love hearing the same kinds of stories from other people. Read more

Motivational Quotes PCT

10 Motivational Quotes from the Pacific Crest Trail

This post was first featured on The Trek.

Not every day on the Pacific Crest Trail is easy.

Some days you will be uncomfortable, tired, in pain, dehydrated, freezing cold or just plain bored. You will of course experience some of the best times of your life on the trail, but this inevitably goes hand in hand with some extreme lows. In these moments you may find yourself severely lacking in motivation to keep going. Read more