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

Luke Tyburski - Ultimate Triathlon

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

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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The Only Way to Better Circumstances is to Keep Moving Forward – Frank Van Lieshout

I talked to endurance athlete, adventurer and EtchRock elite Frank Van Lieshout. Frank is a world-championship level obstacle runner and last year attempted the Bob Graham round in the North of England – a challenge involving 42 peaks over 66 miles in 24 hours. Read more

Michael Robbert Brans - Ben Nevis

Climbing Ben Nevis With One Leg – Michael Robbert Brans

Last week I was invited to the opening night of EtchRock Elites – a community celebrating athletes pushing themselves to their limits. Amongst the many brilliant and inspiring speakers at the evening, I was lucky enough to meet Michael Robbert Brans. Michael is an endurance athlete and obstacle runner who has been diagnosed with cancer three times in his life – in 1995, 1998, and again in 2001. As a result he underwent a full amputation of his right leg but refused to let this prevent him from achieving great things.

He has since become a world record holder – for fastest 5km on crutches – and earlier this year climbed the highest mountain in the UK to raise money and awareness for cancer research.

I talked to Michael about his fantastic achievements. Read more