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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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Post-Trail Depression

Post-Trail Depression and Nostalgia for the PCT

I’ve been off-trail for almost two months now and my initial thoughts about being back in the “real” world have somewhat changed. On returning I was so glad to be home, seeing my friends and family and getting back into a comfortable routine.

But once the initial relief wore off I very quickly found myself perpetually staring out the window at distant hills, wishing I was back on the trail; looking up at the sky and reminiscing about the long, hot days and the short, freezing nights. The trail has created such a huge disconnect between my body and my mind that while physically I’m back home, my thoughts are still lingering somewhere in the Sierra Nevada, struggling to catch up. Read more

Raising £3000 for Mental Health on the Pacific Crest Trail

Today is World Mental Health Day, a day raising awareness of mental health issues around the world and driving efforts in support of mental health. I thought it was appropriate for this to be the last day I will be accepting donations for SANE mental health charity for my walk from Mexico to Canada.

I raised well over £3000 on the Pacific Crest Trail, absolutely smashing my initial target of £2650 – £1 a mile. I’m really proud of the huge amount I’ve raised and extremely grateful to everyone who has helped me to get there. SANE is a fantastic charity who, as well as providing support for mental illness sufferers, do a huge amount to raise awareness and challenge discrimination and stigma around mental illness. Read more

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Some Pacific Crest Trail FAQs: Part 1

Whenever the topic of my hiking the Pacific Crest Trail is brought up in conversation, it usually generates a mixed response. People generally think it’s a really amazing thing to do and wish me the best of luck with my adventure but other, less positive people are incredulous and can’t believe I would be doing such a thing. I love talking about it but I do find I get asked a lot of strange questions, most recently by my barber who was overly fascinated  by how I’m going to get my hair cut while I’m out there. I am asked a lot of the same things over and over again and therefore I’ve decided to write a post with some answers to the most commonly asked questions I get about my PCT hike. So here are my Pacific Crest Trail FAQs: Read more

SANE - Pacific Crest Trail 2016

Walking from Mexico to Canada for Mental Health

With just over a month to go, plans are well underway for my 2016 Pacific Crest Trail hike from Mexico to Canada. My US visa has been issued, I’ve received my permit to enter Canada and I now have most of my gear.

My fundraising – to raise money for the mental health charity SANE – has been incredibly successful so far. Thanks to the amazing help of everyone who has donated I was able to reach my initial target of £1000 after only a couple of months. As a result I have decided to increase my fundraising goal to £2650, one pound for every mile I will be walking along the trail. I am almost halfway to this target but there is still a long way to go! Read more

SANE - Pacific Crest Trail 2016

Raising Money for SANE – Pacific Crest Trail 2016

By walking from Mexico to Canada this summer I aim to raise upwards of £1000 (hopefully a lot more!) for the mental health charity SANE, as well as boosting awareness of mental illness and the incredible work SANE do.

When I initially came up with the idea of hiking the Pacific Crest Trail, the thought of doing it for charity hadn’t yet crossed my mind. I found out about the trail online, and after some research I thought the idea of spending 6 months walking from Mexico to Canada sounded like a fun thing to do. Yet I was asked by so many people (who couldn’t believe I would gain enjoyment from such a thing) whether I was doing it for charity that I decided that there was no reason not to! Apparently the satisfaction of crossing an entire country aided by nothing by my own two feet was not a good enough reason to justify my trip. Read more

Pacific Crest Trail Waymark

Hiking the Pacific Crest Trail from Mexico to Canada – It’s Happening!

So it’s finally time to stop talking about it and start doing it!

This April I will set out on a northbound thru-hike of the Pacific Crest Trail. I will depart from the Mexican border in Campo, California and 5 to 6 months later will arrive at Manning Park just north of the Canadian border.

To reach the end I will have to walk 2650 miles (4265 kilometres) through three US states, six national parks and 25 national forests. I will hike through the desert, across the snowy Sierra Nevada mountain range, through forests, lakes, flooded rivers, canyons and lava fields. I’ll be making friends with bears, rattlesnakes and maybe even a mountain lion or two. Read more