2020 Ordnance Survey #GetOutside Champion…


I’m delighted to announce that I’m a Ordnance Survey #GetOutside Champion for 2020, but these are different times for us all.  Getting outside isn’t easy for many people due to the present restrictions imposed due to COVID-19, but we can still enjoy our gardens and go out for exercise.  We need patience, understanding and have plenty of time to plan ahead.

We’ve launched the hashtag #getoutsideinside to reflect the present situation and will be posting lots of ideas to keep you busy whilst the lock down is on.

Let’s get through this and get into the hills again soon..!


Homeschooling Resources…

The lockdown caused by COVID-19 sees many children being schooled at home.  Here’s a few links which you may find useful to keep their creative minds going.  There all travel or outdoors based and I hope will be of use to you.  If you have any suggestions, please drop me a line and I’ll add them to the list… Continue reading “Homeschooling Resources…”

Live at the NEC…

I’ll be speaking at this years Caravan, Camping and Motorhome Show at the NEC next week along with a list of TV Celebrities, Travellers, Campers and Spaniels..!  (I don’t think they’ll let me bring my VW through the doors though)

Tickets are available via the show website and it would be great to meet you there…

Still Got the January Blues..?

January is over and 2020 brings a New Year and fresh new decade. At this time of year, the media is filled with adverts for gym memberships, diet plans and holidays, modelling waistlines to die for. Many of you may have looked in the mirror, or God forbid weighed yourselves and realised that you’ve enjoyed just a little too much pudding over the last few weeks. You might be wanting to get back in those favourite trousers, feel happier in yourself and find some of life’s normality again, but how do you do it? Moreover, how do you keep at it?

Here’s a blog for Ordnance Survey…


Beyond Blindness Podcast

I was recently interviewed by Christian Stahl about how my experiences on the mountains had changed my life.  Taking decisions in critical moments is vital when the world is throwing everything at you.  Right, wrong, good or bad, you have to live with them for the rest of your life.

Heres the podcast on Christians ‘Beyond Blindness’ Website…

011 – How to take decisions in critical moments of our lives

Here’s the podcast on other sites…





Spring – An Ode to the Old and New

Spring should be a time for celebration as new life bursts forth and drives the grey skies of winter away. As a child I spent many happy days with my father watching the buds burst, flowers rise and listening to the birds call, but this spring is different.

This spring is grey again. On the first day of spring this year, I lost the man who gave me my love of the outdoors. An early morning call was like a tolling bell and within a few hours, he was gone…

StoryHinge Podcast

I recently recorded a StoryHinge Podcast with Jason Vidaurri about my life in Mountaineering and what life lessons it has taught me.

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Over the Horizon Lecture – RGS & MHT Blencathra Field Centre


I’ll be speaking at a RGS-IBG lecture which promises to be an exciting evening of adventure and drama. I’ll be covering some of my exploits across the globe from high mountain peaks to remote rain forests.

Held at Blencathra Field Studies Centre, Threlkeld, Keswick, Cumbria.  CA12 4SG on 15th Sept 2018

“The world may be extensively mapped, and the internet can show images of anything, anywhere, but there is nothing like sticking your head over the ridge, or round the corner to see what’s there with your own eyes”