The Kendal Mountain Festival 2020…

The 40th Anniversary of the Kendal Mountain Festival will be fully online and available to watch wherever you like.

Have a great time folks, theres over 400 films, 15 specialist sessions and over 30 literature talks. Live and on-demand from Thursday 19th November..!

National Outdoor Expo….

 

COMPLIMENTARY TICKETS!

I’m very pleased to be an ambassador for The National Outdoor Expo at the NEC next March.

Tickets are on sale now but the event team have given me a code which you can use to book your ticket for free! Check out their website www.nationaloutdoorexpo.com and use the code ‘NVARDY’ to claim your free pass (until 31st December). It’s something to look forward to early next year (stumps and vaccines crossed) and a great springboard for your 2021 outdoor activities.

By booking one of these complimentary tickets you can put something in your diary to look forward to without losing any money.

Many of the other #GetOutside Champs will be there be there, along with loads of great speakers with plenty of goodies for everyone who loves to spend time outdoors.

Hope to see you there!

BecomingX…

BecomingX is launched..!

“If you knew what they knew, what could you become?”

We all have potential. It’s the journey from dream to reality. From good to great. From ordinary to extraordinary.

We’ve set out to help create a world where everyone can realise their potential, no matter what their starting point in life. Demystifying success and building skills on a global scale is not going to be easy. But doing difficult things doesn’t faze us. It’s what we do. It’s who we are.

I’m delighted to be part of BecomingX and look forward to inspiring stories from the worlds top achievers.

Life of a Mountain – Helvellyn at the London Mountain Film Festival…

On Saturday 7th November 2020, I will be live in the Lake District with Filmmaker Terry Abraham, hosting the opening night and interviewing Terry about his latest mountain epic.

In a simultaneous broadcast, with a live Q&A from the iconic Zeffirellis Cinema in Ambleside in the heart of the Lake District, you can join us from your own home and watch the world premiere of Life of a Mountain: Helvellyn.

Tickets can be purchased here…

‘The spectacular finale of the ‘Life of a Mountain’ trilogy from multi-award winning filmmaker and photographer, Terry Abraham whose critically acclaimed ‘Life of a Mountain: Scafell Pike’ (2015) and ‘Life of a Mountain: Blencathra’ (2017) have been enjoyed by millions of viewers on the BBC. Nearly three years in production and featuring contributions from household names, locals and visitors alike, Abraham’s final love letter to Lakeland takes the breath away with sensational cinematography as we see Cumbria like never before’

The DofE Virtual Adventure…

The Duke of Edingburgh Award Scheme have launched their Virtual Adventure to raise funds which will support young people by walking the entire coastline of the UK (no you dont have to do all of it..!!!)

Here’s a few thoughts from myself on how to pack your bag, but also your companions, care, smiles and sharing…

Mental Health Awareness Week 2020

The 21st anniversary of my fateful climb on Mt.McKinley has coincided with  the COVID-19 Lockdown and Mental Health Week 2020.

Here’s a few thoughts and life lessons I’ve learned over those 21 years…

Explore From Your Door…

How well do you know your local area? You may be surprised by how many paths and greenspaces are waiting for you to find! Now’s the time to explore from your door, on foot or by bike, and discover the lesser-known paths and trails. We asked our GetOutside Champions how they’ve been exploring their local area and what they’ve enjoyed the most.

Learning to Survive and Thrive…


21 Years have passed since my fateful expedition to Mt McKinley in Alaska.  Besides the obvious surgery, I also experienced isolation, fear, mental fatigue, physical damage and came out of lockdown a very different man.

I’ve shared a few thoughts with Ordnance Survey on how the present COVID-19 lockdown brings back those memories and how much both of them have affected me…

McKinley 21…

This April and May will be the 21st anniversary of my fateful climb on Mt. McKinley in Alaska.

Using original diary entries, 35mm slides and kit, I’m going to retell the story, day by day as it happened those 21 years ago.

The video logs will be posted here, Youtube and via Social Media.

We flew to Alaska on April 30th 1999…

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.  They’re all engineering, 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…