Young Explorers Trust Forum – Live and Dirty..!

Last Sunday I spoke with the Young Explorers Trust about my childhood experiences in the outdoors.  Years in Farming, Hill Walking and Outdoor Pursuits at School cemented not only my love of the outdoors, but my physical and mental capacity to thrive, no-matter what the odds.

Here’s my story and my thoughts on how we can all improve…

The National Outside and Active Festival 2021…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sadly COVID-19 is still restricting our abilities to meet, and this coming weekend we hoped to crowd into the NEC for the National Outdoor Expo.  However, the show will go on – online..!

The National Outside & Active Digital Festival launches this Saturday (27 March). The week-long digital festival is packed full of inspirational sessions, ‘how to’ workshops and all the latest kit, tech and gear from a host of top brands. On-demand sessions will be available 24-7 with live sessions at 6pm each night.

Follow the link below to see the full programme –

https://mailchi.mp/nationalo…/outside-and-active-programme

Register for your free pass to attend

https://outsideandactive.com/login#register

Speaking Online with the Young Explorers Trust…

 

Next Sunday I’ll be speaking online with the Young Explorers Trust about ‘The importance and value of expeditioning for young people’ The outdoors has shaped my life and enriched it more than any formal education ever could.

Getting youngsters outside, learning the important lessons of resilience, self-dependence, trust, teamwork, achievement, consequences, problem solving, limits, appreciation of risks, play v adventure, inner strength, coping mechanisms, stress – the list goes on..!  We can’t do this from behind a desk.

Join us on Sunday 28th March 2pm.  It’s free to see, but if you’d like to make a donation to the trust , they’d be very grateful…

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…


Here we are in lockdown 3.0  and once again 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, creative, 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…”