A little bit of Paradise 

Sometimes in life, if you put in the hard yards, you get rewarded. Thankfully, this applies to travel also; if you’re prepared to take several flights, then one more, jump on a bus, and spend some time on a boat…then you might just end up somewhere awesome. 

That’s what happened to me in the Philippines: 


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Hitting the Ho Chi Minh Trail

It’s fair to say that Vietnam has had a bit of a chequered past. Much like Rwanda, Honduras, South Africa and many other countries i’ve visited, Vietnam has suffered from civil war, political upheaval and unwanted international attention. But just like these other countries, it also continues to wow travellers with its unique landscapes, unbelievably cheap food and a population of warm, open people. And the best bit? If you get a motorbike and a sense of adventure, you can see it all. Just remember to hold on!

A kiwi kind of adventure

I left the UK on Boxing day 2016. It wasn’t raining, which was nice. The debacle surrounding Southern Trains was set to continue (if you’re not familiar with this, google #southernfail), the Brexit debate rumbled on, and we were at the end of what many people would agree was a rather naff year. There was only one thing for it, one way to wash away the 2016 blues and see in 2017 with a bang. Yep, I needed another adventure.

New Zealand tops the list of my favourite countries in the world. OK it doesn’t come anywhere close to the incredible wildlife found in many African nations, or the food and drink journeys you can go on in South American or European ones, but damn does it make up for that with one thing – being an adventure paradise!

Helicopter rides to stunning rock pinnacles in Paihia, swimming with dolphins, white water rafting the highest commercially raftable waterfall in the world in Rotorua, skydiving in Ashburton, bungees and wickedly fun jet boats in Queenstown; all backed up by kick ass scenery, empty roads and (sometimes) ace weather. January was a bit good, February hasn’t been too bad either. This post comes from a quiet title cafe in a town on the East coast of Vietnam. Just a shame there’s no skydiving here.

Drones and high places

So here it is, the final edit of my short video for the International School of Mountaineering, a showcase of their UK Rock Climbing & Alpine Preparation course. It was such an awesome challenge having to carry and pilot my drone from the climb, but one that produced some ace shots. I’m now freeing up space on my memory cards as I pack my bags for New Zealand, where I know some cool filming awaits! For the adventure

Autumn on the rocks

As always, my latest post suffers from a rather lengthy delay and frustratingly, a bad internet connection! The result? My latest video isn’t that new and it certainly isn’t sharp, but hey….modern problems! I’ve been lucky enough to be working with the International School of Mountaineering (ISM) on some cool projects, including this weekend of rock climbing, filming and all round fun. ISM offer a huge range of climbing and mountaineering courses, from the rocks of the Lake District to the frozen ice in the Alps. For me…well, i get to film it all.

Kyrgyzstan 2016 – Follow No Footsteps

September 2016, what a month that turned out to be! After a year of planning, training and a general feeling of being excited, I joined up with a bunch of other climbers and adventure seekers from around the globe to take part in a rather brilliant expedition in Southern Kyrgyzstan, organised by the equally brilliant International School of Mountaineering (ISM).

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ISM have been pioneering climbing trips in this part of the world for some time now, but, as was the plan, our group of climbers were the first to climb and summit mountains in the stunning Zaalay Range of the mighty Pamir Mountains, a huge expanse of peaks that form the border between Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan.

14 nights in a tent, being cold, then hot, then cold again, there was no lack of adventure on this one. From the wolf howling outside of our tents at Advanced Base Camp, to the incredible sunsets witnessed up at 4100m, we had it all. The team summited 5 previously unclimbed mountains, and in doing so made climbing history in the region by laying claim to and naming the peaks. Follow no footsteps….that was the plan. For the adventure! A quick video of the expedition here: