• Adventures,  Expeditions,  Marine,  My Blog

    Conquer the North Atlantic: a Monumental Rowing Adventure

    Rowing the North Atlantic is a monumental feat that requires incredible physical and mental endurance. The North Atlantic is known for its challenging weather patterns, strong currents, and unpredictable conditions, making it one of the most demanding bodies of water to cross. On 28th Jan 2016, approaching midnight – I was sitting in my rowing position on the “Toby Wallace”, a light-weight ocean…

  • Adventures,  Boating / Kayaking,  Cancer,  My Blog

    Kayak The English Channel

    BBC . South East Today – Evening News 25.6.2021 – I’m on the Telly!!! On the 3rd February 2021, I completed my chemotherapy treatment for Cancer and rang the Bell. Six months later 3rd August 2021 to celebrate this milestone I paddled a red kayak from Dungeness to Boulogne sporting my “Chemo Curls.” Being featured on the BBC in the…

  • Adventures,  Hiking / Trekking,  Hiking / Trekking

    Sahara Desert

    To me, the Sahara displays an awe-inspiring uniqueness as did the North Pole. They share extremes of contrasts yet alike in so many ways; legend, mystery and raw beauty. Both can and will kill you if you don’t respect them. The Sahara is the largest non-polar desert on our planet; 3,320,000 square miles (8,600,000 square km) If you take the wrong…

  • Adventures,  Climbing / Caving,  Expeditions,  Hiking / Trekking,  Mountaineering

    “How I Climbed Kilimanjaro Twice, Once with a Metal Knee”

    Kilimanjaro demands respect, this mighty dormant volcano, soaring from the African plains, stands as the tallest freestanding mountain globally, reaching a staggering 5,895 meters (19,341 feet) above sea level. Undertaking the challenge of conquering Kilimanjaro is not merely a physical feat; it’s a journey of personal determination and endurance. Embarking on this adventure with friends, I faced the monumental task…

  • Adventures,  Climbing / Caving,  Hiking / Trekking,  Mountaineering,  Speaking

    Rugby on Everest 2019

      In April 2019 we trekked in the footsteps of Mallory and Irvine, up the Magic Highway’ to Mt Everest’s Advance Base Camp (ABC3) 6,500m/ 21,000 feet; which is just below the North Col to play two games of Rugby on a glacier. Myself and Lesley, trekked and played alongside, Rugby stars Lee Mears, Ollie Phillips, Shane Williams, Tamara Taylor plus 20 inspirational men…

  • Adventures,  Boating / Kayaking,  Marine,  Speaking

    Ocean Rowing

    The Harrowing Realities of Ocean Rowing: A Journey of Endurance and Survival   The Toby Wallace Atlantic Row – January/February 2016 Tragedy struck in the night of February 14th. Location close to 18 29′ N  039 06′ W. over a thousand miles from land. https://my.yb.tl/oceanusrowing Simon gave a loud warning shout, “big wave”. I looked up to see a monster swell…

  • Adventures,  Camping / Equipment & Accessories,  Expeditions,  Hiking / Trekking,  Hiking / Trekking,  My Blog,  Speaking

    En Route to the Top of the World – North Pole

    On April 9th, 2009, I faced an extraordinary challenge—the Polar Race. At the age of 61, with 28 years of sobriety shaping my resolve, I stood alongside my teammate, 34-year-old James Trotman. Embarking on the Race to the North Pole was more than a mere contest; it was a daring expedition that served as the ultimate trial of survival in…

  • Expeditions,  Hiking / Trekking,  Hiking / Trekking,  My Blog

    Practical Tips for Extreme Trekking Training

    Whilst Extreme Trekking you can experience the awe-inspiring beauty and formidable dangers of Mother Nature. She is such a powerful force; from cold of the Arctic to the searing heat of the Desert; from the majestic Mountains and serene Forests to turbulent Storms, nature captivates and Challenges us. ‘Head to Toe Fitness’ is crucial for extreme trekking due to the…

  • Boating / Kayaking,  How To's,  Marine,  My Blog

    Master the Waves: Your Ultimate Guide to Sea Kayaking

    Sea Kayaking is a challenging and potentially dangerous endeavour, requiring careful preparation and the right equipment. Among my experiences of sea/touring kayaking include paddling from Dungeness, UK to Boulogne, France both ways and the Great Glen Canoe Trail. Here is my basic kit list for such an adventure: Kayak and Paddles Sea Kayak: A high-quality sea kayak designed for open…

  • Climbing,  Essential Rope Knots,  Marine,  My Blog,  Utility

    Running Bowline

    The Running Bowline knot stands out as a remarkably versatile and dependable knot. Crafted by looping a bowline around its own standing end, it manifests as a robust and adaptable noose. The Running Bowline knot’s strength, versatility, ease of tying, and security make it a valuable tool in numerous outdoor activities, including climbing, sailing, rescue operations, and more. Notably, its…

  • Climbing,  Fishing

    Round Turn & Two Half Hitches

    The round turn and two half-hitches knot is exceptionally well-suited for scenarios requiring secure attachment of a line or rope to a fixed object. The initial round turn serves to distribute the load evenly and provides friction against the support, crucial for maintaining tension and preventing slippage. This foundational element allows for the effective tightening of the line. Subsequently, the…

  • Essential Rope Knots,  Fishing,  Utility

    Constrictor Knot

    The Constrictor Knot is a versatile knot with various applications and benefits. Here are some of its primary uses and benefits: Overall, the Constrictor Knot is a valuable knot to learn for anyone involved in activities such as camping, boating, fishing, hiking, or general DIY tasks, as it offers a secure and reliable way to fasten and bind objects together.…

  • Climbing,  Essential Rope Knots,  Marine,  Utility

    Trucker’s Hitch

    The Trucker’s Hitch is a versatile knot often used in camping, sailing, and, as the name suggests, by truckers for securing cargo. Its primary purpose is to create a secure and tight line for securing loads or creating tension in a line. Tying Guide One of the primary uses of the Trucker’s Hitch is to secure cargo on trucks, trailers,…

  • Essential Rope Knots,  Utility

    Knut Friction Hitch

    Knut Friction Hitch, is a type of binding knot that is designed to grip an object tightly. The Knut Friction Hitch is primarily used for binding objects together, such as bundles of sticks or securing a rope to a pole or post. One of the key features of this knot is its ability to grip tightly around an object. The…

  • Essential Rope Knots,  Marine

    Marlinspike

    The Marlinspike Hitch offers a clever solution for securely attaching a rod, bar, or pole to a rope, effectively creating a dependable handle. Commonly used in sailing and other activities where a strong handle is needed. It’s often employed by sailors when they need to create a temporary handle for tasks like pulling lines under tension or securing a line…