• Adventures,  Expeditions,  My Blog,  Recovery

    Unsung Heroes  

    Sherpas, guides, and porters stand as the often-overlooked and unsung heroes behind our incredible adventures. Without their unwavering support, achieving our goals would be an almost insurmountable challenge. They bear the weight of crucial equipment and supplies, guaranteeing our sustenance, hydration, and shelter. Moreover, their expert guidance and vigilant presence play an indispensable role in safeguarding us throughout our voyages…

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    Kayaking the Great Glen Canoe Trail

    The Great Glen Way gives the adventurous a unique opportunity to paddle from the Atlantic to the North Sea; traverse across the Scottish Highlands from Fort William to Inverness. Myself and four friends took on the multi-day challenge……in single Kayaks.  I’m so proud of my team – we nailed it ! 12th June – 16th June 2023 Mark ‘Ackers’ Ackred …

  • Adventures,  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…

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    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…

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    Perils of Ocean Rowing

    The Toby Wallace Atlantic Row – January/February 2016 The Harrowing Realities of Ocean Rowing   It was approaching midnight on the 28th Jan 2016 – I was sitting in my rowing position on the “Toby Wallace”, a light-weight ocean rowing boat; ‘primed and ready for an attempt’ on a world record. Our challenge was to Row across the North Atlantic, setting…

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    The ‘Polar Race’ 2009

    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…

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    The ‘Heaving Line’ Knot

    The Heaving Line knot is designed to add weight to the end of a rope, making it easier to throw accurately over long distances, such as between ships or to shore. It is particularly useful for situations where a lightweight line alone would not have enough momentum to reach its intended target. One of the primary benefits its ability to…

  • Essential Rope Knots,  My Blog

    Overhand Loop Knot

    The Overhand Loop is a versatile and straightforward knot used to create a secure fixed loop anywhere along a length of rope. Here are some common uses and benefits:  Fishing: The overhand loop is frequently used in fishing to create a loop at the end of the fishing line. This loop allows for easy attachment of hooks, lures, or other…

  • Essential Rope Knots,  My Blog

    The Butterfly Knot

    Climbers often rely on the butterfly knot in diverse scenarios due to its versatility and reliability. Whether equalizing a belay setup or isolating damaged rope; it is a secure loop knot that is proven to be indispensable. In the realm of glacier climbing, the butterfly knot assumes a pivotal role. It allows climbers to securely attach a third person safely…

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    Rolling Hitch

    The Rolling Hitch stands out as a remarkably versatile friction knot, skillfully employed to fasten a rope securely to a pole or post. It also excels in connecting one rope to another, offering the unique advantage of eliminating the necessity to access the ends of the rope for a seamless and efficient attachment. Tying Guide The Rolling Hitch is particularly…

  • Essential Rope Knots,  My Blog

    Sheepshank

    The Sheepshank knot serves the purpose of temporarily shortening a rope without cutting it or taking slack out of a line. It was historically used in sailing and other activities where ropes were commonly employed. Tying Guide Be aware, the Sheepshank knot is not suitable for critical loads as it can slip if not under tension. If a section of…

  • Essential Rope Knots,  My Blog

    Taut-Line Hitch Knot

    The Taut-Line Hitch is indeed a versatile and reliable knot for outdoor enthusiasts, backpackers and campers. Typically used for securing tent lines, hammocks etc…This knot is handy for creating an adjustable loop that stays in place even under tension, making it ideal for situations where you need to secure something but might need to adjust the tension later. How to…

  • Essential Rope Knots,  Overlooked Survival Items

    The Carrick Bend

    The Carrick Bend is also known as the Sailor’s breastplate, is ideal for uniting two substantial ropes or cables that are too bulky or rigid for typical bends. Its design ensures a secure and reliable connection, making it a preferred choice in scenarios where other common bends may not suffice due to the sheer size or inflexibility of the ropes or…

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    Wild Outdoor Cooking Sets

    An outdoor cooking set is a comprehensive package tailored for the nomadic at heart—ideal for campers, hikers, or anyone embracing the thrill of outdoor exploration. Catering to the needs of adventurous souls, be it navigating the untamed wilderness or settling in at a campsite with a hankering for swift and effortless meal solutions, this basic kit truly shines. Boiling water…

  • How To's,  My Blog

    Due Diligence for the Adventurous

    Exercising due diligence concerning health and safety is paramount. Risk Assessments is required for all Adventurous Activities; especially in environments like mountains or during activities such as an Atlantic row. Neglecting safety measures in these settings could potentially lead to severe consequences. Reflecting on past experiences, particularly the tragic loss of a fellow oarsman during the Atlantic row in 2016, and…

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    Rock Scrambling

    Scrambling lies in that grey area between the simplicity of hill walking with the technicality of rock climbing. Basic Guide to Scrambling How to Navigate Scree Loose Scree / friable rock is hair-raising, it makes the scramble tougher mentally Carefully maneuver your boots into the scree, especially effective when it’s just a few inches deep. Engage the front of your…