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    Become an Adventurer

    Devote yourself to the project not just for the sake of it or even solely for charity, but primarily because it resonates deeply with your own values and aspirations. There’s no time like the present! It’s never too late, and you don’t have to wait like I did. I embarked on my first real wild adventure by walking 650 km to the North Pole at the age of 62. To enhance your quest to become a seasoned adventurer, begin by embracing challenges that are both demanding, unusual and captivating. Engage in endeavors that ignite your passion and curiosity, something you deeply care about. Remember, the journey towards becoming a full-fledged…

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    Rowing the North Atlantic   

    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 rowing boat; ‘primed and ready for an attempt’ on a world record. Our challenge was to Row across the North Atlantic, setting off from Marina Puerto De Mogan Gran Canaria, 4815Km. / 2992 miles to Port St Charles Barbados faster than anyone before. I was musing !!!!    Rowing the Atlantic…

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    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 ability to slide smoothly allows for easy adjustment, while its simplicity enables quick untying when needed. The Running Bowline is a type of knot that forms a loop that will not slip or bind, and can be easily untied even after being loaded. Tying Guide It is important to note that this…

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    Climbing Carabiners / Karabiners

    Locking Screwgate Carabiners serve as essential tools for climbers and mountaineers, facilitating the secure connection of various equipment pieces, thereby ensuring their safety during ascents. Typically crafted from durable metal, these versatile devices come in a variety of shapes and sizes, though commonly feature an oval design with a spring-loaded clip mechanism, ensuring firm closure unless intentionally opened. They have a wide range of uses across various activities and industries, including: Climbing and Mountaineering: Carabiners are crucial for connecting ropes to harnesses, securing climbers to anchors, creating belay systems, and linking different pieces of climbing equipment such as cams, nuts, and quickdraws. Rigging and Rope Work: They are employed in…

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    Due Diligence for the Adventurous

    Prioritizing health and safety is essential in any endeavor, particularly in adventurous activities where risks abound. Comprehensive risk assessments are mandatory for all such undertakings, particularly in challenging environments like mountainous terrain or during intense activities such as an Atlantic row. Ignoring safety protocols in these scenarios may result in dire consequences. Drawing from personal reflections, poignant events such as the unfortunate loss of a fellow oarsman during the Atlantic row in 2016 and the notable dropout rate in Rugby on Everest 2019 have profoundly shaped my outlook. The tragic incident underscores the importance of ensuring comprehensive safety measures are in place. The Skipper and owner of the vessel faced…

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    Rock Scrambling

    Rock scrambling, a popular outdoor pursuit, involves navigating rocky terrain with a mix of climbing and hiking techniques. It’s crucial to conduct thorough risk assessments before engaging in rock scrambling to ensure participant safety. Ignoring safety protocols in this activity could lead to accidents or injuries. 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 boot, securing a stable foothold, and meticulously shift your weight before replicating the process with the other foot. Keep your center of…

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    Water Crossings: Techniques and Tips

    Water crossings offer a mix of excitement and challenge. There are various factors range from navigating shallow streams to traversing deep rivers. Whether one opts for fording, using a bridge, or sailing across in a boat, the primary focus remains on assessing the environment and choosing the safest approach. Essential considerations: Depth of the water , current intensity, and the nature of the terrain; emphasizing the paramount importance of prioritizing safety above all else. Look downstream; consequences are crucial if you get swept away by the current Slow, deep water is often safer than shallower, swift water!! Guidelines for Safe River or Stream Crossings: Prepare for Quick Release: Loosen your…

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    Power & Benefits of a Cold Water Shower

    Chill Out: Unlocking the Surprising Power and Perks of Cold Water Showers Embracing a cold water shower transcends mere routine; it’s a profound daily ritual that enhances both physical vitality and mental well-being. For me, as a Cancer Survivor, its significance lies in fortifying my immune system, a pivotal benefit in my journey to health and resilience. Each brisk 5-minute immersion in cold water becomes a transformative practice, shaping not only my body but also fostering mental resilience. It’s a training ground where physical toughness converges with mental clarity, cultivating an unwavering mindset and strengthening the spirit. Embracing the Cold Stepping into that cold shower initiates a daily journey toward…

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    Knife Care and Usage Guide

    “Your knife is your life”: You’re only as sharp as your knife and your survival knife is the one that you have on you at the time.  Stephen Nowacki. Taking care of your knives and using them correctly is essential for their longevity and your safety. Knives are versatile tools, but they have their limits. In this comprehensive guide, we’ll provide valuable advice on knife care and usage to help you make the most of your tools while ensuring their durability. Section 1: Proper Knife Usage Section 2: Knife Maintenance Section 3: General Care Section 4: Maintenance and Sharpening Proper knife care and usage are vital for your safety and…

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    The Beanie

    The timeless Beanie, a marvel of practicality, holds an esteemed place in our society, with its worth never in doubt and stands as your ultimate savior – that’s both stylish and functional. A beanie served as our trusted shield on the chilliest of days. Nestled within our two-person tent, deep within my sleeping bag, enduring Arctic temperatures as low as -35°C, my merino wool beanie kept my skull warm. I fondly remember the comfort it provided when I slipped on a beanie to protect my “Chemo Curl.” On those “bad hair” days or when I simply craved an ultra-chic look, the beanie was my go-to accessory.In fact, finding a moment…