• 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 demanding physical and mental challenges involved. Being well-prepared allows you to handle the rigorous demands, enhancing your safety, enjoyment, and overall experience. Mindset for Endurance and Extreme Adventures: One key ‘suggestion’ for all types of endurance adventures is to “take it slowly.” Set a comfortable and consistent pace. Remember, “Plodders…

  • 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 water, preferably one with a length of 14-18 feet, 22 to 24 inches wide, designed for stability and speed. Day Touring Kayak: An average size is of 12 to 14 feet long and 24 to 28 inches wide. Ideal qualities needed are “easy entry and all-day comfort”. Paddle: A strong…

  • Camping / Equipment & Accessories,  Climbing,  Climbing / Caving,  Critical items you ‘Need’ to Survive an Adventure,  Essential Rope Knots,  How To's,  Mountaineering,  My Blog

    Locking Screwgate Carabiners / Karabiners

    Locking Screwgate Carabiners / Karabiners 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…

  • Camping / Equipment & Accessories,  Hiking / Trekking,  Overlooked Survival Items

    Outdoor Cooking Set for Your Next Adventure

    Your Compact Companion for Wild Camping, Backpacking and Travelers who need to pack urgently, this all-in-one cooking set ensures you have everything you need to get some grub cooking! The complete cooking set is simple to use and packs down compactly, elevating your outdoor experience. Meticulously crafted for adventurers, nature enthusiasts, and anyone captivated by the allure of the great outdoors, this set is designed to complement the spirit of exploration. Whether you’re trekking through rugged terrain or unwinding at a picturesque campsite, this versatile kit is your steadfast companion. Boiling water or conjuring a satisfying meal becomes a swift affair with the all-inclusive tools and gear provided. Ready to…

  • Electronics / Security,  How To's,  My Blog

    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…

  • Electronics / Navigation,  Electronics / Security,  My Blog

    Safeguard Your Mobile Phone: Tips and Best Practices for Maximum Protection

    In today’s interconnected world, effective ‘communication’ takes center stage. My colleagues and I have taken our mobile phones to diverse environments and engaged in a wide array of activities. From the icy reaches of the North Pole to the scorching sands of the Sahara Desert, we’ve braved it all. Our phones have accompanied us on water-based adventures such as kayaking and swimming, and they’ve even faced the arduous ascents of Mount Everest and Mount Kilimanjaro. Our mobile phones require robust protection against a range of elements, encompassing water, sand, snow, and shocks, while still maintaining seamless functionality for speaking, listening, and dialing. Kevlar mobile phone cases offer several advantages, one…

  • Critical items you ‘Need’ to Survive an Adventure,  My Blog

    Wetsuit, Rash Vest & Legwear

    Wetsuits are specialized garments designed for various water-related activities, such as surfing, diving, snorkeling, and triathlons. They offer several benefits to individuals participating in these activities, primarily by providing thermal insulation and protection. Here are some of the key benefits of wearing a wetsuit: It’s important to choose the right wetsuit for your specific activity and water conditions to maximize these benefits. The fit and thickness of the wetsuit should be selected based on the water temperature, the duration of your activity, and your personal comfort preferences. Picture shows a full latex Turbo Cag / Jacket, my preference. Rash Vest The Rash Vest is a type of clothing that can…

  • Critical items you ‘Need’ to Survive an Adventure,  My Blog

    First Aid Kit

    Always carry a First Aid Kit on any impromptu or guided outdoor adventure! First Aid Kit / Medical Kit is a collection of supplies and equipment used to give immediate medical treatment, primarily to treat minor injuries, such as cuts, burns, blisters, sprains, and insect bites, as well as provide some relief for pain, fever, diarrhoea, and allergies. A first aid kit can also help you prevent infections and stop bleeding in case of more serious wounds. There are many types of first aid kits available, depending on your needs and preferences; especially if you are travelling to remote areas or engaging in outdoor activities.. Some fundamentals to consider when choosing…

  • Critical items you ‘Need’ to Survive an Adventure,  My Blog

    Reflective Survival Signal Mirror: Essential Tool for Outdoor Survival and Rescue

    A Reflective Survival Mirror stands out as your ultimate Emergency Sun Reflective Tool ; it’s a “Mayday Signaling Device.” The Signal Mirror—an often overlooked, despite our reliance on mobile phones, simple and practical tools like this can be lifesavers in unforeseen situations. Crafted from top-tier reflective materials, the signal mirror rescue delivers an exceptionally bright and visible reflection, ensuring optimal effectiveness in signaling rescuers during emergencies. Its durable construction guarantees longevity, making it a reliable tool in critical situations This indispensable tool belongs in every survival kit, boasting an extraordinary capacity to broadcast signals visible at distances of up to 10 miles. In an emergency, it serves as a beacon that captures the…

  • Critical items you ‘Need’ to Survive an Adventure,  My Blog

    Rescue Throw Bag / Throw line

    If someone falls overboard, a rescue throw bag or throw line provides an easily accessible lifeline for them to grab onto and be pulled back to the boat. This would have been an ideal lifesaver when we tragically lost Mike Johnson while rowing across the Atlantic. https://www.livealifetodiefor.co.uk/the-toby-wallace-atlantic-row-januaryfebruary-2016/ Whether you’re a seasoned water sports enthusiast or a beginner, this indispensable piece of gear is a must-have for anyone engaging in water-related activities. It serves as a lifeline, allowing rescuers to quickly and accurately deploy a buoyant rope to someone in distress, whether they’re caught in a current, stranded in the water, or struggling to stay afloat. Especially in situations where swift…