• Adventures,  Expeditions,  How To's,  My Blog

    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 boot, securing a stable foothold, and meticulously shift your weight before replicating the process with the other foot. Keep your center of gravity low by slightly bending your knees and leaning forward. This helps you stay stable on shifting surfaces. Moving slowly with shorter, deliberate steps reduces the risk of…

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    London 2 Paris Rowing Challenge

    The London 2 Paris Challenge in 2010 is the perfect example of open water rowing’s most demanding aspects; it requires extreme physical endurance and considerable mental strength.  An exhilarating yet humbling experience that reminds me of my insignificance in the vastness of the world. I looked forward to an interesting and equally punishing journey from Big Ben, down along the River Thames, across the English Channel to La Havre and up the Seine to the finish at the Eiffel tower, a distance of 420 nautical miles. We rowed an old-fashioned traditional Thames Waterman Cutter; 34ft long, with a beam of 4ft 6”, in timber (clinker-built). We started from Big Ben,…

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    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 and adventures. It was a bittersweet, last night, on Mt Everest. We had achieved what we had set out to do – play rugby at altitude. On the Mountain we had seen friends sent home early. Twenty-seven of us arrived at Everest base camp, Tibet on 20th April and only…

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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  :  Clay Smith  :  Rob Callaway  : Roger Davies : Jon Ingarfield An early morning start on Loch Oich. In the late afternoon we had “Lightning”…. It’s recommended to get ashore and away from the water asap. I agreed, because water will transmit lightning strikes from further away, so the quicker you…

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    Coastal Rowing

    My not so secret tips ‘Before’ Coastal Rowing or More! I strongly suggest enrolling in formal training RYA Courses – (Royal Yachting Assoc.) Useful Practical Skills – best learnt on the Water. #livealifetodiefor #marlowropes #MoreThanMyPast #itsrogerx #RNLI

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    Mt Toubkal 4,167m 2013

    Mt Toubkal 4,167m and High Atlas Mountains, Morocco Oct 2013 We were a very mixed and friendly group of 7; three men – me, Benno and Adam and 4 ladies, Lesley, Julie, Annabelle and Kay. On arrival at Marrakesh Airport our old friend and team leader Stephen Pinfold with his local right hand man Ibraham Amzil were there to meet us. A people carrier picked us up, from our hotel in Marrakesh; transporting us up to the start of our trek on the High Atlas Mountain range. Dropping us and our entire luggage off in what seemed the middle of nowhere. Steve and Ibraham, instructed us to repack what’s needed…

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    Mt.Everest Base Camp 2014

    Our journey to Everest Base Camp Nepal, 17,598 feet (5,364m) above sea level. The Team : Roger, Lucas Bateman, Lesley Pender, Annie (Annabelle) Hancock ,Clive Hagley & his youngest son Max, Julie Jones, Jan Meek Our journey to Everest Base Camp on the lower slopes of world’s highest and arguably the most majestic mountain is as spiritual uplifting as it is physically challenging. What makes it tougher; is trekking at altitude; rising an additional 2680m, eventually to reach Everest Base Camp, sited at 5360m; where there is 50% less oxygen compared to sea level. Altitude sickness can hit you at any time, specially over 3000m We flew from from Kathmandu,…

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    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 dune and lose your way, you’re in deep do-do, (shit)! A desert is a barren area, defined by averaging less than 10 inches / 25cm of precipitation (rainfall) each year. Clear skies, light wind and dry air helps the air temperature cool off significantly at night.  Insufferable heat during the…

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

    Kilimanjaro is not to be underestimated; Myself and friends embarked on a huge personal challenge, to climb the highest mountain on the African continent. Kilimanjaro is a dormant volcano, rising out of the African plains it is the tallest freestanding mountain in the world 5,895 m (19,341 ft); on the northern border of Tanzania, 200 miles south of the equator. “In 2010, we conquered the Machame Route, and in September 2012, I returned with a total metal knee replacement. Why? To demonstrate its effectiveness. And you know what? It absolutely did!” When we reached the summit, Uhuru Peak by the Rongai Route, when darkness was gradually being replaced by “a…

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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 and women to help raise more than £250,000 for children with disabilities and facing disadvantage across the UK and Ireland. The Rugby Challenge took place across 24 days; our group battled acclimatisation and altitude to play the World Record for highest ever game  of mixed seven-a-side ‘Touch Rugby’ at Everest…