Days not Homeless: 4 Years, 4 Days  ...and loving every second of this alpine adventure!

not Homeless: 4 Years, 4 Days

City Break: Stockholm

City Break: Stockholm

With the forecast calling for rain to fall for multiple days on Chamonix yet again it was time to search out another European city. Having recently got back from Nimes in the south of France it was the turn of Italy. We toyed with a return to Venice, then thought that...

Cook Island Adventures

Cook Island Adventures

The thought of travelling for two days to visit family in New Zealand without adding on a South Pacific island trip was now only a thought! After spending a little over a week in Niue on our previous trip where would we go this time? Whilst my mum had already been to...

Algarve SUP’ing

Algarve SUP’ing

With a few hundred Euros in TAP Portugal credit and no real idea of where to go that didn't involve connections and long flights we decided to just head somewhere warm and that we'd never been to before. The Algarve sounded like that destination. Unfortunately the...

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  • Traverse Isle of Skye’s Cuillin Ridge
  • Paraglide in Colombia
  • Take a glider over Acadia NP
  • Learn Spanish
  • Cage Dive with Great White Sharks
  • See Aurora Borealis
  • Complete an Ironman
  • Hike the Inca trail to Macchu Picchu
  • Cruise Antarctica
  • Fly in a hot air balloon
  • Hang glide over Rio
  • Hogmanay in Edinburgh
  • Summit Mt Everest
  • Safari in Kruger NP
  • See a volcanic eruption with lava
  • Visit the Rio Sambadromo at Carnaval
  • Photo a Grizzly fishing for Salmon
  • Hike the John Muir trail in CA
  • Add my name to the 7-summit list
  • Swim in the Arctic Ocean
  • Cycle the Great Divide by Fatbike
  • Raft the Grand Canyon
  • Drink beer at Octoberfest in Munich
  • Trek the Annapurna Circuit
  • See elephants at the David Sheldrick Institute
  • Compete in Cape Epic, SA

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Exactly 133 days after arriving on the African continent we were sadly saying our farewells. Cape Town had been our arrival city and was now our departure point back to Europe and the US. We both agreed that we could have spent another few weeks here! Other than the first month which I spent alone training for the Cape Epic mountain bike race the two of us took in lakes, mountains, beaches, markets, and countless national parks, met people who spoke Swahili, Kinyarwanda and Chichewa to name but a few, and had many moments that emotionally drained us. This was an epic trip covering nine countries in the southern and central regions of an amazingly diverse continent, a continent where at first we were wary of its people and past troubles, steadily realizing that we were far safer and more welcome here than many other places we had visited over the past six years. We were in Uganda and Swaziland for only a few days, Malawi and Namibia for a few weeks, the rest somewhere in between.

The only part of our itinerary that was planned were the South Luangwa safaris in Zambia and the mountain gorillas of Uganda – we prefer not to schedule anything in advance but being on a budget and our desire to experience some very popular attractions meant we needed to sometimes have a plan. The rest we simply

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My desire to be one of the very few that claim to have stood on the highest summits of each of the seven continents began after successfully standing atop Kilimanjaro, the highest peak in Africa, and a few years later Elbrus, the highest in Europe. From then on, with the camaraderie of my two climbing buddies from the US, Jeff Strite and Jose Rionda, I made it up, over the top and down the other side of Aconcagua, the highest in South America, and Denali, in North America (also a tough traverse). A quick ascent of Kosciuszko in the white mountains of Australia, followed by an amazing adventure in Indonesian Papua, or Irian Jaya, to climb Carstensz Pyramid, and that made up the fifth peak of Oceania/ Australasia. It depends on who you listen to as to which summit is the more legitimate, with one being a region including Australia and proximate islands, and the other being on the Australian mainland. Next up in 2005 came a dream shot at Everest with our Aconcagua guide Mike Hamill and International Mountain Guides, and although I only made it above the Balcony as far as 8,500m (28,000ft), it was still a life changing experience. In 2019, allowing plenty of time to get fit after having hip resurfacing, I will be heading back to Nepal to finish the 350 meter shortfall and stand on top of the world! Fortunately in December of 2017 the opportunity to climb number six, Mount Vinson in Antarctica arose and instantly made me want to return.

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