NYC Walk Info - I'm Just Walkin'

A timely chance for me to remind you of one of my favourite expeditions, an 8000 mile epic walk: walking every street of NYC:

‪One of my favourite things in life: early morning runs in a city you've never visited. (And pausing half way through your run for a doughnut)‬
This place really is up to all the hype. Wow. Wow.

And now for something completely different...
Anyone fancy a morning run in New York tomorrow?
(It will probably help matters if you already happen to be there!)

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Disaster with my chocolate brownies in the ploughing match (I burned them), but a glorious triumph in the painting!
I am now an award-winning artist!!! Hilarious.

Disaster with my chocolate brownies in the ploughing match (I burned them), but a glorious triumph in the painting!
I am now an award-winning artist!!! Hilarious.

From city to serenity in under an hour - read how easy it is for you to enjoy an exciting #Microadventure in the wilderness. #ad : https://www.landrover.co.uk/explore-land-rover/one-life/adventure/microadventures-wilderness-retreat.html

Counterpane: Macmillan

Counterpane: this is a thought-provoking and poignant photo exhibition that reminds me I am lucky to be able to enjoy the mountains, not just the memories of them...

It's time to move on, time to get going
What lies ahead, I have no way of knowing
But under my feet, baby, grass is growing
It's time to move on, it's time to get going.

They erased nature from our dictionaries. The fightback starts here | Patrick Barkham

“They erased nature from our dictionaries. The fightback starts here:”

‪If Ulysses had been online...‬

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Look out world! Here comes my chocolate brownie entry for the local ploughing match. (Secret touch: extra chunks of white chocolate.)
Guaranteed first place, I reckon!

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One last selfie from the astonishment that is the Aurora, and then I shall leave both Lofoten and you in peace.

A #Microadventure for the whole family - head out of the city and retreat to the wilderness. With Land Rover #ad

FAQ

Excellent, helpful FAQ advice from photographer @chrisburkard:

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Tent. Bike. Sunset. ⠀
Three Fine Words.

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My new tent has passed its most critical test: looking cool on camera. 😉 #Hilleberg #Lofoten #NorthernLights

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My new tent has passed its most critical test: looking cool on camera. 😉 #Hilleberg #Lofoten #NorthernLights

Photos from Alastair Humphreys's post

Lofoten. One of the greatest places of my life.
I had hoped so beforehand, in the 20 years I dreamed and schemed and tried to work out a way to get myself up here.
Then as the plane descended to land, I felt I was on to something, my face pressed to the window, camera phone snapping deliriously. Craggy mountains plunging steeply into fjörds. Hamlets and patches of pasture tucked at their feet, crooked in the elbow folds of valleys. Tiny shoals of islands, white beaches like apple bites, and the Caribbean cold turquoise water.
But within 24 hours of arriving in Lofoten I was certain: this is one of the greatest places of my life.
I had liaised with Emilie, Swedish blonde and smiling, as we boarded the dinky propeller plane for the last leg of the journey to Lofoten. We had never met, but were here together to make a short film. By the time we landed we were firm friends, brought together by our mutual ‘wows’ and ‘whoops’ out of the plane window.
The hotel had mountains on three sides, cold sea on the other. With 30 minutes to spare before meeting Stian, the third part of our adventure team, I ran to my room, stripped, and hurled on my running clothes. I was like a puppy deliriously chasing his tail, a kid at Christmas unable to choose which treasure to play with first. I just needed to get out there.
In a moment of thinking clearly I realised that, even in my mad state of excitement, I could not scamper up and down a near-vertical 700 metre mountain in half an hour. I forced myself to calm down, to slow down, be patient.
So at 5.30am (4.30 on my UK body clock) my alarm yanked me from sleep and hurled me up that mountain. It was hard: Lofoten is. I gasped and retched as I ran up heather, mud, and granite. But as dawn rose and sunshine slid across the peaks, the sea sat solid and silver and the islands and peaks out there across the bay stood in silhouetted contrast. I stopped running and turned round and round, whooping at the top of my voice, crazed at the sheer abundance of beauty in this day.
I galloped back down the mountain and into one of the seven modern wonders of the world: the hotel buffet breakfast. Then I dived, quite literally, from my hotel room balcony into the freezing ocean - more yelling. Later I was to catch a cod from that balcony (yes: more yelling). And then into the car and out onto the road to at last begin our adventure.

The Northern Lights brew and build until they come upon you like a madness.
“Look, Al, they are starting,” Stian spoke quietly outside my tent. “Come!”
I peered from my sleeping bag. A line of light, like a thread of pale cloud, arched across the sky from dark mountain to dark mountain.
The sky filled, steadily then quickly, and the colours grew. Then suddenly it was everywhere and I was yelling to Emilie’s tent, for she was sick and needed to sleep,
“Emilie! Emilie! I don’t care how ill you are - get out here now!”
For I knew that Emilie loved whooping as much as me, and I was right.
All three of us now, pointing, gasping at the heavens. The colours were spread bright across the sky. All of us shouting now, and staring and pointing and none of us listening. Caught in our own worlds of wonder, out here on a hillside on a dark Artic night. The aurora was galloping now, more like a nightclub or an outdoor laser show than anything you would imagine sedate and graceful Mother Nature to lay on.
Curtains of green, turning purple, darting and swooshing enormous across the stars. Shafts of colour, graceful arcs, giant coffee swirls of green. By now I was just running around and around in the dark, tripping over guy lines, cheering like a football match.
There is one simple and perfect, but sadly overused word, which explains it all: the night was awesome, and I was awestruck, filled with awe.
After two hours, or perhaps it was less than one, the Gods passed on their way, the stars re-captured the blackness, and I fell into my tent, mentally exhausted and trembling with exhilaration. I felt both empty and full. It was one of the most special experiences of my life, and I felt I needed nothing more.

But the rest of the trip was very nice too and we walked and we scrambled among the mountains and we camped by the ocean and we swam in lakes and we baked potatoes in the campfire and we laughed a lot. The End.

Just one last thing… I also cherished a Lofoten hour spent lying on a beanbag in a peaceful cafe - piano music, coffee - reading a good book, with no self-imposed pressure to be elsewhere, no distractions, and the oh-too-rare feeling of being perfectly content and present in that moment.
Wherever I go, there I am. And I'm not there as often as I should be.

Lofoten. One of the greatest places of my life.

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Lofoten. One of the greatest places of my life. Read my blog post about the trip on my website: http://www.alastairhumphreys.com/lofoten-one-greatest-places-life/
#Lofoten #Norway #Aurora #Haglofs #Selfie

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My friend @polarben is announcing his next expedition in a conversation with Jeremy Paxman(!) in London at the Royal Geographical Society on the evening of 26th Sept. Tickets on sale now and all proceeds go to the Endeavour Fund: https://goo.gl/Bd3MKb

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The outdoors gives you a fresh perspective.

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I arrived in Lofoten with no plan, and the only idea to hook up with two people I had never met before, and head out together in search of adventure. This was taken at a pass on the way to our first night's camp. I was simultaneously knackered and energised!
Thank you to @stianmedsekken1 and @emilie.bjorkman for being fine company and becoming good friends. And thank you to @haglofs for the matchmaking.

Lofoten rocks. This place exceeds even my wildest expectations and hopes. I can't wait to share our film and photos from out here. I'm a lucky boy.

I sat down with Land Rover UK to talk inspirations, experiences and all things #Microadventure. Read the interview here: http://bit.ly/2wkJej6 #ad

Lofoten Running. Earn Your Breakfast.

Next time you have a day off, go for a run before breakfast. You won't regret it!
#running #lofoten #norway #haglofs Haglöfs

Innate Ability versus Will - Alastair Humphreys

Innate Ability versus Will -

Making a Career out of Adventure - some Questions Answered - Alastair Humphreys

Making a Career out of Adventure - some Questions Answered -

Land Rover Microadventure

Microadventures are closer than you think. I've partnered with Land Rover to encourage 5-9 adventures for the 9-5 world. Where will you go on yours? #Microadventure #ad

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Lofoten, here I come! Been dreaming of this place for 20 years...

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How to get to the station when car, bike, biceps, taxi, friends all fail you. A sweaty 2 mile yomp! 😂

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I'll be talking at the Cheltenham Literature Festival about microadventures. Come along! October 8th. @CheltLitFest #cheltlitfest Tix: http://www.cheltenhamfestivals.com/literature/whats-on/2017/microadventures/

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Food, fire, and good times. A nice new little cook book from @tom_herbert_ and @dobookco. Add some class to your campfire cooking! 🔥

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Here's where I'm headed next week. Hope my pal Stian saves some Northern Lights for me!!
#Repost @stianmedsekken1
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I have no words. Just so incredibly thankfull that i got to experience this moment. Behind me there is a super bright full moon, above me the brightest aurora i have ever seen and inside me there is an explosion of pure joy. Thank you nature.
#vesterålen #haglofs #goldenmoment #nature #aurora #northernlights #picoftheday

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I made a little film about the reasons why I run. You can watch it here: https://youtu.be/6qQkwJgEE-Q

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Issue 10 of the always-fabulous @sidetrackedmag is available now. Please do support this excellent adventure magazine if you can.

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"The art of writing is the art of applying the seat of one's trousers to the seat of one's chair." - Kingsley Amis⠀
Are you writing a book, a blog, a dissertation? How's it going? Bum on seat, social media off, get writing!!⠀
(That's a note to myself.)

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Punchy stuff from Elizabeth Gilbert:
Let me list for you some of the many ways in which you might be afraid to live a more creative life: You’re afraid you have no talent. You’re afraid you’ll be rejected or criticised or ridiculed or misunderstood or—worst of all—ignored. You’re afraid there’s no market for your creativity, and therefore no point in pursuing it. You’re afraid somebody else already did it better. You’re afraid everybody else already did it better. You’re afraid somebody will steal your ideas, so it’s safer to keep them hidden forever in the dark. You’re afraid you won’t be taken seriously. You’re afraid your work isn’t politically, emotionally, or artistically important enough to change anyone’s life. You’re afraid your dreams are embarrassing. You’re afraid that someday you’ll look back on your creative endeavours as having been a giant waste of time, effort, and money.
You’re afraid you don’t have the right kind of discipline. You’re afraid you don’t have the right kind of work space, or financial freedom, or empty hours in which to focus on invention or exploration. You’re afraid you don’t have the right kind of training or degree.

You’re afraid of being exposed as a hack, or a fool, or a dilettante, or a narcissist. You’re afraid of upsetting your family with what you may reveal. You’re afraid of what your peers and coworkers will say if you express your personal truth aloud. You’re afraid of unleashing your innermost demons, and you really don’t want to encounter your innermost demons. You’re afraid your best work is behind you. You’re afraid you never had any best work to begin with. You’re afraid you neglected your creativity for so long that now you can never get it back. You’re afraid you’re too old to start. You’re afraid you’re too young to start. You’re afraid because something went well in your life once, so obviously nothing can ever go well again. You’re afraid because nothing has ever gone well in your life, so why bother trying? You’re afraid of being a one-hit wonder. You’re afraid of being a no-hit wonder....

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#tbt Busking in Spain last summer: one of my most scary, rewarding adventures.

Packrafting Alaska's Arctic Wildlife Refuge - Hyperlite Mountain Gear Blog

Packrafting Alaska's Arctic Wildlife Refuge -

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I absolutely hate writing books until I reach this stage. Print out the "shitty first draft", tear the whole thing to pieces, and then the real work begins, the part that I enjoy. Reworking, re-writing, chopping, polishing. This is always a real breakthrough moment for me though, after the inevitable months of procrastination, frustration, self-loathing, and watching kitten videos on YouTube. There's even a slim chance I might be able to get this book finished by the end of the year which would please me no end. It's the book about my Laurie Lee busking hike through Spain. #writing #writinglife #author

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I'll be speaking about Microadventures at the Cheltenham Literature Festival on Oct 8: http://www.cheltenhamfestivals.com/literature/whats-on/2017/microadventures/ @CheltLitFest #cheltlitfest

Summiteer - Equipment for the Mountains

Good to see a local company making their rucksacks in the Lake District: https://buff.ly/2wFJ09G (they're looking for crowdfunding support)

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I'm speaking about microadventures (and big trips) in Hereford on Friday evening. Proceeds to Air Ambulance. Tickets £5 via 07880 491070. Talk suitable for families. Please tag anyone you know who lives in the area and might be interested - help us to get a full house!

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I'm speaking about cycling round the world (and other trips) in Hereford on Friday evening. Proceeds to Air Ambulance. Tickets £5 via 07880 491070. Talk suitable for families. Please tag anyone you know who lives in the area and might be interested - help us to get a full house!

Amazon.co.uk:Customer reviews: Microadventures: Local Discoveries for Great Escapes

Love this Amazon review for Microadventures: “some of these ideas give even cowardly custards like me a chance to branch out and do something exciting and outside of the norm”

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I'm speaking in Hereford on Friday evening. Proceeds to Air Ambulance. Tickets £5 via 07880 491070. Please tag anyone you know who lives in the area and might be interested - help us to get a full house! #Hereford #AirAmbulance

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Ever since I began poring over outdoor catalogues for bedtime reading, I've dreamed of having a brand new Hilleberg tent of my very own. Here it is, at long last. And I'm every bit as fanboy excited as I was back then. ⛺️

“The world can be a serious place. That's why it's important to make time to go outside and play.” Well said Mark Zuckerberg:

Found on my hard drive - the teaser film to Mountain Bikes and Bothy Nights. Still my favourite film I've made. https://vimeo.com/126241724

Around the World in Seventy-Two Days

The absurd racism-of-the-era aside, I really enjoyed Nellie Bly's book, Around the World in Seventy-Two Days:

Totally Tranquilc