Log Cabin TIMELAPSE Built By ONE MAN In The Forest (Real Life Minecraft)

Log Cabin TIMELAPSE Built By ONE MAN In The Forest. In my dreams, I would (could) do this...

Four Seasons Film Festival

The Four Seasons Film Festival takes an interesting angle on the film festival genre. Worth a look if you're in London. https://buff.ly/2mPRsgE (@FourSeasonsFF)

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What I feel out in this beautiful California landscape is Hope. It is so big, so timeless, that it has turned me surprisingly positive about the state of America, and the world’s wild places in general. There is so much goodness to care for still, if only we choose to do so.
Huge oak trees, centuries old, the trunks so vast, the meshed veins and capillaries of branches festooned with fluffy lichen. The only sound the chirp of insects. The only movement the glossy blue birds that perch atop the thinnest of reeds until my approach sends them flitting away. (We don’t have this bird in the UK and I like it even more for its unfamiliarity.)
It is a sublime warm blue January day out amongst the creases and rolls and folds of mile after mile of green hills and woodland far from the world’s ignoble strife. Far from the crazed, noisy, dysfunctional madness that is the America the rest of the world sees in the media.
There is a slowness and an oldness to this beautiful Californian landscape that would surprise people who do not know America.
Two eagles rise from their perch in the wooded valley, and climb. Slowly they rise, spiralling upwards, circling in opposite directions so that together they weave a helix into the sky, screeching to each other as they reach my hilltop altitude. And then they separate, peeling off towards the horizon in opposite directions in search of food.
I went out today to climb to the mountain crest. But time after time my way was blocked by aggressive No Entry signs and barbed wire fences. And so, little by little, my mission morphed into a meander. Only when I realised that I had sat in the sunshine watching the eagles for a long while did I notice that I was no longer stressed, irritated, and on a mission. Instead, I was happy. Which, ironically, was what I had hoped to find on top of the mountain.


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Social Media Advice - Alastair Humphreys

Social media: a brain dump from me on how to use it well.

Source to Sea - Alastair Humphreys

I love the sources of rivers. I grew up near one in Yorkshire. I reckon there’s few simpler ways of finding yourself a fascinating journey than to follow your river down to the sea. There’s more than 8000 to choose from in the UK alone.

SPEAKER ANNOUNCEMENT! My good friend Ben Saunders is fresh home from his latest solo, unsupported expedition to the South Pole. Hear about his 20 years of adventures at the ends of the Earth by getting your ticket for the Night of Adventure in March! http://bit.ly/2AMbiOH

The Reading Lists - Alastair Humphreys

A website I like called The Reading Lists interviewed me recently. A few thoughts about reading, and books that have had an influence on me:

Wilderness

"A lifetime is so little a time that we die before we get ready to live."

The Klarälven River

“Travelling down the Klarälven River in Sweden, for one week, on a log raft.” Still one of my favourite little adventures and films:

Tickets now on sale for the 2018 Night of Adventure in March. http://www.nightofadventure.co.uk

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Nice to see a bit of my filming on the BBC in this report about @polarben's latest expedition.
Watch his interview from 2:11:50 here: https://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b09ljvlz/breakfast-10012018

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Tickets now on sale for the 2018 Night of Adventure in March. http://www.nightofadventure.co.uk
13th March. All proceeds go to Hope and Homes for Children

2018 Next Challenge Grant Open for Applications (and Donations)

*psssst* - if you like the sound of being given some money towards your next adventure, you should apply quickly to the Next Challenge grant: there's still time and it doesn't matter how small (or large) your plans may be. Go for it!

The Next Challenge Expedition Grant

If you're interested in adventure, why not apply for a Next Challenge Grant? Deadline 31st January.
http://www.thenextchallenge.org/grant

Walls Are Meant For Climbing: Alex Honnold in Vimeo Staff Picks

Walls Are Meant For Climbing: Alex Honnold in Vimeo Staff Picks. Well done to The North Face for being so fresh and innovative in your film-making.

Urgent versus Important

“Frustrated at the continual interruptions of modern life, I headed to a bothy in the hills to get some work done on my book. It was the most productive three days I have managed in ages!”

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Think you’ve finished writing your book, leave it to rest for a couple of weeks over Xmas, return to realise you are not so smart...
There is a lot to be said for perspective. Stand back from your work to see the whole. Step away from your life, and the bigger picture emerges. This is one of the most important parts of going for a run or - better - heading to the hills for a night away.
There is a time for cracking on, making the most of momentum, and the old “done is better than perfect” argument. And there is a time to be patient, to know that life is long if you live it well, and that completing something you can be proud of is worth more than dashing it off just so that you can crack on with the next venture.
If we look dispassionately at our lives (you may need that night of silence on a hilltop or in a bothy to manage that), we can probably all get a clearer idea of which aspects of our lives fall into both camps.
Losing weight and getting fit? Sure, you can blitz both for a month or two, but you’re likely to burn out. Much better to see it as a marathon project for life - the floor needs sweeping every day - and settle in for the long, unspectacular plod of constant improvement.
Other things, those important but not urgent things that gnaw at the mind and are forever put off: that’s where the blitz comes in. As soon as you possibly can (i.e. today) take the first step towards getting the job done and out of your mind. Busy is an excuse, and we all know that.
And, finally, less time on social media and more time on lasting, important deeds.
That, by the way, is aimed explicitly at ME right now. Put down my phone, launch the Freedom app, and crack on with making my book better than it was yesterday. 😉 📖 ✍️ 👊 #writing #editing #author #authorsofinstagram

The Great Dirtbag Pissing Contest - semi-rad.com

The Great Dirtbag Pissing Contest - more excellent stuff from @semi_rad about moaning and envy in the outdoor world. semi-rad.com

How Do You Define Adventure?

How Do You Define Adventure?

Career Advice

Career Advice from George Monbiot. https://buff.ly/2lPukhO “How many times have I watched free people give up their freedom?”

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Make 2018 The Year Of Maximum Enthusiasm -

Seth's Blog: Start small, start now

Start small, start now.
This is much better than, "start big, start later."
One advantage is that you don't have to start perfect.
You can merely start.

A Glacier Disappears in Alaska

A Glacier Disappears in Alaska. Receding 15 feet per day. Per day. PER DAY!

Lost in Light II - a short film on Light Pollution

“Lost in Light II - a short film on Light Pollution”

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A heck of a challenge from one of my favourite adventurous souls. Worth following:
#Repost @robjgreenfield
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Announcing my next big project!
For one year I will grow, forage, and hunt 100% of my food, while living in the urban city of Orlando, Florida. Every single morsel of food, down to the salt, oils and herbs will come from the land and I will harvest it myself. No food from grocery stores (including the dumpsters), restaurants, or even a a sip of tea at a party.
I’ve never met a human who is doing this. They are out there, but because of the far reaches of our globalized food system, they aren’t common. I won’t have land of my own, which will mean farming unused front yards, guerrilla planting in abandoned lots, foraging for wild plants, and fishing. I will be learning an incredible amount about growing food, wild foraging, food preservation, renewable energy for cooking, utilization of waste and more, and I’ll share much of it with you on here.
This mission really isn’t about my quest to produce 100% of my food. Those who know me, know that I embark on extreme tasks to bring attention to important issues and affect change. Our globalized food system is in crisis and is destroying life on Earth. Common sense says this can’t go on forever. Through my journey, I will share how people and communities across the nation are taking back power from Big Ag and gaining food freedom by growing their own food. My hopes are to inspire people to turn their lawns into gardens, to grow in containers on their balconies, to start community gardens, to source food locally, and to share food with their neighbors. We can’t all do 100%, but we can all do a little.
My mission is to produce far more food than I can eat and to share with others in my community and enable hundreds of people to grow their own food. There is already a grow your own revolution spreading across the nation and I intend to contribute to that movement.
Today begins my six months of preparation. The year will officially start around the beginning of summer. I may be vastly underestimating my addiction to dark chocolate bars. I’m up for the challenge though and I’m excited to have you al

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Manifesto of a Doer ⠀
(from the fabulous Do Lectures).

There’s a risk when over-simplifying something that you will cause offence. (“It’s easy for YOU to say x; MY life is much harder because of x,y,z...”)
There is also a risk, however, that if you don’t over-simplify something, you won’t ever get started.

Over-thinking, over-complicating, over-planning, over-spending, over-talking: I notice these amongst people who talk a great game but don’t get anything done. You will see it in those who will declare all sorts of elaborate New Year resolutions that you’d like to bet won’t make it past January.

And so here is an over-simplified declaration:
“There is no problem that is not made a little better by going for a run.”

(*Pause for a quick aside and an additional truism*: “There is no such thing as bad weather for running.” When the weather is grim and foul and lethargy strikes and I can’t be bothered to get out, I KNOW that this is the PERFECT occasion to put on my trainers and go running. Physical fitness comes from exerting your muscles. Mental fitness comes from exerting your mind. Go for a run in the rain and you’re ticking both boxes.)

Back to running solving all your problems for the price of a pair of shoes:
- Running improves your physical health.
- Running improves your mental health.
- Running is a fine weapon to help counter the slippery slopes of depression, alcohol, apathy, aging etc.
- If someone is annoying you, a solo run gives you space and perspective.
- If you’re trying to come up with a good idea, a run often helps.

In other words: run more often in 2018 than you did in 2017. You will not regret it.

My run interrupted by upwards-flying waterfalls and a family singing carols. Making allowance for my festive mood and end of year slackness, I bailed from my planned route up the Scar when I saw how heavily the water was flowing. Besides, there is occasionally an even better use of time than physical exercise in beautiful natural landscapes. A time to just stand and stare, to enjoy watching a happy family sharing their winter walk together and roused to sing aloud in this joyful and triumphant place. A time to remember to be grateful. At this year end we often turn our thoughts to “what’s next”, to resolutions, and hopes for the new year. But it is good to take a moment, also, to look back and appreciate the people and actions and moments that were the best of this dwindling year. To appreciate the good times if the year has treated you well. To notice that, even in a hard year, there will have been moments of light if you choose to see them. So pause, appreciate, then run on. Even better if you are able to take your moment to pause somewhere beautiful, out in the glory of wind and rain, watching waterfalls blow back up the way they came. And then to turn, and run back home again, racing the dusk and the cold. Earning the mince pies. And making the most of the final moments of the year. #yorkshire #malham #gordalescar #home

11 Questions pinched from Tim Ferriss – Alastair Humphreys – Medium

11 Questions pinched from Tim Ferriss – my answers:

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Interesting stories, from the founders of F*** Up Nights, about failure and what successes that can often lead to:

THE IMPORTANT PLACES.

THE IMPORTANT PLACES. A fun adventure, beautifully filmed, with a powerful message. Win!

Why Biking 7,000 Miles to Patagonia is Essential for Creative Living

“Why Biking 7,000 Miles to Patagonia is Essential for Creative Living”

The Thousand Year Journey: Oregon To Patagonia

“I hope that this film is a healthy nudge for people to shake up their lives a little bit.”

Merry Christmas, everyone!

Your Life in Weeks - Wait But Why

“Your Life in Weeks” - worth re-reading this every so often:

Some Thoughts on Story-Telling - Alastair Humphreys

Some Thoughts on Story-Telling - Alastair Humphreys

11 Questions pinched from Tim Ferriss - Alastair Humphreys

11 QUESTIONS PINCHED FROM TIM FERRISS

(You might prefer to read this long post on my blog as it's full of links: http://www.alastairhumphreys.com/11-questions-pinched-tim-ferriss/)

• What is the book (or books) you’ve given most as a gift, and why? Or what are one to three books that have greatly influenced your life?

I have given many copies of As I Walked Out One Midsummer Morning as gifts, originally because I loved it as a travel story, and latterly because last year I used it as the inspiration for my own busking adventure in Spain.

I used to give away copies of It’s Not About the Bike by Lance Armstrong which was so inspiring to me for the years I cycled round the world until, well, it wasn’t about the bike…

Books that have influenced my life…
Living Dangerously was the first adventure book that captured my soul and made me realise that it was possible to live an unconventional, exciting, challenging life. Until I read that book by Ranulph Fiennes every single figure in my life had been directing me (in a well-meaning way) down the usual route of school, university, job, pension, death.
The Quiet Soldier is a book I read many times when I was young and learning to set high, self-motivated goals. It’s about joining the Army (21 SAS) so probably won’t appeal to many. And in the end, I preferred to find my adventure in a world away from guns. But it’s a book that was responsible for many press-ups and trips to the Brecon Beacons!
1000 True Fans is not a book, but it’s probably the most important thing I read in terms of steering me in a direction that made it possible for me to earn a living from what I love doing. (Bonus reads in this department: Tribes, Jab, Jab, Jab, Right Hook, Tools of Titans, Let My People Go Surfing, The $100 Startup.)
I have written extensively about recommended books here.
• What purchase of £100, or less has most positively impacted your life in the last six months (or in recent memory)?

I’m clearly a terrible materialist as I love this question in Tim’s book. So I’m going to indulge myself and write lots of things here.

It cost me nothing, but rigging up a pull-up bar behind my shed has had a great impact. Every time I pop out into the trees for a pee (pretty often when you spend all day in a shed drinking tea), I blast out a bunch of pull-ups.
Just rigged a pull up bar outside my shed. Classic writing-procrastination / New Year resolution combo!

A post shared by Alastair Humphreys (@al_humphreys) on Jan 5, 2017 at 3:22am PST

Also costing me nothing in my shed is my homemade standing desk. When I’m a grown-up I’ll get one of those fancy ones that go up and down. Until then, this plank and a few boxes have done wonders for my back.
Costing significantly more than £100 (about £5000) was my shed itself. Separating work life from my home life is often hard for self-employed workaholics. This has helped massively. It is also such a cool place that makes me so happy which much help me work and write more positively.
A NutriBullet has helped me guzzle considerably more vegetables.
A subscription to the Freedom app in order to block social media when I’m meant to be working/relaxing/with my family/sleeping etc. Social media is a distraction, and an addictive one. We all know that. But distractions are also distractions even when they are not specifically distracting you. By which I mean: remove even the option of checking social media, and I free up brain space which is better spent on the task at hand.
An Anker battery case for my phone that gives an entire extra charge has been really helpful as my phone becomes increasingly important for the stuff I do out in the wild – navigating, photography, writing, uploading to social media.
The Instapaper app. When you come across an interesting but too-long-for-now article online, you just press a button on your browser and it gets saved, offline, on your phone for later.
The Stronglifts app. Every few months I get really bored of exercise. This app is a simple, effective way of holding my hand through incremental but tangible improvements every day until my mojo returns and I can crack on by myself once again.
• How has a failure, or apparent failure, set you up for later success? Do you have a “favourite failure” of yours?

After cycling round the world, I assumed that the correct thing to do was to now get a proper job and grow up. I somehow got an amazing job, much to my surprise. But donning a suit and heading off to the office every day just was not for me and I quit. I was 30, had no job, no idea what to do, and feared that my life was now cursed having tasted years of the open road and carefree travel. I had no money. I was extremely miserable.

But the brilliant thing about doing what you love rather than what you’re expected to do means that you meet other people like you. My ride round the world meant that I now had a bunch of new weirdo friends as well as all my sensible, proper-job friends. One of these weirdos, Ben Saunders, was somehow magically making a living from going on polar expeditions and then giving talks about them. I sent him a text message asking whether he fancied a partner for his next expedition. And that was that.

I now spend my days doing (mostly) what I love. There is boring stuff to it. Nothing happens magically (I learned to my disappointment). It happens by doing good stuff, being imaginative and fresh in your planning, being persistent and working blooming hard. Luckily I enjoy doing all those things. And that is magical. 9am Monday morning is my favourite moment of the week: here we go again: another brilliant week of work awaits!

• If you could have a gigantic billboard anywhere with anything on it — metaphorically speaking, getting a message out to millions or billions — what would it say and why? It could be a few words or a paragraph. (If helpful, it can be someone else’s quote: Are there any quotes you think of often or live your life by?)

I have been a fan of quotes ever since I was 10 when our English teacher made us copy down a couple at the start of each lesson, and test us at the end of the week. That arsenal of quotes, couplets, verses was one of the best things I left school with.

I am going to resist diving down the rabbit hole of my archive of quotes for it would take me all day. Instead, I’ll plump for one word:

‘BEGIN’.

We all have things in our life that we would like to do or wish we had done. There are many reasons why we have not done them yet – time, money, expertise etc. But one terrible reason for not having accomplished that thing is “it’s impossible. People like me cannot do that.” Removing yourself from the game before it even begins is both absurd and insidious.

Begin what it is you dream of today, with whatever tiny action you can manage today. Repeat these tiny actions until they become habits, and you will build momentum, confidence, and determination. At this point, you can re-evaluate whether you actually do not have sufficient time / money / expertise, or whether, perhaps, you are just choosing not to spend your time / money / effort on this thing.

No more excuses. Begin. You might fail, of course. If you don’t ever fail you are not a genius, you are a coward. Fear regrets more than failure.

• What is one of the best or most worthwhile investments you’ve ever made? (Could be an investment of money, time, energy, etc.)

Beginning to blog. Back in the olden days of 2009, I realised that I needed to build an audience if I was going to be able to earn any money from writing or speaking. So I began to take my blog seriously. I treated it as a ‘half-time job’, dedicating roughly half my hours to building content, growing an audience etc. I used this 31-day project as a starting point. I think it is a brilliant thing for bloggers to return to every couple of years.

It’s a slow process: I have been working on my blog for years. In this era of social media, the blog is a more questionable approach, and I have lapsed from posting five times a week to posting about once a month. What you might choose to dedicate time to in order to build a niche, a reputation, an audience, is probably different now to when I began. But one thing remains: you need to produce GOOD stuff, not just LOTS of stuff, and you need to be in it for the long run. Very few overnight sensations happen, and even fewer build a longterm lifestyle they can be proud of.

In terms of money: a 24-hour gym membership for £12.99 a month. I don’t believe that anyone who spends £4 a week on booze, chips, cigarettes, make-up, coffee, magazines, or who spends three hours a week on social media can claim that they do not have the money or the time to visit a gym three times a week for a dose of press ups, pull ups, squats and burpees. I would not allow free NHS care to anyone who doesn’t do this and whose health problem is linked to their fitness.

• What is an unusual habit or an absurd thing that you love?

Putting the car windows wide open on the motorway at 70mph, mid-winter, and seeing how long I can hack it for.

Swimming in cold water.

You’ve Been Framed on TV. Fail Army on Instagram. These things make me cry and cry with laughter.

• In the last five years, what new belief, behaviour, or habit has most improved your life?

Deadlifts. Non-alcoholic beer. Radio 4. Meditation.

Working really hard to teach myself how to make better films even though they take soooo long to do, not many people watch them, and they earned me no money. Gradually though, I began to get work from brands because of my films and now my partnerships and campaigns have become a significant part of my income. Some people get cross with me when they see me using adventure to sell stuff. But they need to appreciate that, like pretty much every adventurer ever, I have to sell adventure in order to pay for life. Traditionally, for me, that has been in a less visible way, giving talks at corporate conferences. But now I also get to play outside, have fun, mess around making films, and earn enough to pay for my life and fund my own independent adventures and film projects.

• What advice would you give to a smart, driven college student about to enter the “real world”? What advice should they ignore?

Ignore the real world. Career advice has always been a hopeless art. It was ‘in my day’. It is even more so today when nearly all the ‘grown ups’ whose advice you might respect have no idea about careers that did not even exist a decade ago. So find the niche of the Internet that excites you the most, and listen to what the experts in that niche have to say about their life.

Ignore experts on the internet. Or, at least, beware that behind the cool blog, the enviable social media profiles, the seemingly idyllic life, is a whole iceberg of hard work, uncertainty, and people who don’t make it to the top.

Become a ‘working artist‘. For years I made the mistake of thinking that success was about fame, glory, money etc. I was envious of people more successful in my profession than me. And then I realised that an artist who measures himself against Da Vinci is destined for disappointment. Instead, measure yourself against yourself. Are you working harder than you did last year? Are you better than last year? Are you happier than last year? If the answers are ‘yes’, and if you are making an adequate living, then consider yourself to be fortunate indeed. I make a living doing what I love: that, to me, feels like success.

• What are bad recommendations you hear in your profession or area of expertise?

Build a social media profile. If that is your first objective, and your greatest passion, then that is a pity. You should want to travel, to go on expeditions, for the sheer joy and challenge and excitement of them. To push yourself and become a broader, bigger person. That should come first and foremost. The times in my career when I have felt fraudulent, unhappy, reluctant to look in the mirror, are the times when I have pursued (not very successfully) fame and fortune rather than a difficult horizon. Striving to win the admiration of the Internet is a 21st Century madness.

The other bad recommendation I hear is all the “quit your job to follow your dreams” nonsense. Marvellous if you’re minted. Daft for the rest of us. My advice if you want to be doing something different with your working life to what you are doing at the moment is to start small. Fill your weekends and spare time with what you love. Become competent. Build your skills – both in the thing itself and in the story-telling side that, perhaps, might ultimately give you a route to earning some money. Photography, writing, speaking, film-making, whatever: you need to get good at something beyond the thing itself if you are going to make it pay. So work like mad, juggle all the balls in your life. When it gets too much, consider trading a day of your working week for a day of your passion. Repeat. Continue the process, little by little, until one day you realise you are earning enough from your passion to make a fist of it. Only then do I urge you to take the leap and quit your normal life for the new one. Work, work, work, work, and one day you’ll be an overnight success (or at least getting paid to do what you love, which is better even than that.)

• In the last five years, what have you become better at saying no to (distractions, invitations, etc.)? What new realisations and/or approaches helped? Any other tips?

I’m proud to say I’ve got really good at this! And now I am so much happier.

“Come speak at our event, unpaid. It will be great exposure.” – No thank you, when every single other person involved is being paid. The cleaners, the ticket staff, the food guys: everyone being paid. Me on stage talking for an hour for free? That’s not fair.

“Let’s grab a coffee and I can pick your brains.” – I wish you well on your adventure, but no thank you to giving you half a day of my life and pouring out twenty years of effort to you. (Compare this to “I have read the relevant bits of your blog. I have researched x and y. My plan is to do this. I still don’t have the answer to these specific questions.” In which case I would be delighted to help you.)

“Our networking event will be marvellous. Lots of celebs, glamour, flashing lights, and you will get to meet so many potential future clients.” – No way. Yuk!

I am terrible at saying ‘no’. I feel guilty, arrogant, unhelpful when I do it. But saying ‘no’ has been one of the most useful skills I have learned for freeing up time and mental space to do the stuff that is important for me. The way I do it is by having a pre-prepared ‘canned response’ in my emails. Whenever I want to say ‘no’ I just click a button and off it goes. I don’t feel so bad about being unhelpful or disappointing people this way. In case it may help you, this is what my message says:

Thank you very much for your kind invitation. Unfortunately, I am trying to buy back a little time in my life by saying ‘no’ to interesting things that I’d ordinarily love to say ‘yes’ to. Apologies not to be saying ‘yes’ this time. I hope you’ll understand.

• When you feel overwhelmed or unfocused, or have lost your focus temporarily, what do you do? (If helpful: What questions do you ask yourself?)

Go for a run.

Then I take out a piece of paper and brain dump all my thoughts. I make a long, unfiltered list of everything that is in my mind that needs doing (pay tax, buy milk, run a marathon, phone Mum…). I find this enormously helpful in freeing mental bandwidth.

Then I write a lot of lists. Places I’d like to go. Books I’d like to write. Aims for the year. Aims for ever. Aims for the next month. I just churn stuff like this out, over and over, randomly as my brain dictates. Little by little I get a feel for what feels important to me versus what feels urgent. There’s a critical, little noticed difference between the two.

Thank you to Tim Ferriss for these questions, taken from the interesting
Tribe of Mentors
book.

Four Seasons of Microadventure - Alastair Humphreys

A couple of years ago I spent a night outdoors, in the same place, on each solstice and equinox. Four Seasons of Microadventure: https://buff.ly/2BqNe9o #WinterSolstice

How I Edit my Books - Alastair Humphreys

How I Edit my Books - Alastair Humphreys

Tools of Titans by Tim Ferriss: a review of the Best Bits

A hodgepodge of things that interested me from Tools of Titans by Tim Ferriss: a review of the Best Bits: https://buff.ly/2BhFVAQ (@tferriss)

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Book sales must have picked up this year...

My India Book - for FREE - Alastair Humphreys

“I am giving away my book 'There Are Other Rivers' for free to Kindle users, in return for a mention on Twitter or Facebook.”

Urgent versus Important

Use your spare time over the next couple of weeks to take some time to think of the difference between Urgent and Important in your life:

100 in 10,000 – The Mission – Medium

An interesting List of marginalia: fringe thoughts, foraged gems of wisdom and loosely held convictions:

If you'd be willing to help object to the Thirlmere zipwire in the Lake District National Park could you send this email text - https://www.thebmc.co.uk/media/files/access/Letter%20of%20Objection%20to%20zip%20wires%20at%20Thirlmere.docx - to this address: planning@lakedistrict.gov.uk Thank you.

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Say NO to Zip Wires across Thirlmere. Building a massive zip wire across a beautiful lake in a National Park is a terrible idea.
600 more signatures needed on this petition.
Please sign: https://you.38degrees.org.uk/petitions/say-no-to-zip-wires-across-thirlmere
You can go running, scrambling, climbing, kayaking, mountain biking, fellwalking, wild camping in the Lakes. These things afford more in terms of your mental health, your physical health and inspiring people to appreciate the environment that they’re in, the environment, and nature, conservation, to care and protect than a daft zip line.
The landscape of Thirlmere, especially around the western side, will be negatively affected by the noise and visual impact of clients flying across the lake. It will spoil the peacefulness and landscape currently enjoyed by locals and visitors alike.

Why is this important?
The western side of Thirlmere has a strong sense of tranquillity and evokes a sense of calm. Views from the water’s edge are outstanding. The National Park Authority recognises these features and the need to retain them.
There is nothing to indicate that locals or tourists want or need more Zip Wires.

Please sign: https://you.38degrees.org.uk/petitions/say-no-to-zip-wires-across-thirlmere #thirlmere #zipline

How to Publish your Book - Alastair Humphreys

How to Publish your Book - Alastair Humphreys

How my Book became an Amazon Bestseller - Alastair Humphreys

How my Microadventures book became an Amazon Bestseller - and how you can do the same with your book:

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Christmas lights up. Excitement brewing for the Office Christmas Party... Everyone is invited!

Night of Adventure 13 March, UCL London

Here's the perfect Christmas gift to give to someone (and yourself!): Night of Adventure 2018 tickets now on sale! These sell out every year so get 'em while they're hot... (Date: 13 March in London):

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