Choosing to walk a long way to a film festival to watch a film about me walking a long way...
And Now What? Dealing with Finishing a big Expedition -
Tips for Preparing to Speak in Public -my secret, failsafe tips and tricks:
Night of Adventure 2017 - Holly Budge tells of skydiving Everest and galloping on horseback across Mongolia:
"You need to be humble. This sport's about improving, not winning. You don't learn from victory." Kilian Jornet runs (literally) up and down Everest. Absolutely remarkable:
People say I'm obsessed. I am. We should all be fanatics. A wonderful short film about the wonderful Sven Yrvind http://buff.ly/2qO0BHZ (it was an honour to interview him for my book Grand Adventures. The interview is on my blog here - http://buff.ly/2q2kG0a)
Snap from the @Viewranger app. Aim it at a hill and it tells you the names. Worldwide. Free. Very cool. http://www.viewranger.com/en-gb
We Hurt The Things We Love - a short film about Running
Night of Adventure 2017 - Benedict Allen, the legend, tells of adventures old and new in the jungles of PNG:
Scaling the World’s Most Lethal Mountain, in the Dead of Winter
8 Lessons to Raise Adventurous Children: by Kilian Jornet's mum!
Night of Adventure 2017 - Ollie Steeds shares the adventure and science of exploring the deep oceans:
Look here, youngsters. This is a "tape", an old uni mixtape by "DJ Roys". Wonder what became of him...? 😉
Night of Adventure 2017 - Shilpika Gautam describes paddling the length of the Ganges by SUP:
They say a picture is worth a thousand words. Well sometimes I think a radio programme trumps pictures and words. Here is the story of my busking walk through Spain, told by the Mountain Podcast. I think it’s fantastic.
Sunset. One poser and two happy jumpers. Or two jumping posers and one happy camper? ⠀
What.A.Sunset! Insanely beautiful, all of us buzzing with our good fortune to be outdoors on a night like this.⠀
“Women in Adventure is an independent research-based project. We aim to;
Find sources of inspiration for women in adventure; so more can be shared.
Highlight important issues and barriers to participation for women in adventure and identify actions to address them.
Create a network to share inspiration, information, and ideas.”
“Ueli, We Miss You" some thoughts by Steve House:
Night of Adventure 2017 - my story of busking through Spain, told in 400 seconds, and featuring some live violin...
Be bold enough to make stuff that's small but great. I'd take "small but great" on my grave any day, like The Streets' "Cult classic, not a best seller"
“If you aim to please the world you usually miss, the target’s just too big and you can only guess where it is..” · Still Blogging in 2017
Shed doors open, rain on grass, black coffee, radio 3, replying to letters from kids who've enjoyed my books. Love my "job" at times like this.
Night of Adventure 2017 - George Mahood tells the hilarious story of cycling the length of Britain without a bike. Or clothes.
Ingredients for Planning a Great Adventure - my thoughts, and those of experts:
I am a Professional Adventurer. (Note the Capital Letters.) You are not. So watch how us pros get into a hammock...
People keep asking me to write a book about Microadventures for Families. Feeling lazy, I asked you guys to do all the work instead! 😉
Here then are 20,000 words of advice and encouragement from families around the world who have enjoyed microadventures together.
There are stories from four continents, families with teenage kids all the way down to newborns and pregnant mums. There are kids with special needs such as autism and cerebral palsy. But the common message from everyone is the same: go for it!
Thank you SO much to all of you who contributed. I really appreciate it.
How to Succeed as an Adventure Storyteller - by Brendan Leonard:
“Life Lessons From a 7-Thousand-Mile Bike Ride”
“Replace the word ‘rap’ with ‘doing talks in village halls’, and this song by DJ Format is a fine summary of the life of an adventurer. An interesting addition to the old debate of “how can I get paid to do what I love in life?””
Iran: A Skier's Journey
Fatboy Slim's brilliant advice on whether or not to accept work: (h/t @harrieharpist)
What is Your "Average Speed" in Your Life, Your Health, and Your Work?
We love the wild places. But it is us who harms them. What can we do about this? New 3-minute film on my website now. http://www.alastairhumphreys.com/hurt-things-love-short-film-running/ #ForTheLoveOfNature
Every month I visit the Lake District to spend a day running in the hills. It's good for the body, good for the head, good for the soul. I film the run and chat to myself about whatever feels important that day. Then I edit it when I find the time (only allowing myself a day to do the edit) and chuck it out into the world.
If you are inclined to make a donation to an environmental charity that would be great. Pick whatever you like, but here are a few that I like:
or outside the UK:
The clever app shown in the film is Viewranger. It's great. (They do now sponsor me, but I made this film before that happened!)
The Changing Purpose of Adventure - my thoughts:
This is a cool calendar for alerting you to what's going on in 'nature's calendar':
In the novelist's profession... there's no thing as winning or losing. Maybe numbers of copies sold, awards won, and critics' praise serve as outward standards..., but not of them really matter. What's crucial is whether your writing attains the standards you set for yourself. Failure to reach that bar is not something you can easily explain away.
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