If you're not drowning, you're a lifeguard: What will you do with your surplus?
In a high tech world here’s a glimpse into the old-school navigational logbook of @polarben in Antarctica...
Ben had another tricky day yesterday, coming across a crevasse field (in a blizzard!) and having to navigate across it safely - this picture is of Ben's navigational info in his Field Notes book 📝
“A Woman’s Struggle With the Fear of Camping Alone”
How to Hatch an Adventure Plan. A "vlog" (as the cool kids call them)...
Every year approximately 15,000 skilled and capable men and women leave the Armed Forces having served on behalf of their country.
The majority transition successfully. But for a meaningful minority the departure from the structured world of the military is not easy, and they struggle. Walking With The Wounded supports these people.
You can help by organising a walk this Christmas. I loved my own experience of doing this (http://www.alastairhumphreys.com/micr...). It helped me relax after the busy pre-Christmas work rush. It got me out and about at a time when the people you meet on the street are more cheerful than normal. It got me into the festive spirit, excited to see my family. And it did wonders for my Christmas appetite!
So please do get involved and try it yourself this year…
This is reason enough to write books. @followourtracks bought my cycling books but paid £2 less than they meant to. I let them off saying, “consider it a tiny donation towards a big adventure.”
Today I get an email saying they spent the £2 on cycling round Southern Africa. That’s brilliant!
So keep writing your books, even if you think nobody will ever read it. One day they might.
(Their blog:) https://followourtracks.wordpress.com/
Some charming variations in other languages for the Milky Way. (I like 'vetrarbrautin', the Winter Way, in Icelandic.)
“If we see someone throwing money away, we call that person crazy. This bothers us, in part, because money has value. And yet we see others—and ourselves—throw away something far more valuable every day: Time.”
“Of all ridiculous things the most ridiculous seems to me, to be busy — to be a man who is brisk about his food and his work.” - nice summary of Kierkegaard here:
The Shortness of Life: Seneca on Busyness and the Art of Living Wide Rather Than Living Long
I love this list of sundial mottos - plenty of wisdom for the ages. (Great tattoo material too, I reckon!) "Utere, non numera - use the hours, don’t count them"...
Britain's Youngest Adventurers -
The irony of finding in my inbox, three years old and still unfinished, the embryo of a blog post about "just get on with it"...
So, in the spirit of those notes, which suggested that the time to begin is now, and that good is better than perfect, here it is.
Good enough, I think...
"I think it’s important to force change on yourself sometimes and to impose constraints on yourself. If you have a totally blank page and the opportunity to do absolutely anything, then chances are you will actually do nothing. There’s too much to choose from. Better then to make some limits, impose a time frame, and get going.
For example, if I gave you any amount of time to hatch any sort of adventure on any budget you fancy, then you will do nothing. I guarantee it. Whereas if I gave you £1000, a bicycle, and two months to get to Istanbul, then you could have a wonderful adventure. And if I told you that you were leaving in seven days’ time then you could most certainly make it happen.
Similarly, if you sit around scratching your head and waiting for a genius Escape idea to strike, then you may wait a long time. But if you think of three things that are important to you and three things that the world does not already offer to people who value those things, then you have the skeleton of a plan straight away. Give yourself six months to flesh out your idea (being prepared for those plans to pivot and evolve) and save up cash. Then quit your job and launch into it! Worst thing that can happen? Sharks? Raw boils on your arse? Or the plan fails and you go back to normal life until you come up with a new idea."
Reading the visitor book in bothies is always fun. This is one of my favourite ever. Read both pages... (Ignore my crass photoshopping of the irrelevant bits 😉)
A whole smorgasbord of Sponsorship & Fieldwork Grants for your expedition:
“To play a beautiful song for two people or a thousand is the same song, and the amount of thanks you receive isn't part of that song.” https://buff.ly/2hp24R9
Seeking Positives from my First Bad Book Review -
“I will arise and go now, and go to Innisfree,”
“Dear Mr. Walker, …I would definitely enjoy working here on a permanent basis…
However there is so much to see and do in the world…” If I fail, I will not die - some thoughts:
Nice story about the wonderful Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race (one of my dreams):
Right to Roam - a film by Patagonia filmed in Scotland:
I really enjoy Derek Sivers' writing and advice. Here are the books he deems to be important:
52 Pieces Of Adventure Advice - I love this list: semi-rad.com
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!
The book - when I eventually finish it - will be available along with my nine other books on Amazon (http://amzn.to/2hxUo2N) and on http://www.alastairhumphreys.com
The Mountain Bothies Association exists to maintain simple shelters in remote country across Britain for the use & benefit of all who love wild & lonely places. Please support them: https://www.facebook.com/groups/1728427584147947/ / https://www.mountainbothies.org.uk
Cold sea swim then epic Aegean sweaty hill run. Wish it could have been other way round...
More YouTube brilliance. I KNEW we were doing something wrong hauling that big cart across Oman....
Imran Mughal - the first British-Pakistani to cycle round the world. One of my favourite interviews I've done:
52 Pieces Of Adventure Advice -
An excellent Q&A with @YouDidNotSleepThere, the Clever Account Celebrating Instagram's Most Illogical Campsites
Resources For Vagabonds. A useful guide if you like the idea of a sailing adventure.
Chris Burkard - a useful FAQ by the superstar photographer of adventure:
"I have a choice, the same choice that faces every man. I can live a frivolous life, trying to impress others with the house I live in, the clothes I wear, the car I drive. I can strive to be a success in the way of the world, seeking the admiration of others, reveling in their jealousy. I can seek domination over my family and fellow workers in a vain attempt to hide my own deficiencies. I can seek fame, which is the most elusive pursuit of all, for it has no substance and soon vanishes in the air.
I can indulge in endless prattle about my friends and neighbours, dissipating my life’s energy a little at a time. I can wallow in self-pity, refusing to accept responsibility for my own circumstances. I can manipulate others into taking care of me, which is the way of all petty tyrants. I can complain about boredom, as if it were up to those around me to inject excitement into my day.
These are the patterns of the living dead, people who have forsaken life, who are willing to squander their most precious gift, because they refuse to face up to the reality of death. If they wanted to live, truly wanted to live, they would rise up in a resurrection of their own making and commit themselves to the life they have."
– Richard Bode. 'Beachcombing at Miramar'
Lessons Learned Hauling 5,700 Pounds of Trash By Canoe -
Lars Monsen - Across Canada. One of the most epic, glorious adventures imaginable:
“The Seven Year Pilgrimage to Enlightenment” a beautiful short film about an extraordinary physical challenge. Packed with wonderful lessons for life, too.
“The Great Outdoors: A User’s Guide” 10 Top Tips.
currently excited to be working on a number of things I will think are total shit in a couple years
@polarben is on his way back to Antarctica to start his ambitious Trans-Antarctic solo expedition. This solo and unsupported west-to-east traverse (Berkner Island to the Ross Ice Shelf via the South Pole) will be in the footsteps and memory of the late wonderful Henry Worsley. You can follow Ben’s progress and read his insightful blogs at bensaunders.com Best of luck and god speed to my great friend Ben. We’ll all be rooting for you from afar. Onwards! #antarctica #expedition #TRANSANTARCTICSOLO #stayfrosty @landrover @bremontwatches @canadagoose
Waterlog: A Swimmer's Journey from City to Sea
Staying at a hip Hamburg hotel (nautical theme) for a conference talk. Delighted to see they’ve included the ocean rower’s toilet facility of choice! #BucketAndChuckIt 😂
What does the spirit of adventure mean to you? I want to push the boundaries of experimentation and make #Microadventures an inclusive exciting concept for all. Find out how you can get involved with your own any day of the week with WIRED UK showcasing Glenfiddich’s exciting new experimental series. http://www.wired.co.uk/article/the-spirit-of-microadventure-with-alistair-humphreys
Allemansrätten - a short film about the beautiful Lofoten Islands in Norway:
Curry and Caves: a Microadventure
Just spent 3 days with this view. Got more book writing done than in a normal month!
No clock, no WiFi, no power, no phone signal. Everything I need in life!