Why good leaders make you feel safe

Posted by on Oct 11, 2014 in Blog, Brain Burp | 0 comments

Just watched a TED video by Simon Sinek titled with the above title. Being a massive fan of his Start with Why video and concept, 12 minutes seem like  worth while investment. My main points are: Great military leaders are great because they put the needs of the team first. Quote: “You know, in the military, they give medals to people who are willing to sacrifice themselves so that others may gain. In business, we give bonuses to people who are willing to sacrifice others so that we may gain.” We need to feel safe within our organisation to to a good job I loved the example of...

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Running home form Weymouth – #dorsetismygym

Posted by on Sep 16, 2014 in Blog, Challenges | 0 comments

Running home form Weymouth – #dorsetismygym

Living up to my philosophy of Proper Prior Planning Produces Piss Poor Adventure I decided one late one night to get the train to Weymouth  the next morning and see how far home I could get (Poole). I spent about 20 minutes packing and preparing for it (this includes training!) I through a  sleeping bag, some plasters and some water into a backpack and I ran out the door! I jumped on a train to Weymouth with the aim of seeing how far home I could get before work in 2 days time The first 11 miles from Weymouth went very well. Then my knee started hurting and I was down to a brisk walk. Then...

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Swimming #microadventure fail

Posted by on Jul 19, 2014 in Blog, Challenges | 0 comments

Swimming #microadventure fail

Inspired by Alastair Humphreys microadventure I decided to give one a go with my mate Paul. The plan was to swim across the narrowest part of Poole Harbour after work one day, camp the night, swim back in the morning and then head straight back top work for 8am. However due to an hour of faffing we had cocked-up the tides. We made in about 40m out before realising we would NEVER make it.  Mega fail. Felt silly but quite excited that there were adventures out there that you can do after work! Plan B was to go buy some beers and sleep in the beach. Life is pretty good when you have that as a...

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New project – Venturesome Exchange

Posted by on May 13, 2014 in Blog, Challenges, Featured | 0 comments

New project – Venturesome Exchange

Hopefully the website will explain all: http://venturesomeexchange.strikingly.com/ I love the idea of sharing outdoor gear with friends and fellow enthusiasts Lets see how it goes…

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Proper Prior Planning Produces Piss Poor Adventure

Posted by on Mar 2, 2014 in Blog, Challenges | 0 comments

Proper Prior Planning Produces Piss Poor Adventure

My desire to spend as many days out the country as possible in the time period I had meant I had about zero time to plan this trip. I couldn’t recommend this strategy enough. If I had planned properly and had a big budget I don’t think I would have discovered speed-cycle-touring! I might even had brought flights to the correct place or screwed my panniers on properly and not nearly written off my whole bike in the first 1km! Hopefully this article will be of some use and if you ignore every thing in it, then it should set you up well for your next adventure!   The...

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How to get a job in adventure travel

Posted by on Jun 24, 2013 in Blog, Career | 0 comments

How to get a job in adventure travel

I’ll come out with the big secret straight away – Go to all the travel shows and speak to people directly! Here are a few in London: The Telegraph Adventure and travel Show (formerly The Outdoor Show) The Adventure Travel Show Destinations Most of these show are in Jan / Feb. Here is some advice on how to tackle them: Prepartions What do you want? Decide what sort of job you want. You may target some companies with one type of job and another with a different type but it best to have a plan. Prepare your CV so you can send it out quickly after the show (or give it to people at...

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Venezuela with Hindsights

Posted by on Oct 19, 2012 in Blog, Kayaking, Travel Memoir | 0 comments

Venezuela with Hindsights

Descending wild, un-navigated and unseen white water rivers in the depth of the Venezuelan jungle. This was my first real expedition. My first time being really remote. These were my first lucky escapes. All of which have only really become apparent with hindsight.

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