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2019, a year in review

Looking back on 2019 it is hard not to feel just a little bit of smugness. This has been our busiest and most adventurous year to date and we have had some amazing experiences with some wonderful people. Our year started in February with a trip to Tanzania where we worked with a team from

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Borneo 2019

Borneo, the very name has an air of exoticism, a sense of the wild and unexplored. When I was a kid and looking even more unkempt than usual my Dad used to describe me as looking like “the wild man of Borneo” and it is a place of wild, remote valleys, unique wildlife and, sadly,

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Mount Elgon via the Sipi Falls Trail

In addition to having the right set of skills and an always sunny disposition there are moments of serendipity in freelance life that can end up leading in completely unexpected directions. I was perusing the Freelance Outdoor Instructors Facebook page one day when I saw a request for information from anyone who had climbed Elgon,

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Walking the Malerweg days 5-8

Day 5 kicked off with an early start to catch the bus back to Neumannmuhle. We had realised over the first four days that most people walking on the Malerweg weren’t backpacking the route but operating from a central location as we were now doing for the next few days…..it certainly felt good to only

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Walking the Malerweg trail Days 1-4

For Christmas last year my lovely girlfriend got me a fantastic coffee table book called “Wanderlust” which detailed in words and beautiful pictures many of the “great trails” of the world. In and amongst the more familiar walks of which I had heard I stumbled across the Malerweg or Painter’s Way in Swiss Saxony in

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Tanzania 2019

I had had my appetite for Tanzania whetted in February when I had a short visit with Camps International to the Moshi region so was very excited to be heading back there for the Summer for an extended trip with Camps International (again) and 33 boys from West Hill School in Stalybridge. The Summer expedition

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Another round up!

Well, the year continues to race on and the first half of July has seen us engaged on a variety of activities here , there and everywhere. It’s only a couple of days til I head off to Tanzania with Camps International and West Hill School which is very exciting but the last couple of

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A June round up

June has passed us by in the blink of an eye, we have barely had time to sit in front of the computer so busy have we been exploring and celebrating the great outdoors. The blog has, inevitably, been neglected but before it’s off to the Brecon beacons again early tomorrow, here’s a bit of

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Jumbles Reservoir and Turton Tower

One of the things that we are hoping to do next year is run a series of shorter, “close to home” midweek walks and in my attempt to get out and about even more this year doing the reccies for some of these has been very enjoyable. I am continually amazed at how many great

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Walking in Pembrokeshire

When I was a lad we took a family camping holiday to Marloes in Pembrokeshire. It was a distinctly old-school type of camping with a huge, heavy bright orange canvas tent that my Dad stowed in the ominously named “coffin”, a wooden box of his own construction, in the boot. We had a loo tent

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