• Addiction

    Recovery – My whole life was hanging by a thread!

    In 1983 after being clean and sober for 2 years I was still holding on tightly to the old ways. My reaction to most situations was to attack first. I had yet another fight or rather I had exploded and inflicted unnecessary pain spilling the blood of a fellow member of a 12-step group that was helping me better my life. The violence happened in front of a number of friends, people who knew me and had befriended me, but this time they no longer supported my behaviour. I sat alone in a café next to Shepherds Bush Tube Station, in a dark empty void. For the first time, ever,…

  • How To's

    My hidden secret –     Why do I put up with discomfort – or good pain!

    If I stopped, playing a sport or working out at the first sign of discomfort I’d probably never do any exercise. What if I’d listened and meekly accepted what the surgeon told me over 60 years ago; think of all those amazing adventures and life changing experiences I would have missed! All in return for a little discomfort…. Discomfort due to bad weather, probably means you haven’t got the right gear on. Trekking, running or rowing: a good training program will thwart a plunge into discomfort. Tolerance to pain and discomfort is trainable. Exposure to pain tends to increase your tolerance for pain and discomfort.  Did the beatings I received as…

  • Critical items you ‘Need’ to Survive an Adventure,  How To's

    Tips on building a Campfire

    Make a clearing for the fire pit, ideally, on bare dirt. Create a shallow dish/fire pit into the ground where you have chosen to build your campfire. Position stones in a circle around the fire pit to keep your fire contained Gather your Tinder:  dry leaves, dry bark, dry glass and any dry twigs Collect your kindling;  dry and dead wood and small dry branches Stack the kindling in the shape of a tepee over the tinder Leave a space in the wind’s direction so air can flow! Ignite your tinder; using Fire-Rod, Storm Matches or lighter. Strike fire tinder cards are waxed to cope with low levels of moisture Keep adding…

  • Adventures,  Expeditions,  How To's

    My not so secret tips ‘Before’ Coastal Rowing or More!

    Train in an open water boat as often as possible. Rowing machine… priority is not speed or distance…its TIME Weight training…Ocean rowing, you use your upper body far more Cross-training machines…  Endurance and general fitness Mental Toughness… Brain training and mental strength is the key I strongly suggest enrolling in formal training RYA Courses – (Royal Yachting Assoc.) First Aid at Sea VHF Marine radio, GPS and Sat phone Essential Seamanship and Navigation; including, celestial navigation and meteorology Sea Survival  Useful Practical Skills – best learnt on the Water. Use of all marine instruments Navigation skills Service and repair of equipment; including the water maker Personal Hygiene and personal care; sustain…

  • Critical items you ‘Need’ to Survive an Adventure

    Water …………It Sustains Life!!!  

    An average person can survive up to 3 Days without Water Oasis Water Purification Tablets, decontaminates water making it safe to drink. Convenient to use – just drop into water, it dissolves – wait an hour Recommend boiling, as this will remove any chlorine aftertaste. Destroys water-borne diseases (Cholera, dysentery, typhoid, polio, diarrhoea and more). Kills bacteria, bacterial spores, cysts, algae, fungi, protozoa and virus and are especially lethal to Entamoeba Histolytica. One tablet purifies a litre of water Ideal for NGO’s humanitarian aid projects. Handy for communities and school in rural areas For trekkers, backpackers and campers, tablets are light-weight, easy for carrying. Clean Water – Additional Benefits Detoxifies…

  • How To's

    My not so secret ‘On the trail’ cooking tips

    Our Kitchen , North Pole 2009 Practise cooking with your compact gas stove and refilling it at home A long-handled spoon and a small sharp knife are all you require for basic food preparation and cooking on the trail Spork– is a combination spoon, fork with a cutting edge; the perfect utensil for travel, camping and adventures; my preference is the light weight titanium, easier to keep clean and virtually indestructible; I always take two in case I lose one! In colder conditions, a simple insulated sleeve designed to fit your cooking pot keeping food hot for up to 15-20 minutes Similarly, your dehydrated meal packet will retain heat and…

  • How To's

    My, not so secret Bugs n’ Grubs Warning Signals

    Insects, worms, grubs, beetles and termites can be a good source of protein… But, as a general rule, avoid >>> Brightly coloured insects / bugs Insects / bugs that are extremely smelly Hairy creepy crawlers Insects and bugs that sting and bite **Ask your local guide if a ‘Bug’ is edible…BEFORE popping it into your mouth

  • How To's

    My, not so secret basic Tips, when ‘Foraging’ for Wild Food

    Plant Warning Signals Don’t eat mushrooms, some are safe, some are toxic – even deadly Never eat plants with thorns Stay away from Umbrella- shaped flower/plants Never eat plants with yellow or white berries Avoid plants with shiny leaves and plants with seeds in a pod Plants with discoloured or milky sap are a definite no, no. Spit out any fruit or plant that tastes soapy or bitter Keep away from any fruit or plant that smells of almonds Always check with your local guide BEFORE tasting the wild fruits of the jungle!

  • Critical items you ‘Need’ to Survive an Adventure,  How To's

    My secret Tips about useful Knives for Backwoods/Camping/Hunting

    Common range of blade points and what tasks they are best suited… Drop-point : good compromise between strength and utility Sheepsfoot : false point – slicing, whittling & ideal to cut rope Clip-point : for more delicate and precision work Straight Back : sturdy, ideal for cutting and chopping Tanto Blade : strong, handy for pushing cuts and piercing Gut Hook : skinning and field dressing wild game Trailing-Point : filleting, skinning and camp food prepping “Your knife is your life”: You’re only as sharp as your knife and your survival knife is the one that you have on you at the time. If you’re out and about and everything…

  • How To's

    My, not so secret, practical tips…During your time in the Wilderness 

    An average person can survive up to > 3 Weeks without Food 3 Days without Water 3 Hours outside of the body’s core temperature My, not so secret critical items you ‘Need’ to Survive in the Wilderness Hydration: Water…water purification system Nutrition: Food…. Survival Knife…. Shelter; tarp, tent, space blanket…. First Aid Kit…. Jacket, hat, sunglasses, gloves, raincoat/shell & thermals…. Navigation; map, compass & GPS (mobile phone)…. Headlamp, flashlight, signalling device, whistle…. Repair kit; multi-tool, duct tape, cordage, spare batteries…. Fire Starter; striker, matches, lighter…. A sense of Humour! Distress signal tips using your Survival Whistle The ‘S.O.S. ‘ Emergency sound signal is three prolonged whistle blasts—then three short blasts—then three…