My, not so secret, simple mental / holistic Gym Tips

• Set realistic goals: build strength, increasing flexibility and boosting endurance• Create a ‘fitness habit’; don’t skip workouts.• Always warm up and cool down • Pre & Post Workout Stretches• Basic weight-training; push yourself hard, “lift like you mean it”. • Cardio machines and circuit training gets your heart rate[…] Read More →

My, not so secret tips on Wildlife Encounters

• Investigate and research what to expect• Follow the instructions of your guide.• Behave responsibly and calm around all wildlife• Don’t surprise a ‘mother’ with her little ones• Respect all animals and don’t sneak up or shock them• You’re a privileged observer; don’t interact directly with the wildlife• If you[…] Read More →

My not so secret basic Healthy PreperationTips

• Before each and every Adventure / Event have a comprehensive medical and a dental examination well before departure date. • Toothache or piles, even at home they are a nuisance but in the wilds it can be serious – and at the very least can spoil your experience.• Carry[…] Read More →

My, not so secret tips… important part of planning an Adventure is ‘Research’

• Match an Adventures/Event to your skills, ability, pocket and time• Find out all you can about where you’re going• Learn about the culture of your destination• Travel Insurance, recommended vaccinations and medical kit• Research best time to go; climate, seasonal pricing, crowding• Pack light; suitability and essentials are key•[…] Read More →

My not so secret tips for Long Distance Running.

My not so secret tips for Long Distance Running.• Preparation for a long run/ endurance event begins in your head. … Build mental endurance• Targeting small goals keeps you moving and boosts your confidence. • Always start with a ‘warm up routine’; it gets the blood flowing and stretching keeps[…] Read More →

Insurance Undercover & Dodgy claims

During the 1990’s I was discreetly contracted by specialist cargo underwriters on behalf of the world’s biggest insurance market; based within the City of London’s financial square mile. London is home to the world’s leading insurance platform, a unique indoor marketplace! Accommodating within and under its umbrella are the very[…] Read More →

Gentle Art of Fly Fishing

The last gift I received from my Mum, before she passed away in 1997 at the age of 72,was a Fly Fishing rod, reel, special ’fly’ line, along with casting lessons. An all-encompassing gift, which to me it has become much more; it’s a Legacy that has opened the door[…] Read More →

Bizarre Employment Interview 1979

In 1979 and again in the early 1982/3 I was hired as the “labour trouble shooter” for contracts in the Middle East. To say my CV, references and interviews were bizarre is an understatement. For example in 1979, an ‘employment interview’ started totally by chance whilst drinking in the Cross[…] Read More →

Working on Oil Rigs 1978

Which is crazier and/or more dangerous? Being caught in high winds whilst working in a suspended cradle 200 ft above the North Sea? OR Getting involved in blood-splattered battles in the construction camp bar?

Mt Toubkal 4,167m and High Atlas Mountains, Morocco Oct 2013

  We were a very mixed and friendly group of 7; three men – me, Benno and Adam and 4 ladies, Lesley, Julie, Annabelle and Kay. On arrival at Marrakesh Airport our old friend and team leader Stephen Pinfold with his local right hand man Ibraham Amzil were there to[…] Read More →