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Welcome to this blog page which details accounts of some of our most exciting adventures worldwide. From wilderness trekking in Greenland to climbing Africa's highest mountain; from a Moto tour to a Cambodian temple or a winter road trip round Iceland, read all this and more on our adventure travel blog. We warmly welcome your comments and queries!

Land of Fire and Ice: A Winter Road Trip Round Iceland

February 06, 2015  •  Leave a Comment
The First Taste of Iceland The sky above Mount Esja begins to turn candy floss pink as the setting sun slides behind a thin bank of grey cloud stealthily creeping in from the west. The raucous cries of numerous seabirds fills the air and a frigid wind blows in off the restless North Atlantic sending waves crashing and foaming onto black shelves of...
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To the Roof of Africa: Kilimanjaro, Tanzania, via the 7-day Machame-Mweka Route

January 04, 2015  •  Leave a Comment
Day One: The March to Machame Through the dusty, chipped windscreen of the minibus, I get my first good look at snow clad Kilimanjaro soaring high into an azure blue sky above rust red farmland and deep green jungle. It’s late-November 2014 and we’re en route from our hotel in Moshi to the Machame Gate to begin our attempt to stand on the roof of A...
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Close Encounters of the Ngorongoro Kind: A Tanzanian Safari

December 10, 2014  •  Leave a Comment
The cloud on the western horizon turns tandoori-red as our Toyota Landcruiser labours up a winding dusty road through dense cloud forests of acacia garlanded with Spanish moss in the volcanic highlands of Tanzania. Emmanuel, our driver and guide, stops the jeep and signals us to follow him. Shivering, we climb out. The November dawn air is thin and...
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Tomb Raider for a Day! A Moto Trip from Siem Reap to the Beng Mealea Temple, Cambodia

October 16, 2014  •  Leave a Comment
Heaven on Earth Angkor Wat is a name that has summoned up adventure, excitement and mystery for me ever since I first thumbed through my childhood atlas. The largest temple complex on earth, and now a UNESCO World Heritage Site, nothing can prepare you for its sheer scale and majesty. This recreation of heaven on earth reduces you to mere superlati...
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Monsoon Madness! Five days trekking from Sandakphu to Phalut in the Eastern Himalaya

October 14, 2014  •  1 Comment
Day One: Walking in the Rain I step into a room with a cement washed floor. Faded and dusty, age curled posters depicting blooming rhododendrons, conifer forests, red pandas and snow clad mountains cover the grubby plastered walls. ‘Namaste, welcome to Singalila National Park’, says a man in a beige uniform, hands pressed together. He bows deeply a...
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A Pair of ‘Mad Swivel-eyed Cloons’? A 22km hike in the Dunkerron Mountains, Kerry, Ireland

August 12, 2014  •  Leave a Comment
We haven't long left our car by the bridge over the Owenroe River to tackle the Cloon Horseshoe, a tough circuit in the Dunkerron Mountains of County Kerry, when a Land Rover pulls up alongside us, window wound down. ‘You’ll be well advised to avoid that field up there’, says the farmer in a thick Kerry accent as he touches the brim of his check cl...
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The Magic and Majesty of the Mangertons: A Two Day Mountain Trek in County Kerry, Ireland

July 31, 2014  •  Leave a Comment
Misty Mountain Hop The smell of summer flowers, damp earth and wood smoke waft in through the open window of our B&B. It’s early morning and we’re preparing our kit for a two day traverse of the Mangerton Mountains. The day doesn’t appear to hold much promise; the tops of the nearby hills are shrouded in a line of thick mist, but this is typical of...
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A Wild Altantic West: Exploring Three Islands off County Mayo, Ireland

July 16, 2014  •  Leave a Comment
The Melancholy and Majesty of Inishark It’s a typical Irish summer’s day: rain is pouring from a leaden sky and lashing against the car windscreen as we head for Roonagh Pier on an early-July morning. The weather forecast for today is typically ambiguous - ‘sunshine and showers’ – an oft-quoted prediction for the West of Ireland where the weather i...
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‘P-p-picture a penguin…’: A journey to Tierra del Fuego, Chile

December 10, 2013  •  Leave a Comment
Throughout a spell in my childhood they appeared on the TV almost nightly, advertising a chocolate covered biscuit which we were exhorted to ‘p-p-pick up’ when we were a bit ‘p-p-peckish’. I, like millions of other British kids, fell in love with the king penguins (Aptenodytes patagonicus), cute, comical-looking birds waddling about as if bedecked...
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Paine is Pure Pleasure: The ‘W’ route, Torres del Paine National Park, Chile

December 04, 2013  •  Leave a Comment
The Eighth Wonder of the World Through the cracked windscreen of our mini bus, the Paine massif, an eastern spur of the Andes, rises dramatically above the Patagonian steppe, a primordial, little travelled region at the far end of the earth. It's late November, spring in this part of the world, and Martin and I are deep in Southern Chile, bumping a...
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Delectable Donegal: Ireland’s Wild Atlantic Northwest

November 27, 2013  •  1 Comment
Donegal is a magical corner of northwest Ireland: remote, not on the way to anywhere, a land of wide open spaces and big skies. Brian Friel's Donegal, a place of jagged coastline, treacherous cliffs and unspoiled Blue Flag beaches along the dramatic Wild Atlantic Way, with a remote hinterland of shimmering loughs and great tracts of boggy wildernes...
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Sky-high in Bolivia: A three day jeep tour across the Altiplano

August 02, 2013  •  Leave a Comment
The White World of the Salar I'm convinced I can hear gunshots as I'm rudely jolted awake just after sunrise. For one moment panic floods through me until I hear the out of tune brass band accompanied by pounding drums from the street below our hotel room. This is the second day in a row that a din has ripped me from the arms of Morpheus: yesterday...
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The Lost City of the Incas: Hiking the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu, Peru

August 01, 2013  •  1 Comment
Hitting the Trail The scene before my eyes is one of frenetic activity. Kit bags lie gaping open on plastic sheeting, with gas stoves, kettles, cartons of eggs, vegetables and tents piled up alongside them. Amid the chaos, porters are dashing round almost tripping over fowls, piglets and guinea pigs which are roaming this grassy compound. It's earl...
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The Mountain that Eats Men: A Journey into the Mines of Cerro Rico, Potosí, Bolivia

July 30, 2013  •  Leave a Comment
The 'Monstrous Babylon' I can scarcely believe my eyes when I peer into the gloom of the small store before me. Amid the clutter on the floor are several plastic bags marked ‘ANFO’ which are bulging with light pink grains. ‘That’s ammonium nitrate!’ I whisper to Martin, who then proceeds to raise the jaw-dropping stakes even further by pointing out...
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Hiking to the Summit of Thabana Ntlenyana, Lesotho, ‘The Kingdom in the Sky’

October 16, 2012  •  Leave a Comment
Sallying Forth up the Sani Pass... Getting to the tiny landlocked Kingdom of Lesotho from KwaZulu-Natal in South Africa is no easy matter. It entails a drive up the infamous unpaved Sani Pass that snakes its rocky, tortuous way 1,330 metres in just eight kilometres up the edge of an escarpment in the Drankensburg Mountains. Named for the San people...
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