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Continueing the Rio Negro

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As we ventured into the centre of the river, disaster struck. The canoe, far too small for our load, capsized almost immediately. In those frantic moments, as the river swallowed us, I experienced the closest brush with death I have ever had. Despite my previous life-threatening experiences, both in expeditions and otherwise, this was a matter of mere seconds. On returning to the UK, I have since made it a point to swim at every opportunity, a testament to how profoundly this incident affected me.

The beginning of the Blackwater

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Embarking on a six-week expedition through the dense and untamed jungles of Colombia’s Vaupés region into Brazil’s vast Amazonas was a journey that tested my limits, reshaped my perceptions, and immersed me in the vibrant tapestry of local cultures and landscapes. Joined by a journalist for the initial five days, we meticulously documented our adventure, capturing the essence of this extraordinary experience.

A stroll for the soul (march 4 movember)

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On a crisp November day, I found myself immersed in the picturesque landscapes of the South Coast of the UK, journeying 21 miles from Lulworth Cove to Swanage. This trek wasn't just a personal endeavor; it was a poignant contribution to the M4M March – a movement dedicated to raising awareness for men's mental health, championed by the valiant Mo Bros of Movember.
This venture served as my final bout of rigorous training for the year, a vital preparation for my upcoming 1400-mile expedition along the Rio Negro in early 2024. Laden with a 22kg rucksack, I took on the challenge with resilience and determination, completing the trek in a commendable 7.5 hours.

Navigating the the blackwater: The Countdown to My Boldest Expedition

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In the world of adventure and exploration, there are journeys that push the boundaries of human endurance and curiosity. Today, we're diving into an extraordinary narrative of relentless ambition and the countdown to an unparalleled expedition. This expedition, following in the footsteps of challenging past journeys down the Essequibo River, across the Darien Gap, and through untouched regions of three South American nations, promises to eclipse them all in terms of its audacity and isolation.

Another hard day.

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When it comes to testing my fitness and endurance, I've always sought out extreme challenges. These are the crucibles in which I push my limits, preparing myself for even greater adventures. This time, I decided to tackle the Yorkshire Three Peaks, a challenge that would not only test my physical strength but also allow me to support a cause close to my heart.
The Yorkshire Three Peaks is a renowned trekking challenge in Northern England. It involves summiting three of Yorkshire's highest peaks in a single day: Pen-y-ghent, Whernside, and Ingleborough, covering a total distance of 24 miles. The terrain is rugged, the ascents are steep, and the descents are unforgiving. It's a true test of endurance, and I was ready to take it on.

30 Mile training trek

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Endurance events have a way of pushing us to our limits, testing our physical and mental strength in the most challenging conditions. Last weekend, I embarked on a grueling 30-mile endurance event in the picturesque but unforgiving landscapes of the South of England. With a full kit weighing 25kg and the unpredictable weather at play, this journey was not only a gauge of my current fitness level but also a testament to my determination and preparation for an upcoming expedition.

A Birthday Adventure on the Fan Dance in Brecon Beacons

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January, the coldest and most unforgiving month in Britain, isn't exactly the prime time for outdoor escapades. Yet, for me, it presented the perfect opportunity for a unique birthday celebration. Rather than the usual partying, I decided to test my limits and create unforgettable memories by attempting the legendary Fan Dance in the heart of Brecon Beacons National Park. And to make it even more special, I convinced my brother, a boxing world champion with no prior hill or rucking experience, to join me on this exhilarating journey.

How I document my travels

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It doesn’t matter where we go or how far we travel to get there, the one thing we all want to do is remember the journey we took, the places we visited and the food we ate.
For many of us that is simply sharing a photo on social media, while some people like to take a notebook and write about the places they visit.
Technology tends to be the go-to when it comes to documenting travel and the way we share things with family and friends.
Many of us will use social media apps and travel apps such as Journi and Evernote are becoming a more popular way to document your travels. They allow you to store photos and make notes as you go and are a great way to preserve your memories.
I have never used any of these apps as I prefer the good old-fashioned notepad to make brief notes of this that happen.

Vaccines and Visas

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First of all, I set out a budget for the trip, I usually aim for a round figure but it is always upwards of £5,000 - more than enough for a trip anywhere in the world for four to six weeks.
Don’t think you can load up the credit card and a way you go either.
Remember, travelling to rural, remote locations cash is king!
Money talks anywhere in the world, from bribes to transport costs to all in between.

Always planning

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You would think I would need a break from travel after my last expedition, but, it isn’t long before I find my feet itching and the desire to fly away calling me.
However, planning an expedition is not a simple case of sticking a pin in the map and away you go.
No, it takes time. In my case, planning an expedition takes up to two years of research.
Firstly, you have to be drawn to a particular location. For me, there is always a reason behind why I want to go to a certain country.
It could be an animal I would love to see in its natural habitat, or simply the culture of the location that draws me in, making me want to experience it for myself.