Tuesday, 22 July 2014

Jusqu'ici tout va bien

I must apologise for the long delay since my last post.  As the race has drawn closer, I've been busier training but also at work and making sure that all the plates keep spinning.  One of those plates has been fundraising.  I have been immensely touched by the generosity of old friends, new friends, acquaintances and colleagues who have dug deep to raise over £3,000 for Seeing is Believing (with bank matching).  

You can join the fight against avoidable blindness here.

As for my progress in other areas, with nine days until I get on a plane and fly to Ulaan Baatar I can only repeat the immortal words:

jusqu'ici tout va bien

Clearly an excuse to post this video.  Enjoy!

Friday, 20 June 2014

Long rides

Maybe the next step for me is a long ride...  Horses are a great way to see the world.

This guy has just finished riding from Canada to Brazil.  You can read all about it here:

Thursday, 19 June 2014

Women who Dare

This is what looks like a great book about lady climbers, by Chris Noble.

It's stuffed full of great shots, like this one, but also features interviews with the climbers.

And what he had to say about adventure really caught my eye.

"Adventure is the antidote to our overly luxurious, risk-averse, materialistic society. Adventure is what happens when you are no longer in control, when things go off the tracks, the shit hits the fan, and we are confronted with our own limitations and mortality. It's when life gets distilled down to its essence. There are no guarantees, and no one else is going to save us. Adventure is when we all have to dig deep into our own character, in order to save the day. That's always been the hero's journey. It's universal and eternal."

Thursday, 12 June 2014

Rodeo! Polo!

I have wanted to go to Argentina to play polo for ages; no-one plays polo like the Argentinians and I haven't quite reconciled myself to always being completely rubbish.  For the avoidance of doubt, I am completely, completely rubbish.

I ever found myself in Argentina, however, I would definitely travel to Patagonia.  Patagonia is a wild and inaccessible corner populated by gauchos and, oddly, a Welsh-speaking Welsh colony.  

As a teaser, here's an astonishing photo from a Patagonian rodeo:

You can see the original here: http://feedly.com/e/NOui6WCw.

If that sparks any interest, look up Bruce Chatwin.  Everything he ever wrote was absolutely fantastic, but his most famous book is probably In Patagonia.  Thoroughly recommended.  

Sunday, 8 June 2014

Wolf of Wall Street...in Mongolia

In one of the more bizarre
Mongolian news items of late, it turns out Jordan Belfort has visited Mongolia and would like the world to know...

... That he thinks Mongolia is on the up and up.  As this is something everyone has known for quite some time (http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Economy_of_Mongolia), what on earth could Jordan's bizarre trip and announcement mean?

Is this in fact some kind of warning of impending doom?  A bad omen from someone who surfed the US boom but wiped out before the boom did?

Or did Jordan just fancy a trip to Mongolia but wasn't prepared to pay for it himself?  In which bad luck, Random House, happy days Mongolia...

Friday, 6 June 2014

Just when you think you've done something crazy...

You find someone who's waaaaay crazier:  like this guy.

He likes to climb volcanoes, sleep on them...

and then ski down.  Read all about him here:

Thursday, 5 June 2014

All good things are wild and free

Here's a little something for all Thoreau fans, brought to you via the ever-wonderful Adventure journal.

Friday, 30 May 2014


In a fit of efficiency, I've paid the final instalment of my Derby entry fee, taken out insurance, and submitted my visa application to the Mongolian embassy.  After a small but wistful moment looking at the flag.

I can't quite believe I've even got this far...

Thursday, 29 May 2014

Wet and windy Wales

The Hay Festival is great when the sun shines....  And not so great when it chucks it down.

But I didn't mind, because some Derby training was planned.  After a hearty breakfast...

Catherine and I went for a walk...

And then got on two tiny and very fat mountain ponies and spent a happy couple of days charging around the mountains...

Heading towards the Black Mountain

On the ridge

A ger!

Dancing pony

A cheerful Catherine - looking forward to Mongolia!