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Into the Wild, Chile / the Guardian

On January 11th 2011, I set off on a bicycle ride from the bottom of South America.

On Chilean Independence Day 2018, the The Guardian shared some of the marvellous things I have found so far.

It was a testing job to pick the pit-stops for a one month trip that stretches from the Atacama Desert to the Pacific Ocean. The diversity in between mountains and ocean; culture and cuisine and wildlife and wilderness can send you into a spin when taking it all in on a first trip.

I didn’t want anyone to feel though that they would miss out. And the final suggested route gives you enough time to poke into the curious corners of the country whilst carving out your own largely self-guided experience.

All the transport choices deliberately avoid air travel. Partly it was an attempt to keep visitors’ carbon footprint low once in the country. Also, (and this part didn’t make my final draft) by travelling slowly through the country – sharing a bunk room on a steamer through the fiords, or gliding overnight into the desert on the 180degree reclining bed bus – you meet the people. This is where the real stories begin.

If you do get to travel to Chile, I hope you return with a rucksack full of adventures to last you a lifetime.

I’m still packing mine…

Read at the Guardian here.

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Guide to shooting in remote and dangerous locations / Battle Face

I whipped this up for Battle Face Travel. There’s some accompanying shots from coconut hunting on Panamanian desert islands; to tandeming at 4000m in the Atacama Desert; to opal-river crossings in the Chilean Patagonia. Continue reading here ! (opens in new tab) 

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Where the Wild Things Are / Escapism

In late August of 2017 I wrangled the opportunity to visit the densest wolf population in central Sweden. I travelled with my equally madcap-sister Olivia. During our time in Vastmanland we walked in the tracks of wolf packs, slept in woodland hobbit-holes, hiked enchanted forests, shared ‘fika’, braved swamps, tracked moose, wildcamped around fires and were, er…whipped in a floating sauna. 

The story is published now at Escapism Magazine on pages 95-100. You can read it below. 

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Many thanks to all the following for the hospitality that Olivia and I received on our journey through Vastmanland. We came into your homes as guests, and left by morning as friends: Ulvsbomuren Vildmark & LantlivHellen WistrandÅsa StanawayMarcus EldhWildSwedenJohn de JongEdens Garden Cottages, Bed & Breakfast and Tourist ActivitiesVisitSweden

 

 

 

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Volcano Tobogganing / Outdoor Fitness

I headed out into the Pacific Ocean to Chile’s remote territory of Easter Island for the February Tapati festival.

On the summit of a 45 degree volcano, the islanders hold their annual Haka Pei ceremony. Mounting a whittled banana-trunk-rocket, and dressed in nothing but loincloths for protection, competitors are pushed over the edge to attempt to ride the furthest down the lower slopes. Feature story and photos below from the recent issue of Outdoor Fitness magazine.

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