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Child soldier to world class ultra runner / Red Bull

Photo courtesy of Martina Valmassoi

There once was a Nepalese village girl called Mira Rae. From age 12 she worked all day carrying 28kg bags of rice to market.

At 15, she sneaked away from her village to join the Maoist guerrilla army. In the jungle she learned that she could be as strong as any boy. She practiced karate. And she carried a gun. 

When the war finished, Mira stumbled into a 50K race. And won.

She didn’t stop there. She carried on running. Going on to win on the world stage at the Marathon du Mont Blanc.

I was asked by Red Bull to tell Mira’s story. With lots of patient help from Mira and her good friend Keilem Ching, you can follow her journey.

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Fitness and Fatherhood – Men’s Fitness

A lovely big feature story about my wild, wonderful and ultra wearying journey into fatherhood as I attempt to maintain a shred of athletic self respect. For Men’s Fitness.

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Andean plane mystery / Geographical

How do you engage people on a big scary issue like climate change?

This February filmmaker I headed into the Andes with two other British mountaineers to try and find the 1947 crashed plane Star Dust. In 2019 it’s emerging from the glacier-ice on 6570m Tupungato due to global warming. Told for the June 2019 issue of Geographical. 

“So you want to travel to the Lancastrian?” From a mid-winter Bristol suburb, my call has rung through to the Refugio Plaza military base, high in the mountains southwest of the Malbec-growing hills of Mendoza, Argentina. Sergeant Casado of the 11th Mountain Regiment listens to my request.

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Greater Patagonian Trail / Outside online

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Boy, I’ve been cooking this one a while!

Outside magazine commissioned a feature length story about my adventures on the mend bendingly beautiful Greater Patagonian Trail mid 2018.

The route links the cactus-pocked high Andes of Santiago to the lakes and snow capped mountains of El Chalten Patagonia.

Big thanks to my friend Jan Dudeck, the creator of the trail, for helping it get to press. Plus the team at Outside for using my photography in the story and making it pop!

Dive in.

Read more from my personal adventures on the GPT here.

 

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Into Wonderland / Horizon Travel

I have helped co-author the new Horizon Travel Guide, Adventures in Chile. Here’s my story from the sparkling new Patagonian National Park. 

“Naked to the waist and barefoot, we wade into the glacial river. The opal water sends an electric chill first through our toes, then gradually up over our shins and knees until we are staggering, rucksacks above our heads. All laser-focus is pinned on reaching the other side.”

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Search for Star Dust / Rab

In February 2019 I led a three man 15-day expedition into the central Argentinean Andes. We were on the search for the crashed 1947 plane Star Dust. Discovered in the year 2000, nobody it seemed had been back since. Our expedition sought to reach the aircraft at the foot of 6570m Cerro Tupungato’s glacier and record any new evidence emerging from the ice due to climate change. 

Rab equipment were on board from the outset of the expedition; agreeing to outfit, sponsor and carbon offset the adventure. I wrote this piece for their blog on a cold night close to 4000m. Accompanying pictures from trip videographer Jimmy Hyland.

Enjoy.  

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