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Island Man / RGS Geographical magazine

Before the time of celebrity culture, desert islands were places of wonder and personal discovery and spiritualism. Our cultural references are rich in the English language from Shakespeare’s The Tempest to Daniel Defoe’s writing of arguably the first ever novel, Robinson Crusoe.

In April 2017 I was “shipwrecked,” on an islet in the Pearl Island archipelago, a few hundred kilometres off the Pacific coast of Panama. I wrote a few articles about the cut and thrust of our 8 day survival experience (Outdoor Fitness, Blue Ridge Outdoors and Get Out There) and created a photo set and short film now found at Desertislandsurvival.com.

This article for RGS Geographical was a bit different. You can read an extract from the current issue below.

 

 

 

 

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Walking with Wolves / BBC Countryfile Magazine

An Investigative story from the dense forests of Vastmanaland, Sweden about the feasibility of reintroducing wolves to the UK + interview with Scotland’s rewilding man, PaulLister

Published now

Ph: Countryfile.com. Extract below.

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Heart of Darién / RGS Geographical magazine

In April I travelled to the Panamanian jungle on the border. My goal was to photograph and write a story about the potential development opportunities in the area following the disarmament of FARC.  

The Royal Geographical Society published the feature in their December 2017 issue.

You can the start of the article below:

The star fighters are attacking. Or at least that’s what it sounds like. The high-pitched gurgling of the black oropendola bird is like a Star Wars ray-gun effect being strangled out of an 80’s synthesizer. Every few seconds a lightening-yellow tail feather flies out of the great guayabillo tree some 40metres above the remote dirt road. The long pendulous nests dangle from thin branches like knitted Christmas stockings.

 

It’s a gift of a sighting. But suddenly, after five days of remotest travel in the Darién province, something even rarer happens. An open top jeep with a half-dozen white tourists comes rolling along the track. The weather at the start of the monsoon season is as unsettled as the recently brokered peace with the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC), whose activities have been known to spill over the border. But just for a brief moment – with the tourists’ binoculars trained on the giant guayabillo birdhouse – the scene resembles any normal exotic safari. And then the men with guns arrive.

 

Twenty border police, known as SENAFRONT, armed with assault rifles, camouflage gear and twitchy eyes come trekking down from deeper jungle. They look like they have been on their feet some time. The startled tourists are quickly whisked away by their driver. But my guide Isaac Pizarro and I are on foot and we get mixed up with the armed men.

 

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Thru hiking the Americas / Outside magazine

Holly Harrison is hiking from Patagonia to Alaska. I tried to help him out with logistics for crossing the Darién Gap, after my visit there earlier this year. Over several months I then interviewed him for Outside magazine, including comments from him mum and original Americas hiker, George Meegan.

You can read the Outside magazine article here.

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Running with the Pack / Men’s Running

In late August 2017, I travelled to Västmanland Sweden for the BBC and spent five days researching the behaviour of wolves with the help of local scientists and wildlife experts. 

I also managed to squeeze in five great runs through the wolves’ forest territory. A whole load of exercise, beautiful scenery and just a sniff of danger also proved to be the right kind of angle for Men’s Running magazine.

Here is the feature story and photos from running with the pack.

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Getting fit in winter / Red Bull

Whipped this guide up for Red Bull online to inspire night time adventures this winter. Popped in a photo from our 98.5 hour run along the 156mile North Downs Way below.

Read the article here.