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Atacama by Tandem / Outdoor Fitness

I have been writing about travels in Chile for a few years now. In a country that stretches over 2,500miles it takes some effort to get to its most extreme ends from the central capital of Santiago. In May however we wrapped up our tandem bicycle in a couple of bike boxes and boarded a plane to the northern city of Calama.

Our ambitious plan was to cycle a backcountry mountainous loop, climbing to over 4500m above sea level in the Atacama Desert. I’m sure Outdoor Fitness editor John Shepherd thought it was a mad idea, but when we returned safely with a wild photo set he agreed to a 6 page feature in the 2016 winter issue. On sale now across the UK.

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Volcanic Triathlon from Easter Island / Triathlete

100,000 subscribers to Triathlete magazine had this magical story from Easter Island drop through their mailbox this November. I was on the Pacific Ocean islet for three weeks during the February festival of Tapati. The spectacular Tau’a trail race was the highlight of the Rapa Nui people’s remotest cultural celebration.

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THE ELEPHANT IN OUR ATMPOSPHERE / Like the Wind

How do you engage people with a slow moving problem like air pollution?

In July 2015 I went into the Chilean Andes and climbed 31,000m. This is my story from my daily journey to get some perspective on the smog in the city below.

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Adventure Film Festival Director / Red Bull

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“Hi, my name’s Kyle. It’s seven o’clock in the morning, and I’m naked in Kyrgyzstan!”

That’s the opening line from The Road To Karakol, which screened at Matt Heason’s annual Sheffield Adventure Film Festival (ShAFF) in 2014.

This month for Red Bull I interviewed the man behind the choices behind the cameras at the Sheffield Adventure Film Festival.

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[:en]Tribal Trails – Trail Runner magazine USA[:]

[:en]The indigenous Rapa Nui people of Easter Island believed for 500 years they were the only people left on Earth. In the USA this September you can read about the barefoot, banana carrying trail race that is the product of such isolation and sporting heritage.

The article was a collaborative effort with Los Angeles photographer and friend James Kao who I met on the island this February. Read the first page below. 

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Work out Like A Polynesian Warrior / Red Bull

Living 2,000km from the nearest inhabited island, the Rapa Nui people of Easter Island must be jacks of all trades. Using photography from my three week trip to the island for the BBC, this light-hearted article for Red Bull Adventure gives a break down of the different skills that “Polynesian Warriors” practise during their most important festival of Tapati. 

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