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Island Man / Geographical

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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Heart of Darién / Geographical

In May 2017 I travelled to the Panamanian jungle on the border with Columbia. My goal was to photograph and write a story about the opportunities for the area following the disarmament of FARC.  

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

Click the downward arrow below, and scroll to the next page

new Heart of Darien : Geographical magazine

 

 

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Running with Wolves / 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.

You can read it below.

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How to hike the Grand Canyon / the Guardian

 

In November 2016 I plunged a vertical mile into the Grand Canyon’s trail network with my friend James Kao. We crossed the Colorado River at nightfall, then hiked out the other side by moonlight. On July 4th 2017 the Guardian published my story and photography from the adventure. There’s an extract below.

You can continue reading the full article here.

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Raising Valparaíso / Geographical

In 2016 I spent five months in Chile’s coastal and cultural capital, Valparaíso.

Walking the streets and by interviewing locals I wrote the feature and shot the photos for the January issue of Geographical magazine. The first page of the investigative story about the UNESCO status of the city; how it is being developed and who benefits from it is readable below.

You can read it below. When you’re ready, click the downward arrrow and scroll to the next page

Raising Valparaíso : RGS Geographical magazine
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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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