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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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The Art of Fastpacking / Men’s Running

tweet-fastpackOUT NOW – In Men’s Running magazine this October, you can read our story of wild camping and running 156miles through harvest-ready fields along The North Downs Way.

It’s an introduction to fastpacking – a fusion of hiking and running where light rucksacks mean you can cover long distances quick.

Men’s Running magazine commissioned words and photography for an adventure-special 6-page spread.

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Ride the Divide – Cover Feature, Get Out There magazine

[:en]Did you know there are 429km of backcountry MTB magic to be ridden in Canada? The lion’s share of the Great Divide MTB route is in the USA, but everyone who’s ridden it knows the best bit is really in Canada! 

This Spring and Summer if you are at a race anywhere in the East of Canada, it’s likely you will receive a copy of Get Out There magazine. You can read about riding through the only uninhabited valley in Southern Canada, see my shots of when it gets snowy and get a feel for riding the sanctuary for misbehaving bears! Alternatively you can read online right now…here’s a link straight to the article. Happy trip planning!

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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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RUNdezvous – Outdoor Fitness magazine

[:en]Outdoor Fitness magazine wanted a snappy training article about running groups.

RUNdezvous was the result – an odyssey across three continents as I dive into world of alternative running groups. I hydrate with the Santiago Hash House Harriers, raid a car boot with the Bath Bats and get high in the Rocky Mountains with the Boulder Trail Running Breakfast Club…And we run some!

On sale from June 3rd in the UK

Here’s an extract from the Bath Bats!

IMG_0356[:es]Oudoor Fitness wanted a snappy training article about running groups.

RUNdevous was the result. 

You can read an extract below

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Fastest At World’s End / Sidetracked

[:en]For as long as I’ve been writing about adventures, I have wanted to have my work published at Sidetracked. If you don’t know already, it’s a beautiful online selection box of far-flung journeys, unexpected encounters and daring deeds – sharply penned with startling photography.

Sidetracked Pull QuoteThe editor-in-chief John Summerton doesn’t just pick up any pitch, but on my 3rd attempt in September 2015, with a promised story about our attempt to run the Fastest Known Time around the 100km “O” trek at Torres del Paine – it looked like I might have a story. The hardest part was initially getting the photography up to standard (which took two separate trips to Chilean Patagonia,) and then the envisaged angle about macho endeavor in an inhospitable land just didn’t want to go down on the page like that. (The run itself was much easier.)

Eventually it did come together (thanks for your patience and giving me a shot in the first instance John) and you can now read “Fastest At The World’s End” online.

Click below to begin reading at Sidetracked. 

Sidetracked - Portfolio V Fastest At World's End[:es]For as long as I’ve been writing about adventures, I have wanted to have my work published at Sidetracked. If you don’t know already, it’s a beautiful online selection box of far-flung journeys, unexpected encounters and daring deeds – sharply penned with startling photography.

Sidetracked Pull QuoteThe editor-in-chief John Summerton doesn’t just pick up any pitch, but on my 3rd attempt in September 2015 – with a promised story about our attempt to run the fastest time around the 100km “O” trek at Torres del Paine – it looked like I might have a story.

The hardest part was initially getting the photography up to standard (which took two separate trips to Chilean Patagonia,) and then the envisaged angle about macho endeavour in an inhospitable land just didn’t want to go down on the page like that. (The run itself – although we never got near to that allusive fastest time – went much smoother than the article!)

Eventually it did come together, thanks to the incredible patience of my very talented running partner and friend James Donald, and also to John Summerton for giving me a shot in the first place. You can now read “Fastest At World’s End” online.

Click below to begin reading at Sidetracked. 

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