The world teaches us more than books is my guiding principle.
I have been going on adventurous journeys great and small for over a decade. Spending 18months circumnavigating the world by bike, a journey that took me through 30 countries over 31,000 km taught me that the world was round and everything is connected. Walking across Rwanda to research an MSc thesis in Environment & Development I found that theories do not always match the real world. This July I hiked, climbed, paddled & hitched over 1,000km across the Bolivian Altiplano to make the first of a trilogy of films exploring the Geography of water.
"The world teaches more than books"
In 2015 I spent my summer holidays traveling across the Altiplano with Temujin Doran to make ALTIPLANO. Our journey began 6088m on the top of Huayna Potosi & over 5 weeks we hitched, trekked & paddled our way along the water-course to the Salt Falts 1,000km south. The purpose of our journey was to explore a fresh perspective on Climate Change to discover a way harnessing Adventure to engage with an environmental issue. Watch the teaser here.
Revolution Cycle 2008-10
Over 18months I cycled 31,000km with Simon Evans through the some of the highest, driest, remotest, wettest, poorest and hottest places on earth. Enduring; electrical storms at 4,000m in Bolivia, a knife attack in Iran, -15 degree blizzards in Turkey, and 45 degree desert crossings in Western China. In doing so became one of the first two Irish Irishmen to circumnavigate the globe by bike. Read the blog here and watch our journey from Dublin to Colombia & Shanghai to Dublin.
Walking Rwanda 2011
Via Egnatia 2013
1,000km hitching, hiking & biking across the Balkan Peninsula following the Via Egnatia an old roman road from Istanbul to the Albanian coast. This was an impromptu low budget adventure that allowed me to get a deeper understanding of ancient infrastructure and consider how it connects a fractious region today.
Tramping Transylvania 2012
I spent 3 weeks tramping through Transylvania; camping, trekking, & hitching at temperatures as low as -25. The purpose of the journey was to find solitude in the Carpathian mountains. Instead, in a frozen landscape on the margins of Europe, I found warm & resilient people, stark economic inequality, and political tension.
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THE KINDNESS OF STRANGERS
An evening of adventure in London to help the refugees in The Jungle at Calais.
Have you ever slept outside on a winter's night? Imagine doing it without a sleeping bag, or a hat or a decent coat.
Do you have any outdoors gear that you don't use? A sleeping bag, a heavy jacket, gloves or base layers that sit unused at the bottom of your wardrobe?
The Kindness Of Strangers will be an evening of adventure. A chance for the outdoors community to come together & hear London's top adventurers tell their stories of when they were helped on their journeys by kind strangers.
To attend you just need to bring a piece of outdoors gear which will be delivered to someone who needs it in Calais. On the 30th of Sept myself & Dan Martin will be hosting an event in Central London to help the inhabitants of "The Jungle". The idea is simple. Adventurers tell a short story about a time that the kindness of strangers helped them on their journey. Attendees of the event donate a piece of unwanted outdoors clothing or camping equipment. We'll drive to Calais on Friday 2nd of Oct to pass the gear on to an NGO that works in the camp.
We're finalising the venue & line up.
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