On spectacularly short notice I headed out to Sardinia with The North Face to be a part of their Spring / Summer ‘19 campaign. It was a strange experience being in front of the camera rather than behind it…although I still managed to sneak some shots in like the one above of Jen Wood.
Barkley Marathons (USA)
There are road races, there are trail races, there are multi stage races and there are unsupported races….and then there is Barkley. This race is like nothing on earth. It’s mad, sadistic and just plain stupid. 5 x 20 mile loops across terrain that was never supposed to be crossed by humans with climbs so steep you’d want a rope and weather so unpredictable and violent that just to arrive at the start line seems like a bad idea.
A Christmas away from home with Tim Howell and Ewa Kalisiewicz. From the coast, to the national parks we experienced a huge diversity of this unreal and ever changing landscape. Tim and Ewa even opened up two new BASE jumping exits - always a surreal thing to witness.
You don't have to go far to have an adventure. Friday night I jumped in a car and headed out of London just a couple of hours to arrive in the spectacular Cheddar Gorge. A windy road, surrounded by stunning rock faces littered with unreal sport climbing routes and hidden trail running gems.
Spain - Margalef / Barcelona
The Spain trip was all about climbing...until we got there. We spent an epic 3 days climbing in the legendary Margalef, getting pushed on tough routes in a truly world class area. The Margalef area is full of brutal climbs at every turn. One to visit, but definitely one to train hard for. We finished the trip with a few days in Barcelona to run, drink coffee and shoot content. I've never been a city person but Barcelona is something special..
Together with NeverStopLondon I travelled up to the Cairngorms to cover a trail running camp run by the team at Glenmore Lodge. 3 days of unreal weather in mid November left us with one of the most stunning locations I’ve ever visited.
Wales - Snakes & Ladders
Wales has many hidden adventures just waiting to be found. One of my favourites is 'Snakes and Ladders'. This route is mental. It's a scramble / abseil / please don't die adventure across and through an old mining quarry. It's not something to be taken lightly, hence why there's not a huge amount of info available about it but for those who know....they know.
The GR54 was my first attempt at a GR route and it blew me away. The climbs were endless, the views were mind-blowing and the experience was life-changing. I went out with filmmaker Joshua Bond and we gave it everything but it wasn't meant to be - a lot was learnt and we will be back to finish this brutal trail. Thanks to The North Face for supplying all our kit for this epic adventure.
Switzerland - Hardergraat
Ridge-lines have always been a fascination for me. Visually they are just epic and add grit to already impressive mountain ranges. So when i heard there was a 26km long ridge-line 2000m up I just had to go and see it for myself. With a 4am start Max Willcocks and myself had a 3 hour climb ahead of us but we literally just arrived in time for sunrise. This trip was made possible by Caxton Cards.