Grand Canyon Rim to Rim Hike

Have you ever thought about a Grand Canyon rim to rim hike? I’ll admit that for my first visit to the Grand Canyon that thought hadn’t crossed my mind. For my first visit I wanted to see the Grand Canyon in all it’s glory and I figured the best view was from the air. So in 2012, during my first visit to the Grand Canyon National Park I splashed the cash and did a helicopter ride. It was…

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What’s in my backpack? 14 essential items for a photography hike

When I head out for a hike I always take my trusty camera backpack, jam packed with everything I need to enjoy a good hike and capture the best moments along the way. When I'm travelling to a new destination certain items are taken out, others are put in and it doubles up as my carry on luggage. Perfect! Here is a complete list of all the gear I use. I'm not sponsored by any of any of…

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22 Reasons to visit Kyrgyzstan

I first went to Kyrgyzstan in October 2015 and absolutely loved it. I raved about it so much to my friends and family that some of them even booked trips there! In 2018 I got to go back, not once but twice and I fell in love with it even more. So, I thought it was only right that I should share some of my ramblings about why you too, should visit Kyrgyzstan.  Since I emote visually this…

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So what is Overlanding anyway?

Jump to My journey from snowboard instructor to truck driver A definition of overlanding How does it work? On the road essentials Some of my favourite overland trips What companies run group overlanding trips? My Journey from snowboard instructor to truck driver In 2013 I started a big new adventure in my life when I became a tour leader/driver for an overland adventure company called Dragoman. It was my biggest challenge to date. I remember completing my application…

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A guide to hiking Pen Y Fan – 3 routes up Southern Britain’s highest peak

Let me start by explaining how to pronounce it! If you’re not from Wales you’d be mistaken into thinking that it is pronounced pennyfan. But that’s one sure way to get a chuckle from the locals. Actually, you won’t go far wrong if you try pen-er-van. Right, now that’s sorted let’s talk about the hikes. At 886m Pen y Fan literally means the top peak and there are several routes that can take you to the top. It is…

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Why should you visit Sudan?

Sudan is going through a big transitional period at the moment and you might be wondering if it's ok to visit Sudan. President Omar al-Bashir was ousted from power on 11 April after 30 years in charge. Currently the military are in power with a promise to hand the country back to civilian rule after 2 years. However, the people aren't happy with this and are still protesting outside the military headquarters in Khartoum. So why should you…

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Do you want a career working in the Mountains?

Here's how I got a career working in the mountains In January 2009 I quit my regular job and headed off to the Canadian Rockies with dreams of endless snowboarding weighing heavy on my mind. What was meant to be just a 3 month break turned into an incredible 5 years, living and working in North America. Here is a short article I produced for Non-Stop a few years back about my time in the mountains. If you…

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Travel Photography

My Travel Photography For photographs from my travels over the last 5 years head on over to my photography website. If you see something you like, the guys at SmugMug make the highest quality prints, wall art and keepsakes for you to purchase. My article on photographing nature and landscapes has now been published on Dreamstime. You can check it out here! This is a photography of Huanglong Scenic area which is featured in the article I wrote…

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10 Reasons to visit China

If you're looking for some inspiration to visit China then here are 10 photographs that might encourage you to book that ticket. Know before you go  Visitors from most countries will need a visa before they can visit China and they can take several weeks to get sorted so make sure you allow plenty of time for this. Outside of the big cities English isn't commonly spoken so it's worth learning a few basic phrases before you go.…

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Injera – love it or hate it?

To me injera looks like a flannel, has the texture of stomach lining and tastes like a cold, acidic pancake! But don't let me put you off, this Ethiopian staple is packed full of goodness and is a must try for anyone visiting Ethiopia. What is it? Injera is a common food eaten in Ethiopia. It is typically made from teff seeds which are ground into flour then left to ferment with water and yeast for 2-3 days.…

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