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It would take a much Stronger Man than me to Admit Defeat I struggle to believe the words coming out of my own mouth and live in perpetual self-conflict. 16 years of life on the move, from sofa to spare room to motel, from ditch to wood line, from desert sand to a dug out in the ice and snow. A world that is a shifting kaleidoscope of faces and places, of no fixed relationships, no place to call home. I’m 45. I will be 50 before there is any chance of stability. I find that this internal pressure starts to change you in uncomfortable ways, numbs feelings, messes with your values and judgment calls. It’s hard to define, as is the slow accumulation of years. But it’s also interesting, in a macabre sense, that I am finding that frontier, learning what ‘to long’ means, what that looks like. Read »
The Slowness and the Pain A chat with adventurer, author and film-maker Rob Lilwall about cycling journeys, walking expeditions, and the risks of turning adventure into a 'job'. Read »
Don’t do it to Impress a Girl, do it because it is the Thing You Want To Do Belinda Kirk runs Explorers Connect and the Basecamp Festival. She has many years of expedition experience, and also loads of experience about what other people find tricky about committing to action. I asked her to share some thoughts for Adventure1000. […] Read »
Hey listen, this is it. I’m rolling the dice South African adventurer Riaan Manser has cycled round Africa, paddled round Iceland and Madgascar, and rowed to New York. I chatted with him via Skype for Adventure1000. Alastair: You’ve just finished rowing the Atlantic with your wife. How did you […] Read »
Banff Film Festival When I grew up I wanted to play for Leeds United*, to run out at Elland Road. I wanted to bat at Headingley. I still remember the creeping realisation that these things were never going to happen. Later in life I […] Read »
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