Hello, from back in my shed, at long last! I have been up in Scotland filming this week, doing our best to make it look summery and appealing, in the midst of some entertainingly cold weather.
Here’s what I’d like to share with you this week, themed partly around the cold.
I’m using the cold, and our British enjoyment of snow-hysteria, as my excuse to share some chilly pics with you (and also this couple of films, of me swimming under the ice in the Arctic and a tutorial for kids on how to build an igloo.)
A new little Film I’ve made: Last week I spoke at an event in Ireland. I used it as a good excuse to explore somewhere beautiful that I have never been to, to drink some Guinness, and hang out with an old friend chatting about making a living from adventure. Here’s the result.
An Article I enjoyed: although ‘enjoyed’ is not the right word. Henry Worsley was a friend, an inspiring man, and someone who was often kind and generous to me. This whopper of an article from the New Yorker about Henry’s final South Pole expedition is a heartbreaker.
A Newsletter that I look forward to receiving: Brendan Leonard’s weekly offering is a good one if you like discovering new stuff from the world of adventure. His humorous articles about life in the outdoors are worth exploring, too (how to run 100 miles; make 2018 the year of maximum enthusiasm; 52 pieces of adventure advice; the point of doing pointless things with your friends.) His Instagram charts hit the nail on the head, too.
A Book to make you shiver: My aim with this newsletter is not to recommend standard adventure books, but to push a bit broader. However, seeing as we are all in such a tizz about the chilly weather, Mawson’s Will seemed a suitable suggestion. I chose it because it’s not that famous, it’s very hardcore, and it reminds us what the words cold, suffering, and guts really mean. “We have found the kingdom of blizzards. We have come to an accursed land.”
A fun night out in London / a plea: We are repeating the sold-out charity Night of Adventure for a second evening. Same awesome speakers, same charity, same inspiring event – but held in Canary Wharf on March 22nd. Everyone is welcome, but it’s obviously perfectly suited for people who work in Canary Wharf. If you know anyone there, would you be so kind as to forward them this Night of Adventure link? We’re struggling a bit to sell tickets at the moment… Thank you.
An Instagram account to follow: I was torn by indecision over who to suggest this week. Then Leo Houlding posted this gem of mountain wisdom, so I plumped for him: The mountains will always be there. Push too hard and you may not. (I also enjoyed reading about Leo’s latest Antarctic expedition in the Financial Times – not the usual place for adventure bums to hang out, but hey ho!)