Quality Mountain Days

The end of January saw me tick-off the first item on this years bucket list; the Mountain Training approved Mountain Leader training week with the excellent Phil George in Llanberis. My compadres and I spent 6 days learning to navigate, judge weather and manage groups over the hills, and indeed, the mountains of Snowdonia National [...]

2016 Review

The good, the bad and the ugly from the previous year plus a cheeky peek at the year ahead. 2016 was a mixed bag. The Good Loads of great things happened in 2016. Some were adventures out on the land, some were events that will help me work towards future expeditions and some things were [...]

Fit for the Arctic

Dragging your own bodyweight across a frozen ocean for 10-12 hours per day, battling high winds while climbing over ice ridges requires each team member be at their peak of physical fitness. Here's how I've been preparing. I live in South East London, right next to the River Thames and only a 2-mile walk away [...]

The SF Experience

Sometimes people ask me why I like to camp out in the snow, lug heavy loads across unforgiving terrain or otherwise make myself as miserable as hell. I often wonder about that too. I guess I enjoy pushing through unpleasant situations. In doing so, I overcome the part of me that can’t cope and the part of me that can, expands. Or I’m just a masochist. Masochistic Madeley made a snap decision back in March to enter The Special Forces Experience Bootcamp. A weekend of training with ex-special forces personnel including a 10-mile, load-bearing race over the Clwydian Range, Wales. Here’s how that went down. […]