Adventure Toolkit

Jokes by the fire

Every week I recieve emails from people who want to do something adventurous, challenging and outside of their comfort zone.

Hill Top Microadventure
Hill Top Microadventure

They ask questions about training, kit, logistics and advice on cycling challenges, Ironman and getting started in adventure and mountaineering.

1) what sort of kit did you use for hiking, climbing and camping and also how best to build the winter skills especially - I have looked at a BMC winter skills course but is there a cheaper way?! Nick

As a competitive triathlete and keen outdoorsman I wanted to commend all of your awesome achievements! Your stories have been very inspiring and helped me think outside the box when planning my own challenges.

It would be great to hear from you to learn a little more about your experience and get some tips on routes, timings etc. Gareth

I guess it is about taking a risk but how do you conquer the fear factor? Jane

Can you suggest a challenge for me? Whether it's swimming, biking, hiking, running i'll give anything a try! Alan

I'm inspired by all these outdoor challenges and want to lead a more adventurous lifestyle, what do you suggest? John

I have a few doubts about mechanicals and getting lost.  How have you found these on your challenges and what sort of support did you have?

I've put together a list of resources for you peeps, this is not exhaustive but should be enough to keep you going for now!

Adventure Networking and Skills

Adventure buddies
Adventure buddies

Explorers Connect - an awesome site where people list adventures they are doing and looking for team mates to join. They also organise wknd trips kakaying, camping, climbing etc which are a lot of fun and great opportunities to meet people. http://www.explorersconnect.com

Plas y Brenin - the National Mountain Centre in Snowdonia, Wales. They have loads of cool courses here including weekend workshops and festivals. If you are under 25 they also have grants and scholarships to help you get mountain skills on the cheap. I did The Alpine Apprenticeship Course here which was an amazing intro to the Alps  and climbing:) http://www.pyb.co.uk

8th Day Adventure: Organises social groups to try new things and meet like minded people. Gets people out of cities and into the great outdoors http://www.8thdayadventure.co.uk/

Royal Geographic Society: RGS: networking events, lectures, talks, festivals, adventure research and grants http://www.rgs.org

Tales of Adventure: Ordinary people come to hear extraordinary stories of adventure http://www.talesofadventure.co.uk/

Adventurers To Follow

Sean Conway
Sean Conway

http://www.sarahouten.com - Athlete, Adventurer, MBE

http://www.jamescracknell.com - Double Olympic Gold Medalist turned adventurer and endurance athlete http://www.jamesketchell.net - Everest climber, ocean rower, world cyclist

http://www.seanconway.com - Adventurer of the Year

http://www.davecornthwaite.com - "Live out of a bag"

http://www.alastairhumphreys.com - Mr Microadventure "Sleep on a hill"

http://www.squashfalconer.com - Paraglided off Mont Blanc, Everest Summiteer

http://www.kilianjornet.cat - National Geographic Adventurer of the Year, speed runner, climber and total legend

http://www.uelisteck.ch - Ueli Steck - "The man who runs up mountains"

http://www.ranulphfiennes.co.uk - The World's Greatest Living Explorer

http://www.kentoncool.com - Record Breaking Everest Mountaineer

http://www.penhadow.com - Explorer, Motivational speaker

http://www.rozsavage.com - Ocean Rower

http://www.bensaunders.com - Polar Exporer and Motivational Speaker

http://www.dotrythisathome.com - Younh Ambassadors for Adventure (very impressive young ladies!)

Inspiration

Comfort Zone
Comfort Zone

Side Tracked Magazine: Inspiration photography and stories of adventure http://www.sidetracked.com

Epic List: Inspiring the masses to explore the world https://epiclist.io

Outside Online: Inspire active lifestyles http://www.outsideonline.com

The BMC: The British Mountaineering Council for news, insurance and professional guides https://www.thebmc.co.uk

Live For The Outdoors: Resource for walkers and general hill activities, gear reviews, events, routes, stories http://www.livefortheoutdoors.com

UKClimbing: The largest climbing site in the world.Very active forum on anything to do with climbing, mountaineering and being in the hills http://www.ukclimbing.com

EpicTV: Adventure sports videos from the best athletes and film makers in the world (also my employer) http://www.epictv.com

Festivals

BANFF 2014
BANFF 2014

Sheffiled Mountain Film Festival:http://www.shaff.co.uk/

Banff Mountain Film Festival:http://www.banff-uk.com/ 

Kendall Film Festival:http://www.mountainfest.co.uk/

Chamonix Mountain Festival:http://www.chamonixmountainfestival.com/

Keswick Mountain Festival:http://www.keswickmountainfestival.co.uk

Reel Rock Tour:http://www.reelrock.co.uk/

Big Shakeout:http://www.alpkit.com/bigshakeout/festival

Buxton Adventure Festival: http://www.buxtonadventurefestival.co.uk/

Your Next Challenge

Becoming an Ironman
Becoming an Ironman

Find a race:

Lists most the events across the UK, helping you find your next challeng. Can search by sport and region

http://findarace.com

Endurance Life:http://www.endurancelife.com

Human Race: http://humanrace.co.uk

UK Adventure Racing:http://www.ukadventureracing.co.uk/

Kit

Packing for the mountains
Packing for the mountains

I chose the following brands as they are great outdoor clothing companies tailored towards the everyday person wanting high quality kit as well as top notch alpinists and adventurers.

Sport Pursuit offers 40-70% off high end kit for a wide range of sports including cycling, triathlon, mountaineering, general outdoors and running. Great adventure inspiration blogs http://sportpursuit.co.uk

Lowe Alpine: http://www.lowealpine.com

RAB:http://rab.uk.com

Berghaus:http://store.berghaus.com

They also have great adventure related blogs, some written by me :)

http://www.berghaus.com/community/?p=12168

http://www.sportpursuit.com/blog/get-moving/5-tips-to-keep-your-motivation/#.UozQhWRmU6I

Happy Days, enjoy and share your adventures with me here or on twitter!