Costa Blanca Sea 2 Summit

SEA 2 SUMMIT CHALLENGE - ‘you haven't done it until you've climbed from Sea to Summit’ INTRODUCTION The idea was simple - start at the sea and finish at the summit! on this occasion linking up a huge geological ridge feature that rises all the way from sea level to the summit of the Bernia mountain. It allows for a superb running, walking or climbing challenge to take place. Adventure: noun an exciting or very unusual experience. participation in exciting undertakings or enterprises: the spirit of adventure. a bold, usually risky undertaking; hazardous action of uncertain outcome. Challenge: noun a call or summons to engage in any contest, as of skill, strength, etc. COSTA BLANCA SEA 2 SUMMIT The Sea2Summit Challenge is the dream-child of myself and Chris Newton-Govard. I first met Chris when I was 22, fresh faced and armed with enthusiasm equal to that of the duracell bunny. I had just passed my Mountaineering and Climbing Instructor Award (MIA or now MCI) and had been given the opportunity to fly out to Spain where Chris lives in the Costa Blanca region with his wife Lisa and two boys. I was working for his company at the time - Rock and Sun. My first days out were spent testing my skills as an instructor; it was essential that he made sure I was up to the job of guiding clients up big multi-pitch routes and along technical ridges - afterwards it was time to be put to work on the sun drenched cliffs of sunny Spain.  Fifteen years later, I still work and play on these same cliffs.  The Costa Blanca [...]

By |2021-01-14T13:30:09+00:00May 6th, 2020|Blog|0 Comments

Ultimate 3 Peaks

ULTIMATE 3 PEAKS CHALLENGE The Ultimate 3 Peaks consists of scaling the three highest mountains in each of the national regions: Ben Nevis in Scotland (1344m), Scafell Pike in England (978m) and Snowdon in Wales (1085m). However, rather than increasing your carbon boot print you need to cycle between the mountains instead of driving. This radicalises the usual 3 Peaks Challenge into the ultimate duathlon (an event with running / cycling) test: 450 miles of cycling and 24 miles of steep hiking. The Three Peaks Challenge has had some stick over the years due to its environmental impact. The first issue is the amount of diesel burned. Secondly, when you’re flooring your accelerator pedal trying to shave minutes off your time, you are not contributing to the local communities. This is not the case seated on your bicycle. Accommodation will need to be sorted, bacon butties will need to be eaten and bicycle shops visited (possibly).  The local community will love you! Not only that, you’ll be exploring the best cycling roads that Britain has to offer. Cycling into one of our national parks, then scaling its highest mountain has a certain ‘je ne sais quoi’. Get in touch for further details.  Going from North to South is advised - when looking at a map - that’s downhill, right?! The bigger days are in Scotland and saving the legs for the English and Welsh sections of this workout is recommended. The current record for the Ultimate 3 Peaks is an unfathomable 37 hours and 33 minutes set by Ross Malpass solo and without drafting!! So rather than going like the clappers and burning yourself [...]

By |2020-06-27T11:59:00+01:00May 4th, 2020|Blog|0 Comments

A Mile An Hour

2020 INSPIRATION I first saw this video in 2019 and thought it was superb so, I am going to share it early in 2020 for some inspiration to go and get things done. I hope you like it.

By |2020-01-07T14:21:24+00:00January 7th, 2020|Blog|0 Comments

Canyoning – let’s take the plunge

Canyoning: an adrenaline fueled descent down a gorge carved out by mother nature's super force - water. Dave Talbot - descends further into this new and upcoming adventure sport. With so many new sports emerging, the combination between one sport and another is so appealing, think - kitesurfing, paragliding, downhill mountain biking, indoor rock climbing……. Canyoning is just that. It takes the best elements from different sports and wraps them all into one exhilarating adventure. Cliff jumping, water slides, abseiling, zip wires, nature….what’s not to like?  I spoke with the with the Canyoning Company ( and asked a few questions to find out more: What's the difference between gorge walking and canyoning? As an adventure sport, Canyoning is booming in the UK.  We are constantly asked “what is the difference between Canyoning and Gorge Walking” (or ghill scrambling if you’re from the lake district). Both involve rock and water adventures journeying by foot along a river system, gorge, or canyon. Gorge walking does what it says on the tin. In general terms Gorge walking is walking and climbing up a gorge . This can involve jumps, climbing and scrambling and on occasion some small slides, wading through the river and climbing behind waterfalls. Moving upstream is one of the crucial differences between canyoning and gorge walking. Gorge walking is more of a low level activity and a great introduction to combined rock and water experiences.  Gorge walking is a great activity for youth groups and families. Gorge walking can be done in most areas of the UK as all you need is a river with some pools, rapids or small waterfalls. This is why [...]

By |2020-06-27T12:26:15+01:00July 10th, 2019|Blog|0 Comments

Cold Water Swimming

COLD WATER SWIMMING Cold Water Swimming - Freshen up! Cold water swimming, I’d rather take a nice hot relaxing bath…… but you never remember a hot bath. You want to make memories - right? Well, cold water is in vogue and now’s the right time of year to strip off and get your speedos on (other brands do exist). I’ve met up with my good friend Mike Alexander to ask him a few questions and sieve out some top tips for us new to the art of staying afloat in cold water temperatures. Mike is one of the most experienced cold water adventure swimmers and leading water safety experts in the UK - so there’s no better person to take a dip into his pool of knowledge. If you’re already a swimmer then that’s a great start. If you're new to the swimming game then jumping in at the deep end with long distance, cold water swims might not be the best idea! Here are Mike’s top tips GETTING STARTED WITH COLD WATER SWIMMING Why start cold water swimming in the first place? It’s got huge health benefits, from boosting your immune system to improving your mental health. However, don’t underestimate how cold water immersion will affect you. Ease yourself in gently! Taking cold showers/baths at home is a good start, if you don’t live near any outdoor cold water venues. If you are lucky enough to live next to the sea, lakes or rivers then start swimming in the summer and then continue to swim regularly as the temperature drops. This is a great way of slowly getting used to that temperature change - whatever you do, do [...]

By |2020-06-27T12:28:10+01:00June 6th, 2019|Blog|0 Comments

Running Your First Ultra Marathon

RUNNING YOUR FIRST ULTRA MARATHON I don’t know why I wanted to run an ultra marathon. Why would any sane (ish) human want to even consider it. A marathon is a terribly long way and an ultra is even further…..You cover a lot more ground than merely miles under your feet: The views, memories, pain, discomfort, joy, elation, weird food, smiles and tears are all longer, harder and brighter during an ultra.    For example, my first ultra marathon was on the Cotswold Way. The plan was to run the 100 mile route in two days. That didn’t happen. Being the beginner I was at long distance running, I totally messed up my underwear choice. At mile 17, I was getting some serious chafing. At mile 40 it looked like an invisible horse had been put between my legs. At mile 46 I was flagging down a vehicle and asking for a lift. Fail. A little learning, some better choices and the correct underwear!! Many ultras later here are some top tips TIPS FOR RUNNING YOUR FIRST ULTRA MARATHON An ultra marathon is any distance over a marathon (which is 26.2 miles). The most common distances are 50 kilometres (31 mi), 100 kilometres (62 mi), 50 miles (80 km), and 100 miles (161 km). *Keep moving. Do things on the move. Drink, eat, change clothing on the hoof. It will help clock up the miles. *Find a friend. Training and racing with a partner is more enjoyable and often you’ll run further and harder as a team. *Walk. Everyone does it but nobody talks about it. On an ultra marathon you are never going to run [...]

By |2020-11-24T12:15:08+00:00May 6th, 2019|Blog|0 Comments

Festa in Via Ferrata

Via Ferrata Via Ferratas are common across Europe and give accessible adventures for those brave enough to try them. Dave Talbot gives us some pointers. Via Ferrata Introduction “via ferrata”, Italian for "iron paths" are found scattered across Europe and give access to a vertical mountain world, usually reserved for experienced climbers and mountaineers. A via ferrata is a series of ladders, metal staples and steps, attached into the cliff, with a long cable running along side. The adventurer clips into the cable, which provides some protection should they fall.    Simple mountain paths, with ladders and basic protection aids, have probably existed in the Alps for centuries. However, the via ferrata explosion is linked to the First World War when multiple via ferrata routes were created to aid the movement of troops and supplies across the Dolomite mountain range in Northern Italy.   Back in the early twentieth century the via ferratas were relatively basic. These days however, the via ferrata routes have become increasingly intricate and difficult. Via ferrata climbing is now considered a sport in its own right. Huge overhanging energy sapping sections, long wire bridges stretching across stomach churning voids and wildy exposed moves above dizzying heights are all to be found on modern, harder routes. Most of the European Alps have via ferratas dotted around each town and finding out route information can be sourced from a guide book, the internet or from the local tourist information centre. The routes themselves are usually free to use and are owned and maintained by the local government. You can use via ferrata routes on your own since you don’t need anyone holding your ropes, unlike [...]

By |2019-06-06T22:39:54+01:00October 15th, 2018|Blog|0 Comments

National Trails

Our National Trails I’ve had a certain love affair with our national trails. My first ultra marathon was on our national trails on the Cotswold Way. The plan was to run the 100 mile route in two days. That didn’t happen. Being the beginner I was at long distance running, I totally messed up my underwear choice. At mile 17 I was getting some serious chafing. At mile 40 it looked like an invisible horse had been put between my legs. At mile 46 I was flagging down a vehicle and asking for a lift. Fail. A little learning, some better choices and the correct underwear!! And off I went exploring again. Last year I ran the 180 mile Pembroke coast path in 5 and half days - which gave my muscles a story to tell.  Many fond memories have been logged exploring these trail treasures. But what are they and where can you find them? Our national trails are a collection of superb scenic marked routes around England and Wales. In Scotland the equivalent are called Scotland’s Great Trails. The popularity of walking in Britain during the early twentieth century gave rise to a desire to keep Britain “special” after WW2. Post-war development led to the establishment of National Parks, Areas of Outstanding National Beauty (AONBs) and Long Distance Routes (now called National Trails in England and Wales). Each trail has marked start and finish points and trail markers at every junction, making navigation simple. This allows you to enjoy the views and keep your map in your pocket. The routes vary in length from the Yorkshire Wolds Way, at a pleasant 79 miles to the whooping 630 mile South West Coast [...]

By |2020-06-27T12:35:30+01:00June 8th, 2018|Blog|0 Comments

6 Tip-Top Charity Fundraising Ideas For Your Company

6 Tip-Top Charity Fundraising Ideas For Your Company - Introduction Charity Fundraising Ideas - A lot of businesses have a dedicated charity that they donate to throughout the year, with money raised from events such as dress down Fridays or bake sales. Fundraising is a great way for a business to give back to the community — and it can also be a fun way for team members to bond in a more relaxed setting. But if you want to really ramp up your company’s charity events, why not try some of the ideas below? Charity Fundraising Ideas - Viral video challenges We can all name at least one viral video that’s stayed with us after watching it, from the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge to the Mannequin Challenge. They’re fun, interesting, and strangely addictive, but how can your company use it to raise money for charity? Crowdsource suitable ideas from your colleagues for a unique video that will get people talking. It could be a dance routine, or an amateur music video, or a challenge that other people can get involved with too. Nowadays, it’s super easy to record and share videos on our phones. Get all your co-workers, friends and families to get involved for maximum exposure. Keep it topical and relevant (think Movember in aid of prostate cancer), and most of all: don’t take yourselves too seriously! Charity Fundraising Ideas - Host a special event Nothing gets people donating like a special event. The glitz and glamour of a black-tie gala really gets people fired up about a cause, and they’ll be only too eager to donate. Profits from ticket sales [...]

By |2020-06-27T12:37:30+01:00June 7th, 2018|Blog|0 Comments

Marrakesh Essential Information

MARRAKESH ESSENTIAL INFORMATION INTRODUCTION Marrakesh Essential Information. The following will help (hopefully) if you wish to stay longer in Marrakesh at the start or end of  one of our expeditions. It will also be useful if you are visiting as a tourist. You will have an afternoon and an evening in the Marrakesh old town on your expedition with us.  You and your guide will enjoy the hustle and bustle of city life.  Some people, however, might enjoy more time in this famous city. Marrakesh is famous as a huge market town. Getting lost in the Souks is all part of a trip. The shopping here is vast and diverse. Make sure you have left a few kilos spare in your luggage for souvenirs. ACCOMMODATION There are plenty of places to stay and is a great resource for finding accommodation. That said, here is a list of places that we have stayed over the years - I hope it helps and offers some advice that might be useful. The old town, known as the Medina is where the markets / souks / history / culture is centred. This is a traditional Moroccan old town and most bars and Riads (hotels) don’t sell alcohol. There is plenty to see and do and the local street food served by the vendors at the marketplace is second to none. You can spend a few days in the Medina regardless of whether you are on an expedition - so it’s a perfect place to meet partners for an extension of your expedition. - Absolutely the closest place to stay near the centre of the Medina. A rooftop terrace overlooking the market. Reasonably priced. [...]

By |2020-06-27T12:47:58+01:00January 5th, 2018|Blog|0 Comments