Welcome to the Adventure Network blog. This site is intended so that people can share their adventures, big or small, with other like-minded people.

It is my intention to post topics on this site in order to provide people with ideas and inspiration to plan and undertake their own adventures.

I'm rather new at this so please bear with me. I hope you enjoy the site.

Tuesday, 31 May 2011

Take a Seat - Egypt

Copyright: Dominic Gill
British adventurer and film maker Dominic Gill has now set off on his latest cycle adventure to travel around Egypt on a Tandem. Throughout his journey Dom will be inviting locals to jump on the back and ride along with him.

Dominic, from Oldham in Lancashire, has already undertaken two previous mammouth cycle adventures which he documented on video camera. Both of which have been made into successful documentaries. On his first epic trip Dominic cycled, on a tandem, from the most northern town in Alaska to the most southern town in Argentina. Last year he cycled coast to coast across the United States of America on a specially adapted bicycle that allowed people with disabilities - who would normally be unable to undertake such a once in a life time experience - the opportunity to join him for a section of his ride.

Whilst at the time of writing Dom doesn't appear to have a website dedicated to this new adventure you can follow his exploits, on Twitter, via his Take a Seat website.

Dominic's fantastic book, Take a Seat, which is about his first cycle adventure, along the whole continent of North and South America, can be purchased through his website or on Amazon.

Saturday, 28 May 2011

Joe Brown - The Hard Year's

I have just finished reading Joe Brown's captivating autobiography 'The Hard Year's'. Published in 1967 by Victor Gollancz Ltd, London. The book takes you through an interesting journey from Joe's early climbing exploits on Peak District Gritstone and Welsh Slate to motorcycle road trips to climb in the Alps and full scale expeditions in the Himalyas.

The book is full of interesting stories of climbing exploits with equally interesting characters with whom he climbed. Including, the great Don Whillans.

Whilst I'm sure the original book is now almost certainly out of print, and a rare find in even the best of second hand bookshops, I managed to get a well read copy from the library. However, if I do come across one for sale somewhere then it will certainly gain a place on my bookshelf!

A short magazine article about Joe can be read at: http://www.climber.co.uk/categories/articleitem.asp?cate=1&topic=65&item=90

Wednesday, 18 May 2011

Kayakers break round Ireland Record

Jeff Allen and Harry Whelan have broken the record for paddling around the coast of Ireland.

Jeff who is from, Falmouth in Cornwall, and Harry, who lives in London, completed their epic paddle when they arrived in Ardmore, West Waterford, at around 16.00hrs on 16th May 2011.

Their 1000-mile circumnavigation took 25 days to complete, which saw them having to battle through bad weather and massive Atlantic swells. They managed to knock 8 days off the current record which previously stood at 33 days.

They undertook their mammoth paddling trip to raise funds for Ovarian Cancer Action. In an interview with BBC Radio Cornwall, Jeff Allen said that they had had "no sleep at all" over the last three days and that they were both "exhausted". He also said, "We spent the last three days trying to catch up on miles that we'd lost because of bad weather."

Jeff has conducted previous expeditions paddling around the island of South Georgia in the South Atlantic Ocean
Source BBC News website [http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-cornwall-13421468]

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Tuesday, 17 May 2011

Scouse Marathon Man

Until January of this year Steve Hill was an unfit, twenty-a-day smoker who had no real interest in running. However, on New Year's Day all that changed. He decided to run a marathon to raise money for Zoe's Place which is a hospice, based in Liverpool, which cares for terminally ill babies.

Since that life changing day on 1st January 2011, Steve has not only been training to run one marathon but is actually intending to run 40 marathon's over 40 consecutive days, to celebrate his 40th birthday while raising funds for his chosen charity.

This morning, 16th May, Steve set out to complete his first marathon, cheered on by his family, friends and supporters. If all goes well steve will complete is 40 marathons on 24 June.

If you would like to join Steve for a run and support him in his fantastic challenge or donate to Zoe's Place then visit: http://www.scousemarathonman.com/

Wednesday, 11 May 2011

Mountain Equipment Sale

Glossop-based Mountain Equipment and Ron Hill clearance outlet Magic Mountain  will be holding a sale, at their Dawson Street, factory clearence outlet at Hyde over the weekend of 21st & 22nd May.

Opening times are:

Saturday 09.00 to 16.00
Sunday 10.00 to 14.00

Tel: 01457 854424

Some extremly good bargains can be had. These 'sale weekend's' normally offer reduced end of line and clearance stock, there's also a continuous stream of seconds - many with only minor or cosmetic faults - plus ex-test gear and some truly bizarre prototypes in odd colours. There are often ME sleeping bags at around 50% of the full retail price.

Well worth a visit. I reccommend you get there early because these sales are always popular and everything goes very quick. Take plenty of cash or make sure your card has plenty of funds on it because your bound to go mad when you enter this Aladin's Cave.

Thursday, 5 May 2011


You don't have to travel half way around the globe or take weeks or even months off work in order to enjoy an adventure. Micro-adventures can be anything lasting from just a few hours to a couple of days and they can be had right on your own doorstep.

Why not go for a walk or a bike ride whilst taking in some fresh air and stunning scenery. Even if you live in the centre of a city there are plenty of places to see and visit in just a few hours. If you can get to the countryside you could go Mountain Biking or enjoy a days walk or even take a tent and turn it into a couple of days trekking. Infact why not leave the tent at home and just take a sleepingbag, roll mat and a bivvy bag and sleep under the stars. You don't need to go out and buy an expensive goretex bag from one of the numeruos high street outdoor chains, either. A plastic survival bag, from any outdoors shop, will suffice and should cost you no more than £5 or £6.

For a mid-week adventure why not take your kit to work, one day, and then hit the hills as soon as you clock out. Go find a good sleeping spot from where you can watch the sun set, and then rise again in the morning, before rolling your bag away and setting off back to work having enjoyed a great evening away from the usual trappings of modern society such as TV, Internet and those dreaded Social Networking Sites.

So go on, pack your kit and go and have a little adventure ...

International Travel Writing

Former soldier Paul Steele whio lives in Diggle, Saddleworth has been named as one of the most influential travel writers on the web.

It all began when Paul started writing a blog about his own personal adventures amongst the wild and wonderful moors of Saddleworth. What started as an hobby has now gained him an international name on the internet.

Paul, who has over 114,000 followers on social networking site Twitter, is now writing for the Visit Britain website and has also been approached by the American newsgroup CNN about future projects. As a result of his new found fame Paul is hoping to undertake a charity trek to the South Pole.

Paul's inspirational blog can be read at: http://www.baldhiker.com/