Outdoor Philosophy

Harnessing the power of adventure to inspire environmental action

On Board!

Le Havre December 6th, definitely on the dazed and sleepy side. Woody and I were delivered to ship no 2 (after three trains, a cross channel ferry and, don’t ask, a London black cab) at high speed by a ‘Grand Taxi’ whose driver dismantled the back of his car, loaded Woody plus panniers and then…

Why to build a bamboo bicycle

Not that there were ever moments when I asked. Wading through bamboo dust to my semi-assembled bits-of-a-not-yet functional bike I never once wondered why I hadn’t gone to Halfords like a normal person. Honest. But if I had, there would have been some excellent answers. For James at the Bamboo Bicycle Club, the main reasons…

How to Build a Bamboo Bicycle

First, choose your bamboo! Held upright in a wooded rack along a wall in the portion of East London warehouse that houses the Bamboo Bicycle Club, is a small forest of canes, loosely organised by length. We’re told to look for pieces with long, straight fibres, few blemishes, and no black lines. There’s a surprising…

Visiting Lyon

More and more people, buying more and more stuff. Because the production and distribution and packaging of that stuff uses energy and resources, and creates waste, this simple more-people-more-stuff formula lurks at the very heart of our current profoundly unsustainable societies. As WWF put it so powerfully, if everyone on earth enjoyed the lifestyle of…

Riding the Fred

I wrote this piece for The Adventure Syndicate about riding the Fred Whitton Challenge. It’s also about losing fitness; the truly horrible fear that it’s gone forever; the gnarly challenge of clawing it back; battles with ego and what riding bikes is really all about. Or what it’s about for me, anyway. The Adventure Syndicate is a collective of extraordinary cyclists who…

Back on the Road

I’m just revising my current favourite definitions of happiness: 1) Lying in a hot bath after a beautiful first day’s ride, listening to a positive weather forecast. 2) Eating pie, chips and peas with a pint in the corner of a warm, friendly pub later, with inner permission to spend what remains of the evening…

Live interview on BBC York

Really enjoyed this interview with BBC Radio York’s Paul Hudson on their lunchtime weather show : weather, climate change info, chatty interviews and great music, what a brilliant concept! BBC York Weather Show 26/2/15

Adios

Lanzarote, on the horizon for hours as a question mark – cloud or land? – came into focus as an extended sprawl of volcanic hills. A fantastically arid landscape, all browns and tans like the dried pelt of a brindled creature, a stark contrast to the lush greens of the Azores. Clusters of white buildings…

Studio swine and the golden machine

Anticipation has been building for days now as component parts of Studio Swine’s machine are handed up through the fore-deck hatch for assembly – and then passed back down again as Petr Krejci the film-maker, strapped in at bizarre angles on the constantly shifting deck, takes and retakes each shot. Studio Swine, aka Super Wide…

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