Outdoor Philosophy

Harnessing the power of adventure to inspire environmental action

Category: Life Cycle

Underway, continued…

  The seabird flotilla left us not long after we departed French waters. For days, we saw only waves, and occasional flying fish. Then a solitary bird joined us for hours, hanging alongside us, arcing back for a fish-dive, then slip-streaming close to the ship until it was ahead of us again, all apparently effortlessly….

Underway!

…… My cabin is dark when I wake. I pull up the blind – and it’s still dark outside too. On deck a little later with the sun coming up, there is a huge pink sky and a small flotilla of gulls hanging alongside us. It’s breathtakingly beautiful. I am so, so delighted to be…

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…

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…

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