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"No tienes miedo?" - Aren't you afraid? It's the first question I got asked in every pueblo as I ran through the Bolivian Andes. For 17 days, I battled with the fear inside my head - and reflected in the people I met - as I ran solo and unsupported across the Sierra Oriental, the third range in my global challenge to run across a mountain range on every continent.
"Tamazight" means 'free people', and is what the Berbers call themselves in their own language. In October 2017, Jenny Tough ran solo and unsupported across the High Atlas Mountains, a place still populated by the Tamazight, but patrolled by the Moroccan Gendarmerie.
On September 18, 2016, I ran - somewhat stonkered - through the city gates of Osh, in the southwest of Kyrgyzstan, having run just over 900 kilometres in 25 days from the northeast city of Karakol via the Tien Shan mountains, solo and self-supported.
A microadventure bikepacking across the Cairngorms and staying in a bothy on summer solstice. . Music: Coming Home - Zachary David
Cycling across Spain, from North to South, in five days as a shakedown before bigger summer bikepacking challenges. Fueled by cafe con leche. *I have since changed my tyres and tubes. It's important to use your gear to the very end of its useful life, I just may have pushed it on this occasion...
I partnered up with Caxton to go find an adventure. My challenge was to have an adventure that was short, simple, somewhere I had never been, include something I had never done, and fit inside a budget of £500. A couple of internet searches later, I had my adventure: Standup paddleboarding on the Croatian coast!
Type 1 Fun! A Monday night saw me heading up into the mountains for a hike, bagging five munros before sunset and then sleeping on the fifth one. I've slept in and around many mountains in my life, but it's pretty rare to get the chance to sleep on top.
There's no better way to explore wild places than on foot. A May 2018 fastpacking adventure, exploring the Wild Places of Tröllaskagi, Iceland, travelling fast and light and bivvying under the mountains.
My April 2017 bikepacking adventure around nine Balkan countries, exploring the region off-road, camping wild, and traveling solo. Romania, Bulgaria, Macedonia, Kosovo, Albania, Montenegro, Croatia, Bosnia, and Serbia. Three weeks, 2,000km, +35,000m.
I set a goal this year to learn to sail singlehanded, and did my first solo trip to an anchorage in some small islands off the coast of Vancouver Island. Mission complete!
A highlight of the year for me was hiking the famous West Coast Trail with my dad in September. Mud, wildlife, ocean, rainforest, amazing sunsets, and the pure bliss of a gnarly, remote island trail. We hiked north to south, and completed the 75km trail in 3.5 days.
My February adventure on the Outer Hebrides, mountain biking the Hebridean Way Trail south to north. For more information about the route head here: https://www.visitouterhebrides.co.uk/see-and-do/activities/hebridean-way/walking-hebridean-way