forest camping
forest camping
  • Iceland Photos and Video
    • 20/11/2020
having shared the links via email, forgot to post them here for posterity.

High Res Photos on Flickr:
https://www.flickr.com/photos/deadbad2019/albums/72157716033271873

Video! on Youtube:
https://youtu.be/ON3oMFzdlzU

  • stage 6
    • 05/09/2020
Beautiful calm, sunny day for our lap of honour to the lighthouse.
Baldwin and henkrika kindly give us a lift to the nearest town, Vik, where we go straight to the brewery for some celebratory beers and burgers.
Next day weather is horrible, but no bother, just souvenir shopping and getting the bus back to Reykjavik for the final night, including a slap up meal at ROK.
4am start to get to the airport to fly back, plane is mostly empty, and then back to the reality of the UK with a bump arriving in Luton...
  • stage 5
    • 04/09/2020
The famous Laugavegur trail, followed by the Fimmvörðuháls trail, are a shock to the legs after mostly flat-ish terrain for most of the trip, suddenly we have 1000m+ climbs every day, crossing snow pack, geothermal vents, through fog, drizzle, and gale force winds. And amazing views, hard to capture in pictures.
Anyway, all done in 3 days where sensible people take it hut to hut in 6.
Arriving at the bottom to a deserted campsite, gale force winds, closed hostel, we have sought refuge at a rather nice hotel where we have been greeted with a discount rate, sandwiches, and a room with a view of skogafoss waterfall Result.
  • stage 4c
    • 04/09/2020
After 3 days of bleak, windy landscapes of nothing but gravel, cloud and rain, we reach a region of lakes, moss covered hills, and finally the sun emerges, the views become epic, and we reach the camp at Landmannalauger, receive our food parcel and relax in a natural hot spring. What a difference a few hours makes in this country! [...read the rest]
  • stage 4b
    • 30/08/2020
Cutting through the Vonarskard, between the Vatnajokull and Tungnafellsjokul glaciers. Great views again. Many small rivulets and glacial outflows to cross, comfortable up to knee deep. Until Svedja river, a wild torrent which we didn't go near crossing, despite searching upstream for routes through the tributaries and camping overnight to see if the level would drop - it did, but only about 6 inches, so today backtracked 12km across 5 rivulets to switch to alternate route B, down easier but less scenic 4x4 tracks, which we will follow for the next 3 days to Landmannalauger
Looks like the glorious weather has also finally run out but can't complain [...read the rest]
  • stage 4a
    • 30/08/2020
Two days crossing the desert, soft sand, morphing into large drainage basin mud flats, then gravelly hills, bit of wind kicking up dust in the face but only to indicate how it could be horrendous.
Glacier always on the left
Heavy bags with 3.5 litres water and 8 days food
Flies gradually thin out and disappear
Finally arriving at Gaestavatn "oasis" for nice camp [...read the rest]
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Trips!
Iceland 2020
North to South traverse hike of Iceland
A return to trekking after the last couple of trips by bike. 400 miles across volcanic desert should be gruelling enough to shed some lockdown pounds...
Eurocycle 2
Taking the summer off to explore former Austro-Hungary, Western Balkans region
I've never been to any of these countries before, except for a brief school history trip, so this should be an interesting trip, expecting a mixture of western europe and communist influences, a mixture of mountains, rivers, plains, historic cities and rural villages.Maybe some interesting wildlife? I've mapped out a load of points of interest to visit, but have tried to avoid looking at photos so that everything can be a surprise!
Africa Overland 2017
Safari tour in a big yellow dustbin lorry
Travelling from Nairobi to Victoria Falls, through game reserves and whatnot, with Oasis Overland
North Sea Cycle
cultural bike ride around northern europe
Over a couple of months, i'll be testing my legs by riding from Zeebrugge in Belgium to Bergen in Norway. Approx 3000 miles, sounds like a lot but not very much each day on average...
Caribbean 2016
3 weeks of sun, sand, and craziness
A much needed relaxing break in the Cayman Islands... was what i expected, but instead almost none stop action, sports, sightseeing and partying. And then 10 days in Cuba, a beautiful, welcoming, and bewildering place like no other. And then back to Cayman for more awesome...
Tour du Mont Blanc 2015
A 10 day hike around Europe's biggest peak
The alps in the summertime are majestic. This walk, between 1500 and 3500m took in breathtaking views, high altitude camping, wildlife, and charming locals. After completing the walk i spent a few days relaxing on the shores of, and in, Lake Geneva.
Wales Walk 2014
A three week struggle across Wales on the Cambrian Way
Having skipped Wales on last year's LEJOG, i wanted to finished the job. The Cambrian Way provides 18,000 metres of ascent, the same as Everest - and twice that of the Pennine Way or Cape Wrath Trail. So it was hard work!
LEJOG 2013
1800 mile trek from one end of Britain to the other
After being a nomadic traveller for two years, I wasn't ready to go back to real life and get a job, but i wanted to do something constructive. Whilst in other far flung parts of the world i was often embarrassed by my limited knowledge of my home country. So i bought a train ticket to Penzance. And i walked.
South Pacific 2012
Beaches and reefs, palm trees and cava
A month relaxing in the Cook Islands, another month relaxing in Fiji and Samoa, with lots of diving, snorkeling, book reading, cava drinking, sunbathing and such. Then hitting the tourist trail on New Zealand's North Island, from Cape Reinga to Wellington. Off to Australia for a couple of weeks of modern world, then flying to Singapore, numerous public transport adventures through Malaysia and Thailand to the gap yearers mecca of Bangkok before flying home.
North America 2011
Backpacking around the US and Canada
Summer camps in New Hampshire, backpacking around the East Coast, protesting at the White House, traveling across Canada to track down my namesake, couchsurfing and hitchhiking through California, bears, snowboarding, crazy cyclists, Christmas in San Diego