• Planning for an adventure

    I often ride with, or meet up with riders, who are experienced and competent mountain bikers. Riders who are fit, technically capable, able to keep their bike rolling when break downs happen. Riders who have most of the skills they need to get out in big mountains on a real adventure, so what’s stopping them? …

  • Into the Fjords

    After a night of relative comfort on a reclined leather chair in the main hall of Bergen airport I face the somewhat mammoth task of shifting my 23kg hold bag, 26kg bike box and 8kg flight bag, by bus, train, minibus and a fair bit of carrying, to my start point. The buses start early, …

  • Norway – a mountain of kit

    Choosing what to pack, and what to leave at home on a trip like this is always hard. I have to pack personal kit for bikepacking in big mountains and real wilderness, sea kayak kit for a big solo trip and then personal and safety kit for supervising groups of Gold DofE sea kayakers for …

  • Norway – the food preparations

    The preparation for two weeks in Norway bikepacking and sea kayaking took days, mainly fine tuning my food, my kit and splitting what I could fly with from what I couldn’t. I’m a food fan and believe strongly that food on expedition should be good, nutritious and include fruit and veg, which either involves buying …