Hello! I’m Adam and welcome to my blog.
I created this blog in 2017 at the relatively late age of 28. It is something I had wanted to do for a long time. Better late than never, right?
Through this blog, I aim to inspire people to spend more time outdoors. To explore that sense of adventure that is in all of us and to push our self-perceived limits and boundaries.
The story so far…
I grew up on a council estate in a town on the outskirts of Hull in East Yorkshire. Where I grew up, people didn’t join the Army as Officers or think about going on adventures. My dad worked hard in manual labouring jobs to make ends meet and to put food on the table. My mum worked hard to bring up 3 kids with very little money. They developed the foundations I live by today. To work aim high, work hard and make the most of what you have.
In 2006 I joined the British Army as a Private soldier in the reserves, I trained as an infanteer and as a mortar specialist. This was all whilst I was meant to be studying hard for my A-levels. Going into 6th form on a Monday morning, physically exhausted after spending a weekend training with the military and getting zero sleep is not the best way to prepare for exams. Understandably, my grades suffered.
Even with a handful of terrible grades (one C and two E’s), I was lucky enough to pass the selection to start my training to become an Army Officer. That same year I was also accepted into Hull University to study Sports Science. After graduating from University, I joined the Regular Army and commissioned from the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst in 2011 as an Infantry Platoon Commander in the Yorkshire Regiment.
My military career has been exciting, varied and rewarding. I’ve been fortunate to be posted to Germany and Cyprus as well as serving on exercise and operations in Afghanistan, Kenya and Egypt. So far, I have travelled to over 40 countries and spent many months working in mainly hot and dusty climates. My career as an Officer in the Army has been no different to that of many others. We joined to lead our soldiers and to have a positive impact on this world.
Living a life of Adventure
I was first inspired to take up cycle touring after reading Alastair Humphreys books about cycling around the world.
At the time, I was in Afghanistan working in a staff role (sat behind a desk) and his books sent me to a place that was far from Helmand Province. As soon as I returned from Afghanistan, I bought a second-hand bicycle and set off on a cycling adventure during my leave. I cycled with a friend from London, through Belgium and Luxembourg and onward to Paris. We raised £1677.93 for the military charity SSAFA. You can watch a 17-minute film of the adventure here.
Once I returned from this adventure, I was straight onto planning the next. Here are some of the posts from some of the subsequent adventures:
- Cycling from North Yorkshire to Northern Ireland with no money – just a ukulele and a tent. I had to earn money by busking in order to buy food. Part One. Part Two.
- Trekking through the Simien Mountains in Ethiopia.
- Walking 220 miles unsupported from Wiltshire to East Yorkshire, sleeping on the streets for 10 days and raised £2363.72 for Walking with the Wounded, a British military charity that supports injured and vulnerable veterans.
- Trekking in the Himalayan mountains. I spent just under a month on an expedition through the Dolpa region of Nepal.
There are plenty more adventures to come. Come and join me at my blog to get tips on how to live your own life of adventure.