After moving to Mongolia I had two weeks of induction and training, and then it just so happened to be a full week of national holidays. The first part I spent at the Naadam festival, and the last few days I spent at Terelj (Терелж) National Park an hour from Ulaanbaatar. [Read more…]
When I’m camping I usually don’t have much trouble getting to sleep. The darkness makes me sleepy no matter how early it is, usually combined with a large hot meal and a cup of tea. However, I still like to put the headphones in and listen to a couple of songs as I’m dozing off. There are also those times when you turn in early for a nervous night, knowing you’ve got to wake up at midnight to leave camp, and you can use a little help.
I’ve put together my list of the 10 Best Songs To Go To Sleep To When Camping as a completely subjective guide to dozing off in the outdoors. So here we go, starting with…
#1 Mad World – Danny Jules version. I love this song after hearing it in the movie Donnie Darko. Haunting, if a bit depressing. [Read more…]
I’ve been climbing, hiking and skydiving for a few years now, but despite the risks, I have never been around to see someone badly hurt or killed in an accident. The closest I’ve come was passing a hiker in Sweden a few hours before he fell off a cliff and died on the same route I had just taken.
In June 2010 I had made the long journey to the north of Sweden to do a section of the Kungsleden (‘King’s Trail’). It is Sweden’s great hiking track, running from up in the Arctic circle down south for over 400km. I had nine days and was going to get as far as I could before I had to find my way out a side trail to get to a road and public transport.