A few weeks ago I returned from a father daughter surfing adventure at Wiches Rock Surf Camp in Costa Rica. I had wanted to do this trip for 4 years and when she turned 13 I booked the trip. She didn’t want to do a camping trip which was my first suggestion, but the next best thing I could think… Read more →
We then had a break, on the lawn of the RGS, playing Siamese croquet (having not played much standard croquet I am afraid that I am unaware as to how the Siamese aspect plays a part!) just outside the Map Room. It was a great venue to chat to fellow Adventurists, knowing that it was here that some of the world’s great achievements had been planned, with portraits of Hillary and Livingstone looking down, and a huge model of the Everest massif in the corner.
This approach stood me in good stead once a quarter-life crisis presented me with a skateboard and the idea of riding it across Australia. To many, this was a bizarre notion even to consider, let alone practice, but personally I had never been faced with a larger opportunity. It wasn’t crazy, it couldn’t have felt more sane. For the first time in my life, I felt I had purpose.
When Beyond Limits asked Jini Reddy for her list of tips on living life beyond limits her first answer was, “You don’t have to fit a stereotype of an adventurer to blaze a trail.” This answer describes Reddy and Beyond Limits well. Beyond Limits Magazine is more than an adventure magazine. We are a magazine dedicated to bringing you stories… Read more →
Written by Ann Brennan Life is short. We all realize this but once in a while, just so we don’t forget we are given a reminder. For Chris Haley the reminder came in the form of a prostate cancer diagnosis just as he was considering what he would do with his life after retirement. But Haley is not one to… Read more →
It’s easy to see only the rawness of the course, to be caught up in the sheer scale of the task he will soon endure. But as always in adventure there will be beauty in the trip that is guaranteed to make the pain worth it. The Atacama Desert is a world away from the Welsh background of Emrys Davies youth but in March 2013 he will join a throng of 150 competitors to race by day and assemble around a campfire by night. Then after 7 horribly blissful days, after all the preparation, the exhaustion, the pain, it will all over and he will have done it, he will cross a finish line manned with the flag of every competitors nation.
Finally, I have taken the time to sit down and examine my motives for taking on such a challenge. I share them here for anyone who is thinking about running Marathon des Sables, for those who are just interested in knowing why some of us do what we do and for those who have signed up for next year’s event and just can’t read enough about it. But most importantly I wrote this for myself, as a reminder of what an awesome adventure Marathon des Sables is.