The Action Adventure Blog

5 Ways to Toughen Yourself Up for Winter

We’re entering a typically quiet time in the outdoor adventure scene. Daylight is brief, and the temperatures are falling as we head towards winter. Most people are likely to spend the next few months huddled inside by……

Starting a Camp Fire: 5 Essential Tips

Camp Fire

There’s nothing quite like a campfire after a long day in the wild. It cooks our food and boils our water; it warms our frozen fingers and dries our soggy clothing. Most……

Go Beat the Bucket: Complete Your Bucket List

Go Beat the Bucket

Let’s Get Serious About Your Bucket List


I was thinking of ways that I could grab your attention and a video of a cuddly panda with a bucket seemed like a good start. Unfortunately, it has very little to do with the rest of this blog—sorry.

If you’ve been……

Celestial Navigation-Finding your way in the wilderness

Man silhouetted against a starry sky in the mountains

This seems like little more than a party trick now that everyone has sat-nav and Google Maps at their finger-tips—but it’s a cool party trick.

It’s an especially……

Wilderness Coffee-The best ways to make coffee on the go

Woman drinking coffee in the mountains

I can’t stand campsites. If you enjoy groups of screaming kids, creepy old men in sandals that showcase their fungal toenails, and the fresh scent of human waste wafting over from the public toilets—perhaps campsites are for you. Call me weird, but my idea of a holiday doesn’t involve brushing my teeth in……

Buyer’s Remorse-The Unbreakable Mug

Titanium Mug

Believe it or not, the outdoor adventure industry isn’t quite as profitable as Bear Grylls makes it look. That’s fine; we can’t all get rich drinking our own urine—although that is the dream. The rest of us accept the poor financial remuneration in exchange for being able to live a life in the outdoors; free……

Mastering the Art of the Morale Hoover


I wasn’t sure if I should write about this or not. It’s the sort of subject where, unless I  strike precisely the right tone, there’s a good chance that I’ll come……

We Need to Talk About Alkari…

Two men on summit of mountain with an "Alkari" flag

Since the company’s inception back in 2015, “Alkari” has been a thorn in my side. There has yet to be a group in which at least one (usually several) person hasn’t asked me about the name and just what the Hell it means. Instead of suffering the embarrassment……

Navigating with the Sun

Sunrise over the sea

A popular ‘dad’ question for kids returning home for Christmas is “So, what route did you take to get here?”. This was an important part of family small-talk in the pre-google era…….

Water-A Good Idea


Last week I published an article on hiking in which I wrote about why you should do it and what you’ll need to do it safely. The next day, it was brought……