Hero Of The Week

A meeting with HRH Prince Charles

Posted by on Jul 17, 2014 in Conservation, Hero Of The Week, Uncategorized | 0 comments

I wrote a letter, sitting on the bank of a stream, my back nestled in the buttress roots of a spiralling Bolivian rainforest tree. Enormous plate-sized, electric-blue, morpho-butterflies wafted over my hand. Beads of sweat formed rivulets down my back and tiny fish darted past my toes. The letter was to HRH Prince Charles about our expedition and how meeting him, a staunch advocate and conservationist of our natural world, would give us a tremendous boost during the many hot, sweaty, insect-infested miles that lay ahead. Miraculously he wrote back saying, “I am hugely impressed that you are...

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“Stop Drifting, Start Rowing”; Roz Savage’s Pacific Ocean Book

Posted by on Dec 19, 2013 in Conservation, Hero Of The Week | 0 comments

We’re back on our 80 yr old home (our boat) in Uruguay & remarkably she’s still floating! Before we left the UK I managed to get my hands on a copy of Roz Savage’s, “Stop Drifting, Start Rowing”. Amazing! A rare, up-close & personal glimpse of life at sea in the Pacific through the eyes of a world first ocean rower. From a bum red-raw with rowing, to capsizing, dealing with raucous booby-bird neighbours and gliding through slicks of plastic rubbish. It navigates the reader through the trials and intense beauty of life on the high seas, as well as exploring a different...

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Running into the arms of calm tranquility..

Posted by on Sep 30, 2013 in Hero Of The Week, Running, Survival | 2 comments

Imagine,  running through some of the shadiest, crime-ridden towns you could ever envisage. Your heart´s beating, your eyes are straining, your feet won´t power quick enough, waiting for the moment…. But somehow you get through…to the other side and you find extraordinary people. In a country with a reputation of violence and crime you find the greatest warmth you could ever imagine. A van screams to a holt and instead of a gun, two warm egg sandwiches are planted in our hands. A car stops behind and 200 Bolivianos appear through the window (a meal for us both). A woman...

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“The Ecologist Magazine”: Running into the Grassland Queen of Patagonia

Posted by on Feb 18, 2013 in Conservacion Patagonica, Conservation, Hero Of The Week | 0 comments

People around the world acknowledge the importance of forests and trees to humankind and the survival of our planet. But grasslands; the wind-torn steppe of South America or rolling prairies of Northern America; surely these do not score highly in the global index of priority conservation habitats? Wrong. This diminutive habitat is in fact an important agent for carbon sequestration and provides crucial habitat to large herbivores, top predators and a plethora of species; many of whose populations are threatened. For nearly twenty years, Kristine McDivitt Tompkins and her husband Douglas...

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TrekWest journey to experience age-old wildlife pathways, modern barriers

Posted by on Oct 20, 2012 in Hero Of The Week | 0 comments

Our fellow ecologist adventurer and friend in the US, John Davis, is about to embark on his own incredible journey……. “Wilderness explorer and outdoor adventurer, John Davis, is preparing to launch his second epic journey for nature, TrekWest. Davis, who in 2011 became the first person to continuously hike, bike and paddle 7,500 back country miles from the Florida Keys to Quebec’s Gaspe Peninsula, is at it again. Starting in January 2013, he’ll undertake an equal test of human endurance. Extreme altitudes, weather and terrain will challenge his reserve as he treks the...

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“Homo sapien Chilensos”:TWO LITTLE “ANGELITAS”!

Posted by on Aug 16, 2012 in Hero Of The Week | 2 comments

Friday: the snow was slicing horizontally. Attacking the tiniest glimpse of flesh we dared to expose. The wind hammered like a jumbo jet in our ears. I kept looking around. Expecting to see a lorry bearing down on us, but it wasn’t there, just the wind. People had told us about Patagonian wind; that it stops cars in their tracks, grounds motorbikes… Now we were feeling its full blasting relentless attack. My balaclava and scarf revealed only a fine slice of the world. But suddenly, through that slice I saw two red car lights, then the lime green tint of a little car. Someone was...

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