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How to avoid having to drink your own pee: Water purification explained

  It’s that moment when you suck on your CamelBak tube….. it gurgles, dispenses a few bubbles on your parched tongue and suddenly you’re faced with the dilemma of dehydration or drinking your own wee. Embarrassingly, it’s happened to me several times (the running-out dilemma and thankfully not the wee-drinking) when I’ve underestimated the hot weather and […]

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Watching Buzkashi

Afghanistan: Why Go?

It’s taken me a while to absorb my trip to Afghanistan. The blissful feeling of flopping on a mattress at the end of the day and the convenience of turning on a tap still hasn’t worn off after the 22-day expedition with two weeks of trekking all day in desert-dust to snow storm conditions, camping […]

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Heavenly Sunset

Lessons I Learnt from Trekking in Northern Thailand

Travel is a great teacher as the saying goes…. Mount Chiang Dao was the first mountain I climbed in a hot country. It taught me some important travel and life lessons that have stayed with me. LESSON ONE: Trust the Local Knowledge I admit to having doubts about our Jungle trek climb up 7,365 foot Mount Chiang Dao when our two […]

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