picture by: Mark Rainsley

At 46 I’m an even older spring chicken than Paul.

An engineer by training, a printer & electronic imager by trade and an adventurer by spirit, I graduated with a degree in Electronics, Computer and Systems Engineering when the abacus was in vogue and have been trying to stay outdoors ever since.

I spent over 10 years with the Western Beacons Mountain Rescue Team learning to read a map, before settling down to raise a family.
I don’t live in Surrey with a labrador, but in South Wales with my understanding wife; 4 children; 2 border collies; a diminishing number of fox eaten chickens and a few million honey bees. (oh I forgot the guinea pigs and rabbits).

As a member of the shore crew of the local lifeboat station I will be raising money for the RNLI.

I got into my first sea kayak 5 years ago and contracted the compulsion to paddle and blog at beyond the break. Although I’ve done a few extended trips, the UK circumnavigation will be my first major expedition in a sea kayak.