Foggy Peaks

One of the best bits of living in Derby for a while was how easy it was to escape to the Peak District for a stomp or a climb at the drop of a hat. Many Saturday evenings suddenly turned to quickly packing for a climb the next morning when the weather looked great.

I live in London now, but it's super important to get out of the city. We went for a wander round Kinder and Mam Tor...

Super eerily misty with 25m visibility, the whole day. 

The sun burst through for 3 minutes... 

A few tins around the campfire to warm our cockles and put the world to rights, and up to Stanage Edge on Sunday for a climb. Nice. 

Rugged Iceland

I was so excited to return to Iceland. It's a country quite unlike anywhere else that I've ever been - barren, wild, and spectacular. In one moment you struggle to understand why the population (a meagre 330,000) put up with the inhospitable conditions - and in the next moment, you struggle to leave the immense beauty and raw power of nature that it presents.

My last visit had seen nothing but a sky so grey you could get your white balance off it, and rain ranging from drizzle to torrential. Par for the course in a country with such an ever-changing climate, yes, but still, not ideal.

What a change I was in for.

An astonishing natural phenomenon that reminds you of this power are the geysers, now a popular tourist attraction, which spurts boiling water into the air every few minutes

For a country with relatively little vegetation, the range of colours, shades and shapes are incredible

We hit lucky with the Aurora. Big Time. On our first night, we saw a faint glow and some movement, but the next day, we headed out of town after a wonderful meal at Grill Market in Reykjavik (strongly recommended, though not cheap), and were treated to an incredible display that hasn't been seen for months, swirling 180 degrees above our heads and over Reykjavik on the horizon.

It's cliche to say, but pictures don't do it the slightest bit of justice.

I initially found a reference to this lava tunnel cave, Raufarholshellir, which is around a mile long, as a single, passing reference in a guide book. Much searching and several tourist information advisers later, and I found it, in a layby, with a sign saying that you might want to take a torch in with you!

Find an excuse to go.

The worst bit is people making jokes about a frozen food supermarket.

Rowing across the Indian Ocean

Adventurer James Ketchell and Scout Leader Ash Wilson, who suffers from Epilepsy, are aiming to break the record for rowing across the Indian Ocean.

They came to the Docklands to launch their boat for the very first time - I joined them in their boat for The Scout Association.

To give a sense of the challenge ahead of them - More people have been in space than have rowed across the Indian Ocean! Coupled with that, Ash's Epilepsy provides additional problems, worries and training needs for the pair.

The world record for a two-man crew to row across is 80 days, and 'the journey alone is the real achievement and goal, but if we can do it and get the record, that would be something amazing'.

The pair hope to inspire young people around the world that no matter what disability or challenges they face in life, nothing's impossible.