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This is a friendly message to all the pros, the sponsored climbers, filmmakers, photographers, skiers, BASE jumpers, outdoor brands, and outdoor influencers. We’ve been following you, we the general public, for a very long time, watched you on Instagram, read you on Twitter and Facebook, watching your videos on Youtube; in fact, we’ve supported you, in one way or another, for most of your careers. We’ve bought what...

X Wankers
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X Wankers

I often joke about Coffee Wankers, the kinds of people who have apps on their phones that tell them to drive five hours to...

Alone at Sea
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Alone at Sea

Late in his voyage across the Atlantic in 1956, solo and in an 11 foot Klepper kayak, Hannes Lindemann was caught in a...

H&S
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H&S

My dad tells a funny story about working in India with street children. He was working for a charity that did outward bound...

Education
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Education

A while back, I was asked to give a talk at a conference on the future of education. I asked what the end goal of education...

Polar Bear
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Polar Bear

When you see a polar bear walking backwards and forwards in a zoo, nodding, it’s obvious it’s mentally ill, depressed, in...

Analogue
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Analogue

There are many people in the world who others want to send down to the lowest circle of hell, dictators, warlords, the odd...

Racist Hair
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Racist Hair

I’d see the kids most days, hanging around the tap, filling their big plastic bottles then slowly walking home, bare...

The Invisible Wall
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The Invisible Wall

Once heard a story about the North Koreans building an invisible wall, 5m high, 10m thick, that ran for 240km across the DMZ,...

Reprehensible
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Reprehensible

I remember when I climbed Moonlight Buttress with Alex Jones back in 2014, I had several messages from people in the US who...

Don’t Drive at Night
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Don’t Drive at Night

Parked up at services in the Free State, a taxi van pulls up beside us, and the driver gets out, letting his passengers...

Life’s Bearing
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Life’s Bearing

In a lot of countries, people talk about ‘God botherers’, people who come around unannounced and talk at you, very often...

Don Draper
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Don Draper

I’ve seen a spike on Instagram this week, by men I follow, and women, writing about women, how they rock, how they’re...

Hand Granade
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Hand Granade

In Vietnam, the VC learned the hard way that they were no match for American firepower; Rollin Thunder, Puff the Magic...

Lego
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Lego

I remember once sitting in a small grey room, my son playing with Lego in the corner, my ex-wife, Mandy, sat beside me, being...

Advice
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Advice

If I made a list of the best advice I was ever given, stuff that changed me for the better, none of it would include anything...

Smile
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Smile

Every generation has something that can crack the childish reality of a young mind - not all young minds - but only minds...

Web
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Web

I've often wondered why insects become entrapped by a spider's web. Do they simply wander in and become stuck there,...

Vic Wilkinson
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Vic Wilkinson

Like most weeks I’ve been fighting fires caused by things I’ve written, this week a week for fighting gender skirmishes....

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