BootPrints is the record of our mission into the world of outdoor adventure. I started this blog to track our progress and inspire others to get into the outdoors. It isn’t an easy road, but it’s a rewarding one.

The shock and shame of catching a ‘mule taxi‘ through the Colca Canyon in 2015 catalysed the change needed in my life. I have discovered that hiking (tramping) and mountaineering are action-packed ways to improve fitness and generally thicken the skin.

It isn’t easy exploring the world alongside a human with the hill fitness of a mountain goat (Fraser!) but I hope through my hilarious findings, blunders and cheek-reddening moments you can learn something about living in the wild from a Londoner.

  • Land Down Under: Bibbulmun Track, Western Australia
    My first multi-night hike took place in the Land Down Under. Here, the wilderness is perilous and dangers attack from above and below; poisonous creatures hide in every bush and the deadly sun beats down … Read more
  • The First Chapter: Colca Canyon, Peru
    "Hiking..? That's just walking, right?" The year was 2015. I was two years out of university. I knew nothing about fitness, mindfulness or nutrition. I'd spontaneously joined two friends on a month-long backpacking trip through … Read more
  • Bear-Prints and Big-Walls: Yosemite National Park, USA
    Fraser and I marvelled at the three thousand foot drop to the Yosemite Valley floor. We had battled through eight hours of sun and snow to be here, and it was worth every minute. We … Read more
  • Edge of the World: Grand Canyon National Park, USA
    The trail opened with a breathtaking view of the canyon. We stood on the edge of the world and gaped down. It was the stuff of magic, forged by the forces of earth and sky. … Read more
  • Surviving Big Bear: California, USA
    Our US road trip kicked off in the backcountry of California. Our only plan was to hike, climb and eat our way around the western states. We grabbed a map and looked up locations on … Read more
  • Call of the Wild: Cobb Valley, NZ
    Two worlds collide when humans roam into the realm of nature, the world of predator and prey. Here, wild animals operate outside the constructions of human existence. We are out of touch with this pure, … Read more
  • Fish Out of Water: Lake Waikaremoana, NZ
    Lake Waikaremoana was a brutal introduction to the realities of the wilderness. Post-Tongiraro Crossing I confidently believed I had faced much of what Mother Nature had to offer. Sun stroke? Summit? Lahar? Easy. I entered … Read more
  • Mastering Mount Doom: Tongariro Crossing, NZ
    You'll have a tale or two to tell when you get back… You will not be the same -Gandalf Location: Tongariro Crossing, Tongariro National Park, North Island, NZ Length: 7-8 hours plus 3-4 hours to … Read more
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