A South Wales Adventure

Jay Mud (Mudtrek) testing the water depth
Jay Mud (Mudtrek) testing the water depth

Sometimes things don’t go quite how you planned them – but that’s OK. This is what happened on Sunday when I “planned” a route all from the comfort of my computer chair, and took more than a dozen riders from MB Swindon and one from Mudtrek with me along for an adventure in South Wales. Continue reading “A South Wales Adventure”

Lake District with MTB Guiding

Tom Hutton - MTB Guiding
Tom Hutton – MTB Guiding

To say that I was looking forward to this trip (3rd -5th June, last weekend) would be a little bit of an understatement! After April’s 5 day trip to Snowdonia, a trip to the Lake District with 7 of my mates and to have 3 days guiding by Tom Hutton (MTB Guiding), simply couldn’t come soon enough.

The weather is always a concern when you pre-book a trip, invest some money and book time off work, and we were all secretly watching the weather and trying not to curse it by posting forecasts on Facebook – because it looked like we were going to be in for a treat!

Above Coniston Water
Above Coniston Water

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The Adventure Dispatch – by Specialized


Spring is here (honest it is) and Summer is on the way (it really is you know!) so its time to start thinking about those camping and bothy trips again – this year I WILL do it.

These Adventure Dispatch shorts from Specialized are just the ticket to get you inspired to get out and explore. No MTB action I’m afraid but some Cyclocross and FatBikes.

The first one by Steve “Doom” Fassbinder with the fat bikes is the best film visually I think but perhaps the most unattainable for the majority of us.

Sarah Swallow’s adventure is the most likely experience for us here in the UK – yes it rains throughout her film!  But again its wonderfully shot.


You can find out more about the bikes and some of the cyclists featured at the following URL –https://www.specialized.com/gb/gb/adventure

And finally the best of the bunch maybe? Because there’s a real possibility of doing something similar to Ty Hathaway. I love the cyclocross shredding and the bothy visit. This film just sets you up for the weekend nicely I think.

Banff Mountain Film Festival – World Tour 2016

If you want some inspiration for an adventure or want to see and hear some great stories being told, you could do a lot worse than catching an evening at the Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour. I love to watch “mountain” films of Vimeo or Youtube and thoroughly enjoy the filming of movies like Where the Trail Ends or Art of Flight. The BMFFWT is more of the same.

The nine day film festival was held in Banff Canada last November and the world tour brings just a flavour of the 370 films that were entered to 40 countries and to a global audience of around 500,000 people.

A surprise highlight for me last night was  movie about 4 guys and a dozen horses riding from Mexico to Canada. Brilliantly filmed, exciting, funny and simply inspiring if you have ever thought of hitting the trail for a trip on foot, by bike or on horseback!

There were films about super marathon running, climbing, skiing and mountain biking (unReal was sampled as the first film of the evening with THAT Brandon Semenuk clip).

Visit http://www.banff-uk.com/ for more information and look our for  screening near you next year.