IS THERE SUCH a thing as a failed adventure? Sure, you might not end up with the outcome you planned, but isn't that what drives us to go on one in the first place? The unknown and unexpected experiences that turn a mission into one you won't forget, that's what it all about! This happened to me recently as I searched for a Harvard MK II aircraft on Bluff Station, and while we didn't manage to find it, it had me pondering this very question. Head to page 90 for more on this story.
To be honest, it's not often I don't accomplish what I initially set out to do. I've completed enough events and races to know that my competitive side and stubborn attitude will almost guarantee I'll get to the end; I'll admit sometimes it's not the prettiest, nor the most enjoyable, but I'll get there. Previous experience and a good level of fitness ensure I'm in a pretty good place when I take on a new challenge, which is a good thing, because when I'm 200-odd kilometres deep somewhere in Peru's Amazon Jungle, I'm going to need all the mental toughness I can get! On June 5th this year, 15 of us will be running the Beyond the Ultimate six-day ultra marathon under the Running for Rangers umbrella, while we continue to raise money and awareness for rangers' welfare across the private wildlife conservancies in Kenya. We've managed to find ten more crazy humans to join us, along with the five who ran the Marathon des Sables last year, so if nothing else, it's going to be an adventure. All support is hugely appreciated, and if you would like to donate then please visit our website www.runningforrangers.com.
The adventures that appear in my inbox continually amaze me, and I have no doubt you will agree with me too. In this volume Sam Smoothy shares his incredible story of retracing his father's footsteps as he hits the mountains and experiences the culture of Bolivia, while Tommy Parker heads off the beaten track, up and over the Southern Alps of New Zealand, accompanied by llamas to help share the load. These are just two of the epic contributions that fill these pages. Enjoy the inspiration.
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