My love of the outdoors started at a very early age, almost as far back as I can remember. I was born in the south of England at a time when spending all day outdoors as a small kid was considered perfectly normal. I was the youngest of four children and loved tagging along with my older brother on all his adventures in the woods that surrounded our house.
I loved climbing trees and was pretty good at it from a very early age. My brother and I had a favorite tree that we nicknamed the 'Army Tree' because we could see the local army field strip from it and watch planes taking off and landing. Despite being good at climbing trees and having little fear of heights, I still managed to fall out of my fair share of them!
I can remember growing up watching a BBC TV show about outdoor survival by John "Lofty" Wiseman. I don't know what the show was called but I remember being completely enthralled by the knowledge and skills that Lofty was demonstrating. I can even remember putting together my own survival tin and carrying it around with me.
My dad gave me my first real knife when I was about six or seven years old. It was a small fixed-blade sheath knife with a three-inch blade and the classic bone and leather disc handle. I loved that knife and used it to death - I wish I still had it or at least I knew what happened to it.
I'm fortunate that I grew up being shown how to do things like tie a sheepshank, a bowline, reef knot, or splice a loop into the end of a length of rope. My dad has always been very good with his hands and had a lot of experience from his time in the merchant navy with all types of knots and rope skills. It used to fascinate me to watch him show us how to tie knots.
Now I spend as much time outdoors as my work schedule and family life will allow. I'm equally happy going on hardcore multi-night backpacking trips with my hiking buddy, Andy, as I am camping out in my backyard with my kids. I'm always trying to improve my bushcraft skills and constantly learning better ways to do things. My kids have inherited my love of and respect for the outdoors and they are slowly building up their knowledge and gear list.
I enjoy passing my knowledge on to my children and anyone else who is interested. One of the driving factors behind me creating this blog was to share my experiences with anyone else who found the articles useful or helpful. I thank all of you who read my blog on a regular basis or subscribe to it and hope that in some small way it encourages you to get outside and try it for yourself.
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Ten Random Things About Me
- I used to have much more hair
- I gave up a weekend on Airforce One and at Camp David as part of Clinton's Press Corp (when I worked for Reuters) to go mountain biking with my friends instead - yes, I regret it now
- I am the designer of the Ocean Diver line of Swiss Made dive watches
- I'm an American citizen now, but was born British
- I own more watches than I do dress shirts - which may or may not be normal?
- I qualified as a 'Marksman' just for fun and have a concealed carry permit
- I went to Art college to train to be a Technical Illustrator, began my career in journalism, worked for many years as US Government consultant in several locations that don't formally even exist, eventually ended up in the technology consulting field and now doing infosec/encryption work for a large financial institution - life's weird...
- I have a 9-inch scar around my upper left arm from a fight with a pane of glass - the glass won!
- I hate clutter and could live like a monk or in a cave quite happily - unfortunately my wife and two kids don't seem to understand this side of me
- I think coming up with 25 random things is too much hard work :)
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