Adventures & Inspiration

These days social media drives so many people to the same popular destinations. But it's as easy as ever to pull out a map and find places where little is known. Here are some of my recent expeditions - some close to home, some further afield. I hope they serve as inspiration for your own discoveries!

How much fun can you have with a traditional outrigger canoe sailboat on some tropical islands?

Turns out, Lots! Read on...

Sailing California’s Channel Islands

February 7, 2020

A similar version of this story was first published in December 2019 edition of Latitude38 It’s a magical time of year on California’s Pacific coast. The pelicans are heading south, the nights are becoming colder, and sailboats start to head south for Mexico and the start of a new winter cruising season. But while Mexico…

How to Climb Mt. Iraya

May 4, 2019

If you’re fortunate enough to make it to Batan Island, you’ll probably gaze at Mt Iraya and wonder how to climb it. Sadly there are no maps, and conflicting directions on how to accomplish this. This post explains how to get to the top.

Kayaking the Big Sur Coast

Kayaking & Spearfishing off Big Sur

October 13, 2018

The Big Sur Coast is possibly one of the most rugged and scenic coastlines in the world. Getting a kayak on the water is not easy, but it is worth it!

Channel Islands by Beach Cat

November 6, 2015

The California Channel Islands lie 30 miles south of Santa Barbara. There are four islands, of which Santa Cruz island is probably the most accessible and interesting. I’d read a few posts on forums about people who had sailed over on beach-cats many years ago; otherwise there was precious little evidence of this being a…

Swimming in San Francisco Bay…

December 14, 2012

I used to marvel at people who’d go swimming in the Bay in the middle of the winter. Swimming with nothing but a swimsuit. I used to think they were crazy; now┬áI’m crazy too.

Singlehanding around the Farallones in a Santana 22

September 4, 2012

Yesterday, I finally knocked off a long standing goal of sailing around the Farallon Islands in a boat I built myself. – Well, kind of, Pip was a re-build, and I motored for a good chunk of the journey, but still, I’m feeling pretty content today! It turned out to be a fairly uneventful day.…

Tips for driving into Mexico

February 10, 2012

They say Mexico is the new Colombia. But in December 2011 I drove deep into Mexico and encountered a beautiful and wonderful country with none of the things that I’d been told to worry about.

Cycling Copper Canyon

Cycling Mexico’s Copper Canyons

December 28, 2011

Mexico’s Sierra Madre and the Copper Canyons are fantastic cycle touring country right on the doorstep for those of us in the Western US. Don’t be put-off by all the scary news, this is an adventure destination at it’s finest.

Volunteering with Habitat for Humanity in Nicaragua

October 28, 2011

In March of 2011, I volunteered with Habitat for Humanity in Nicaragua. I put together this short video as thanks to my friends and family who donated $7500 towards this project.

Packrafting the Cache Creek Wilderness

July 27, 2011

Cache Creek alongside Hwy 16 is well known destination for summer recreation. But upstream the road leaves the river, and beyond that is the Cache Creek wilderness, a little known and stunningly beautiful watershed.

Packrafting : The Escalante River in Utah

June 10, 2011

The latest weapon in my adventure arsenal is the ‘packraft’ and I couldn’t be more excited. In May we took them out for a first expedition down the Escalante River in Utah.

Review of the Hennessey Hammock

July 10, 2010

A hammock is a great alternative to a tent — if you get the right type. REI and other stores will sell a simple hammock for lounging, but if you’re serious about sleeping out, you’ll want to try the Henessey Hammock

Catamaran Sailing in Baja

March 29, 2009

In mid-December, I received an email from my friend Jonathan asking me if I was interested in doing some travelling in the New Year. His email was timely, as I had been pondering the idea of taking my boat down to Mexico and doing some sailing. And so I asked if he would he like…

Working Remotely from the Middle-East

November 28, 2008

One of my goals for the year had been to visit the middle-east, so I decided to put one and one together, packed my bags, and flew to Cairo. Note: This is a fairly old article, but I’ve kept it around for posterity. You might enjoy my more recent article about working from the beach.…