Komodo Dragons on Rinca Island

Komodo Dragons on Rinca Island

Somehow, by hook or crook, my tale of adventure with Komodo dragons on Rinca Island in Indonesia managed to win a silver prize for animal encounter in the Solas Best Travel Writing of 2014. I’ve been wanting to win won of these and make it into the annual book...

Wild Kayaking in Sarawak, Borneo

I came up laughing but I knew that something bad had happened. That same sickening twist in the pit of your stomach, the gut feeling of inevitability, when reality trumps fantasy — the moment when you know that you’ve sustained an injury that can’t...

Old Manali to Solong: A Himalayan Adventure

This is about my adventure of getting from Old Manali to Solong, but first… An earthquake — the second of the day — rattled the glasses around my rooftop cafe. Exciting stuff, and the first tremor that I’d felt since waiting to climb a volcano...
Climbing Gunung Sibayak in Sumatra

Climbing Gunung Sibayak in Sumatra

Two months ago I tackled Gunung Sibayak — an active volcano in North Sumatra, Indonesia, with three new friends. The visuals, eerie landscape, and risky down climb were part of an adventure that I’ll never forget. As an added bonus, I was kept awake all...

Up a Wild River in Borneo

I turned up in the tiny village of Sukau in East Sabah, Borneo, not entirely sure what to expect. The village — which pretty much consists of one narrow road — was basically shut down for Ramadan. So far, the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan has had little...