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...

A Himalayan Adventure

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 in Sumatra last year. The tremor was just enough to remind me that I was in the...
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...