Welcome! Willkommen! Konnichiwa! (whispering) Now lean in we're going to tell you a secret… Sam is not actually an outdoorsman! ...yet.
In fact Sam is actually quite new to this whole outside doors business, is that how you say it? Sam lived in London for 4 years and claims that the closest he got to green space was when he re-painted his flat. However, after moving to Japan to live and work as an English teacher Sam had the opportunity (and the time) to explore the length and breadth of the southern most isles of sleepy, rural Kyushu. It was here where the obsession with the great outdoors started. Nothing propels you faster along a trail than the knowledge of a long hot soak in one of Japan’s many Natural hot springs. Sometimes buried deep in the mountains!
On his travels Sam visited the hiking island of Yakushima, skied in Blistering snow in Hokkaido and completed a 3 day trek through the Tu Lan cave system in Cambodia, but more on that later.
For now though, Sam is making up for lost time by spending more of it in the great British countryside and exploring the beautiful hikes and trails we have right here on our doorsteps. Sam will be writing for the more lightweight outdoorist, soaking up as much knowledge he can about Modern Bushcraft, Design and Function, Books and much more.
I’ll be the first to admit I’m no Shauna Coxey when it comes to bouldering, but when the boss offers you the chance to spend an afternoon blasting your fingers on the wall instead of a keyboard; you grab that opportunity with two (soon to be) blistered hands. Read more18-07-17 • Sam Taylor
If you want to get off-grid, while still staying safely within the boundaries of an official UK campsite, there’s a growing band of back-to-basics sites that now offer the ‘wild’ experience on the right side of the law. In this article, James Warner Smith from coolcamping.com chooses his... Read more05-07-17 • Sam Taylor
8 man inflatable tents, tipi's, heated pods, on-site showers, artisanal pizzas...when did camping become so gentrified? Time to leave the luxuries of the modern campsite behind and head out into the real heart of darkness. Before you do though, make sure to fill your backpack with these wild... Read more22-06-17 • Sam Taylor
Whether you’re team tarp or team tent, when it comes to choosing a shelter for wild camping, there are many things to take into consideration. We’ve put together a small selection of our picks, ranging from inexpensive shelters, to super lightweight technical tents. Read more19-06-17 • Sam Taylor
Realistically most people don’t have the time or money to invest in the big adventures we see depicted on our T.V. screens but that’s not say we can’t share in the rewards associated with trying something new and difficult. I can safely say that bivouacking on a Wednesday night in my local... Read more23-05-17 • Sam Taylor