Back to basics

So this isn’t a blog where you are going to find world class photos … I’m not a photographer… I make films usually. However I do take some holiday snaps when I go on adventures … I really like going on adventures with good people to good places. So in short if you like mediocre photos about really fun trips that might inspire you to switch off for a bit and have some fun should probably follow this blog. Also my writing skills are somewhat below par, so I’ll keep the text to a minimum in an effort to cause the least amount of offence possible to all of you grammar Nazis out there.

To kick things off; I had a week on the Dorset coast back in September, we drank ale, ate sea food, camped out, and did some rock climbing. It was pretty mega and we had an ace time; see for yourself …

We all looked thoughtful and pensive into the great blue sea … reality is there was no deep thoughts occurring at all.Dorset_2015-25

Someone hit the off switch on Josh … Just having a quick power nap stood up he was…Dorset_2015-24

Josh really isn’t himself in the mornings …Dorset_2015-22

I’ve bivvied out on Glaciers in the alps, but this bivvy was the best I’ve ever had.  The super moon was out, and as I lay in my bivvy bag, the milky way made its way accross an immaculate night sky.  You don’t always need to go far from home to see amazing things …Dorset_2015-21

Andy didn’t know where he was, what was going on, or how to pronounce any of the place names in Dorset.  He sports this confused look for the majority of his life… blessDorset_2015-20

A grand spot for wanging a few afternoon lefties.  This was the view from directly outside of the cave we lived in for 3 days.  Can’t ask for much more really.Dorset_2015-19

Paul had a pretty severe face malfunction for a while.  You’ll all be pleased to know that he recovered fully from this.Dorset_2015-18

Paul’s face in fully working order again.  A look of contentment like this can only mean one thing for Paul.  He had just eaten lots of food.Dorset_2015-17

Reservoir dogs theme tune anyone?Dorset_2015-8

There is only one way to properly explore the Jurassic coast, and thats by getting right in amongst it.  We had a sterling coasteering session as the sun was setting one evening.Dorset_2015

The smiles say it all.  Smiles such as these featured heavily throughout the whole week.Dorset_2015-2

Joe was worried about the walk down to the camping spot so he thought he’d better wear his helmet.  To be fair the walk through those lush green fields with the trickling streams, combined with the brilliant sunshine did make for a perilous 20min stroll…  And yes James is carrying a cuddly monkey, and yes there is an inflateable crocodile in this photo, and yes we are all wearing stupid hats, I have no idea why anything of these things happened but I didn’t like to question it.Dorset_2015-3

Day 4 on Portland … Joe is still concerned for his safety and hasn’t removed his helmet.  We had an hour before sundown so five of us went on a mission to do as many  routes as possible.  We climbed as the last golden rays of light lit up the crag in a brilliant orange glow.  It was hard to believe we were in the UK (apart from the biting wind!).Dorset_2015-4

It was hard to concentrate on climbing when you’ve got this spectacular show going on behind you.Dorset_2015-5

I could do a whole separate blog post about the amazing sunsets we had all week… maybe I will!Dorset_2015-6

Unfortunately he wasn’t wearing these shorts as a joke … they are actually his swimming shorts.  James getting his deep water solo on with yet more brilliant sunshine.Dorset_2015-9

We enjoyed ourselves far too much…Dorset_2015-10

There appears to be a wookie residing on my chest and in my arm pits … I’ll get that checked out sometime…Dorset_2015-11

And then out of no where a wild Joe appears!Dorset_2015-12

Too many boil in a bag meals over the course of the week had left Andy battling constipation.  I’m only joking, as much as it looks like he is constipated, unfortunately his face actually looks like this.Dorset_2015-13


Who likes short shorts?Dorset_2015-15

Rush hour on Portland’s easiest deep water solo.  Also with over 15miles of coastline on Portland, Josh decided that this was the best spot to fish … Some people are so inconsiderate.Dorset_2015-16

The last light at the ends of the earth (Portland does feel like the end of the earth sometimes to be honest).Dorset_2015-7

No ground breaking climbs were achieved on this trip, no uncharted territory explored, and no feats of human endurance were displayed.  I’d still argue however that this was an expedition, an expedition with the simple goals of; having fun, not having the pressure to do anything at certain times, and simply existing in a cool place.  We absolutely smashed these goals without even meaning to.  Isn’t that what its all about?  Also pretty much none of the captions to these photos should be taken seriously.

James also took some of these photos so cheers mate!