I’m proud to announce the Explorer of the Month column by yours truly for the fantastic Explorers Connect website. Each month I’ll be interviewing explorers – in the modern sense of the word – to find out what makes them tick, how they do what they do and their scariest and best moments. It inspires me when I meet and talk to these daring people and I hope it will inspire you.
Dave Cornthwaite: The nicest dare-devil in exploration.
Victor Boyarsky: Life on top of the world.
Bert Poffe: Why you don’t always need to be the fastest or first.
If you’d liked to be interviewed for the column drop me a line on the contact page and I’ll let you know what’s involved and see about fitting you into the schedule.
This is the first of regular posts on off-beat jobs for writers around the world. This week we’ve got an opportunity that sounds like one of those unsubtle ads for MI6/CIA operatives and some car writing jobs both in the US and UK. I’d jump at the first if I didn’t have kids and I may even apply for one of those motoring posts.
Honestly, I'm a writer!
International Business Journalists wanted for Oil & Gas intelligence research. Head office in Istanbul with months abroad spent working in target countries.
What you need:
- An interest in and experience of travel
- Year-around availability
- Perfect command of written and spoken English
- Excellent presentation
- A good university degree in economics, political sciences or international relations is valued
- The applicant must be up-to-date on current events, hard working and easy to live with
- He or she must keep a cool head under pressure and be at ease with tight deadlines
- A taste for adventure is mandatory
Sound like your thing? Go here: http://t.co/DpKr2GsS
Super car wreck
How about driving Japanese high performance cars and editing three publications all about them? UK based.
Click this: http://t.co/ABlnklj5
Or writing for the awesome Jalopnik website. Two writer positions available, one in New York, one in either Los Angeles or Detroit. If i was a Yankee-doodler I’d be in there like a slingshot.
Click that: http://t.co/xmF8Huxq
Business Insider in the US are looking for someone to write about everything from cars to spacecraft. No brainer right?
Get your OCD on and click: http://t.co/RTqEjGsm
If you get the job, let me know so I can seethe with envy.
Wanna be Bear Grylls, Ray Mears or Ranulph Fiennes? Then it’s time for Explore, the annual fieldwork and planning weekend at the Royal Geographical Society in London on the 18th through 20th of November.
It’s an amazing opportunity to meet those who’ve just come back from expeditions, those about to go, and those just working up the courage. You’ll find inspiration, like minds, planning sessions for your trip and opportunities to raise money, film it, talk to potential sponsors or take part in someone else’s adventure. Everything from tracking whales to discovering the 21st Century equivalent of the Galapagos islands to solo expeditions across land, ice, and sea and outreach with the remote cultures, it’s all there to be had, you’ve only get there.
For full itinerary of speakers and workshops, go here: Explore 2011.
Even better yet, join the society and receive monthly updates on expeditions you could take part in and change your life forever.
Remember to drop me a line when you do!
This year’s Explore weekend will be chaired by explorer and broadcaster Paul Rose, Vice President of the Society, who will also be on hand to provide advice.
Speaker topics include; an expedition across Iceland to study remote glaciers, environmental fieldwork in Mozambique studying giant elephant shrews, and journeying the length of the Amazon River. The full Explore 2011 programme (PDF), including speakers and topics is available to download, along with our media release (PDF).
The weekend begins with a Friday night lecture by the Atlantic Rising team – 2009’s recipients of the RGS-IBG/Land Rover ‘Go Beyond’ Bursary – who undertook a 28,000 mile journey to discover how climate change is affecting communities around the edge of the Atlantic Ocean.
If you’ve got a science background and want to get hands on with the British Antarctic Survey then check out this link. http://t.co/8u0tenQE
Just a quick one today, moving home and office, more on it’s way.
Craig Wiffen will soon be on his way around the UK and he needs your support, encouragement and donations now.
It’s a challenge for any experienced kayaker, an almost impossible feat for someone with just a few months of experience. Setting off on May 27th 2011 from Fowey on the South Coast of Cornwall and travelling counter clockwise, the journey itself is some 2200 miles, taking roughly 64 days and averaging 40 miles a day, paddling non stop, across shipping lanes and through some of the fastest tidal waters in the world. Seeing some of the most beautiful coast this country has to offer – it is the expedition of a life time.
Craig will be completely unsupported, paddling through the day, wild camping at night, cooking and eating on beaches and headland as he travels around the UK. It will be an epic undertaking of physical and mental endurance, through bad weather, exhaustion and loneliness.
You can find out more and donate by going here: http://craigwiffen.mfbiz.com
Working in conjunction with Northshore Sea Kayaks will enable Craig to have the best of the best in sea kayaks. A custom design, by Mike Nelson, Senior Kayak Designer and Workshop Manager at Northshore, the Kayak will be Craig’s lifeline in the heavy seas he will encounter.
The expedition will be filmed for a documentary as Craig pushes on to the finish line, 2200 miles away.