New Podcast - Kayaking Shetland

If you've listened to all the Sea Kayak recordings then you'll know we already have an interview about routes off the Shetland Islands.

So why another one?

When I recorded the first, almost ten years ago, I asked author of the Pesda Press Guidebook Tom Smith to pick his three favourite paddles.  

We assumed ideal conditions, which is a heck on an assumption for Shetland, as Liz and I discovered when we went kayaking there in June.

So we hooked up with Angus Nicol who has taken over from Tom Smith and he have us a rough guide to paddling these extraordinary islands in less than perfect conditions.  You'll find the recording, along with many others, at and in iTunes.

First Sprint Triathlon - Notes to Self

Last weekend I raced my first Sprint Triathlon - The Loch Lomond Beastie.  

750m swim, 15km mountain bike, 5km run all in the grounds of Balloch Country Park and superbly organised by Loch Lomond Swimming & Triathlon Club.

These are the notes I made afterwards, mainly for my own benefit so I won't forget.  I am new to triathlon so please - experienced triathletes - add your contributions in the comments.

Like the half-ironman distance I ran two weeks earlier, I was aiming for a time not a finishing position. That said, with 117 competitors this time, as opposed to 28 at the Highlander, I was comping to place around the middle.  MORE

First Half-ironman distance Triathlon - Notes to Self

Every so often I like to attempt a challenge with a real risk of failure.  From walking the Pacific Crest Trail, to making kayaking DVDs, to cycling the Raid Pyrenean - in all of these I was absolutely uncertain as to whether or not I could finish.  

On Sunday I took on another challenge.

Now I have completed my first middle distance (half-ironman length) triathlon, The Highland Warrior organised by No Fuss Events.

I planned to write myself a de-brief so I don't forget all the many point I learnt.  Then I thought, "why not turn it into a blog post"?  Someone, might find it useful.  

Better still, more knowledgeable, experienced triathletes might add their own thoughts in the comments below.  So here goes.

The APP Version of Sea Kayak with Gordon Brown

It's rather weird to see our films in the iTunes and Google APP stores but there they are.

What we've done is extract 18 of the coaching sessions from Volume 1 and Volume 2, plus the Rolling Clinic from Volume 3 and make them available to purchase within in the App.

If you already have all three films, you won't find anything new.  But hey - it's free!


The first advantage of buying within the App is that you can buy just one or two sessions, you don't have to purchase the whole film.

Secondly, the films can be downloaded to your smartphone or tablet and then taken onto the water for in-situ coaching.  The films we sell as Downloads through the website have to first be downloaded to a computer then synced across to phone or tablet.  So the App offers greater functionality.

Podcast - Guide to Isle of Bute

Roddy McDowell of Kayak Bute has written a free Sea Kayak Guide to the Isle of Bute and Surrounding Waters.

Roddy gives an audio destination guide to his home island in this months Podcast - find it at or iTunes.

You can also get hold of a copy of the guide in three different ways.

Part One is in this month's Ocean Paddler Magazine.  

You can download a PDF version by clicking here.  

There's an electronic version in your country's Amazon Kindle Store.  Please go to your local Amazon Kindle store and search for Sea Kayaking Guide to the Isle of Bute.  

The price is set at the minimum allowed by Amazon for making it available on Kindle.  

New Podcast - Channel Islands & Guidebook

The latest sea kayak guidebook from Pesda Press is, on the face of it, a curious pairing - South East of England and the Channel Islands.

In this month's podcast at Derek Hairon, the author of the Channel Island's section, explains why the book is constructed in this way and shares his detailed knowledge of his home islands.

Derek is the man behind Jersey Kayak Adventures.  His book will be published 1st July and you can order it here.

New Book - Day by Day on the Pacific Crest Trail

I have published a new book - an account of our six-month 2,658 mile hike of the Pacific Crest Trail in the United States.

The book has its own website PacificCrestTrail.UK from where you can buy the book in four formats.

The thing that's different about this account is that it is written in the moment.  As we hiked, I wrote our evolving story, capturing a depth of feeling I doubt would be possible after the event.

With the success of Wild by Cheryl Strayed, both as a book and film, there's a lot more interest in the Pacific Crest Trail.  

Whereas we could start when we wished, I'm told departure slots are now allocated to space hikers along the trail.  It's a different world.

The PDF version and generic ePub file for all sorts of electronic readers are available at £2.99 from Digital Goods Store - just pick which file you want to download.

I hope sales will come through the Kindle Store - in the UK and it will also sell in the USA Kindle Store.  There are sample chapters on both.

I also used Create Space to make a hard, printed copy available to purchase.  However, with more than 150 colour photos the price of this print-on-demand version is much higher than I would like - £24.99 and $54.99 - and I'm taking virtually no profit for myself.  This was a real pain to layout but I learnt a great deal and the next book will be much easier to sort.