Get Ahead of the Game with Moultrie Cameras

It begins with an expedition in the back country with other hunters from all walks of life. And, you all probably agree that finding wildlife in daytime is a difficult mission. More often than not, the majority of your preferred game see you before you actually see them. And so, how can you stay abreast and adapt with the characteristics and habits of these cunning animals?

Well, you can equip yourself with a hunting camera like the Moultrie camera to have a great edge over the regular player in an attempt to acquire the mindset of these amazing creatures. Investing in Moultrie cameras along with the discovery of a new found hunting tool, you can easily discover some wildlife that you might not even have a clue that were in existence.


Using the Moultrie hunting surveillance device is an excellent way to look for your game of choice. Furthermore, by filming the animal in their natural environment, you can put the pieces together regarding their habits and finding out behaviors and trails to provide you with an advantage at tracking wildlife. In addition, you will see the most important trails that a deer or an elk like, at the same time figuring out their moving styles.

All this useful information will help you determine which deer would you like to hunt down and where to locate them. With an observatory device like the Moultrie game camera, you can study the personality of your chosen games in almost all aspect, making you one step ahead from others and as you anticipate their next move.

In the modern day of cameras and adventure equipment, the Moultrie sport cameras are great technological innovations. They help the players to be well prepared throughout their hunting expedition. When it comes to cameras, there are many types to choose from. You can find a a standard digital with a flash, an infrared, and a digital one with infrared and LED flash, just to mention a few. These adventure cameras vary according to the resolution quality and number of logistical features, making it possible for a wide range of game surveillance.

If you are on a hunting expedition, you should not forget bringing along with you the best game camera. These Moultrie hunting cameras are of top quality, which can give you the perfect images at all times. There are a few key factors that you need to remember when you are buying this sport camera and other additional accessories.

Things to Consider Before a Hunting Adventure

During these game trips, you need a camera that is able to track the activities of your game. You will need to check for important features such as a rapid response time and infrared sensor. A camera that has all the good features can be a bit expensive, and so you would want to get a game camera that has all the useful functionalities that you need. Digital cameras are the latest surveillance cameras available in the market and they have become quite popular nowadays. Aside from the Moultrie game camera, you will also need to bring a few other equipment including blinds, guns, etc. After all, hunting is an outdoor activity that requires great ability and agility.

Importance of Using a Hunting Blind

One wrong move and your target game is going to be out of sight. Therefore, you need to camouflage in a way that you will not be exposed to your game. Be sure to wear clothes that will make you blend with the surroundings. It is best to buy the game equipment from a trusted source. In fact, it is always a smart idea to get your hunting gear and equipment from reputable retailers. During hunting, a blind needs to also completely blend with the surrounding, otherwise you will have a hard time getting the target. Together with your Moultrie camera, a good blind is especially made for a gun hunter like you.


Hunting is a sport that requires strategic knowledge of the wildlife. Simply going on a hunt without having any understanding of the terrain is not a good idea. Before heading to a place for hunting, make sure you are equipped with the right information about the hunting ground as well as the plants and creatures that inhabit the place. Ultimately, the Moultrie hunting cameras are the trend as of late, giving you the upper hand at targeting any of your preferred game.

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Start planning for 2016…

Looking for an adventure holiday in 2016? We have selected a handful of activities for you to try, no matter how adventurous you are

Sailing – Croatia (Dubrovnik)


Croatia offers an amazing array of secluded bays, beautiful pebble beaches and miles and miles of coastline to explore. The city of Dubrovnik is the ideal place to begin your adventure holiday as it is steeped in history. It has preserved much of it’s rich heritage making it one of the Mediterranean’s most attractive cities.

From the port you can also access a huge amount of this beautiful coastline in less than an hours sail, making it perfect for day trips and short breaks.

Snowboarding – Austria (Mayrhofen)


This resort caters for both the early bird and party night owl. With wide open slopes and a highly rated terrain park, it offers powder hungry riders ideal conditions after a fresh snowfall, or the perfect play area for trick happy snowboarders looking for their next adrenalin rush.

From an Apres-Ski perspective, it certainly hits the spot. With the Snowbombing Festival now building it’s reputation as a Glastonbury-on-snow, Mayrhofen offers more than just the usual array of bars for all night dancing and partying.

Whitewater Rafting – Canada/Alaska (Alsek and Tatshenshini Rivers)


Nothing can really compete with the Tatshenshini-Alsek River. The stunning wildlife, magnificent scenery and challenging route will serve you up a trip that will be hard to match. Navigating icebergs, whitewater rapids and glacial braids will truly bring you back to mother nature and if it doesn’t, the abundance of wildlife will. Brown bears, wolves and bald eagles are an everyday occurrence so keep that waterproof camera on the ready.

Diving – Thailand (Surin and Similan Islands)


Thailand is great for adventure holidays, especially scuba diving. With plenty of islands to explore, the abundance of sea life is staggering. In the Andaman sea there is a string of islands that offer a huge choice of dive sites that are rarely visited. Here you will find whale sharks, mantas and all varieties of fish to keep you occupied.

Mountain Biking – Scotland (Fort William)


Mountain biking is much easier when you don’t have to carry your bike all the way up the mountain. That’s why at Fort Bill (what most riders call it), they have the UK’s only permanent gondola uplift, providing you with no excuse not to try one of the most challenging downhill tracks you’ll ever find. If that wasn’t enough, there is some fantastic free riding and dirt jumping plus a gorgeous cross-county course for you to experience. And to top it off, they also host numerous international mountain bike championships here, that’s how good it is. Get riding.

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A geocacher can place a geocache in the world, pinpoint its location using GPS technology and then share the geocache’s existence and location online.

Geocaching is a high-tech treasure hunting game played throughout the world by adventure seekers equipped with GPS devices. The basic idea is to locate hidden containers, called geocaches, outdoors and then share your experiences online. Geocaching is enjoyed by people from all age groups, with a strong sense of community and support for the environment. Search for a geocache below or learn more about getting started.

There are 1,270,922 active geocaches around the world!


Easy Steps to Geocaching

  1. Register for a free Basic Membership.
  2. Click “Hide & Seek a Cache.”
  3. Enter your postal code and click “search.”
  4. Choose any geocache from the list and click on its name.
  5. Enter the coordinates of the geocache into your GPS Device.
  6. Use your GPS device to assist you in finding the hidden geocache.
  7. Sign the logbook and return the geocache to its original location.
  8. Share your geocaching stories and photos online.

Check out the site and start Geocaching!

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Flying has lost its glamour.  You’re not alone in wanting a more rewarding, low-stress alternative to flying, which brings you closer to the world you live in and reduces your contribution to global warming.  It’s time to rediscover real travel by train or ship, where the journey itself is part of the adventure.  This site explains how to travel comfortably & affordably by train or ferry where you might think that air was now the only option.  For help with train travel, ask the Man in Seat 61!

Seat61 was started by Mark Smith, father of two and ex British Railway man (as it was called in those days!).  With his railway experience he set up the website aimed at helping people discover the practicalities and environmental benefits of rail travel not just in the UK but all over the world!  He has info on trains in Europe, America, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Morocco, Canary Islands, the list goes on!  The man knows how to travel around the world by train!!!   Here is an explanation in his own words…

The problem is this.  Travelling by train from London to anywhere in Europe is a far more practical option than most people imagine, in fact it can be easier and less stressful than flying.  But in a world dominated by flights, flights and more flights, finding out about train travel has become frustratingly difficult, if not downright impossible.  Although many people would prefer a more civilised, comfortable, interesting, adventurous, romantic, scenic, historic, exciting, less stressful and more environmentally-friendly way to travel, the average travel agent only sells flights, flights, car hire and more flights.  The train operators themselves are little or no help, even Eurostar provides very little useful information on its website for travelling beyond Paris or Brussels.  What was needed was basic ‘how to’ information for train journeys from the UK to Italy, Spain, Switzerland, Greece, Russia and every other country in Europe.  And how about reaching Morocco, Tunisia, Ibiza, Corsica, Crete or Malta by combining train & ferry?  I thought it was a gap that needed filling, and that I could fill that gap myself…

So one day in 2001 I found myself at London’s Marylebone station looking for something to read on my train home from work.  I wandered into W H Smiths and spotted a ‘teach yourself HTML’ book costing all of £2.95.  I had just bought a computer and my internet provider offered some free webspace.  I read the book, tried a test webpage, and surprised myself when it worked.  One thing led to another, and here I am.  There’s a lot of work involved in keeping the site even remotely up to date, but people seem to find the site useful, and this keeps me going.”

The economy section in most planes is incredibly cramped, uncomfortable seating and in general an unpleasant experience!I used his site and priced up a journey from Flitwick train station in Bedfordshire to Dublin via London St Pancras as an alternative to flying from Gatwick airport to Dublin!  The trip involves either a few train changes before arriving at the airport for a one hour journey or a couple of train changes before arriving at the ferry terminal in Holyhead!

In comparison, the train journey seems much longer than the flight, however when you factor in the “behind the scenes” journey’s it evens right out!!

Starting with the flight.

The airline is with Ryan Air, the cheapest I could find.  A bad start already.  Ryan Air’s service is appalling, if you want something to eat or drink you have to pay for it and it’s expensive and horrible.  There is no free checked baggage allowance on Ryanair! If you want to check bags into the hold you will need to pay for this when you make your booking (either 15kg-£15-£80 low season or high season £25-£120.  For 20kg its £25 – £90 low season and £30 – £130 in high season.  This is for one bag only!  If you want to book a second bag in, the fee’s are £35 – £120 low season and £45 – £150 high season!), or you can go into the website (“Manage my Booking”) and pay the extra up to four hours before the scheduled flight departure time. You can’t pool or share baggage allowances, or transfer them from one passenger to another. If you exceed your allowance you’ll pay an addition £20/€20 per kilo.

Too much luggage, or in Ryan Air’s case any luggage, will cost you a small fortune!You can carry one bag per passenger into the aircraft cabin weighing up to 10kg with maximum dimensions of 55cm x 40cm x 20cm. Any other items including a handbag, briefcase, laptop and anything you’d bought at the airport shop must be carried in that bag. One way to get around this rule is to wear a jacket or coat with large pockets, which you can use to carry other items. Note that infants don’t have a carry on baggage allowance on Ryanair.

Be warned: if you go over your cabin baggage allowance on Ryanair your bag will be checked into the hold and you’ll be charged an additional fee of £50/€50.

If you make a booking through a call centre or at the airport you’re charged a £20 fee.

Sports equipment (ie. Snowboards etc.), musical instruments and infant equipment (ie. car seat, pram etc.) all incur an extra fee of £50 or £10 for childrens equipment!


There is an admin fee to cover the cost of the website which is £6 and if you pay by credit card you’re charged 2% of the total amount!

So if you were to add all of this up then you’re looking at rather a lot more than first thought!

Irish Ferries provide the ferry journey of the “Sail Rail” ticket offered by Virgin Trains!Hypothetically if you were travelling at low season (for the sake of finding the cheapest flight)you book through Ryan Air avoiding the £20 fee, take one 15kg bag at the lowest price (some flights are charged at a higher rate, not sure why)you incur the £6 website fee, you don’t take any childrens, sports or musical equipment and you pay by debit card!

Avoiding the majority of extra charges (if you don’t overfill your on board baggage or check in that is!) However you still need to add £15 for the baggage and £6 for the website which brings the total up to £68.  Add on the £57.50 for the train ticket to Gatwick and you’re looking at £125.50.  Don’t forget to pack some food and drink to have before you go or you’ll be restricted to Ryan Air’s overpriced slop!  And don’t drink too much as Ryan Air are planning on charging customers to use the toilet on the plane!

The journey will start at around 4am.  Train leaves at 430am and arrives at Gatwick Airport at 651am.  Then theres the two to three hour check in saga, waiting around etc.  Flight leaves at 940am and arrives at 11am.  So all up it is around a 7-7and a half hour journey.

The train from London to Dublin Port takes about an hour to an hour and a half more than the flight does and then there’s the hour and a bit on the train to get to London.  However there are many more options for train times to suit you so you can avoid the 4am wake up call, the food choice on board is much better quality and priced, you get a much larger comfortable chair that’s not like being packed in like sardines, spend more time relaxing and less time checking in, going through security, waiting around and then racing to get a decentish seat which is pretty much like sitting on someone’s lap!  Everyone gets a view out of the large window (rather than a peep hole plane window!) and you don’t have to worry about someone stepping on your toes to get to the toilet while you’re asleep!  And one of the biggest reasons is baggage!  The baggage restrictions are much more lenient!  Usually two bags each and a smaller “carry on” (even though it’s all carry on!) bag are the norm.  The downside is that once all the space for luggage is taken up then there’s luggage in the aisles, near the doors and under people’s legs!  It does get packed, so get there early to get enough space for all your stuff!

Standard seats on Virgin Trains…The cost?  Well, £81 for the return ticket to Dublin and £36.80 for the return ticket to London Kings Cross from Flitwick!  £117.80 in total makes it £7.70 cheaper than flying!  Remember that it is more likely the airfare will be even more expensive if you’ve got more luggage, children, are paying by credit card or book through a call centre or the airport!  And not just more expensive, MUCH more expensive!  This doesn’t include any discounts you could be eligible for ie. Group discounts, families, special deals etc.  Not the usual for airlines!!

The family and friends railcard for example is amazing value.  For £28 you can buy a yearly railcard which entitles you to 1/3 off adult fares and 60% off child fares.  Up to 4 adults and 4 kids can travel on one card – and they don’t have to be part of the same family. For even greater savings, you can also use your Family & Friends Railcard on Advance fares.  So for £28 you can bring your ticket price down from the £81 to £54!!  If you’re constantly travelling throughout the year by train or now realise that you could do instead of flying, then that’s a massive saving!

Planes contribute a huge amount of carbon emissions, far more than train journeys!The carbon foot print for the plane journey from London (not including the train journey from Flitwick to London) is around .52Tonnes, for the train journey Flitwick to Dublin is .05Tonnes, a HUGE difference!

Planes are convenient, but it shows here that they’re not that much more convenient!  The 2-3 hours you have to be at the airport before your flight, waiting for baggage when you land and the journey to the airport and back all add to the “actual travelling time” rather than the hour or so flight.  This example shows that the train is cheaper, more comfortable, have a more convenient timetable, are less hassle, less hanging around and only an hour and a half to two hours slower than a flight.

My point after all this??  Try the train next time you’re booking a trip, check out, get yourself a great deal to another amazing destination around the world and be happy that you’ve reduced your travel carbon footprint considerably!

The Trans Siberian map shows how far you can travel without the need of flights!Additional Info and Links…

Seat 61 –

Virgin Trains –

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Delmar Surf Camp

In our busy everyday lives, it is so easy to forget about your body’s wants & needs. About your goals for leading a healthy lifestyle and sometimes all you need is a kickstart into reminding you about how important it is to not only eat right, but work out and think right. Love Your Body 2011 is Del Mar Surf Camp & Del Mar Extreme’s annual retreat to help men & women fall in love with their body again through a series of mental, physical and nutritional exercises to recharge the one body you’ve been blessed with.


Located in an exclusive mountain top of the Central Pacific Coast, Costa Rica for one week during the beginning of summer, there is no better time & location to get you loving your body again.

This year’s event is 7 nights, 6 days, from Saturday July 2 to Saturday July 9 – encompassing a full jam packed agenda of:

* Two Yoga Classes a Day

* Surfing Lesson

* Biking Tour

* Stand Up Paddling Tour

* Canopy/Ziplining Tour

* Waterfall Tour

* Rainforest Sky Walking excursion

* Nature & Beach Walks

* Beach Boot Camp

* Capoeira Afro-Brazilian Martial Arts Class

* Jungle motion TRX suspension training

* Rejuvenating Body Massage

* … and more


Our LOVE YOUR BODY 2011 retreat is no retreat without the perfect location – away from the hustle and bustle of town, serenity within high up into the mountains overlooking the ocean. Wake up to the sounds of macaws & monkeys, enjoy a morning yoga class with the sun rising over the ocean and get straight into action with the jungle and hidden paths all within our backyard.

This newly built villa features all handmade wooden furniture and structures, complete with outdoor dining table, swimming pool, meditation deck, two floors of pristine tropical architecture and natural outdoor showers – bringing you closer to nature and yourself everyday.

Beds in ‘Shared’ accommodations are first come first served assignment in villas & you will always get your own bed; ‘Private’ accommodations are preassigned.

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Kaz Willmer, editor of, gives you the winter lo-down in 60 seconds

Winter is truly upon us, and friends are updating daily statuses with news of their swift departures to currently snowy destinations. The British pro’s are out there already, proving themselves up alongside the top in the early-season competitions, while the rest of us are still at our desks snowcrastinating – our term for wasting time, dreaming about snow.


For those who visited the Earl’s Court snow show last month or the Relentless Freeze Festival in Battersea, you’ll already be immersed in the fact that winter is upon us, and getting ready to promise Santa that you’ve been a good enough boy/girl to get that brand new Bataleon you’ve been waiting for all summer.

It makes it harder to be ‘working’ for snowboarding websites – trawling through the hundreds of offers out there this winter, looking for things which you will obviously need to get the most out of the season. So what’s the BoardStylist pick of the crop this season?


For the girls snowboards, it’s a close call between the Bataleon FeelBetter and the Salomon Oh Yeah. For the boys, it’s the K2 WWW or the DC Ply. Girls and boys both need to get involved with Ride bindings – try the contras and you’ll never turn back – and Bern lids, for slick, good-looking safety in the domes and on the mountains.

We also love the Nike Vapen boots, and every male or female we’ve come across with them on their feet are converted – they’re light, comfortable… and contain bits of the moon, or something!

Now you’re kitted out, it’s time to catch some snow and the only way to get you riding like the pros, is to ridewith the pros.

If you want your winter legs back or can’t get away for a while, then Grounded Freestyle Courses offer 3-hour, 1-day or 2-day courses at Hemel Snow Centre which get everyone riding better in a day – fact. For week-long camps then Animal Snow Camps will get you shredding with Dom Harrington, Johno Verity and Kate Foster in some immense European locations.

If you’ve got more time on your hands then head to Big White with the lovely lads from NothinButSnow, who offer immense 4-week, 10-week and 11-week winter training camps to get you your instructor’s certificates in the world’s most powdery destinations, for less money and less hassle than other companies.

For more information on how to prepare for winter – whether it’s snowboarding buyer’s guides to the latest equipment, idiot’s guides on latest tech, or what to wear on the slopes, then visit us at We answer all questions sent our way, and if you’re lucky enough we’ll turn your query into a feature. See you in the snow!

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Go Venture Featured Photopgrahper

We have another great Featured Photographer this month but with one slight difference, it’s a mother and daughter team called Cookiesound (or Ulli and Nisa Maier in real life). They answered a few questions below and let Go Venture show off some great surfing photos they captured in Tahiti.

The judging tower (view from the surf) at Teahupoo, Tahiti.

Please tell us a little bit about yourself.

We are a mother-daughter team and we always travel the world independently. We find our way without tourist guides or groups. This way its easier to find “the real thing”. “Cookiesound” is the synonym for Ulli and Nisa Maier and we are both freelance photographers. Ulli Maier (mum): Since Ulli has been travelling from the early 70’s, when all those modern gadgets were not yet invented, travelling overland through remote and unexplored regions of the black continent was a privilege for only a hand full of people. It’s what made her continue travelling the world. Today a lot of regions that she explored by a 4×4 truck with the simple method of a compass and map, are no longer accessible, at least not without an unease feeling. Back then, with Nisa in tow, the little white girl opened doors to the grimmest police officer just with her smile. Nisa Maier (daughter): I was on the road almost straight out of the maternity ward. I got familiar with foreign cultures at an early age and so I also developed a very precise photographic eye for details and colours.

Why did you become a photographer?

We come from an artistic/adventurous family background. Most of our family members were travellers, making their living through art, poetry, painting, writing, stage design and architecture. Travelling was always a high priority in our family. My grandmother travelled with the first passenger ship crossing the Suez Channel, so it was quite normal to follow into her footsteps somehow. Listening to those stories about foreign countries made my mother curious and right after fashion college, Ulli went on her first trip through Africa with an old outfitted Dodge WC52 which was left behind after WW2 from the Americans. That’s when the photographer’s bug started.

What kind of equipment do you use and what did you start with?

The Camera on this trip was an “Exacta VX1000. However, after returning and working odd jobs and saving for the next trip, the first “Canon F1” was purchased. Today we use a Canon EOS 20D and a Canon EOS 5D with a 70-300mm and a 18-85 zoom.

 Playing with waves at Teahupoo, Tahiti.

What’s the most challenging thing when travelling the world and taking photos?

The hard thing while travelling is to keep the equipment in good working order. Sand, dust and sometimes rain makes it difficult to change objectives or take pictures in general. Especially sport photography in a challenging environment like the sea with all the salty air don’t make it easier. There’s no shop out in the jungle to have things replaced or repaired, so you really need to take good care of your things.

Favourite thing or place to shoot?

Any opportunity to take pictures is favoured by us. A quiet café or rest house at a strategically interesting point, with lots of people passing by, makes a good base for shots of daily life. We love to take pictures of people during their daily activities, whether it’s a woman washing her clothes, or a man working at his motorbike. Taking surf pictures must be one of our favourite photo opportunities though. The first ones actually occurred by chance. We stayed with some pro surfers at Teahupoo in Tahiti and they asked us if we wanted go out with them on a jet ski. At first it was a bit scary to be so close to these massive waves on the back of the jet ski, but our driver was an expert. He knew every waves move and not a single drop caught the camera equipment.

Do you have a favourite photograph?

Not really. There are so many fantastic photos out there, it would be hard to name just one. But I guess the “White Shark Kayak” picture is one that…stands out :) But like I said, in the times of flickr, iphoto and getty images, ordinary people like us get to share their captures, so you find something new every day.

The first photographer that comes to mind and why?

Hmmm that’s difficult but I guess Yann Arthus-Bertrand comes to mind. He’s the guy who travels with a balloon across the countryside and takes pictures from above. He always comes to our minds, when taking pictures down from rooftops or balconies. But to be honest, it’s difficult so say because like I said above: In times like these there are many talented photographers…

Best piece of advice you have been given?

My mum always did her things as they came. She learned all the photo-techniques by herself. And well, advice I have been given, always came from my mum. One thing that I still think about today is: “Don’t be shy to photograph people. If you can’t get over that, you won’t be able to get good shots.”

What advice would you give a photographer getting started?

It’s most important to get an eye for detail. Often small things on a picture matter the most. Our advice for great travel pictures is: “Get up early in the morning or take pictures in the late afternoon. That’s when the light is best and in early mornings many places are still without visitors and nobody disrupts the area. Even huge touristic spots are deserted just after sun rises.”

A natural arch on the Leh-Manali Highway in Kashmir, India.

If you weren’t a photographer, what would you want to be? Why?

Since travelling is an expensive hobby/job, photography isn’t our only income:) I currently work at an event agency and my mum has a school buffet. If we get asked to shoot something specific at a specific time of the year, we manage to do that as well somehow. In our holidays we try to travel to foreign places to get those pictures that just “stand out”.

Additional Information & Links

We would like to thank Cookiesound for the amazing pictures and taking the time to speak with us. If you would like to see more of their work, you can visit the website or find them on Flickr. Links below:

Cookiesound on Flickr

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Go Venture Featured Photographer

Daniel Wildey loves to inspire people and his work certainly manages that with ease. We have a selection of his work to show off and a little insight into what it takes to achieve these types of shots.


Please tell us a little bit about yourself…

I’m from Yorkshire but I’ve been living and working in the Alps and Dolomites for 3 years with various holiday companies, and have been an adventure lover for much longer!!

Why did you become a photographer?

Being in the mountains is a very visual experience, and for a long time I have found imagery to be a huge source of inspiration – so often I look at magazine articles and say “I want to be there!!”  Being lucky enough to live in the mountains I find myself wanting to be the person that provides that inspiration to others.  I think this approach has shown in my commercial work for outdoor clothing companies and for holiday companies – inspiring people is essential.

What kind of equipment do you use and what did you start with?

I started with a Sony A200 simply because it was a very good value package.  Sony are very aggressively taking on the DSLR market so are packing higher spec features into lower priced models.  I’ve recently invested in the brand new A77 which so far is fantastic, particularly for fast sports like skiing.

I use a Sigma 10-20mm lens for hotel and chalet shots, and usually a Sigma 18-200mm when on the mountain aswell – it is amazingly versatile!  I’m also a massive fan of “Strobist” techniques, so naturally a few speedlites and bags full of accessories are always with me!


What are the most challenging things when taking adventure photos?

As I write this I’m on a 14 hour train journey from Italy to the French Alps to shoot for a ski company.  Today is pretty challenging!!!

Generally the biggest challenge is myself; you can’t be a photographer part-time, the camera must always be with you, you must always be ready and willing to take advantage of the light, or the circumstances and make the effort to get the shot, otherwise you end up kicking yourself.  99% of the time this is no problem, but the other 1% is the challenge.

How do you make a living? Do you sell a lot of work?

I currently work full time in the Dolomites for Collett’s Mountain Holidays, but I’m at the stage where photography is demanding more of my time.  I sell prints through my website (see below) and my book ‘Aspects of the Dolomites’ has sold very well (through but it is commercial work that is prompting a move to full-time photography.  I have a lot of experience in outdoor gear (clothing, equipment) and in the tourism/hospitality business, so I am getting more and more work in those areas

Do you have a favourite photograph?

I have a new favourite every other day!!  Currently, the front cover of Summit magazine (published by the BMC), an ice climbing shot by Christian Pondella.


Best piece of advice you have been given?

Not specific to photography, but LISTEN to what your client wants. Simple advice but rarely followed.

What advice would you give a photographer getting started?

Anyone can make an effort to take good shots but taking photos when you really don’t want to is what makes the difference.  Forcing yourself out of bed at 3am, or forcing yourself to get the camera out of the bag when you’re so cold you can’t feel your hands – this is how you make your own luck.

Did you attend photography school/classes or are you self-taught?

It seems wrong to say self-taught because I owe it all to the internet!!  There are so many resources online (and free) that I couldn’t even name them all, but some of the most helpful sites have been Strobist and the UKClimbing site/forums.

Additional Information & Links

Check out more of Daniel’s work by visiting:

Daniel Wildey –

His book ‘Aspects of the Dolomites is also available at

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Don’t try this at home…

We have put together ten of our favourite extreme sport and adventure videos for you to enjoy. We don’t recommend trying any of these on your next adventure holiday however!

Travis Pastrana Skydives without a Parachute

Pushing the limits.

Heath Frisby lands the first Snowmobile Front Flip in competition EVER!

Avalanche Cliff Jump with Matthias Giraud

Skiiers Matthias Giraud and Stefan Laude try to outrun a massive avalanche in the French Alps. The only problem? Their escape route.

Kitesurfers jump over Brighton pier

Two kite surfers from West Sussex took advantage of strong winds on the south coast to realise an ambition to jump over Worthing pier.

Tyler Bradt highest waterfall in a kayak 189ft!

Tyler Bradt completes the World Record Waterfall Descent. This drop was re-measured at 189 ft. A few feet taller then we had previously thought… Tyler sustained minor injuries which included a sprained wrist and a massive hit.

Alex Thomson attempts the Keel Walk

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Huge Bike Jumps into a Pond

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Bear Grylls H.A.L.O Jump

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Triple Rodeo! 1st Ever Recorded! by Billy Morgan

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Danny MacAskill – “Way Back Home”

Way Back Home is the incredible new riding clip from Danny MacAskill, it follows him on a journey from Edinburgh back to his hometown Dunvegan, in the Isle of Skye.




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UK fitness consultancy company TORQ, have kindly sent Go Venture a detailed article on cramping, hydration and fuelling. Ideal for any athlete looking to conqueror these problems when racing or training hard throughout the season. This article really offers a great insight into how your body works and how you need to manage it. Plus we have a great freebie at the end of the article, check it out!

Cramp ‘over-exertion’

The most commonly overlooked cause of cramp is actually ‘over-exertion’. You could be doing absolutely everything right from a hydration perspective, but it’s just that you’ve asked your body to do more than it’s used to doing. It makes sense really doesn’t it? If you’re calling upon your body to do stuff it’s just not used to doing, it’s going to say ”Look mate, you’re having a laugh. You tootle around the forest all day with your mates stopping at every tree to urinate and chat about bike components and now you want me to do something continuous and hard core. You must be joking, I’m going to punish you thus…” (queue titanic contraction of hamstrings and calves). I thought it might make it easier to understand if I made it into a little play!

The solution is simply to introduce some harder, more focussed riding into your week.  The more riding you do, the higher your cramp threshold will become, so in short, you need to build up your fitness. Bizarrely, if you fuel and hydrate yourself properly (which will be discussed later on in this article), this will allow you to maintain a higher power output on the bike for longer, which in turn will put your muscles under more strain, which can then lead to cramping! I do think it’s very important not to get ‘cramp hang ups’ though, because cramping due to over exertion has to be a good thing. It’s a clear indicator that you’re overloading your muscles and causing adaptation. When I get to the point in my ride/race that I’m getting little twinges of cramp, I know that I’m breaking into new territory and pushing the boundaries. Once I’ve rested up afterwards, I’ll be stronger for it, so the rewards will be sweet. The diagram below shows how short term over-exertion will bring rewards in fitness providing you give your body sufficient time to recover.

Remember that over-exertion comes in two forms, duration-based and intensity-based. If you can ride for hours, but cramp up on climbs or in races, you need some more intensity in your training, so think about doing some intervals or shorter harder rides. On the flip side, if you’re good at the fast stuff, but cramp on longer rides, you need more endurance, so try to get out and ride for longer.


Dehydration can’t be ignored as a cause of cramp and quite simply, if fluid and electrolyte intake doesn’t equal fluid and electrolyte loss, you will start to dehydrate, so you need to address high perspiration rates by putting more fluid and electrolytes back in to your body (electrolytes are the posh name for ‘salts’). Normal table salt is made up of Sodium and Chloride (2 of the electrolytes), but you will also need Magnesium, Potassium and Calcium, so there are 5 electrolytes all together. Electrolytes are necessary elements for muscular contraction, so it doesn’t take a genius to work out that if you start to lose these valuable salts, your hardware’s going to start coughing and spluttering.

The diagram below demonstrates the potentially catastrophic effects of dehydration.  For every 1% of bodyweight you lose through dehydration, you get a corresponding 5% drop in performance.  This is a huge performance loss and by way of putting some figures to it, a slightly dehydrated individual who usually kicks out 300 watts at threshold (time trial effort) will drop off to around 285 watts.  Suffice to say that races are won or lost by much smaller differences in power than this.  If dehydration reaches 4-5% of bodyweight, performance drops a whopping 20-30% and a fluid loss of 9-12% can be fatal.


Diagram supplied courtesy of TORQ. Adapted from Wilmore & Costill (1999) ‘Physiology of Sport & Exercise’. Human Kinetics.

The physiological effects of dehydration are interesting. The fluid losses cause blood volume to drop and as your blood plasma loses water, it becomes thicker. This decreases blood pressure, which then reduces blood flow to the muscles and skin. As less blood reaches the skin, thermoregulatory efficiency (the control of body temperature) is reduced and heat is retained within the body. The worse the dehydration gets, the more pronounced this cycle becomes.

So if that’s what happens when you dehydrate, what’s the best way to prevent it?  Drinking fluid seems like the obvious answer, but it’s a bit more complex than that, because hydration isn’t the only variable you need to consider when you’re exercising, there’s also fuelling. During prolonged endurance exercise, an incorrect fuelling strategy WILL spell disaster. As your carbohydrate stores start to run low, you’ll start to feel faint and you’ll have trouble concentrating. Once your carbohydrate stores are empty, you will rapidly and spectacularly lose power and it’ll be one of those unique times in your adult life that you’ll be crying for your mummy, because it really is rather unpleasant.

Although some sports nutrition products are better than others at delivering energy, the basic rule of thumb is that you need to consume 1 gram of carbohydrate per Kg of bodyweight per hour.  Any more than this and you won’t use it.  Any less and you’re selling yourself short (and you’ll run out of stored carbohydrate more quickly).  So, a 70Kg individual needs to feed on 70 grams of carbohydrate per hour.

So, let’s get back to hydration. In order to prevent dehydration, you’ll need to consume fluid.  How much fluid you take on board will depend entirely on the environmental conditions that you’re exercising in. If you’re exercising indoors or in dry or hot conditions, you’re going to lose more fluid than in cooler or more humid conditions. The paradox is that you actually feel like you’re losing more fluid in humid conditions when actually you’re not. Sweat drips off you, but because evaporation rates are lower, you won’t actually perspire as much and your thermoregulation systems will be much less efficient at driving heat away from your body.So as not to confuse the matter though, let’s make this assumption: You will perspire more and have greater fluid losses in hot than cold environmental conditions: You will perspire more at higher than lower exercise intensities and finally: You will perspire more in dry than humid environmental conditions.

When perspiration rates are high, you should aim to consume as much fluid as possible. Pure unadulterated water will not hydrate you as quickly as an energy drink mixed at a 6% concentration though because of the osmolality (potential to diffuse) in the gut. Sports drinks that are marketed as ‘Isotonic’ are designed for this use, but providing your energy drink is mixed at 6% (60 grams of carbohydrate per litre) it will be in balance with your body fluids and will hydrate you fairly rapidly. This 6% carbohydrate content also has another benefit though, because it supplies you with 60 grams of carbohydrate per litre, so based on my fuelling comments earlier on, our 70Kg individual would need to consume approximately a litre and a quarter of 6% energy drink per hour to satisfy his/her fuelling requirements. At the same time, this is probably about the limit in terms of fluid intake that a person of this body weight would be able to handle. In short, the key to hydration and fuelling in hot environmental conditions is to drink as much 6% solution as you possibly can and if this means exceeding your fuelling needs, well done for drinking so much.


When perspiration rates are low, you will need to drink less to remain hydrated. It is still important to remain hydrated however, because the same basic rules apply.  If you don’t drink enough, you will dehydrate and you WILL suffer a performance loss. In this situation however, a 6% carbohydrate drink on its own isn’t going to be your best solution, because you’ll just end up filling your bladder if you try to drink enough to satisfy your fuelling requirements. You therefore have a couple of cooler weather hydration/fuelling options:

1) Mix a stronger energy drink. If you mix your energy drink at 9%, you’ll get 90 grams of carbohydrate per litre from it. For the 70Kg rider, this would mean drinking just over 750ml of drink per hour. A stronger mix of energy drink would mean that that the rider would need to drink even less. Effectively you’re satisfying your energy needs without the need to consume so much fluid.

2) Consume gels or bars. This would be my recommendation, because it gives you so much more flexibility. If it were possible to devise a reliable system whereby the strength of your energy drink was gauged by flinging open the window to your bedroom, sticking your finger outside and waving it briskly through the air, it would be splendid. “Ah, it’s a 6% day, I shall fill my bottles like thus”. Real life dictates that every situation is different and even if you did get it right for the first hour, the weather could change in the second hour and you’re stuck with the decision you made during the earlier finger-waving thing. To this end, a much more sensible approach would be to mix your drinks at 6% anyway. If it turns out to be a high perspiration day, just drink as much of this solution as possible and you’ll be fuelling/hydrating under the principles described earlier. If however it’s cooler, you can drink enough of your 6% drink to keep hydrated and then take the shortfall of fuel in through bars or gels. For instance, if we take our 70 Kg individual and he/she consumes 500ml of 6% solution per hour to maintain hydration, the total fuel intake will have been 30 grams of carbs. This person is therefore fully hydrated, but is missing 40 grams of carbohydrate per hour. Work out how much carbohydrate your energy bars or gels contain in grams and work these into the equation. It might be that you need an energy bar per hour or two gels per hour in order to maintain your fuelling requirements? This shouldn’t faze you. It’s not a mobile maths exam, because with a little practice and logic, you should very quickly be able to figure out whether you’re drinking enough to satisfy your fuelling requirements. Then you can decide roughly at what rate to consume your bars or gels.

As an aside, it’s a little known fact that we are actually self-hydrating organisms. Through our metabolism (oxidative phosphorylation), we actually produce water as a bi-product and according to Wilmore & Costill, authors of ‘Physiology of Sport & Exercise,’ during rest we actually produce 150 to 250ml per day. In addition to this, our 70Kg cyclist will also produce about 150ml of water per hour during intense exercise. During very cool weather, this would help to explain why one has to get off the bike to have a pee every now and then. It’s a combination of this canny self-hydrating mechanism and perhaps drinking a little too much for the environmental conditions.


Last and by no means least, there’s the issue of electrolytes. These are dissolved salts that are capable of conducting electricity, so are vital for muscle and neural (nerve) function. They also play a major roll in maintaining fluid balance within the body.  There are 5 electrolytes: Sodium, Chloride, Potassium, Magnesium and Calcium. The last one is less important than the other four and by far the most important are the first two. Having electrolytes in your energy drink has the following benefits:

1) They help to replace electrolytes lost through sweating (in case you hadn’t noticed, sweat is salty). Sodium and Chloride help to maintain the volume of the blood and also help to transport nutrients into cells so that they can be used for energy production, tissue growth and repair. Potassium is present in much higher concentrations in the muscle cells than in the blood, so losses through sweating are much lower than with Sodium or Chloride. Potassium deficiency would typically be symbolised by muscle cramping. Low magnesium levels are linked to muscle fatigue and cramping too, but again losses through perspiration are less substantial than with Sodium and Chloride.

2) They prevent hyponatraemia. This is a rare condition that affects ultra endurance athletes and is also referred to as ‘water intoxication’. If you consume water-only or an energy drink without electrolytes over a long period of time, the combination of sodium chloride loss through sweating and the dilution of the remaining salts in the blood steam with the fluid you’re taking in can cause headaches, cramping, loss of strength and nausea. If left unchecked, this could become quite a serious condition.

To summarise, Ed Burkes’s book ‘Serious Cycling’ makes the following recommendations with regard to the amounts of electrolytes that should be present per litre in an energy drink, so check yours:

Sodium: 400-1,100mg/l

Chloride: 500-1,500mg/l

Magnesium: 10-100mg/l

Potassium: 120-225mg/l

So, in summary, when perspiration rates are high, do not consume bars or gels, just drink an electrolyte-containing energy drink mixed at 6% carbohydrate – and drink as much as you can.  This is the quickest way to hydrate and you’ll be fuelling yourself adequately by virtue of the fact that you’re consuming significant quantities of this 6% solution. When perspiration rates are low, drink less or you’ll be taking numerous comfort breaks and satisfy your energy needs through more concentrated ‘dryer’ forms of energy like gels and bars.

Before we finish, I’d like to revert back to the subject of cramping. For some people, the solution can be more complex than the steps we’ve discussed in this article and if you’re one of these folk, you’ve probably been hunting for years for a miracle cure. I would suggest that you look at the points explained in this article first of all, but if you still have an ongoing problem, you might want to try one of these supplements? Your GP would prescribe ‘Quinine’ if your cramp was causing you major issues. This is actually the bitter ingredient in tonic water or bitter lemon, so you could try consuming about 1 litre of either of these beverages about an hour before you exercise. The other supplement that we’ve had a huge amount of success with at TORQ is ‘Ribose’ or ‘D-Ribose’ if you want its full name. This could sound like a sales pitch and I’ll have difficulty explaining otherwise, but it’s an ingredient we’ve included in many of our own performance nutrition products and we also sell it in its raw form. It has ‘recovery’ properties, but research has also demonstrated that it can help with a muscle enzyme deficiency that causes regular cramping in people who have tried absolutely everything else! So, if none of the above work for you and you continue to get problems, give us a call/e-mail and we’ll explain what to do. The whole point of these articles is to remain independent and give the best possible advice. In this case, the best possible advice involves appearing not to be independent, because this is quite a rare nutrient.  Suffice to say, you can do an internet search to find alternative retailers, but just make sure you purchase pharmaceutical-grade pure D-Ribose, not L-Ribose or anything else.

Free 52-page Performance Resource

If you have found this subject interesting and would like some more comprehensive information on this subject and others relating to training and nutrition, TORQ have a special offer for Go Venture readers. We have a 52-page Performance Resource worth £5, which we will e-mail to you as an electronic copy FREE OF CHARGE if you send us an email to quoting “Free TORQ Performance Resource”.  If you would like a hard copy of this brochure, this can be ordered direct from the TORQ website.

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