This blog is sadly no longer active and the following information is probably out of date!
I'm Tom Evans, a keen climber, cyclist, skier and lover of adventure, the outdoors and sport, including cricket and rugby. I graduated last July (2012) with a BSc in Geography from Newcastle University.
I'm currently applying for the Army and undergoing the Army Officer Selection Broad. I've previously worked for Secret Compass expedition providers, with whom I climbed in the Zagros mountains of Iraq in March/April, travelled to Ethiopia in September and Malawi in October/November last year. I've also worked as an Intern for Adventurer Dave Cornthwaite and written for websites including Explorers Connect. I'm a member of the British Mountaineering Council and Royal Geographical Society, currently working towards my Mountain Leader qualification (Training completed December 2012).
I started Exceed Possibility in December 2010. It has provided a wealth of opportunities including writing for various websites and magazines and attending a Gore-Tex Blogger's Summit in Germany, among other events.
I've travelled to 32 countries on 5 continents at the age of 23, with experiences including visiting obscure places such as Iraq and Montserrat and living and working in East Africa for 4 months. I've been on a few adventures and expeditions, and completed some challenges here in the UK too:
Malawi 2012 - Walking the Nile training expedition with Secret Compass. Bush survival and animal tracking (hyenas, elephants, crocodiles etc) training. We made a crossing of the Liwonde National Park and Mangochi Hills and Forest Reserve on foot. Training for the upcoming Walking the Nile expedition, working with a cameraman for documentary.Iraqi Kurdistan 2012 - Pioneering commercial winter mountaineering expedition in the Zagros Mountains of Iraq with Secret Compass. Originally set out to climb Cheekah Dar, Iraq's highest mountain, but couldn't due to the political situation. Terrible weather forced us to abort our attempt at Iraq's second highest mountain, Halgurd, just hundreds of metres below the summit.
Mississippi River 2011 - I Stand Up Paddleboarded 1,120 miles with Dave Cornthwaite's Record Breaking Source to Sea Expedition. We set a world record for longest paddled in a day on a Stand Up Paddleboard. I acted as expedition photographer/camera man and was involved in initial planning phase as well.
The Alps 2012 - Alpine Mountaineering around Chamonix, France, climbing Aiguille de Tour (F), Tete Blanche (F), the Midi-Plan Traverse (PD) and Dent de Geant (AD, 4013m).
The Atlas Mountains 2011 - Trekked in the Atlas, including summiting Mt. Toubkal, the highest mountain in Northern Africa (4,167m).
Iceland 2011 - Geographical Fieldwork on the previously glaciated landscape infront of current glaciers, as part of my Geography BSc.
The Himalayas 2010 - Trekked to Everest Base Camp and Kala Patthar (5,545m) from Lukla.
Mt. Kilimanjaro 2009 - 4 days via the Marangu route, Africa's Highest Mountain (5,895m).
Running 2011 - 1/2 Marathon in 1 hr 40 m 38 s (Great North Run) & 10k in 44 m 45 s (Richmond)
Yorkshire Three Peaks Challenge 2011 - 8 1/2 hours
Cycled Coast to Coast 2008 - 3 days solo aged 18, off road. Where I caught the Adventure bug!
Writing and Photography
Outdoor Fitness November 2012 - Climbing Iraq's Highest Mountain
Sidetracked Edition 7, October 2012 - Climbing in Iraq (Online Magazine)
Adventure Travel Magazine January/February 2012 - Stand Up and Paddle, about stand up paddleboarding the Mississippi River.
Men's Fitness April 2011 - Cheap Thrills - Affordable Adventures for Everyone, giving advice on affordable adventure travel destinations.
Online/Web Explorers Connect - Adventure Travel Magazine - Secret Compass