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Embracing the Great British Outdoors — Chaz Powell

Guest blog post from Water-to-Go ambassador, Chaz Powell  

Since returning from leading a trek across Madagascar whilst following the country’s longest river, ‘The Mangoky,’ from source to sea in August and September of 2019, my African adventures have since come to a bit of a halt.

In an effort to feed my craving for remote and wild exploration, I’ve been channelling my concentration into exploring closer to home and embracing what the great outdoors of Great Britain has to offer.

 

I have always considered the UK to be the ultimate adventure playground. With its vast amount of long distance trails and national parks to explore, it’s the ideal adventure training ground.

I decided I wanted to focus my energy on taking on more UK-based expeditions during 2021 by hiking the length of the UK’s national parks and leading small teams whilst doing so.

 

Training Expeditions

I also wanted to teach what I feel to be essential expedition and survival skills to the teams and pass on the knowledge that I’ve gathered from my years of taking on remote journeys by foot.

So far this year, I’ve led expeditions across four of the UK’s national parks, Dartmoor, The Brecon Beacons, The Peak District and The Yorkshire Dales, with 4 more national park crossings to take place in September and October (Northumberland NP, The Broads, The North York Moors and Exmoor).

The treks so far have taken us over mountain ranges, through forests and along rivers, whilst immersing ourselves amongst the incredible natural wonders that the UK’s wild pockets of land has to offer.

 

To learn more about Chaz’s training expeditions and how to sign up, click here.

 

Staying hydrated with Water-to-Go

 

As with all of my expeditions, remote survival skills become an essential part of the journey.

The Water-to-Go bottles have been one of my key pieces of kit when surviving in the more remote areas.

I have been relying on them for obtaining safe drinking water from wherever I can find it.

From puddles to lakes, sometimes I can’t be too fussy, so it’s definitely been a comfort having the bottles and knowing that I can source water in multiple ways.

 

To check out our filter bottle range, click here

 

Future Plans

During June, I’ll be leading a team from sea to source along Scotland’s wild River Spey.

I’m really looking forward to exploring more of Scotland’s wilder parts as it’s just about to become my new home.

Myself and my partner have just purchased a remote plot of land in the north of the country and are planning to do an eco build and living as self sufficiently as we possibly can.

It’s an incredibly exciting venture and something I feel like I’ve been talking about for such a long time. I’m just so happy this dream is about to begin.

Going forward, I’m planning on truly embracing the UK’s wilder parts and living as free and wholesome of an outdoor-based life as I possibly can.

 

To keep up with all of Chaz’s adventures, check out his social media channels

 

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