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The love of labourers

One of the real privileges of journeying through less travelled parts of the world is the extraordinary hospitality that one encounters.

Tuesday, 17 April, 2012, 12:00am

Leon gets his shot

For the past five months, I have been walking home from Hong Kong to Mongolia with a young, professional adventure cameraman, Leon McCarron, who is filming the journey for a National Geographic television programme.

In this week's column, I ask Leon a few questions about his experiences during this gruelling journey through China.

10 Apr 2012 - 12:00am

May the quest man win

From time to time, I get an e-mail from a young person asking me for advice on how to become a professional adventurer. Certainly, making a living from doing adventures seems pretty appealing.

27 Mar 2012 - 12:00am

Because you asked for it

People who learn that I'm walking 5,000 kilometres from Mongolia to Hong Kong always have plenty to ask me. Here are the five most common questions.

1. Why go on these madcap adventures?

13 Mar 2012 - 12:00am

What's missing in action

I have now been walking home from Mongolia for more than 90 days. In that time, Leon McCarron - my partner on this expedition - and I have been awed by the beauty and power of nature, humbled by the kindness of strangers, and thrilled by the fun of exploring ancient lands. At the same time, we've regularly been cold, hungry, afraid, angry, alone and, most of all, exhausted.

21 Feb 2012 - 12:00am

Above and beyond the wall

For the last week or so of our 5,000-kilometre Walking Home From Mongolia adventure, my expedition partner Leon McCarron and I have been following the Great Wall of China westwards along the ridges and valleys of northern Shanxi.

31 Jan 2012 - 12:00am

How I get through times of trouble

On any adventure you should always expect the unexpected so that you're not taken by surprise when the going gets tough - and failure becomes a possibility.

17 Jan 2012 - 12:00am

Can friendship go the distance?

Leon McCarron - my expedition partner and cameraman on this 5,000-kilometre trek home, which began in Mongolia about two months ago - is a softly spoken, tall, lanky, Northern Irishman in his mid-20s.

3 Jan 2012 - 12:00am

In the footsteps of giants

After 12 days of walking south through the Gobi Desert, a week ago we arrived at the ramshackle Mongolian border town of Zamyn Uud. We looked and smelled like we had just walked across a desert.

6 Dec 2011 - 12:00am

The tough times make me feel alive

In a few days I will fly to Mongolia, to walk 5,000 kilometres back to Hong Kong, through a very cold and wintery China. One of the most frequent questions I am asked about this expedition is why.

8 Nov 2011 - 12:00am