At age 18 Russell quit work with the dream of riding a season of Pro MTB, but still living at home his dad was having none of it. 19 years on and following the ideology of “Be brave, take risks, nothing can substitute experience” he has stumbled across an adventurous lifestyle and it rocks! A supporter of anyone bettering themselves, who believes nothing is more important than doing what makes you happy.
“Life should be judged on the actions we take and not on the income we earn.”
For Russell, 2016 was about getting on stage, speaking and compering at outdoor and adventure events as well as turning his hand to race MCing for Cancer Research. With hosting events at Ellis Brigham, Snow & Rock and event compering for the National Trust South West Outdoor Festival his passion for being the glue that brings events together soon grew. 2017 is focusing on building on this passion and also moving in front of the camera with his own adventure bio film due out on April.
Russell is also now fulfilling an adventure dream in 2017 by working with Ordnance Survey as a GetOutside champion; the focus to inspire, inform and help others to GetOutside more. It doesn’t have to be scooting the length of the country or camping on the highest mountain in the country, it can be a local canal path, or buying a map and finding your local trig point. Even wild camping in the garden, it all counts. As a country we spend on average 7-8 hours each week outside, he dares you in 2017 to double that each and every week!
With a wealth of adventures from space hopping to kayaking, 1000 mile endurance journeys and altitude mountaineering trips, to Running Paris-London, wild camping in central London, summer sunrise climbs and most things in between, now coming into his 20th year of outdoor experience, his trip focus is to inspire and make people smile, whilst planning personal firsts in swimming and corporate adventurous weekends.
I’m so excited about 2017, seriously it’s going to expand my body and mind. I have learned to swim, the momentum is growing for me to swim Loch Ness in September. A bio film about me is in edit now, I’ll be producing a show reel for presenting and compering whilst focusing on my love for bikes too. It seems a packed in year, but I once heard a quote
“Nothing changes if nothing changes”