There seems to be a theme developing of late...... and it involves fit young men who travel to the ends of the earth to satiate their passion. Yep, I've been working with some explorers.

Having worked with Tom Hart Dyke for the past four years I'm used to the lengths guys will go to make their dreams a reality. Tom brought home an idea for a garden, created in the depths of the Colombian jungle, and built it within the grounds of his family's Castle. Not an average challenge or a 9 to 5 endeavour.

Ed Stafford and Luke Collyer aren't your average thirty-something guys either. In April they will begin their 4,000 mile walk along the banks of the amazon river. Ed and Luke hope to highlight the perils of climate change by keeping a comprehensive educational blog at

Ed and Luke will walk the Amazon for approximately 16 months, carrying only what they can fit into their rucksacks. They're also taking some pretty funky technological kit with them. In order to 'blog'camera footage from the depths of the jungle, they'll need to unfurl their rolled up solar panels and plug in their chargers and laptops. The camera's they're taking, courtesy of Sony and Ginger TV, aren't small either.....leaving me to wonder, what they'll actually be taking in their rucksacks in terms of survival aids! .....erm.....pants????
Ed and Luke's Top Five Survival Tips…

Water. You cannot survive for more than a couple of days if you run out of water. How much do you have on you and where might you look for fresh water? Head downhill to find water courses - moving water is better than stagnant. Boil if possible to purify. If there are no streams then you can also make rain traps and find water vines.
Shelter. Protection from the elements is essential for cooking and sleeping. If you don't have any materials then palm leaves can be easily fashioned into a thatch on a basic wooden structure. A machete is invaluable for this job.
Fire. As well as being essential for cooking, purifying water, and keeping insects at bay, a fire is also fantastic for morale. Great jungle telly for those long evenings.
Food. This is the least essential survival priority. You can go for weeks without food and should ensure the first three priorities are covered before you start looking for food. Palm hearts are readily available and there are many seasonal fruits and nuts that can be foraged for. Fishing is the easiest way of getting protein although termites make a less tasty alternative.
Positivity. A positive attitude and keeping yourself busy and active will ensure that you survive. Your attitude towards a survival situation is the key to success. Enjoy it.


Never eat yellow snow
Always use a condom
Follow your kebab to find your way home
Always carry a towel
Always tell your mummy before you go off somewhere