For over 50 years I have enjoyed a life outdoors, whether that has been caving, potholing, camping, rock climbing, hiking or world travel. These days I restrict myself to the more manageable and sedate activities such as walking. Throughout all of this time I have always given back to the hobby. Whether it has been as a Scout Leader, D of E Instructor or as a Mountain Leader and Cave Leader.
These days my give back has changed slightly and takes two distinctive forms. Firstly, I still offer and carry out map reading and compass training, usually to small groups and very much in an ad hoc manner. Secondly, I blog and use Social Media to get the outdoors message across. This blog is my main instrument for getting across my hints, tips and encouragement for the over 60’s to get outside. This is addition to my new blog, CanTheCar, set up to encourage everyone to leave their cars at home and walk.
Along the way I picked up the odd accolade for my endeavours though they were and never have been sought. It was always nice to get a piece in the local paper highlighting the work with the Scout Association or Duke of Edinburgh’s Scheme. Then last year I received one of the biggest accolades of my life when I was selected to be one of the Ordnance Surveys GetOutside Champions and given the chance to work alongside some of the outdoor greats of this country.
It is now with great pleasure that I can announce the selection of a further two years as an Ordnance Survey GetOutside Champion. This project, launched by the Ordnance Survey in 2015, has grown rapidly to become the leading authority in promoting, inspiring and encouraging people of all ages and backgrounds to get outside. Although the figures are not yet known, the fact that over 60 Champions have been selected suggests that there must have been overwhelming interest in getting involved with this project. Which make being re-selected even more special.
However, like waiting for a bus to arrive, the one you want comes immediately followed by two more. On this occasion, I was approached by Mighty Goods to give an online interview which was published this week. This was followed by an email from Alex Roddie, online Editor at TGO Magazine, advising me that this blog has been added to TGO Blogger Network.
Whilst this may seem like a bad case of collecting acolades, getting this sort of recognition is important within the social media world for spreading the word and expanding the GetOutside footprint.