The Long Haul - Update

18 AUGUST 2019

Mike talks about his crossing on BBC Radio Scotland
Mike and Rosie get a mention in Explorer's Web: A New Speed Record, and a Record for Most Unscheduled Swims

Update from Lake Baikal...

25 MARCH 2019

ARRIVED! Mike made it to the south side of the lake on the evening of 24th March. Just 5kms from shore he nearly broke through the ice again and realised it was simply too dangerous to complete the next 39kms even though he had time, energy and food. So he landed on shore and got himself to an old railway station called Pankovka where he took a train to Slyudyanka. From there he met with his fixer who drove him to Irkutsk.

Now with Rosie, nursing wounds, badly blistered feet and a burnt face they are relaxing before flying home via Moscow.

Mike and Rosie set off on their expedition across Lake Baikal in support of Veterans Aid. All donations are welcome and go to a most worthwhile case - you can donate via their JustGiving Fundraising Page

Scottish National Trail


Mike's attempt to walk the 864 kilometre Scottish National Trail from Kirk Yetholm to Cape Wrath has been postponed to 2020. This has never been attempted in winter as the temperatures in the north can dip well below -20C and the only extraction, if required, will be by helicopter.

Diving around the coast of Indonesia

MARCH 2018

Mike is currently working as a Speciality Scuba Instructor in Bali teaching all levels up to PADI Divemaster and including speciality training in Wreck Diving, Deep Diving and Nitrox courses. Working on Nusa Penida and the east coast of Bali Mike regularly leads dives on the famous USAT Liberty wreck, Manta Point and other awesome locations in Tulamben and Padang Bai.

In his spare time Mike has also visited the islands of Komodo, Rinca, East Nusa Tenggara, Gili Trawangan, Pulau Padar and Kelor. He has taken medical supplies to camps for people removed from the homes due to the threat of Mount Agung erupting and also done some voluntary English teaching in local schools.

Walking Hadrian's Wall


Mike is currently walking coast to coast along Hadrian's Wall in northern England. During his walk he is raising funds for a charity called Pilgrim Bandits which primarily assists armed forces personnel unfortunate enough to have lost one or more limbs.

In 2007 Mike was a photographer embedded with troops in Afghanistan. Amongst the many things he saw, he spent time in military hospitals where wounded and severely injured service men and women, as well as civilians, were brought for primary care.

His time in Afghanistan fostered an immense respect in him for what our services do for us and the often perilous circumstances in which they work.

Pilgrim Bandits Website
Any donations in support of Pilgrim Bandits are most gratefully received at Mike's TotalGiving Fundraising Page

The Bonham Carter Lecture

20 JUNE 2013

I was invited to talk about mudhifs in the Iraq Marshes for the 31st Bonham Carter Lecture at the British Academy on behalf of the British Institute for the study of Iraq (BISI).

My lecture was based around the mudhifs of southern Iraq, both their history and construction, and my planned BISI-funded project to build one of these traditional reed houses with the local community in the marshes of Chabaish, between Qurnah and Nasiriyah.

Listen to Mike's lecture at the BISI Website
View photos of the Mudhif project in the Photo Gallery

Trek to the Magnetic North Pole

MARCH 2013

After 18 months of planning and preparation, Mike has set off on an expedition to walk to the Magnetic North Pole. He has flown out to Ottawa in Canada, and will make his way to the expedition base in Resolute, from where, as part of a team, he will attempt to walk to the Magnetic North Pole.