Hi everyone, my name is Callum and I like to think of myself as an Adventurer Extraordinaire!
I’ve always had a taste for adventure, catalysed at a young age from travelling and sailing all over Europe with my family. Having caught the adventure bug, I decided to pursue a lifestyle and career around what I loved doing!
My first visit to Nepal was during my time at University where I studied Outdoor Recreation and Adventure Tourism. Since then I’ve been back to Nepal numerous times while also touring the world – making new friends, pushing my whitewater skills, and working with Rotary International.
From peaceful temples in Japan, raging torrents of the White Nile in Uganda, the wild west of America and the awe inspiring beauty of New Zealand’s Fiordland NP. My travels have taken me to some incredible and inspiring places where I’ve got to experience new cultures and go on extraordinary adventures.
I created River and Soul to share the incredible experiences I’ve had, with you, while avoiding a 9-5 desk job!
My love for paddle sports has allowed me to work in many of the countries I’ve travelled. I’ve gained certifications working as a Sea kayak Guide, Whitewater Rafting and Kayak Guide, Safety Kayaker, and as a Canoe and Kayak Instructor. I’ve furthered these with Wilderness First Aid and FREC Level 3 (First Responder Emergency Care) and becoming a Whitewater Rescue Technician.
So I like to think that when you’re on an adventure with me, you’re going to have a wildly fun time!
Want to know more? Here’s 5 things you may (or may not) want to know about me!
1) Out of all the food out there, my favourite meal has to be bangers, mash, and baked beans. Give me 3 or 4 sausages and loads of baked bean sauce!
2) This is pretty obvious, my favourite colour has to be ginger! I’m not sure you could get any more ginger than I am.
3) My favourite country is of course, Nepal. But my favourite place is Milford Sound, New Zealand. I spent two seasons working in that beautiful place and can’t wait to go back one day!
4) This is a tricky one, but I would have to say my most loved band is Fat Freddy’s Drop. They’re a band from New Zealand and have a chill, techno, reggie vibe that I can’t help but dance to!
5) Fun fact! I actually used to run a secret underground bar out of my University house’s basement – ask me about it one time!
I have kayaked all over the world and but I have never found anything like the multi-day expedition rivers of Nepal. The size of the rivers keeps me eagerly anticipating each rapid. The length of the river always makes me glad to be able to stop off on the beaches with a campfire and my trusted Ukulele.
While in Nepal I am often working on my Rotary International project based around Sirubari (mostly focused on ICT). My Nepal project has been running since 2010, and it has expanded like a spiderweb with dozens of sub-projects. The main focus originally was to create better ICT systems in rural schools. That then expanded into literacy program including english, maths and science. We’ve helped the local economy with micro-loans and goat banks (thats right a bank full of goats that you can borrow!). We’ve brought internet to the region too! Our next big stage it to start an exchange program bringing Nepalese students to England and English students to Nepal!!! As you can see its a huge thing we have going on and I’m just one of many cogs. If you would like to read more, head to the Rotary International page here.