Martin Walsh

Martin Walsh is a freelance writer and wildlife photographer based in Da Lat, Vietnam. A history graduate from the University of Nottingham, Martin's career arc is something of a smörgåsbord. A largely unsuccessful basketball coach in Zimbabwe and the Indian Himalaya, a reluctant business lobbyist in London, and an interior design project manager in Saigon. He has been fortunate enough to see some of the world. Highlights include tracking tigers on foot in Nepal, white-water rafting the Nile, bumbling his way from London to Istanbul on a bicycle, feeding wild hyenas with his face in Ethiopia, and accidentally interviewing Hezbollah in Lebanon. His areas of expertise include adventure travel, hiking, wildlife, and half-forgotten early 2000s indie-rock bands.


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Canadian Arctic Expedition Reaches Resolute

Guillaume Moreau, Nicolas Roulx, and Jacob Racine have completed...

Weekend Warm-Up: Dick Proenneke — One Man’s Alaska

A wonderful, old-fashioned film about a man who builds...

How Should We Classify River and Ocean Expeditions?

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Erden Eruc to Row From California to Hong Kong

When the veteran rower reaches Hong Kong, he will...

A First Ascent in Patagonia

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Erupting Russian Volcano Attracts Thrill-seekers

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Weekend Warm-Up: Changabang and the Mirrors of Repetition

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Guillaume Moreau and Nicolas Roulx are ready to begin...

The Climber’s Guide to the Galaxy

A roundup of the most challenging unclimbed peaks in...

Weekend Warm-Up: The Ghosts of K2

Winter K2 has wrapped up, with no shortage of...

From Sewage Mouse to God Goose: Vietnamese Animal Names

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Villanueva O’Driscoll Solos Patagonia’s Fitz Traverse

Sean Villanueva O’Driscoll of Belgium has just soloed the...

How Death in the Mountains Affects Those Left Behind: Interview With Maria Coffey

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Vietnam’s Wildlife: A (Pretty) Good News Story

In 2019, The New York Times published a compelling...

K2: Seven Summit Treks Abandons Summit Push

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K2: Pasang Norbu Sherpa’s Speed Attempt Stalls

Pasang Norbu Sherpa also seems to have given up...

The World’s Tallest Artificial Climbing Wall

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Crossing Canada From North to South

In 2018, six young Canadians completed a 1,500km canoe...

The World’s Most Dangerous Places – Part 2: Too Wild

The second in our two-part series, Too Wild looks...

Weekend Warm-Up: Messner

Messner is the mountaineer. His Everest solo was number one...

The World’s Most Dangerous Places – Part 1: Unstable

The first in a two-part series, Unstable looks at...

Top Expeditions 1970-2020, #4: North Pole at Night

In 2006, during the long, dark arctic winter, Borge...

Surviving Extreme Winter Dangers

In winter travel, physical suffering, mental hardship, and discomfort...

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