Meet Manse Ahmad - Primitive skills instructor, mountaineer, diver, photographer, forager and dogs slave!

What drives you to spend time outside?

The need to be surrounded by nature; the sights, smells, sounds and feelings that she inspires.

Where are your favourite places to go?

I love woodlands, wandering amongst trees, observing the natural world around me. I also love the jungle and the Arctic! These days, my dog (Layla) is the main driving force! She is responsible for getting my out so much more than what I used to. I also love the serenity of the Artic in winter and the madness of the jungles in the evenings.

What is your favourite thing to do outdoors?

My all-time favourite, as I get older, is to find a beautiful tree and light a small fire on which I have a kettle boiling water for a cup of tea, and lean back against the tree and read a good book.

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Who inspires you and how?

My good friend Tim, on his weight loss journey. The dedication and commitment he has put into it, so that he and I can go climb mountains together is inspiring.

What are your focuses this year to help people get outside more often?

I want to make people more aware of the natural environment around them and how much it has to offer. You don’t need to travel to amazing areas; your local area is just as amazing, you just need to be able to see it!

What are your 3 biggest life achievements?

Being physically fit after a major heart attack at 24. Royal Marines Commando. Being able to spend time in rain forests and the Arctic.

3 words you live by

Live the moment.

Do you have any guilty pleasures?

None that I am willing to share!!!

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