Dragons Back Circular - Black Mountains
The Dragons Back walk starts in the small village of Pengenffordd within the Brecon Beacons National Park. It boasts fantastic views of the surrounding country side and the beautiful Black Mountains.
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.
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!!!MORE FROM Manse Ahmad