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This is the Leadership and Adventure blog written personally by Alastair Macartney.

I’ve got a lot going on this year and, as a result, I’m having to slow down the rate at which I’m blogging – apologies.  This is temporary.  I will continue to blog and I will get back to a regular schedule.  In the mean time I’ll keep new content coming, just not as frequently, and please do check out the archives.

I’d still love to hear from you so please leave comments and I’ll make sure that I attend to them personally.

Behind The Scenes At TEDx Houses Of Parliament

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Behind The Scenes At TEDx Houses Of Parliament

Behind The Scenes At TEDx Houses Of Parliament   It was almost exactly 12 months ago that my legs were shaking and my heart was pounding. My mouth had suddenly turned dry. I looked up to see a huge audience all staring at me, waiting for me to speak. It doesn’t matter how many times I leap out of planes, from the top of buildings or off the side of mountains, fear still hits you. Standing in front of an audience is one of those times. “I believe I can fly,” I half spurted out. The audience took one look at me and...

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How Can Dogs Really Fly?

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How Can Dogs Really Fly?

How Can Dogs Really Fly?   Dogs really can fly. They’ve actually been doing it for years with a bit of human help. Earlier this week one of the National Geographic Adventurers of the Year Dean Potter released a video of his dog, Whisper, flying. Whisper is a 4-year-old mini Australian cattle dog and has accompanied Dean on many of his climbing adventures. Whisper now has about a dozen wingsuit BASE jumps to her name. But how ethical is taking a dog BASE jumping? While it’s ok for some humans to risk their own lives,...

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Memorial Day: What Does Freedom Mean To You?

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Memorial Day: What Does Freedom Mean To You?

What Does Freedom Mean To You?   Leaping from mountains, flying my Jedei winguit through valleys, soaring past the circling birds and glancing across at my team mates just inches away is an almost indescribable experience. An experience that I live for. For me, it provides the ability to escape. Suddenly, I’m free from the stresses that life piles high upon my shoulders. It’s my personal form of meditation. The ultimate state of mindfulness that I have found. While flying my wingsuit, the truest form of human flight currently...

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Three Life Lessons I Learned By Leaping From the Eiger

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Three Life Lessons I Learned By Leaping From the Eiger

Three Life Lessons I Learned By Leaping From the Eiger   I was stood right on the very edge of the Eiger, the infamous mountain in the Swiss Alps. As I looked down, there was a plunging vertical drop of thousands of feet. I was perched above the north face – the sun didn’t penetrate here. The jagged rock below had that dark, menacing look. I took my final deep breath in, bent my knees and jumped. As a human flight specialist and wingsuit BASE jumper, leaping from the Eiger was like a dream come true. It had been an incredible...

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Does The Journey Count?

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Does The Journey Count?

Does The Journey Count?   At the end of last week we had 2 full days of snow.  I then went to hike to the exit point for a BASE jump, cutting a new trail.  I had my mini crampons on but I found myself, at times, chest deep in the snow.  It made for slightly slow going. In BASE jumping, sometimes the journey is more important than the jump itself.  While I love working in a dynamic team, sometimes time on your own, in isolation, in a beautiful place, with nothing else around you is priceless. For the first time in a long, long time I was...

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Beyond Impossible – Hover Boards and Back To The Future

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Beyond Impossible – Hover Boards and Back To The Future

Beyond Impossible – Hover Boards and Back To The Future   Remember the Hover Board in Back To The Future Part II and Part III?  Well now you can actually get one. A start-up company called HUVR CORP have invented the first real life Hover board, or so that say.  They have some amazing people involved including the real Dr. Emmett Brown from the movie, Moby, Mark Cuban and others.   Real Or Hoax? Their video (shown below) shows a bunch of clips of the HUVr board in action and it looks impressive.  But is it real? I’m...

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The Knowledge Protocol

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The Knowledge Protocol

The Knowledge Protocol   Last month, at the British Parachute Association AGM, I shared The Knowledge Protocol.  It’s a philosophy that I use as part of my plan to stay alive.  In fact, I use it in all walks of life.   The Knowledge Protocol is my philosophy, my theory and my approach to life.  It took a while for me to understand it and even longer before I could deflate my over-inflated ego, suck it up and start to apply it.  To this day, I still don’t always get it right, but by trying to apply it makes a large step...

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Staying Alive

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Staying Alive

Staying Alive   Do you have a plan to survive the year?  And beyond?  A system to guide you along the way?  I do, and I’m going to reveal it. This weekend is the British Parachute Association Annual General Meeting and I’ll be speaking on the topic of Staying Alive.  I’m going to share my plan to do so and how I will ensure I make it to the end of the year despite undertaking a bunch of seemingly crazy activities. If you’re a skydiver or BASE jumper, this is certainly for you.  If you’re not, there’s...

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Empowering Your Year

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Empowering Your Year

Empowering Your Year   You’ve had a blitzing year, perhaps a roller-coaster ride, perhaps your worst on record.  Either way, what’s done is done.  It’s time to digest, learn and move on.  It’s time to empower your next year. 2013 – The Up My year has been turbulent.  It’s had it’s ups and downs.  A roller coaster ride for sure.  I’ve had some great times.  Here’s a few of my highlights: World Champion.  I won the ProBASE World Cup in Istanbul.  It was a tough and different competition with strong and gusting winds and I...

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Are You A Giraffe? The Real Answer To The Viral Riddle

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Are You A Giraffe?  The Real Answer To The Viral Riddle

Are You A Giraffe?  The Real Answer To The Viral Riddle   What are you like at riddles?  Did you change your profile picture to a giraffe?  Did you do so under protest?  Here’s the real answer to the giraffe riddle that went viral. For those that don’t know what I’m talking there was a riddle that recently went viral across a multitude of social media channels.  There is debate about who started it.  Some claim it to be New Zealand Vlogger Andrew Strugnell while others say it was his friend Tim Hodge.  Facebook spread...

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