COOKIE TAYLOR
ADVENTURER

Cookie Taylor Adventures & Expeditions

Hi, I’m Cookie …

I’ve followed adventure since I was a child, pouring over images of polar explorers, mesmerised by icicles hanging off beards and brows, hair whipping frozen cheeks, impossible terrain reflected in battered goggles. And so was born my dream to visit the most remote and inhospitable places on earth, to push limits and set an example of determination and endurance. To be a real-life adventurer.

Imagine my disappointment, then, to find out that I’m shit at it.

… The Slapdash Adventurer

‘It’ll be fine,’ I tell myself. ‘I’ll just have a go, see what happens.’

Inevitably what happens is that it all goes horribly wrong. Like the time I was airlifted off the Everest Base Camp trail with altitude sickness. Or the time I got my timing wrong and fell off the side of a ship, squashing one of the most remote islanders on Earth. Or the time I got blasted off a road during a gale in Iceland and was forced to ‘abort expedition’. Or the time I set fire to my tent and almost died of hypothermia (slight exaggeration – I slept in my car).

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… The Scared Adventurer

It used to churn me up inside that I wasn’t good enough. It hurt to be called the Bridget Jones of Adventure by armchair critics. It hurt even more to be called ‘delusional’ by people who pick fault from the safety of their own limits. It was embarrassing to report yet another adventure that had ended in chaos and to see eyes rolling.

And that was always my biggest problem. Fear. Not the fear of adventure but the fear of what other people think …

… The Carefree Adventurer

I felt inadequate for a long time until I decided to draw a line, stop focusing on who I’m not and work with who I am. To embrace the fact I’m shite at adventure and go for my dreams, regardless of the outcome or what other people might think.

I love taking risks. I love screwing up. I love hearing myself screech with delight at my own stupidity. I love getting into trouble. And I love the fact that I fail at most of the things I try. Why? Because failure is not the opposite of success; failure leads to success. So, I’ve got it all to come!

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expedition iceland: 1000 miles solo

THE PLAN

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THE ROUTE

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