Jamie Plans To Document His Exploits As An Explorer


West Briton
January 12, 2012

A JOURNEY around Central Asia on a horse, a trip through Armenia’s
deepest forests and a voyage to the Falklands as a deckhand on a cargo
ship are among the adventures a journalism student has planned after
he graduates this month.

Jamie Maddison, 23, from Camborne, is planning the escapades as the
start of his freelance career as a journalist, photographer, filmmaker
and explorer. Jamie, who is just completing his fast-track National
Council for the Training of Journalists (NCTJ) course at Cornwall
College’s Camborne site, said: “After university I began writing for
the climbing magazine Climber and this gave me this unquenchable
desire to explore lost and forgotten corners of the world. “Since
acquiring the training at the college I feel I’ve finally now got
the skills to document and investigate my adventures in a way that’s
sellable to newspapers and magazines.”

His first missions, in early February, will be to the Caucasian country
of Armenia to write an article about its deforestation problems.

The Cardiff University graduate has already been on a number of
expeditions, including climbing in Kyrgyzstan’s remote Tian Shan
Mountains and two weeks climbing alone in South Africa’s Cederberg
Mountains, where he captured self-portraits using remotecontrol
photography. Jamie said: “Armenia’s going to be really exciting,
although very cold, and I’m still trying to find out a viable route
with a cargo ship to the Falklands for another crazy idea I have
in mind.”

He is also planning a 15,000km circuit of Eurasia to commemorate
the 100th anniversary of a journey by British explorer Sir Charles
Howard-Bury, who paved the way for the first Everest attempt with a
reconnaissance mission in 1921.

In 2013, with expedition partner Matthew Traver, Jamie plans to retrace
the explorer’s footsteps to China’s side of the Tian Shan Mountains,
using exactly the same methods as Sir Charles, including more than
1,500km on horseback.

“Our biggest issue apart from funding is trying to find someone
to support our filmmaking ambitions,” said Jamie, who hails from
Lancashire. “We’re hoping to create a documentary of this unique
insight into one of Britain’s most unsung explorers.”

The pair are also seeking advice from experienced riders and farriers
about caring for horses on so long a journey.

“It may all blow up in our faces,” he said, “but you have to take
the risk.”

For more information about the expedition visit
and for further details about Jamie Maddison visit www.punchjour
nalist.co.uk For inquiries about journalism at Cornwall College ring
01209 616161.


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