Ben Winston

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Into the Wild?

“The best beer I’ve tasted this side of the Rockies” that’s me, quoting myself. The 49th State Brewery, just off Parks Highway in Healy (north of Denali National Park and … Continue reading

May 10, 2016 · Leave a comment

Graham eats Molly. Stan takes one for the team!

Three wolves, countless bear, numerous moose, a curious arctic fox, eagle hoards, awkward stalks, migrating swans and geese, territorial osprey and various regal raptors, botherless bison, wolverine, tasty fish, elk, … Continue reading

May 10, 2016 · Leave a comment

My dithering pensioner and I disagree a lot

My dithering pensioner and I disagree a lot. We’re extremely good at it. Naturally, our opposing political views are cause for regular debate, but we agree and disagree on probably … Continue reading

May 10, 2016 · Leave a comment

Leeches! Driving! Glaciers! (videos in Denali)

Speechless Views   I caught a Leech. Brilliant!   My favourite driving

May 9, 2016 · Leave a comment

Like a drunk spider, trying to climb out of a bathtub…

Clearly a blogging mix up in the last post, written by either a randy drunk or a lethargic halucenogenist. A cup of tea and a hearty breakfast sorts any Englishman … Continue reading

May 9, 2016 · Leave a comment

If you’re only going to read one update….why not make it the weird, sexually frustrated one? It has My Little Pony in it…

We had our sights set on Denali for the mountainous scenery, the remote wildlife, the promise of expansive, lush landscape, and well, now that we’re here: Beer. The drive from … Continue reading

May 9, 2016 · Leave a comment

Civilised trimmings & techno Grumpiness

Roughly two months into the trip, and before leaving Fairbanks, we stayed a night in a hotel for the first time. You may think it was a luxury, an indulgence … Continue reading

May 8, 2016 · Leave a comment

Some attractive mature nudists

The drive south on the Dalton Highway was infinitely more interesting and enjoyable than heading north. Not only was the mosquito population higher toward the north end of the road … Continue reading

May 8, 2016 · Leave a comment

You may need some lubrication…

The strangest, unpleasant, oddly informative and most numbing feelings I have ever had as a tourist. The shuttle bus escorted a handful of curious people through the oil drilling facilities, … Continue reading

May 7, 2016 · Leave a comment

Reaching the Arctic Ocean!

Reaching the Arctic Ocean! Prudhoe Bay

May 7, 2016 · Leave a comment

Hoth does exist on Earth

A few dozen miles into the Arctic Circle lies the place where Luke Skywalker ventured out on his tauntaun… Beyond the first 300 miles of the Dalton Highway, seeing virtually … Continue reading

May 7, 2016 · Leave a comment

Almost at the Arctic Ocean (videos)

In the photo: I started at the small red dot and travelled on the blue line. I’m now at the large one on the north coast. Few updates on Deadhorse, … Continue reading

May 6, 2016 · Leave a comment

Storms in the Camper (videos)

Grateful times and Hellman’s! Storms in the Camper

May 6, 2016 · Leave a comment

The Dalton Highway

There are three seasons in Alaska – Autumn, Winter, and; If the ground isn’t frozen, and if there isn’t a white out causing everyone to stay indoors for a few … Continue reading

May 6, 2016 · Leave a comment

The Trans Alaska Pipeline

The kinky snake is as long as Great Britain (just over 800 miles) and transports oil from the Beaufort Sea in the Arctic, to Valdeze on the southern coast. The … Continue reading

May 5, 2016 · Leave a comment

I’ll make sure the minx is filthy again soon

After driving slowly past the least inconspicuous military air base in The World (I can say that now, as America advertises everything compared to “the world”) Fairbanks is the next … Continue reading

May 5, 2016 · Leave a comment

Tok on July 4th & a mile marker to note

Driving into the tiny town of Tok on the Alaska Highway at the beginning of the 4th of July carnival/caravan parade, is rather like accidentally walking into a meeting room … Continue reading

May 5, 2016 · Leave a comment

Rougher than grinding pebbles in a blender

Top of the World & Taylor Highway. Following the old sourdough track over the hills from Chicken, the views from most of the Top of the World Highway as we … Continue reading

May 4, 2016 · Leave a comment

I “beeped” out the expletives

This morning I was woken up by a loud, beeping alarm and KP coarsely saying “no, I don’t need you!” Unless signalling a fire, some carbon monoxide overload, burglary, an … Continue reading

May 4, 2016 · Leave a comment

Into the Arctic

We crossed into the Arctic Circle a little after 7am on July 1st 2015. The sodden, squelching tundra was forgotten briefly as it opened up into sparkling, dew-covered hills. From … Continue reading

May 3, 2016 · Leave a comment

Mother Nature: The Temptress

There have been no obvious critters from the start of the Dempster, all the way to the Inuvik (750Km). The caribou cross the road twice a year on their migration … Continue reading

May 3, 2016 · 1 Comment

Wearing a woolly jumper and swimming through peanut butter

Day two on the Dempster and the road has been surprisingly good so far. Like many highways in the north country, it’s detailed as dangerous and not for standard vehicles. … Continue reading

May 2, 2016 · Leave a comment

I am literally a walking stick of candy floss wrapped in bacon

Industrious, vicious, relentless, and the size of birds – mosquitos in the Yukon are intrepid villains, seemingly programmed to insistently make my life a complete misery. As long as I’m … Continue reading

May 2, 2016 · Leave a comment

I Lied

Dawson City is not the start of the Dempster Highway (but it is where the paddle boats from Whitehorse once steam powered to). Forty kilometres east of Dawson City, we … Continue reading

May 2, 2016 · Leave a comment

Whitehorse: An update for lovers….of murderous horses, my toilet time, and history

Arriving into a city isn’t normally such a wonderful thing, but since leaving dusty, Dawson Creek, Whitehorse is strangely, rather comforting. There are crowds of people, even in the rain. … Continue reading

May 2, 2016 · Leave a comment

Penetrating your Yukon…

Update from the river bank   Penetrating Your Yukon   Update prior to Heading North   Productive day

May 1, 2016 · Leave a comment

Intimacy with an orally fixated sheep

As if driving on the back of a grey millipede which is missing a few legs, the highway’s industrial limbs appear to be less common as we head north. I … Continue reading

May 1, 2016 · Leave a comment

Camouflaged, but not for my furry friends.

The start of the Alaska Highway from Dawson Creek constantly reminded me of how the north works – practically, hard, hands on, in extreme weather, overcoming the wild, and with … Continue reading

May 1, 2016 · Leave a comment

The Dithering Pot Boy and I

Waking up early in the morning and sporadically being bumped or swayed around in bed, as if on boat in a storm, is currently a normal experience. KP is always … Continue reading

April 30, 2016 · Leave a comment

The Alaska Highway – Dawson Creek

No punns or associative crying please – although, half expected, the start of the Alaska Highway is not what you’d call a metropolis, nor is it a picturesque country town. … Continue reading

April 30, 2016 · Leave a comment

Couple of videos through British Columbia

Leaving Jasper and heading through British Columbia. Wildlife update from inside the camper.

April 29, 2016 · Leave a comment

Rainbows, Bears & Beaver, and all before the Alaska Highway!

The city of Jasper seemed another, slightly middle of the road version of Banff. Looking a little cheaper and more relaxed, and without everywhere being covered in an expensive, branded … Continue reading

April 29, 2016 · Leave a comment

I could have just written “wow”, but…

South of the city of Jasper, the Ent-paced sights conjure lucid scenes in my mind, of how the wild was constructed. My wandering from “wow” surprises even me sometimes… A … Continue reading

April 29, 2016 · Leave a comment

It’s beginning to get contemplative

The journey through Banff and Jasper National Park is like travelling through one euphoric postcard of Canadian landscape into another. Except without “Wish You Were Here” slapped across the sky … Continue reading

April 28, 2016 · Leave a comment

I need a pet Bat for this adventure…

I need a bat. The flying, insect-eating variety, not the sporting kind. Walking around with a cricket bat on a leash might be assuming a kind of crazy that can … Continue reading

April 28, 2016 · Leave a comment

This really isn’t funny (I apologise)

April 27, 2016 · Leave a comment

Banff & Jasper, and a bit of blue for the dads

The massive, monstrous hotel at Lake Louise (Banff National Park) is a fine example of a failure of aesthetics. After the original wooden hotel/lodge burnt down in the late 19th … Continue reading

April 27, 2016 · Leave a comment

Couple of videos in Banff National Park

Arriving in Banff National Park   Lake Louise

April 26, 2016 · Leave a comment

The slightly ranty post…

I feel like I should judge Canada, while waving my judgy finger, for allowing such a sordid sin of commercialisation within a national park. Yet for some reason, I find … Continue reading

April 26, 2016 · 2 Comments

Reaching the Rockies

Since crossing the border into Canada, we’ve driven over 2000 miles across the prairies and we haven’t seen a single police car, police officer, or even a speed camera! They … Continue reading

April 26, 2016 · Leave a comment

Even when it’s dull, it isn’t

Driving across the four principalities of Canada, or the few states across the centre of the USA if we had gone that route must surely be, some of the dullest … Continue reading

April 25, 2016 · Leave a comment

Do you have any guns?

After the elation of seeing Mr Wolf, it was time to cross the border into Canada. It wasn’t the strangest border crossing I’ve ever encountered, but it was in the … Continue reading

April 25, 2016 · Leave a comment

I’m Russell Crowe… only without the lovely sandals

A sleepless start to the night as one of us left a slither of opportunity open for the “skeetos” to come after me as I tried to settle. They can … Continue reading

April 24, 2016 · Leave a comment

The most frustrating comments I have had to make

Despite a moonlit moment with a mosquito who munched around my hand, to inflate it to resemble a bloated, naked mole, waking up early on the Missouri again in western … Continue reading

August 21, 2014 · 1 Comment

Squirrels, a rare Picasso look-A-like and being fondled by Marlon. Marlon!

A little over year ago, my sister left England with her boyfriend in a Land Rover. The adventure ahead of them was to drive over twenty thousand miles to Cape … Continue reading

March 15, 2014 · 1 Comment
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Where am I now?

After extensive work and tours through Southern Africa, I’m now mainly in Malawi.
Go Untamed Safaris is now up and running.
Between work days and in the rainy season (December to April); I am planning some expeditions and seek out some experienced individuals keen to be involved.
I am normally available in the U.K. January to March.

For safari and expedition details:

email: info@gountamed.com

http://www.gountamed.com

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