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Glasstic Water Bottles

Glasstic BPA-free Water Bottles

Hello, 2019! It’s a brand-new year. How do you plan to live it? If getting healthier, drinking more water and helping the planet is on your list of resolutions, you’ve got to get yourself a Glasstic® Bottle.

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Like the name implies, it’s a mix of glass and plastic … a beverage bottle that takes the best parts of both! You can take Glasstic® anywhere and not worry about it breaking because it features a protective coating of plastic on the outside and a glass interior to better insulate your drink. This innovative design allows for a cleaner taste without the worry of breaking glass. Not convinced? It’s also BPA-free. Now those are some excellent reasons to drink more water!

Every time you use Glasstic®, you are helping reduce waste because that’s one less single-use bottle that will end up in the landfill. So, you can help Mother Earth, while you’re getting healthier.

Want to express yourself more in 2019? Just inside the plastic shell, Glasstic® lets you insert customizable designs to better show off your personality and creativity. Also looking to watch more football this year?  As we near the end of the football season, Glasstic® has a new football themed bottle that is sure to impress at your Super Bowl party.

Cheers to a healthy, happy, hydrated and earth-friendly new year and the water bottle that’s bound to become your best companion.

More Reasons to Love Glasstic®

Reusable – use it over and over and over again and reduce landfill waste in the process!

Shatterproof – special coating prevents shattering. If the glass breaks, it stays inside the shatterproof shell with no mess!

Easy to Clean – Glasstic® is dishwasher safe.

Lifetime Warranty – free parts for life.

Easy to Personalize – with the insert packs you can create lots of different looks, including coloring your own design.

Wide Mouth – makes infusing with fruit or making tea so easy.

Large Spout – easy to drink

Take it Anywhere – most fitness studios allow Glasstic®. Take it to the pool or take it to the gym. Glasstic has the benefits of glass with the luxuries of plastic.

Safe for Kiddos – Durable and safe for kids as young as 6, just make sure to inspect from time to time.

About Glasstic®

Glasstic®’s patented Modular Water Bottle System got its start 5 years ago as a way to fill a need in the beverage bottle market. HealthyliciousLiving LLC realized people wanted a high-quality, portable beverage container that was free of BPA and toxins, that carried all the benefits of glass … like the taste … without the drawbacks … breaking. After a lot of trial and error, Glasstic® was born, offering a whole new safe, healthy, environmentally conscious way to enjoy beverages on the go.

Eco-tourism

Eco-tourism: the sexy growing trend in travel

Traveling the world, while saving the planet – sounds too good to be true. Yet, eco-tourism – travel intended to support conservation efforts while enjoying nature – dates back to the 70s and has been growing in popularity in recent years.

The trend’s resurgence takes shape as sustainability and green living are becoming the buzzwords of the 21st century. So much so that a recent study shows that responsible travel is outpacing overall growth in the trillion-dollar-plus tourism industry.

Many are skeptical of the recent boom in eco-tourism’s popularity, questioning the motives of travelers journeying to obscure places through programs that conserve sea turtles, whales, even rhinos and chimpanzees. However, no matter the rationale behind travelers’ decisions to book an eco-driven trip, the positive outcome of these programs on the environment is undeniable, when properly organized. By simply traveling to the world’s parks and reserves, tourists are helping to protect those wilderness areas by paying park fees and contributing to a local economy that supports conservation efforts. For more adventurous travelers, however, there are charitable opportunities for scuba divers and nature explorers alike to get involved while taking a well-deserved getaway.

Expeditioners can dive into the epicenter of global marine biodiversity aboard a liveaboard ship in Raja Ampat, explore the “soft coral capital of the world” in Fiji, or travel to Kenya and gain an insider’s look at wildlife conservation in the savannas and seas of the region.

Last year alone, Oceanic Society, America’s oldest non-profit organization dedicated to ocean conservation, saw more than 1,400 hours of conservation-related volunteering logged by its travelers.

Founded in 1969, the organization leads more than 40 trips annually, with destinations across 16 countries, to ensure there is a trip for any interested traveler to help improve ocean health by deepening their connections with nature. Oceanic Society also leads whale watching expeditions in the San Francisco Bay area nearly every weekend of the year.

By participating in an eco-tourism expedition, participants become an active member in a global effort to build a healthy future for the oceans and environment. And who wouldn’t love a vacation that has an added feel-good bonus to it?

Baby Sea Otter Reunited With Mother

Watch Video of Baby Sea Otter Reunited With its Mother in Morro Bay

Morro Bay Harbor Department Saves the Day for This Otter Family

In between cloudbursts yesterday, a baby sea otter was reunited with its mother. The baby, spotted alone by one of the community’s commercial fishermen, got assistance from the Harbor Department, the Marine Mammal Center and Mike Harris of Fish & Wildlife. The city of Morro Bay caught this video of the baby being released before swimming to its mother.

As the Harbor Department commented, “All in a day’s work.”

For the last couple years, thereߣs been an abundance of pure unadulterated cuteness going on in the seaside town due to an increase in California Sea Otter families that call Morro Bay home. Mommas and babies are everywhere eating and grooming each other as if no one is watching. But we are and we canߣt look away – they are so dang cute! Now is the perfect time to catch a glimpse of these sea creatures in their natural habitat since Morro Bay harbor is experiencing the highest count to date of these adorable critters. A survey taken last May of the Morro Bay harbor documented adult sea otters and nine pups, a significantly higher number than the typical five or fewer otters frequenting the harbor in the early 2000s.

“Large gatherings of otters throughout the harbor have attracted tourists and locals all along the waterfront to experience them in their natural habitat,” explains Jennifer Little, Executive Director of Discover Morro Bay. “You can watch along the shore or rent paddleboards and watch from a safe distance on the water as they forage for food and groom their young. They use rocks and other tools to break open crab and local food sources and are so fun to watch. We’ve seen up to 30 or 40 of them at a time floating around on their backs and enjoying life in Morro Bay.”

Just plop down a beach chair along the Morro Bay Harbor Walk and start watching – they’re everywhere and easy to find. If there isnߣt a family of otters hanging out already, they will soon appear. The southeast side of Morro Rock is a great landmark for sea otter viewing as is Coleman beach at the intersection of Embarcadero and Coleman Drive. There are also public viewing spots all along the Embarcadero for wildlife viewing in between the plethora of restaurants, boutique shops and wine bars. To get an even closer look, paddle out in a kayak or rent a boat at Bay Cruisers and Electric Boats. Visitors can also take a ride on the Lost Isle Tiki boat to see the otters and the ever-barking sea lions, which includes a quick detour to the Morro Bay natural sand spit. Kayaks can be rented at Kayak Horizons and the Kayak Shack.

Experts say what’s really driving the population increase is the abundance of food they find in the waters of Morro Bay. Sea otters are integral to the health of the Morro Bay harbor environment. When viewing otters be very careful as they are wild animals and may react poorly if approached. When viewing from the water, it’s best to stay at least five kayak lengths away at all times and enjoy them in a responsible manner.

MIT: Liver transplant deaths reduced by 20%

Demand for liver transplants is much higher than organ supply, resulting in approximately 2,400 deaths every year. Also problematic is the current model used to identify and prioritize the “sickest” patients, which does not allow for equitable access to all waitlisted candidates, with a particular disadvantage to women. To address these issues, MIT Sloan School of Management Prof. Dimitris Bertsimas and Prof. Nikos Trichakis utilized machine learning to create a model that reduces mortality by 20%, averting nearly 400 deaths each year. Their model, Optimized Prediction of Mortality (OPOM), also provides a fairer and more equitable allocation to candidate groups, including women.

“There are many significant benefits to using this new model over the current system. Unlike the current system, which makes some arbitrary choices and results in bias against certain populations, OPOM’s methodology for prioritization is clear and understandable to surgeons — and it can save hundreds of additional lives every year,” says Bertsimas.

Trichakis noted, “OPOM fixes many of the current system’s problems because it was designed specifically for liver patients using real data. As a result, it can accurately prioritize patients across all populations without bias. This shows the potential of machine learning technology to help guide clinical practice and national policy on transplants.”

The researchers explain that the current model created in 2002 depends on the Model for End-Stage Liver Disease (MELD) score to rank disease severity and priority for receiving a liver transplant. As certain patient populations are at risk of death or of becoming too sick or unsuitable for transplantation based upon disease progressions that are not captured in their MELD score, the system arbitrarily grants them “exception” points. While the overall MELD score has led to a more objective ranking of candidates awaiting liver transplantation, the process of MELD exception point granting has resulted in inequitable and undesirable outcomes.

More specifically, the MELD exception points policy has disadvantaged women. “Data shows that women have historically had less access to liver transplantation and have had higher death rates on the wait list,” notes Trichakis. “This is due to the awarding of exception points to cancer patients, as more than 75% of those patients are men. Women also tend to have lower muscle mass and higher sodium levels, which lowers their MELD scores.”

Using a state-of-the-art machine learning method developed at the MIT Operations Research Center and real historical data from liver patients, the researchers sought a better way to prioritize the allocation of organs. With OPOM, they asked the question: What is the probability that a patient will either die or become unsuitable for liver transplantation within three months, given his or her individual characteristics?

They found that the OPOM allocation outperformed the MELD-based prediction method in terms of accuracy and fairness. In simulations, OPOM averted significantly more waitlist deaths and removed the bias against women. As a result, it allowed for more equitable and efficient allocation of liver transplants.

“Unlike MELD, which relies on an inexact approach of exception point assignment, OPOM allows for accurate prioritization of all candidates and removes bias for or against particular groups,” says Trichakis.

Bertsimas adds, “If we use this model to change how we measure mortality and allocate livers, the death rate will decrease by 20%, which is very significant. We’re hopeful that our findings will affect the national policy.”

Bertsimas and Trichakis are coauthors of “Development and validation of an Optimized Prediction of Mortality (OPOM) for candidates awaiting liver transplantation” with transplant surgeons Dr. Ryutaro Hirose of the University of California and Dr. Parsia A. Vagefi of the University of Southwestern Medical Center. Additional coauthors include MIT Sloan students Yuchen Wang and Jerry Kung. Their paper has appeared online in the American Journal for Transplantation.

Laundreez

No matter where you are headed this summer, whether it be a trip to the lake, camping for the weekend or a new travel destination, you’ll want to pack light for easy travel. Thanks to an inventive new way to wash your clothes, you can just pack the essentials because you can have clean clothes wherever you go!

Laundreez is a self-contained laundry system – no washer, no dryer needed! Just throw your clothes in the bag, add a few drops of detergents, let it sit, shake and drain. You rinse in the same bag, drain, squeeze and hang to dry.

Laundreez is also a great product for water conservation. Many international backpackers who travel to cities such as Cape Town in South Africa experience many water shortages. With Laundreez, you are not only saving money but also doing good for the environment at the same time.

When you aren’t using Laundreez to wash your laundry, the durable, waterproof bag makes an ideal place to carry a wet bathing suit or fill Laundreez with ice and use as a handy cooler. Laundreez also makes a great place to store your phone and wallet when you’re kayaking or at the pool.

More Reasons to Love Laundreez:

Wash and Go – Made with a strong, resilient PVC outer material and soft, yet durable inner mesh, Laundreez is the perfect laundry solution for traveling, when your washer breaks at home or when you don’t want to wash a big load

Great for Really Dirty and Delicate Items – With Laundreez, the soak cycle is as long as you want, so really dirty things can get a good pre-soak. You also control the amount of shaking, so it’s perfect for the most delicate of garments

Saves Money – Eliminates extra baggage fees or pricey hotel laundry services

Environmentally Conscious – Uses less water than traditional washers

Not Just for Laundry – Doubles as a cooler, waterproof storage for your phone and keys poolside, or bag for your wet bathing suit

For more information visit https://laundreez.com/

Splash House this Weekend!

What is another way to celebrate your summer without heading down to Splash House? The three day event is closing in this weekend August 10-12 in Palm Springs, so make sure you check it out! With a great lineup of artists awaiting, this has been a highly successful event throughout the years thanks to its dedicated fans. This is definitely a festival you don’t want to miss. The shows are being hosted at the Renaissance, Riviera, and Saguaro hotels, with an afterparty taking place inside the Palm Springs Air Museum, filled with vintage aircrafts. The music festival is hosted along a poolside stage near all three resorts. GA passes come with admission to all three resorts and shuttles running all weekend.

Splash House

Splash House is back! The 6th annual Splash House is here this weekend in Palm Springs from August 10-12 and all three days will be featuring a colorful poolside stage. Many artists are coming this weekend, so make sure to grab a friend (or two) and bring them along with you! View some of the artists attending this year down below!

AUGUST 10-12 LINEUP

  • Anabel Englund (DJ Set)
  • Black Caviar
  • Camelphat
  • Curt Reynolds
  • Cut Snake
  • Dateless
  • Dombresky
  • Droeloe
  • Eli Brown
  • Fakear
  • FISHER**
  • Goddollars & Paradise**
  • Gorgon City
  • Griffin Stoller
  • Gryffin (DJ Set)
  • Hannah Wants
  • J. Worra
  • Joe Kay
  • Kyle Watson
  • Latmun b2b Detlef
  • Louis The Child
  • Max Chapman
  • Melvv
  • Mija**
  • MK
  • Noizu**
  • Pham
  • Rambo
  • The Black Madonna **
  • Walker & Royce
  • Whethan
  • Will Clarke
  • Win and Woo
  • Yahtzel

(**After Hours at the Air Museum)

Resorts Worth the Puddle Jumper

These are seven of the most remote luxury destinations that are only one extra flight away

Islas Secas – Gulf of Chiriqui-Panama

Puddle jumping from: Panama City to Islas Secas’ 14 private islands (90 minutes private charter)

Set to open in January 2019, Islas Secas Reserve & Lodge is an exclusive retreat raising the bar in luxury and sustainability tourism in Panama. Situated 20 miles off the coast, Islas Secas is an archipelago made up of 14 private islands, accessible by a 90-minute private charter flight from Panama City or a 45-minute boat ride from David. Guests are greeted by a guide and escorted to a private, direct, 90-minute charter flight to Islas Secas. Hosting up to 18 guests at one time, visitors have access to their own boat and captain to be able to explore the different islands at leisure. When not relaxing at their luxurious casitas, each with their own plunge pool with view, or indulging in fresh local seafood at the dramatic Terraza, guests are invited on a marine safari to explore the surrounding islands with activities including fishing, diving or snorkeling.

Find more information here: islassecas.com

Bawah Reserve – Indonesia

Puddle jumping from: Batam (75 minute flight via seaplane)

Surrounded by turquoise blue waters and enveloped by lush tropical greenery, Bawah Reserve is hailed as South East Asia’s newest and most exciting opening and lies in sheltered seclusion 160 nautical miles northeast of Singapore in Indonesia’s remote Anambas Archipelago. The pristine paradise is the only retreat in Asia to include all spa treatments, guest experiences and transport via its new amphibious seaplane. After a quick ferry ride from Singapore to Batam, guests load up on Bawah Reserve’s own seaplane for a 75-minute journey to the six-island private archipelago, home to the boutique property as well as 13 pristine beaches and three crystal clear lagoons. Allowing 70 guests maximum at a time, travelers have the luxury of exploring the marine conservation area, taking on an island trek or simply relaxing in an overwater bungalow or their beach suite in true style.

Find more information here: bawahisland.com

Volcanoes Safaris Bwindi Lodge – Uganda

Puddle jumping from: Kigali (40 minute flight via helicopter)

Just a 40 minute flight from the bustling city of Kigali, Volcanoes Safaris’ newly refurbished Bwindi Lodge is a true hidden gem tucked into the Bwindi Impenetrable Forest. All eight guest accommodations, also known as ‘bandas’, plus the main lodge and dining area, have been beautifully renovated and the brand new addition of the Forest Spa, Humula mw’ Ishamba (from the Rukiga language, which means “relax in the forest”) invites guests to enjoy locally inspired treatments on a complimentary basis. What really makes this adventure to the jungle worth it is the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to come face to face with Uganda’s critically endangered mountain gorilla.

Find more information here: volcanoessafaris.com/bwindi-lodge-uganda

Sheldon Chalet – Alaska

Puddle jumping from: Talkeetna (30 minute flight via helicopter)

Getting to this luxurious 10-person chalet in the heart of Alaska’s Denali National Park, is half the fun. The scenic helicopter journey from Talkeetna soars over miles of pristine, protected lands before arriving at Sheldon Chalet, the only hotel within the park. Upon arrival, travelers are greeted with an extravagant buffet complete with the freshest Alaskan seafood and champagne. After settling in, guests can take part in a host of adventures from glacier trekking to igloo building in the Alaskan wilderness, or simply stay inside in front of the fire and watch the greatest show on earth – the Aurora Borealis.

Find more information here: sheldonchalet.com

San Ignacio Resort Hotel – Belize

Puddle jumping from: Belize City (30 minute flight via plane)

Take it one step further upon your arrival into Belize City and dive deep into the Belizean jungle. The luxurious San Ignacio Resort Hotel is the only centrally located property in town and is ideally situated for adventure tours to nearby archaeological parks, caves and nature reserves. The property boasts views of rainforest and wildlife from each of its 26 rooms and is only a two-hour drive to the famous Tikal Ruins in Guatemala.

Find more information here: sanignaciobelize.com

Revealed America – Big Three Flying Safari

Puddle jumping from: One park to another!

Traveling between the “Big 3 National Parks” – Yellowstone, Grand Canyon and Yosemite — can be a daunting experience. To maximize your time and to allow for day stops at other “Hidden Gem” parks on connection days, consider the “Big 3 National Parks Flying Safari” with Revealed America, the only company with the expertise, connections and relationships to design fully customized active vacations in the National Parks and National Monuments. This is the ultimate way for a private jet owner or club member to tour all 3 parks in a week, without long drives or multiple air connections. Fly into Fresno to start at Yosemite in the Sierra Nevada Mountains, where you can enjoy two days of touring and hiking with your private driver-guide amidst the waterfalls and rock formations of the park. Then fly your private jet directly to the Grand Canyon Airport for two days of hiking and biking in the off-the beaten path areas of the Grand Canyon. From there fly to Moab, Utah for a day of exploring Arches National Park’s backcountry roads and arches not open to the public with your private guide. Continue on to Bozeman, Montana for two days of activity including wildlife viewing, touring the geysers and other geothermal features, hiking, biking, fly-fishing and more.

Find more information here: revealedamerica.com

Giardino Hotels – Switzerland

Puddle jumping around Switzerland with Giardino Group

With four properties in some of Switzerland’s finest locations, it can be hard to choose where to kick-off your vacation. Enjoy it all, from the views over Lake Maggiore, the city life of Zurich and then to the mountains near St. Moritz’ for an alpine adventure. Guests can combine all on one visit with the convenient air taxi, Mountainflyers. The exclusive helicopter partner of Giardino Group, allows guests to soar high above the Alps and arrive on property quickly and conveniently.  Upon arrival, travelers are invited to enjoy the finer things in life, such as Michelin-starred dining and Ayurvedic spa treatments.

Find more information here: www.giardino.ch

SIX SENSES BHUTAN

Six Senses Bhutan Prepares for October 2018 Opening

Reservations now being accepted for booking from November 3 onward with special opening offer

Six Senses Bhutan, which is gearing up for an October 2018 opening, is a collection of five boutique lodges set in the western and central valleys of Bhutan, each with its own character, environment, and experiences.

Beginning with the capital and the largest of the lodges, Six Senses Thimphu places a strong emphasis on incorporating the spirit of the grand architectural elements of a dzong (fortress) and clouds, giving it the name of Palace in the Sky. The second is Six Senses Punakha, located in the relatively low-lying valley of Punakha which takes inspiration from the farms and vegetable terraces across the valley and the traditional cantilever bridges of Bhutan to create a Flying Farmhouse amidst rice fields.

Moving further towards central Bhutan is the quaint glacial valley of Phobjikha, famous for being the winter residence of black-necked cranes. This valley is home to Six Senses Gangtey which is fondly called the Traditional Birdwatching Bridge due to its main bridge-like building with a large glass area overlooking the valley where these sacred birds roam freely.

Traveling further east, but still in the central area of Bhutan, is the Kingdom’s spiritual center with its stunning landscape and beautiful monasteries. Six Senses Bumthang is located in an evergreen pine forest and with its immersive tree and garden interior design theme, it is fondly referred to as the Forest in a Forest. The fifth resort in the collection is Six Senses Paro. Located at a stunning elevation overlooking the Paro Valley and next to ancient dzong stone ruins, this lodge is affectionately called Stone Ruins.

The Thimphu, Paro, and Punakha resorts will open in October 2018 with reservations now being accepted for stays starting on November 3, 2018. The Gangtey and Bumthang resorts open in early 2019.

Rates & Reservations and Special Opening Offer: Suite rates start at $1500 USD for double occupancy and as a special opening offer until February 28, 2019, Six Senses Bhutan will offer an inclusive breakfast, lunch and dinner (restaurant dining or picnic). For stays between November 3, 2018 and February 28, 2019 for five consecutive nights at one or more of the resorts, Six Senses Bhutan will offer guests a car and driver plus a guide during their stay at Six Senses Bhutan.

“There is so much to explore in this mystical Himalayan Kingdom, with its cultural, natural, and spiritual beauty making it a compelling destination. With the nation’s driving force being Gross National Happiness, the Kingdom has protected its identity while progressing with the world. Compassion is a way of life in Bhutan and it extends to the protection of nature and sustainability. Six Senses Bhutan shares these values and has become an integral part of the local fabric,” said General Manager Mark Swinton.

“Activities have been designed to showcase the best of Bhutan. The emphasis on experiences and service is brought alive by our GEMs (Guest Experience Makers) who act as guides and assist guests in every manner possible to create an authentic Bhutanese and true Six Senses experience. Meditating at the prayer pavilion in the reflecting ponds overlooking the giant Buddha statue across the valley; hiking up to Chorten Ningpo in Punakha; participating in local farm activities in Gangtey; treehouse dining at Bumthang; and a private dinner in the 15th century stone ruins at Paro are just a few of the magical experiences created for guests of Six Senses Bhutan.”

Each location will have its own Spa & Wellness Center with extensive facilities and treatments reflecting the valley in which they are set. Therapies range from hot stone baths in Thimphu and Bumthang, to a pyramid meditation room and swedana treatment at Gangtey, to a dip in the heated outdoor pool at Punakha or treatment in a spa room overlooking the ruins in Paro. The focus on well-being is emphasized with programs that include Six Senses Integrated Wellness, Sleep With Six Senses and Eat With Six Senses.

Getting There: Bhutan is served by Druk Air and Bhutan Airlines. International destinations on scheduled flights are Bangkok, New Delhi, Kolkata, Singapore, Kathmandu, Dhaka, Bagdogra, Guwahati and Gaya. Domestic flights are available between Paro and Bumthang. Helicopter charters are available from Paro airport and private jet assistance is offered by Bhutan Air Services.

For more details, reservations and travel arrangements, contact the resort’s reservation team at reservations-bhutan@sixsenses.com.

Six Senses Thimphu, the capital, places a strong emphasis on incorporating the spirit of the grand architectural elements of a dzong (fortress) and clouds.


Six Senses Paro is located at a stunning height overlooking the Paro Valley.

About Six Senses Bhutan

Six Senses Bhutan will move you – to pause and think. This colorful Himalayan Kingdom lives by its ethos of Gross National Happiness. Journey through western and central valleys, and you can’t help but find meaningful and uplifting experiences at every turn. That’s why our guest suites are distributed between five intimate lodges: Thimphu, Punakha, Gangtey, Bumthang and Paro. Each has a unique character and all embrace our Six Senses guiding principles, which include a Six Senses Spa and Wellness Center, mindful eating, sleep and self-discovery. Visit one, or any combination, and immerse yourself in Bhutan’s spirituality, heritage and hospitality. 

About

Six Senses Hotels Resorts Spas operates 16 hotels and resorts and 31 spas in 21 countries under the brand names Six Senses, Evason and Six Senses Spas. The portfolio will triple over the next five years with resort, hotel and spa openings underway in Austria, Bhutan, Brazil, Cambodia, China, India, Indonesia, Israel, St. Kitts and Nevis, Singapore, Spain, Switzerland, Taiwan, Thailand and the United States.

Six Senses properties share a leadership commitment to community, sustainability, wellness and design, infused with a touch of quirkiness. Whether an exquisite island resort, mountain retreat or urban hotel, the enduring purpose is to help people reconnect with themselves, others and the world around them.

Six Senses Spas offers a wide range of holistic wellness, rejuvenation and beauty treatments administered under the guidance of expert therapists in all resorts as well as at 16 additional standalone spas. The high-tech and high-touch approach guides guests on their personal path to well-being, taking them as deep as they want to go.

Evason follows the Six Senses philosophy of uncompromised responsibility to sustainability and the community. Its two unique resorts provide a strong value focus, while offering a vast array of personal guest experiences that the whole family will love. 

Man to Swim around Great Britain

Strongman on the challenges he faces in his 3,220-kilometre, 100-day voyage.

Strongman Ross Edgley is bidding to become the first man to swim around the whole of mainland Great Britain.

Renowned for such feats as a rope climb to the height of Everest and swimming 100 kilometres in the Caribbean with a tree strapped to his back, his 3,220km swimming marathon (2,000 miles) is his latest venture.

He set off on June 1 and is swimming on average six hours at a time in a clockwise direction, and will not touch shore until arriving at London’s Tower Bridge in an estimated 100 days.

Here’s what the epic voyage takes in his own words…

‘Swimming the Channel on a daily basis’

“It’s the equivalent of swimming the English Channel every day. But I know my body can take it. I know I can be the first person in history to achieve it.”

‘Unfinished business from the Caribbean’

“Earlier this year, I attempted to swim from Martinique to St Lucia while tied to a tree. I’d aimed to swim 40km point to point but the current was totally against me and kept dragging me back. Even though I didn’t reach the shore, I actually swam over 100km in the end. While the athlete in me was happy with that, the adventurer in me had unfinished business. So, I phoned up the Royal Marines when I returned to the UK and asked if I could swim for 48 hours straight, just to see what I’ve got in the locker. The swim went really well and I hit 126km. One of the Marines mentioned the idea of swimming around the entirety of Britain – something that’s never been done before – and I thought, ‘why not?’”

‘Around Great Britain in 100 days’

“By looking at my swim metrics and comparing them to people who’d rowed around the entirety of Great Britain, I was able to estimate 100 days as a target. Oddly enough, in very bad conditions, my open water swimming times are the same as those of the rowers. A friend of mine named Sean Conway once swam the length of Great Britain in 135 days. I’m looking to do more than double that distance in less time.”

‘Turning into a prune’

“A lot of experienced open water swimmers have told me that my skin will eventually reject being in salt water for such a long time. I got a taste of this during my 48-hour swim with the Marines, where my hands and feet pruned – essentially I got trench foot. What’s more, being in a wetsuit for months on end will probably mean I develop sores. Hopefully these turn to calluses, otherwise the pain could be unbearable under my armpits and parts where the wetsuit rubs. My body’s going to break down at sea, I know that but I must be mentally ready.”

Chess with Mother Nature’

“To do this sort of challenge I need the ability to swim 50km day and night, powering through 3m waves. But if the currents are against me I have no chance. The GB rowing challenge, which follows the same route, is labelled the world’s toughest rowing race on account of the tides, unpredictability and weather. When I told its organisers I’d be swimming it they told me I was crazy. “If you get it wrong around The Highlands you’ve eight knots coming against you,” they said. “So even if you are swimming two to three knots, an Olympic level, you’ll still be going back four knots.” It’s basically going to be a game of chess with Mother Nature – you can swim hard, but you need to swim smart.”

‘A wardrobe of wetsuits’

“We’re doing it in the spirit of open water swimming – no buoyancy aids, gloves only needed during cold periods. The only advantage I’ll have is a collection of swimsuits tailored for estimated weight loss, ranging from full Ross, to emaciated Ross 60 or so days in, when I’ll have shifted a few stones. My legs will probably atrophy first. I won’t be using them, they’ll probably shrivel – kicking your legs account for only 10 per cent overall propulsion, even with Olympic swimmers. We’ll also be taking a picture of me each day, so people can see my body’s transformation as I go.”

‘Turning into a five-year-old’

“It’s not a solo mission at all, it’s a team event, and the captain of my boat is going to be my hero. He will plot everything – he has all the tidal maps, all the electronic versions, all over the boat. I’ll also be plotting where I am on a map every day to boost morale. When you’re out at sea and all you can see is the bottom of the sea bed, it’s very easy to lose track of where you are. So it’ll be nice to clamber back on the boat and see that I’ve made progress. Ultimately, when you’re fatigued you have the cognitive function of a 5-year-old, so I’ll be like ‘point me in the right direction and let me know when I’ve got to change’.”

‘An anti-jellyfish beard’

“Wildlife is always a danger when you’re isolated in the sea. Giant jellyfish are a particular worry. I won’t shave. Because you’re leading with the head and the face will be most exposed, any protection, like a big beard, will help. I’ll try and grow it so by the time I get up to Scotland it’s fairly rugged. I’ll also encounter sea otters, dolphins and killer whales along the way, which I’m actually looking forward to. It’ll help break things up for me and be an incredible privilege to see.”

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