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Toby Storie-Pugh
Toby Storie-Pugh, 39, is a New York and London-based explorer and social entrepreneur. Combining his drive to seek adventure and the need to affect positive change in the world, he leads world-class expeditions that are leveraged to create significant and sustainable social impact. He believes in the power of collaboration, and seeks out partners who are passionate advocates for social causes. Read more about his work at his website Nil Timent. Named after Toby’s family motto, Nil Timent means Fear Nothing in Latin.

In Spring 2014, he led an expedition team that included Steve Obbayi, the first Kenyan to attempt to summit Mount Everest. The expedition was cancelled following the avalanche of 18 April. The pair return to Everest in 2015 for a second attempt.

In late 2015, Toby will lead the world’s first attempt to walk the 2,920 length of the Congo River.

A failed medical exam that kept him out of the British military and two long solo motorcycle trips led Toby to Kenya in 2006. He spent a month volunteering with two friends in the slums of Nairobi, where they were inspired by the leadership qualities of several orphaned children. The trio co-founded Flying Kites, a school and home for orphans in Kenya that same year. With the goal of improving the standards of care and education for these kids, Flying Kites offers children an opportunity to rise out of the circumstances they were born into and allows them to achieve their full potential. After only 7 years of operation, the Flying Kites school is currently ranked 1st or 2nd in the region in every class.

Entries by Toby Storie-Pugh

Lessons From a Three-Year Everest Quest

(0) Comments | Posted June 9, 2015 | 7:12 PM

The huge earthquake that hit Nepal on April 25, 2015 killed over 8,000 people and injured more than 23,000. An avalanche triggered by the quake swept through Everest Base Camp killing at least 19 climbers and staff, including my friend Dan Fredinburg. Rightfully so, given the scale of...

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How an Expedition Team Chooses YOU

(0) Comments | Posted June 2, 2015 | 6:38 AM

In my last article I described how I chose the two team members who would be accompanying me on my upcoming expedition to walk the length of the Congo River. Below is an email I sent Boston and Simone recently when I realized that...

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How to Choose an Expedition Team

(0) Comments | Posted June 1, 2015 | 11:24 AM

Imagine you're putting together a team to take on one of the world's great remaining adventures, a walk the full 3000-mile length of the Congo River. How do even begin to choose the people to join the team? That was the problem I faced in late 2014 as I began...

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Recognition of Expeditions Past

(0) Comments | Posted November 10, 2014 | 1:11 PM

'Let him speak who has seen with his eyes' - Congolese proverb

This proverb is going to become the philosophical touchstone of my Congo expedition; at least I hope it does. When I found it, while doing preliminary research for the trip, it made an immediate and powerful impression on...

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For Effective Teambuilding, Add a Frisson of Fear

(0) Comments | Posted October 27, 2014 | 12:32 PM

One evening at Everest Base Camp, Steve Obbayi and I were sitting in the warmth of our main living and mess tent. The temperature outside was a brisk -- 10f, and yet inside we were wearing nothing but our skimpy base layers. We had a small gas heater -- quite...

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On the Loss of a Kenyan Visionary

(1) Comments | Posted October 14, 2014 | 4:24 PM

In the early evening of the 5th June 2014 gunmen in Nairobi shot dead Kenyan businessman Carey Eaton. In doing so they robbed a wife of her husband, children of their father and Kenya and Africa of a humble and committed visionary.



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Just Jump... or Why Bridge Jumping Made Me Walk the Congo

(0) Comments | Posted October 13, 2014 | 3:10 PM

Without a doubt, the hardest decision of my life. Yes or no, am I going to try and walk the length of the Congo River? Never done before, a rare and elegant world first, an extraordinary professional and personal challenge. But, God, it's so far. A commitment to go would...

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Reflections on Everest

(1) Comments | Posted October 1, 2014 | 12:57 PM

After two years of relentless stress and hard work, trying to pull together an expedition that always seemed to teeter on the brink of disaster, two weeks of frantic last-minute preparations, a month of acclimatizing in the Khumbu Valley, and only three weeks from a summit attempt, it was over....

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Kenya: My Eyes Open, Part 2

(0) Comments | Posted December 22, 2013 | 12:07 PM

In late 2011, I began to give serious attention to my long-held ambition to climb Mount Everest. It had been a dream for many years, but was sidelined by my work helping to establish Flying Kites, a home for orphaned children in Kenya. As Flying Kites became more...

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Kenya: My Eyes Open, Part 1

(0) Comments | Posted December 19, 2013 | 1:37 PM

I first came to Kenya via its northern border, crossing from Ethiopia to the nondescript town of Moyale. Somehow, I had forgotten to bring enough cash with me to pay for my Kenyan visa, and the ATMs in Moyale weren't working. The immigration officials could have turned me away, and...

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Do Epic Sh*t

(0) Comments | Posted December 4, 2013 | 2:17 PM

We were born too late to be explorers. To be real explorers. To be one of the hard men... fired by such curiosity, such desperate yearning to cross the next horizon, that they were willing to set off for years on end with slim chance of returning. -- Alastair Humphreys
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Setting Expectations: It's All in the Family

(0) Comments | Posted September 13, 2013 | 5:11 PM

It's no secret that you are influenced by those around you. Naturally, those who raise you have the earliest impact on how you view the world and set expectations on how you should live your life. I happen to be incredibly fortunate in this regard.

My father, a British prisoner...

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Trust Your Instinct, It Means You No Harm

(1) Comments | Posted June 21, 2013 | 12:07 PM

Do you know that unsolicited yet persistent voice in your head, the persuasive raconteur that, possibly with malice aforethought, asks you to plunge into a venture that will almost certainly be impractical, expensive or dangerous, and probably a potent combination of all three? Well, that's the voice that I have...

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