Following the reconnaissance expedition in 2012, the challenge was for Nick to land on Rockall for a second time (becoming only the third person in history to do so) and survive solo in the middle of the North Atlantic, in order to set two new occupation records:
1. The longest ever solo occupation of Rockall;
2. The longest occupation of Rockall in history.
Nick successfully set a new longest occupation record of 45 days in June and July 2014, for which he won English Adventurer of the Year in 2015.
THE ROCKALL JUBILEE EXPEDITION
Nick's 2012 expedition to Rockall was a reconnaissance mission for his planned 60 day occupation of the rock. Nick departed at the end of May 2012, and landed on Rockall, carrying out several equipment checks and tests in preparation for the future record breaking attempt on the rock. The date of departure coincided with the Queen's Diamond Jubilee weekend, and Nick sent the first Tweet and Facebook update from the rock. Upon landing, Nick became a member of the exclusive Rockall Club.
Date: April 2010
Nick completed the legendary Marathon des Sables in the Moroccan Western Sahara during April 2010, in support of the NACC. The Marathon des Sables is often described as the toughest footrace on Earth. In 2010, the 25th anniversary year, it covered 250km (155 miles) over 7 days - equivalent to five and a half regular marathons - the longest and reputedly toughest race to date. The terraine included sand dunes, rocky desert, mountain ridges and stoney ground, whilst carrying an 11kg pack containing everything he needed for the duration of the race.
Date: March 2010
The Glasgow to Edinburgh Double Marathon follows the course of the Forth & Clyde and Union canals into the heart of Edinburgh. The course is just over 56 miles. The race was an opportunity for Nick to try out his new kit and rucksack for the MdS. Nick finished 64th out of 100, in 11:41:50. He was disappointed with this result, but as he had been injured for 5 out of the previous 6 weeks, Nick was happy that he was able to finish (9 starters did not!).