Internationally Renowned Adventurer, Producer and Survival Consultant
What Makes Megan a Nite Maverick?
Described by adventurer, writer and tv presenter, Bear Grylls as being 'Stronger than 99% of the men I know’, Megan's primal drive to travel and explore means she can often be found breaking trail through waist deep snow, swinging in her hammock in the depths of a jungle or sharing stories sat around a campfire under the desert stars.
She has a vast wealth of experience and knowledge, gained from leading hundreds of expeditions and consulting for TV survival and adventure shows across the globe. As an expedition leader, Megan sets up and leads adventures to remote wilderness environments where she has lived and worked for extended periods with indigenous communities from the San bushmen in Africa to the Sami reindeer herders in the Arctic to the Iban jungle dwellers in Borneo and many more.
Happy both behind and in front of the camera, Megan has been an integral part of creating Emmy award winning content and leading A-list talent and film crew in remote wilderness environments for the past 20 years. Author of the best selling book 'Mind of a Survivor’ her next publication 'I of the storm', will be launched later this year.
Arctic Sweden - 500km
My thighs tremble, a deep ache in my left hip screaming for me to stop as an old injury destabilised recently in an accident triggers my psoas muscle, pulling on my lower back. Forward movement on our skis through the thigh deep powder snow, with a mean crust on top has forced the pace down to a km an hour. A deep breath of freezing air in and out through the nose ‘No pain, no pain’ a mantra which when conditions get bad and my body aches to stop I say to myself. I instantly feel my shoulders and muscles relax, the familiar mantra reminding me that my body has faced far worse and the discomfort will be temporary. I feel my focus expand away from the ache, extending back out over the Arctic landscape around me and peace once again falls over me as I push forwards.
As much as I love the jungles of the world and have spent many years’ worth of time working and exploring them, the cold places have always captured my heart and my imagination like no other environment. I made a promise to myself during the covid lockdowns when my schedule had gone from spending 10 / 11 months overseas heading up the rigging and safety on high stress adventure TV shoots to standstill that I would spend more time over the coming years on adventures for myself again without clients. Last year I skied across Iceland, ran across the Gobi desert and established some new alpine climbing routes in Mongolia, this year I find myself in Arctic Sweden on a 500km adventure over 16 days through the highlands bivvying and sleeping in rough shelters.
In the mornings the temperatures are -35 Celsius rising to -15 middle of the day. Some days are whiteouts, visibility dropping to around five meters, the white of the snow blending with the clag and spindrift blowing round us creating a weird phenomenon where you have no idea if you’re moving or not and you ski on a bearing without taking your eyes off the compass. In conditions like this you truly see how easy it is to get turned around. When conditions are like this going is slow unless you’re on a lake as you probe ahead with ski poles to ensure that you don’t ski off the edge of anything as its impossible to see the depth of the landscape. Other days are blue bird days where the breathless beauty of the surrounding world captivates the senses, on these days the warmth of the sun on the face is a welcome treat fostering the hope that the clear skies will later reveal the aurora borealis (northern lights). The display we saw was the best show I have ever seen, I felt like I was on the set of ‘stranger things’ the sky lit green as the ribbons flowed across the night sky above us, making me appreciate the mythology and folklore many indigenous cultures hold which surrounds these ethereal light shows.
As we made our way across the landscape it was a time of reflection and recharge for me as I move into the next chapter of the journey of my career. Excited to share this with you before too long…
Plans for 2023
March - Sweden - 500miles speed attempt of the Kungsleden trail on skis
April - June - India - spearheading Indian adventure shows & training
teams in how to make them
July - China - training young female Chinese leaders in resilience utilising
adventure as a medium
August - Pakistan - filmmaking around K2
September - Mongolia - Tracing snow leopards and spending time with the
December - Broughton Island, Canada - polar sea ice training and heading up a
climate project training mission
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As Worn By Megan
"The Atlas was thrown in the deep end literally as it accompanied me out to the jungles and islands of Malaysia and Panama on a recent location scout for a TV show. In and out of air conditioning and high humidity levels. Bashed on rocks and in and out of salt and fresh water as I measured depths for cliff jumps and explored jungle rivers. Not a scratch or any misting up."
The Atlas is proud to share its DNA with the first “Dirty Dozen” field watches worn during World War II. The name was given to designs from twelve companies commissioned by the Ministry of Defence for a new kind of wristwatch able to perform in the field under the most extreme pressures. Strict performance specifications included waterproofing, timekeeping, luminous markings on the dial and robust case construction.
It has been designed and engineered to meet the same strict criteria and reflect the style and needs of the mavericks who put it to the test today.