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Tobias Mews

Tobias Mews is a world-class extreme ultra endurance athlete. After a six year commission in the British Army, Tobias embarked on a new career as a journalist, combining his passion for adventure sports with his enthusiasm for writing and filmmaking.

In 2011, Tobias entered the Marathon des Sables, where he surprised himself by not only finishing 21st overall but also as Top Brit. This set off a catalyst of events that would take him around the world, competing in both whacky and tough adventures.

Tobias has gone on to compete in many of the world’s toughest races including the Norseman Xtreme Triathlon in Norway, the 800km Absa Cape Epic multi-stage mountain bike race in South Africa, the 230km Jungle Ultra in Amazon of Peru and the 168km Ultra Trail du Mont Blanc, to name but a few. In 2013, he returned to the Sahara Desert for the Marathon des Sables, hoping to better his performance – and finished 15th overall.

Tobias is also a professional adventure sports journalists and filmmaker, writing for over a dozen publications, from Runner’s World to Men’s Fitness. He writes a weekly column about adventure sports for the Daily Telegraph Men’s lifestyle section. You can find out more about him at, follow him on Twitter or 'like’ him on Facebook.

Tobias Mews lists 4 races that you perhaps thought humans could never win More
Check out our favorite headlamps for runners, perfect for dark trail runs. These trail running headlamp reviews will help you find the flashlights you need for nighttime adventures. More
Epic Trails
February 10, 2015


By: Tobias Mews
Tobias Mews reveals his list of the best hikes in the world More
Pack Stories
February 4, 2015

Hiking 37 Volcanoes in 27 days

By: Tobias Mews
Four young men set off at the beginning of January to hike 37 volcanoes in just 27 gruelling days. Here's what happened. More
January 13, 2015

Best Hikes in the World

By: Tobias Mews
The world is a big place. In fact, there is so much to explore that it’s difficult to know where to start. So to help you on your way, we’ve listed 10 of the best hikes in the world More
Epic Trails
December 18, 2014

Sani Pass

By: Tobias Mews
Tobias recently competed in the Sani Stagger, an endurance race along the Sani Pass. Mountain running is tough – but getting up and down a pass so steep cars aren’t allowed? Even tougher. More
Pack Stories
December 10, 2014

The wonderful world of night running

By: Tobias Mews
When given the option of going for a run either at night or during the day, most of us would naturally choose the daylight option. More
Discover the top five waterproof gadgets you should have for adventures. From waterproof gear bags to hold camping supplies, to cases that keep your electronics from getting wet, we’ll highlight the best. More
November 4, 2014

Looking Back: October on The Pack

By: Tobias Mews
As anyone who's married to - or is - one will know, women are amazing. And with it also being breast cancer awareness month, we decided to dedicate a decent portion of October's content in homage to their incredible deeds. More
October 24, 2014

Merrell Verterra Hiking Shoe Review

By: Tobias Mews
Discover the newest Merrell hiking shoe, the Verterra. Lightweight hiking shoes, the Verterra is perfect for speed hikers. Learn more with our Pack hiking shoe review. More
I’m not sure whether to be excited or a touch sad. I’m sad, because for those of us living in the Northern Hemisphere, summer is officially coming to a close at the end of the month. The kids are going back to school. And the evenings are starting to close in. More
I must have passed the sign a hundred times and have often wondered where it points to. It simply says ‘Capital Ring - Highgate Wood 34 1/2 miles’. The idea that there is a footpath taking me through the heart of London was intriguing. More
The toughest challenges in America: hideous amounts of climbing, impossible odds of completion and entry processes that are so difficult, that that alone should put you off. More
Deciding what makes a race tough or not is often subjective. But in my humble opinion, there are three things that determine how tough a race is: the competition (does it attract elite competitors?), the course itself (terrain, the distance, the amount of climbing, etc.) and finally the climate (if it's notoriously hot, cold, windy, etc.). More
Check out these downhill mountain biking tips to let gravity help you race or ride. Riding a mountain bike downhill and maintaining a competitive edge can be tricky if it’s new to you – but these tips will help. More
Epic Trails
April 29, 2014


By: Tobias Mews
Team Merrell takes on the toughest adventure race in the world More
Epic Trails
April 24, 2014

Molesworth Muster Trail

By: Tobias Mews
Tobias Mews recounts traversing the picturesque New Zealand mountain biking trails of Molesworth Station during the GODZone Adventure Race and looks forward to the day he can leisurely pedal along the Molesworth Trail. More
For the casual runner, road running shoes suffice for almost all purposes. However, once you start to deviate off the beaten track and discover trails, then a decent set of trail running shoes will be an excellent investment. Toe bumpers, ankle support, resilient uppers, rock protection in the outsole - trail running shoes have it all. More
April 11, 2014

5 Best Video Head Cams

By: Tobias Mews
Never before has it been so easy to record your latest adventures thanks to the plethora of action cameras to enter the market. Whether you’re skiing, mountain biking, surfing or running, thanks to the every growing camera accessories, there’s no excuse for you not capturing that epic moment. More
Most people associate trekking poles, quite naturally, with trekking, Nordic walking or cross country skiing. I was one of those people. More
Have you ever felt a bit stiff or jaded after a long run or training session? You know, that feeling when you’re walking around like Frankenstein due to a case of the DOMS (Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness). Well, you can actually do something to prevent this before you put your feet up and congratulate yourself on a job well done: drink a protein shake. More
How to
March 21, 2014

Marathon Training Top Tips

By: Tobias Mews
Once you’ve taken the plunge and actually entered a marathon, often committing yourself to raising vast sums of money for charity, the next stage is to actually start running. This can be a daunting prospect for the uninitiated. Here are a few things you’ll need to consider. More
Epic Trails
March 20, 2014

The Ridgeway

By: Tobias Mews
Discover the Ridgeway from the eyes of an Ultramarathoner. Tobias Mews talks about his trail running experience in Race to the Stones on the Ridgeway National Trail. More
There can be no doubt that smartphone apps have revolutionized the way we use our phones.  But if you’re pulling on your hiking boots or trail running shoes and heading outdoors anytime soon, here are five of the best hiking and running apps to take with you on the trail. More
Epic Trails
February 20, 2014

Table Mountain

By: Tobias Mews
How to
February 18, 2014

How to fuel yourself for a marathon

By: Tobias Mews
Every year, hundreds of thousands of people decide they’re going to run a marathon. You might well be one of them. You pick a training plan, buy some sneakers, bid farewell to your families and start a fitness regime that will make Olympic athletes look lazy. Which means that you’ll also be burning lots of calories - an attractive thought to those on a weight loss mission. More
Epic Trails
February 12, 2014

Tour du Mont Blanc

By: Tobias Mews
It’s the course of the brutal Ultra Trail du Mont Blanc trail run, but most choose to hike the route in two weeks. Tobias Mews and his girlfriend Zayne had just five days. More
If you've ever found yourself miles from anywhere with a dead cell phone battery, you'll wish you'd invested in a portable power supply. Even the most modern of cell phone batteries struggle to keep up with the demands of new smartphones' touchscreens, GPS, cameras and array of apps. More
Pack Stories
January 29, 2014

From completer to competitor

By: Tobias Mews
The majority of people taking part in a race simply want to finish. Their main competition is themselves. But how do you make that jump from ‘completing’ to ‘competing’? More
Rocks, slippery paths, snow, dirt trails, steep ascents and treacherous descents - these are just some of the things you might be negotiating on a trail run. However, how many of us actually bother to warm up before running? Probably not many. So, here are five stretches to get you ready for the trials face. More