Patrick Keneally, a serious political journalist from The Guardian, joined our recent Seven Peaks Walk to diversify his skills and write about travel. But he struggled – not to write, he’s very good at that – but to relax and enjoy the experience. As we walked around all week through bird rookeries, Kentia forests and exposed coral platforms, we talked about politics in the Middle East, the state of the Labour Party in NSW, the welfare system and more. It was endless (and great for me because I’m normally talking about Lord Howe for months on end). Despite our attempts to understand, explain and solve the world’s problems through the course of the walk, Pat was clearly taking notes because his article is excellent. Somehow he kept his journalistic instincts subdued enough to avoid Lord Howe’s controversial topics like land tenure, governance, the air service and more, and he just wrote about the Seven Peaks Walk. Have a read, and see how a serious political journalist writes about adventure travel.