A Year in South Africa
August 2011 - June2012
South Africa has been so different from how I'd imagined it: a beautiful country and one I'll be sad to leave.
Race & Politics in South Africa
South Africa is still suffering a hangover from apartheid days and faces a real battle for economic and social equality.
The eVac in Malawi
21st - 28th May 2012
How does the eVac compare to it's Gulper in Malawi? Can it be made with the limited parts available here?
Driving up Africa
16th - 20th May 2012
A 2500km epic drive through South Africa, Zimbabwe, Mozambique and into Malawi, through several challenging border posts
A small affordable machine for emptying pit latrines. Developed in South Africa using parts that can be sourced almost anywhere.
24th & 25th March 2012
What is meant to be a nice walk in the Drakensberg mountains quickly turns into a serious weightloss session.
eVac Suck & Blow Tank
28th March 2012
With a new suck and blow tank the eVac makes short work of another low flush toilet, but struggles with a rubbish clogged VIP.
eVac Test 3 + 4
The eVac manages to suck the watery waste out without difficulty, but causes a significant mess around the emptying area.
eVac Test 2
21st December 2011
After the eVac's inital success it struggled on a drier pit latrine, although the air/water lance helped.
Doing the Dusi
16-18 February 2012
The Dusi is South Africa's biggest canoe marathon race, and this year I had the privilege of taking part.
Improving Pit Latrine Emptying
In South Africa I'm working on an improved way of emptying pit latrines. This is the why and the how.
An extract from Mark O'Riordan's report on pit latrine emptying regarding the Vacutug: a machine for emptying pit latrines.
Mind Games in the Mountains
13 - 15th January 2012
The Drakensberg is a mountain range with many exposed sections, but they're not worth getting worked up over!
25th December 2011 - 11th January 2012
Morgan and I spend two weeks racing around South Africa, enjoying taking in as much as possible.
Sucking the Sludge
2nd December 2011
The eVac's first test on a real pit latrine - and it's a great success!
25th - 27th November 2011
A 3 day hike up Mont-aux-Sources: on the border of Lesotho and the source of 3 major rivers.
Screwing the Sludge
23rd November 2011
An unsuccessful yet informative test with the pit screw auger, as it struggles to cope with the rubbish in the pit latrine
Epic Lesotho Cycle
12th - 18th November 2011
Cycling in the 'Mountain Kingdom' isn't easy but is very rewarding: 5 days of sunny skies, huge hills and friendly people.
Wednesday 2nd November 2011
After struggling to find a suitable moisture trap, I end up making one from a jam jar
4 Punctures and a Broken Derailleur
Saturday 22nd October 2011
A bike race with a difference: there were thorns everywhere!
Sunday 16th October 2011
I push myself very very hard in pursuit of a 4 hour finish in one of South Africa's major road cycling events.
Friday 30th September - Monday 3rd October 2011
An extreme 4 day hike in the Drakensberg, I was completely unprepared for what was to happen.
Wonder Valley Cave
Saturday 17th - Sunday 18th September 2011
Walking to Wonder Valley Cave in the amazing Drakensbergs of South Africa
Surveying for Hydro Power
10th & 11th September 2011
I spent last weekend surveying for a potential small hydro electric scheme, contending with blazing heat and thorny bushes!
Hello South Africa!
4th September 2011
I've arrived in South Africa, and the work looks like it is going to be very interesting.
Angus McBride, MEng
28th June 2011
I've graduated with a first class honours degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Edinburgh!
Cycling the Outer Hebrides
Morgan and I spend a week cycling the Outer Hebrides, and the following week getting lifts back down the mainland.
EWB Training Week
26th June - 3rd July 2011
The EWB pre-departure course and the Clare Farm training course in preparation for my EWB placement in South Africa.
The Grey Corries
Wednesday 8th June 2011
A long solo walk along the Grey Corries near Fort William with a slight scare when I took a wrong turn.
I'm going to South Africa
Friday 24th June 2011
As of August I'll be going on an EWB placement for a year in South Africa.
The Ring of Steall
Monday 6th June 2011
Morgan and I take on an excellent ridge walk in the Mamores - the "Ring of Steall"
Glen Lyon with Morgan
Monday 16th - Wednesday 18th May 2011
Morgan and I spend a few days camping and walking in Glen Lyon
I and a team from EWB Edinburgh travelled to Cambodia for the summer to learn about the water sector and see how we could help.
Cycling Around Bute
Sunday 3rd October 2010
Morgan and I cycle round Bute, surprised to find it only takes around half an hour!
Decision Support for Water Treatment
May 2010 - April 2011
My MEng thesis is titled Case Based Reasoning (CBR) as a Decision Support System (DSS) for water treatment in Cambodia.
24th March 2011
I recently had the Laterjet procedure on my shoulder to stabilise it and prevent it from dislocating.
Skiing in Chamonix
4th-9th April 2010
A week's skiing in Chamonix was thwarted by a poppped shoulder, but this gave the opportunity for a couple of snow shoeing adventures.
Lands End to John O'Groats
Cycling between the two extremes of great Britain. 1150 miles in 3 weeks.