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Hands up if you’re running a mile a day

At the beginning of this year, Tim and I agreed to run the equivalent of a mile for every day of 2015. We invited people to join us and we were really pleased that several people did. So how's it going? We started off on 1 January with heavy legs and unwilling minds. Our bodies had clearly forgotten what running is all about and the mental effort required to get out there was enormous. However, a month in, ...

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New eBooks Launched

I'm very pleased to announce that I have launched a series of new ebooks today including: How To Cross A Desert How To Cycle Around The World How To Climb An Unclimbed Mountain How To Get To The North Pole They are based on chapters from my paperback 'How to Get to the North Pole and Other Iconic Adventures'. Read more about the books and get your copy here >> P.S. Already bought my book 'How to Get t ...

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4 Easy Adventure Ideas That Anyone Can Try

"Adventurers" are always writing articles/stories and giving talks with the ostensible aim of motivating people to get out and do stuff for themselves. But the problems raised in response are often the same: people don't where to start and they don't have the time/money/expertise to get going. These are the real hurdles that any credible motivator needs to work to overcome. Here are four simple ideas for an ...

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37 Round-the-World Cyclists Share Their Kit Lists

We've compiled kit lists from 37 different long distance cycle tourers and put them all in one place: here. The cyclists all come from the Database of Long Distance Cycle Journeys (LDCJ)* . Of the 139 trips registered, 37 of them have detailed kit lists available online and they're all listed below. I'm sure you're not going to read them all right now but hopefully this is a useful resource for anyone think ...

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This Is What I Think About Adventurers

I recently sorted through some of my Opinion articles from over the years and drew out a few themes about expeditions and adventure. Here is a summary of my ethos with plenty of links... My strong view is that adventure need not require time, money or expertise. I don't have a major beef with celebrity expeditions (even if they sometimes undermine the efforts of others) but I do believe that TV makes expedi ...

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The Top 5 Expedition Websites

There is widespread consensus amongst the wisest and most informed members of the adventure community about the one website that stands head and shoulders above all others and I remain grateful for their recognition. However, here are five other worthy adversaries to this website which I'd recommend to anyone interested in the world of expeditions which I've lifted from my Expedition Planning Resources page ...

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34% of All Cycle Tourers Use Internal Hub Gears

We surveyed 194 long distance cyclists to find out how popular internal (hub) gears are. Between them, the cyclists have completed 137 bicycle tours of 10,000km (6,000 miles) or more. Here are the results... Internal Hub Gears vs External Gears 46 out of the 137 journeys were completed using internal hub gears, 91 with traditional external gears. That's 34% hub, 66% external. Gears % No. Internal (hub) 34% ...

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What are the Ocean’s Seven?

I just watched a documentary about Steve Redmond completing the Ocean's Seven and thought it was about time I talked about them on my blog... The Seven Summits are the highest mountains on each of the seven continents. The Ocean's Seven is a similar list and challenge for long distance swimmers rather than mountaineers: a collection of open water swims across seven channels/straits around the world. They ar ...

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Book Review: The Road Headed West by Leon McCarron

These days, Leon McCarron is a fully fledged, full time adventurer with a National Geographic TV series to his name and several big expeditions under his belt. However, in his new book - The Road Headed West - we meet a wonderfully inexperienced young Irishman setting out from New York on a woefully overloaded bicycle and trailer in search of adventure. And adventure he finds. The book opens with Leon cycli ...

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Solo travels as a woman in Africa and Asia: interview with Helen Lloyd

This interview is part of a series in which we interview certain people featured on the database of long distance cycle journeys (LDCJ), which records individual bicycle trips over 10,000km in length. For more details, click here. Helen Lloyd spent a couple of years cycling through Africa, tracing the west coast before heading through countries such as the Democratic Republic of Congo.  As a solo female, th ...

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10 Reasons Not to Grow an Expedition Beard

The last time I shaved was this time last year, shortly before setting off on my bike to cycle around the world. I now have a large, surprisingly ginger beard on my face. Frankly, I would not recommend it. Here are my top ten reasons why... 10 Reasons Not to Grow an Expedition Beard 1. It is impossible to imbibe soups, drink yoghurts or slurp milk without leaving a layer in your moustache. 2. People in the ...

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