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How to Wash on a Cycle Tour (and other questions answered)

Hi Tim. Clearly you have done a lot of touring and adventuring, and as a newbie to the whole thing I just have a bunch of questions I'd love to ask a veteran. If you have a little time on your hands for a little email back and forth please let me know. I'd love to hear form you. Thanks! Hi Sharon, Thanks for the email. You have my attention so please do fire away with any questions. It's what I'm here for! ...

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Proof That Anyone Can Cross a Desert

I started this blog six years ago to encourage people to go on adventures and help them where I can. People email me questions all the time. I write back to every single one but many never even reply to say thanks. So it was supremely gratifying to receive an email the other day from a young lady who had read my blogs about crossing the Wahiba Sands, contacted me for some advice about having a go herself, f ...

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Interview with Film Maker Tom Allen

Kickstarter is a very successful new website which helps people fund projects. Adventurers Leon McCarron and Tom Allen recently completed two expeditions and are now using Kickstarter to raise the money for making films from the trips. Click the link to see more about their project - A Tale of Two Rivers - or read on for what Tom had to say for himself when I caught up with him the other day... Interview wi ...

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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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