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Come to the Cycle Touring Festival

We are very excited to announce that we are planning a Cycle Touring Festival, to take place in Spring 2015. Our first step is to gauge the level of enthusiasm for this kind of event, so please read on and sign up below if you're interested. The aim would be to bring together those who have undertaken, are planning or who are interested in cycle tours. The festival would offer training and resources to help ...

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Into the Empty Quarter – Film Review

Over Christmas you may have caught a film about Ben Fogle and James Cracknell crossing the Empty Quarter desert. No doubt their film had the perfect blend of emotion, drama and eventual tear-jerking success - I have no idea, having been holed up in a hostel in a corner of Georgia at the time it was broadcast on the BBC. I also do not doubt that it was well funded and had a significant team of people behind ...

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Berghaus Microadventures

Head over to the Berghaus website to check out the start of our series of microadventure ideas for 2014. I've written about microadventures before - they are the brainchild of adventurer Alastair Humphreys, tiny little adventures for weekends and after work. They are similar to the Everyday Adventures campaign I ran in 2010 and the Berghaus Adventure List series will be following a similar format: each mont ...

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Film Review: Janapar, Love on a Bike

Janapar Movie A movie about a guy cycling around the world, filming himself with a video camera does not sound like the perfect recipe for 90-minutes of cinematographic entertainment but the reality is that Janapar is a masterpiece. Tom Allen spent 4-years cycling all over Europe, Africa and the odd bit of Asia. He carried a small video camera and set about the task of capturing his journey on film. The fir ...

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Desert Snow by Helen Lloyd – Book Review

Snow in the desert is a rare thing and so are solo female cyclists in Africa. Such is the premise for Helen Lloyd's first book and it is not disingenuous in the least. To describe cycling alone across the Sahara, around west Africa and through the Congo as uncommon would probably be understatement. And understatement is the great strength of this book. It would have been so easy to tout the extremes of such ...

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Living the Best Day Ever

Hendri Coetzee is the greatest African explorer you have never heard of. Hendri was a dedicated and passionate African explorer, considered by many to be a legend in his own time. He devoted his life to exploration and in particular to first descents on some of Africa's lesser known and remotest rivers, and to the plight of the people who lived on the banks of those rivers. Sadly, in 2010, while kayaking de ...

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Planning for the Unknown: Climbing in the Altai

Part of the reason I chose the Russian Altai mountains for a mountaineering expedition in 2009 was that I had never heard of the Altai Mountains before and, it seemed, nor had anyone else I spoke to. So, it's been great to hear of others climbing in the Altai subsequently and even better that George Cave has taken the time to share his story with us... Planning for the Unknown: Climbing in the Altai by Geor ...

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Peace Pilgrim and Planet Walker

...sounds like the name of a dodgy crime fighting duo but they're ac tually the names of a couple of cool projects. Howard Drakes sent me this email out of the blue which I thought might be of interest: Greetings Tim I came across your website today and connected with the energy that seems to underpin it. Read through some of the articles and have saved a few more for later. Part of the reason there was a r ...

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In Praise of Microadventures

Recently, the adventurer Alastair Humphreys has been running a campaign encouraging people to undertake what he calls "microadventures" - little adventures that typically happen after work or on the weekend, usually involve sleeping under the stars and often involve jumping into some water. Alastair has undertaken many great big expeditions - like spending four years cycling around the world, walking across ...

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Danny MacAskill’s Inspired Bicycles

This is an oldie but a goodie (it's had 30 million views on YouTube). From what I can tell, Danny MacAskill's since gone on to be quite a successful sponsored cyclist and made many more glitzier videos (see below) but it's this one that I always come back to. Inspired is the word. Danny MacAskill's Way Back Home Danny MacAskill's Industrial Revolutions ...

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Cheap Eats in London

Cheap restaurants in London. Completely off-topic but finding London's best cheap eats has been a favourite game of mine for many years (and by cheap I mean ideally dinner for under £5, certainly under £10). London need not be an expensive place to live or eat. Here are a few cheap meal recommendations from a decade in the capital, in no particular order. 1. ICCo (Goodge Street) The Italian Coffee Company o ...

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How to Get to the North Pole – In Pictures

My book is called How to Get to the North Pole: and Other Iconic Adventures. It has seven chapters, each about a different iconic adventure, and each opening with a wonderful illustration by the talented Mr Jim Shannon and a few statistics such as the difficulty, cost and glory potential. The text is broken up with stories and anecdotes from the history of exploration. Whilst writing the book, I wrote to ov ...

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