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List of the World’s Largest Deserts

Can't decide what to do for your next expedition? Here's a list of the eight largest desert's on the planet taken from The Economist's excellent World in Figures. What are the largest deserts? Sahara Desert* - Northern Africa - 8,600km² Arabian Desert - South-western Asia - 2,300km² Gobi Desert - Mongolia & China - 1,166km² Patagonian Desert - Argentina - 673km² Great Victoria Desert - Western & Sou ...

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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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Base Camp Festival

This is a plug for a new adventure themed event starting next month: The Base Camp Festival. It's in the Peak District on the weekend of September 5th-7th and organised by Explorers Connect, an excellent community for adventurers. Apparently, you can expect to: Spend much of the daytime doing outdoor activities with likeminded people or learning from experts Spend the evenings being inspired and entertained ...

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The First Man to Row the Atlantic, Climb Everest and Cycle the World

Today, a guest blog from James Ketchell AKA Captain Ketch, the man who has rowed across the Atlantic Ocean, summited Mount Everest and cycle around the world. James recently joined the database of Long Distance Cycle Journeys (LDCJ) and kindly offered to write a piece for The Next Challenge. Over to the Captain... Over to Captain K... Guest Blog: James "Captain Ketch" Ketchell Well, it's been six weeks now ...

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Cycle touring for 16 years…and still going

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. Lorenzo Rojo has been cycling around the world for an incredible 17 years, covering 190,000 km so far. His is the longest journey on the database, both in terms of distance and ti ...

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The Most Boring Person in the World

Last year I received an email from Jens O. Meiert about the Everyday Adventures campaign I ran a few years ago. Independently, he had written a book called 100 Things I Learned As An Everyday Adventurer. So it seemed like a good idea to get in touch. Today Jens is taking over the blog to write about a new mindset... The Mindset of Trying Everything by Jens O. Meiert It took me thirty years to realize that t ...

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