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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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Choosing what to do with your life

Picture the scene. We are outside the main train station in a Japanese city, all glass and steel and impeccably clean. There are hundreds of commuters streaming past: impossibly skinny women wearing impossibly high heels and immaculate men in immaculate suits. I, meanwhile, am sitting on the pavement in my temporary role as Guardian of the Bikes. My cycling outfit these days includes old leggings and a scru ...

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Legally blind – and cycled the Americas

This interview is part of a series in which we interview 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. This may be the most inspiring story you'll ever read. Christi Bruchok and Tauru Chaw are both registered as legally blind, yet cycled the length of the Americas from 2009-2011. You read ...

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The 10 Best Adventurer-Bloggers

There are adventurers (think: Fiennes, Ousland, Grylls). And there are bloggers (think: well, think of someone who blogs a lot). And then are: Adventurer-Bloggers. This is a term I just made up but hopefully it's self explanatory: people who both go on expeditions and spend time writing about them. The list below is really just a collection of people that I know/like/find interesting. It's in no particular ...

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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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