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Comparison of Mid Layers (insulating jackets)

This article explains the various different types of insulating mid-layer jackets (like down, primaloft and Buffalo), compares the advantages and disadvantages of each, and offers some recommendations. I wrote the first version of this piece in 2012 and have just given it a complete overhaul in light of the popularity of my other comparison articles such as base layers, camping mats and bivy bags (see the c ...

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Perhaps in a Year

When I wake in two months' time, it will be in a room, not a tent. It will not take me a minute to work out what country I am in. I know the answer even now. It will be England. I will not be camped in a roadside picnic area, petrol station forecourt or someone's back yard. I will be in a bedroom. My belongings will fill cupboards and drawers across several rooms, perhaps even several buildings. They will n ...

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Why we love the desert

We both have a deep and abiding love of desert regions. There's something about the harshness, the solitude, the quiet and the feeling of being in an endless, timeless land. They seem empty, until you realise the life scurrying about you, like you, fighting to survive. We've walked across deserts in Oman and Patagonia and cycled across deserts in the Middle East, India and the USA. Over the last few weeks, ...

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The things we’ll miss about our cycling adventure

We recently wrote about some things we've missed about home since we've been away. The first comment we received was from Dorothee Fleck, veteran long distance cyclist, who warned us not to be too anxious to get home. She pointed out that, once home, she missed things about being on the road far more. This got me thinking. As we enter our last month of cycling before we  fly home, a feeling of panic occasio ...

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5 Things We Miss About Home

We've now been away for well over a year. Life on the road is generally pretty sweet and we love the freedom from responsibility it affords. However, there are one or two things we're looking forward to getting back to in a few weeks' time. In no particular order, here are the things we miss most about home. What I miss most about home - Laura 1. Washing machine, regular access to Most of the time, we end u ...

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Our Video from Cycling Across Australia and New Zealand

Here's the latest video from our trip and the second to last of the lot. It's from our ride through southern Australia and New Zealand's North Island. It's only about 60 seconds long so take a look! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=noIkUn2f3UU You can see all of our videos from our round-the-world cycle and past adventures on YouTube. ...

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Photos of Middle Earth

Here are some of our favourite photos from cycling across New Zealand's North Island. New Zealand is a beautiful place... As well as the nice views, it has some interesting Maori history... They've got some great cycle routes, including old converted railway lines and the government is planning a path running the length of both islands. There are wonderful places for wild swimming too (in hot water!)... ... ...

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God Bless America

No more family. No more familiar faces presenting us with plates of delicious food. No more spending our days on a couch, in a car or by the pool. No more bed, no more mattress. No more anyone. It was back to how it had been for so long. Just the two of us. Two bikes. And a long road ahead. Southern California started with a wave of heat and a hail of hills. We'd slept by the Pacific the night before, next ...

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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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10 Tips for Filming Your First Expedition

This article is part of a series in which experts in their field share their top ten tips. Today's advice comes from Leon McCarron who's excellent documentaries have featured on National Geographic and been reviewed on this website. You can see the rest of the 10 Tips series here. 10 Tips for Filming Your First Expedition by Leon McCarron 1. Find your story This might not be the same story as your trip, but ...

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We’re in America… what should we eat?

We are about to cycle across the southern states of the USA. This is the final leg of our bicycle journey around the world, and over the last few months people have been telling us how good the food is going to be in this part of the world. Food is a huge motivator to the cycle tourist and so we are pretty excited about what lies ahead. Since we set out on this trip, we've had a 'luxury pot': a separate ban ...

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