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Extreme Couples: Interview with The Telegraph

We were interviewed by a journalist from The Telegraph recently for a piece about couples who go on 'extreme adventures'. The article (which you can read here) was very short but we actually wrote a lot more in response to the original questions so I thought I'd share the rest of the interview here. In your own words, describe why you came up with the idea of cycling around the world On the day that Laura a ...

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Comparison of Liquid Multi Fuel Stoves

Detailed review of every liquid multi fuel camping stove on the market. 23 different multi-fuel stoves compared. Also, a guide to all the different types of fuel available and their various names. Contents Introduction Ultimate Comparison Table Best & Lighest Stoves Full Stove Reviews Guide to Different Types of Fuel INTRODUCTION What are liquid multi fuel stoves? Multifuel stoves are small, lightweight ...

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Run a mile a day in 2015

  ***UPDATE: You can now join our Strava group to log your miles here*** Have you resolved to get fit this year? Have you started January determined to lose weight, tone up and feel healthier? Or are you just looking for a challenge to fill the coming months, that will fit around your normal life? Fear not, Next Challenge fans, we're here to help. Regular readers of this website will know that Tim and ...

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Watch the Video of My Expedition Beard Growing While Cycling Around the World

Every week or so, whilst cycling around the world, I took a photograph of myself (a "selfie") to document the growth of my expedition beard. Presented below are all of the photographs compiled into a 10-second video. Happy New Year! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JPjJpOvobqY P.S. We've added loads of stuff about our trip to The Big Cycle page: click here to have a look... ...

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Home, Sweet Home

Last Sunday Laura and I rolled back into Hampton Court where we had left from 16 months earlier. We were greeted by a wonderful crowd of friends and family waving us in. It has been a long and wonderful journey with far too many sentiments to fit into a blog post, let alone a sentence. But we remain very thankful to all of our sponsors, to the many, many people who helped us along the way and to all of you ...

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Home Today: Come wave us in!

We are home today: Sunday, December 14th. Our trip will finish at Hampton Court Palace and this is an open invitation for you to come down and help us celebrate the end of our journey (and all the smug Facebook updates about it). Where? The Lion's Gate, Hampton Court Palace (next to the Kings Arms on the map below). After posing for photos, we will move to the Kings Arms or, if it's too busy, The Mute Swan ...

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It’s All About the Bike (because it’s all about the people)

The kid leaned over, gave me a hug and told me he liked me. 'You should never leave'. Before you suspect a scandal at Next Challenge HQ, my new friend was ten. His ardour was no doubt inspired by the fact that I'd lent him by head torch: if only picking up admirers was always that easy. Seconds later, his mother appeared and told us dinner was ready, so we trooped in for another family meal. We had met his ...

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Last 20 copies of my book available before Christmas

I have about 20 copies of my book - How To Get To The North Pole (and other iconic adventures) - still available. I think they could make a good Christmas present... If you want to order one, I'll sign it and happily add a personal message if desired. I'm home on December 14th and will put these in the post the day after, Monday 15th, well ahead of the Christmas post deadlines. Their RRP is £13 but I sell t ...

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15 Gift Ideas for the Adventurer in Your Life

Christmas is coming and it's time to drain the bank account in pursuit of the annual present binge. If you have an adventurer type in your life, we have compiled a list of niche kit that we love - or would love to have - to help give you a bit of inspiration. If you're going to buy anything off this list, we would be very grateful if you used the actual links below. They're affiliate links. They cost you no ...

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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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