Inspiration & Links
Top expedition websites and inspiring stories for aspiring adventurers
There’s a lot of stuff below to look through but you could do worse than start with these three:
The best adventurer out there. Not for the expeditions he has done (which are many) but for the way he shares them and the efforts he makes to get other people out there. Check out his Microadventures.
The home for people interested in expeditions. A great place to meet other like-minded people to get help, join on expeditions or just talk shop. They have regular meetings around the UK too. I used to organise their London events.
Easy Adventure Ideas
Concepts to knock down the excuses and get you started on your next adventure.
Adventure need not require time, money, expertise or sweat. You can do it on your lunch break or after. I ran a campaign throughout 2010 with ten different ideas for squeezing some adventure into your daily routine.
One step up from Everyday Adventures. Al Humphreys spent a year conducting a new miniature adventure every month. They are a great place to start for inspiration.
A whole heap of adventures conducted for less than £100. Motivation enough to get started?
Save £20 a month for a year and – hey presto – you’ve got a grand for your next expedition.
Top Adventure Websites
Essential resources for anyone immersing themselves in the adventure world.
Community of adventurers, good for finding team mates.
The latest news from the adventure/expedition world.
Fascinating collection of records on polar journeys, Everest ascents, ocean rows and more. If you enjoy stats then you should certainly check out our Database of Long Distance Cycle Journeys, the LDCJ.
US expedition hub, focused on Everest, the Poles and communications.
Inspiring Non-Adventure Websites
Great websites to get you thinking about life, that just happen not to be about expeditions.
A wonderful “concept store” in London with great talks and workshops, and with the unique offer of “Bibliotherapy” in which you are given a prescription of books to read to help with your problems in life. The website has great articles on everyday philosophy.
A website dedicated to people who want to “Do something different”. Be that changing jobs or going on a big adventure. Good place for getting inspired. I started The Next Challenge around about the same time Rob and Dom started “Esc” (they are slightly more successful than me now!)
Based on his best-selling book the 4-Hour Week, it’s all about trying to get the most out of life in a way that’s a bit like finding cheats in a computer game. If you like this then you should also try the more thoughtful author and blogger Seth Godin and perhaps the more travel-oriented Art of Non-Conformity.
Adventurers who actively maintain good and interesting blogs. The closest thing I’ve got to work colleagues.
The first and best. Al is as dedicated to his excellent blog as he is to his expeditions.
Cycle courier turned cycle tourists (and back again) who writes really well.
Leon emailed me a few years ago before planning his first big bike trip. He’s since cycled 14,00 miles and joined Rob Lilwall on a 3,000 mile walk through Mongolia.
Long distance skate-boarding, canoeing, stand-up paddle boarding and 22 other 1000-mile human-powered trips.
“Hull’s second best climber”. Accessible and entertaining writing about climbing.
Polar guy who has completed the longest ever polar journey and various other hard, cold trips.
Tom Allen spent several years cycling all over the place and has produced the most amazing film of his journey: Janapar.
First woman to row the Indian Ocean. Currently on a human-powered journey around the world. I organised the logistics for her trip from London to Tokyo.
Walked across Iran, rafted the Amazon and planning to run the longest river on every continent. He is Australian but otherwise fine.
Who have I missed? Email me.
People who have completed genuinely impressive expeditions.
Jack LaLanne: Swam 1.5 miles towing 70 boats, whilst handcuffed and shackled, aged 70. What a legend.
Borge Ousland: crossed Antarctica on his own and walked to the North Pole, unsupported, in winter amongst other things.
Martin Strehl: swam the length of the Danube, Yangtze, Mississippi and Amazon rivers.
Benoit Lecomte: swam across the Atlantic ocean.
Ed Stafford: walked the entire length of the Amazon river.
Jason Lewis: spent 13 years travelling around the world by human power alone.
Heinz Stucker: been cycling around the world for 48 years.
Historic Ocean Rows: the 12 people who rowed across oceans before satellite phones, GPS or water-makers were invented.
Books and Films
There are far too many books and DVDs to list but here are a few highlights:
Blood, Sweat & Charity
This book was part of the inspiration for this website…
Tom Allen’s life affirming film is about much more than a bike tour.
Roger Deakin’s brilliant swimming journey through Britain…
Mad, Bad & Dangerous to Know
Fiennes’ autobiography sold me on the idea of a life of adventure…
A Year of Adventure
Packed full of different ideas all around the world…
Moods of Future Joys
Al Humphreys’ wonderful tale of cycling around the world.