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Albania Photos

Albania has probably been our favourite country so far. Lovely people, lovely scenery and very different from its neighbours and the rest of Europe. Below are a few photos from our cycle across the country. You can view the full set on Flickr.  Wheeling through a flooded dirt track Beautiful lake views in the mountains All manner of animals share the road with cars and bikes The petrol station owner put out ...

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Danny MacAskill’s Inspired Bicycles

This is an oldie but a goodie (it's had 30 million views on YouTube). From what I can tell, Danny MacAskill's since gone on to be quite a successful sponsored cyclist and made many more glitzier videos (see below) but it's this one that I always come back to. Inspired is the word. Danny MacAskill's Way Back Home Danny MacAskill's Industrial Revolutions ...

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How to Get to the North Pole – In Pictures

My book is called How to Get to the North Pole: and Other Iconic Adventures. It has seven chapters, each about a different iconic adventure, and each opening with a wonderful illustration by the talented Mr Jim Shannon and a few statistics such as the difficulty, cost and glory potential. The text is broken up with stories and anecdotes from the history of exploration. Whilst writing the book, I wrote to ov ...

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Easter Cycling Video

We took our GoPro video camera with us on the cycle trip over Easter. We'll be taking it around the world with us too. We won't be attempting to make a proper documentary about our cycle, just capturing some video to upload to the website for fun. Key to this is ease. The filming is already dead easy on the GoPro but editing videos can take ages and that's when sat at a computer at home. We'll be doing our ...

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An Adventure Every Day

I ran a campaign throughout 2010 encouraging people to undertake a new "Everyday Adventure" each month. Simple stuff like seeing how far you could get on your lunch break, trying a novel route to work or heading for whatever you could see on the horizon. The aim was to ram home the idea that you really don't need time, money or expertise to have an adventure. It was one of the best things I've done with thi ...

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Photos from Cycling the Length of England #2

 A few photographs from the second half of our recent cycle ride. This batch come from the stretch from Lancashire out to the east coast near Newcastle from where we followed Sustrans National Cycle Route 1 up to Edinburgh. We were testing out a system of uploading photos to Laura's Nexus tablet computer and uploading them automatically, something we hope to do as efficiently as possible on our cycle to Aus ...

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Climbing Mountains in Kyrgyzstan

I had never heard of Kyrgyzstan or the Tien Shan mountains when a friend suggested we go climbing there, nor had I worn crampons or ever left Europe before. The thought of setting off for these huge peaks was both exciting and very daunting. But set off I did, with Ben Davitt and Thom Allen, pictured here enjoying a British tea party on a glacier. Kyrgyzstan was a bit of a shock to my middle class world. I ...

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Photos from Patagonia

Here are some of my favourite photos from our trip to Patagonia earlier in the year. If the slideshow above isn't working then click here to view full-screen. ...

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Around the World in 80 Ways video

My good friend Thom and I completed a charity challenge to travel around the world in two months using eighty different methods of transport some years back. We took a video camera with us and shot some sketchy footage. Thom, who has now filmed some far better videos, put together this little teaser from the trip. (If it doesn't work above, you can view it on Vimeo instead). ...

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The Wonderful Wahiba

One of my favourite ever adventures was conducted over a Bank Holiday weekend whilst living in Oman. I was enraptured by the Wahiba Sands (also called Sharqiya) the first time we visited - a beautiful, archetypal sand sea some 60 miles wide and 100 or so high. On the recommendation of a friend, we decided to try and cross it on foot. Here's our story told in pictures. We parked our car at the edge of the fi ...

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Risking the Mountains

Here is a video made by my friend Patrick O'Hara. Filmed in the Haute Marienne region of the French Alps, British Mountain Guide Andy Teasdale talks about risks and decision making in the mountains. (If the above window's not playing the video then you can try watching it on Vimeo). ...

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Images from Bhutan

The Kingdom of Bhutan is a prized destination for many travellers. My wife, Laura, was lucky enough to visit there two years ago and I've only just dug out her photos to share... The Tiger's Nest Monastery The view to Kachenjunga Unusual building decoration in Paro Yaks in the mountains with bells attached to help you avoid getting trampled Trekking mules used to carry kit Stupa above Thimpu Spin the wheel ...

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