There is widespread consensus amongst the wisest and most informed members of the adventure community about the one website that stands head and shoulders above all others and I remain grateful for their recognition.
However, here are five other worthy adversaries to this website which I’d recommend to anyone interested in the world of expeditions which I’ve lifted from my Expedition Planning Resources page. Of course, claiming that there could be any such thing as a “top five” of expedition websites is farcical so please take my title with a pinch of salt.
I’ve not included any of the excellent adventurer-bloggers out there, these are just some general expedition sites, in no particular order.
1. Explorers Connect
I always recommend these guys first for anyone looking to get into expeditions. Founded by Belinda Kirk, Explorers Connect is a community of adventurers, who hold regular meetings around the UK and further afield. They advertise expedition opportunities and it’s a great way to find teammates.
2. The Adventure Blog
If you’re an aspiring adventurer then this is the site to help you keep your finger on the pulse. It’s the closest thing to a newspaper for the expedition world.
3. Explorers Web
ExplorersWeb is probably the biggest hitter in the expedition world. It’s the US expedition hub with a heavyfocus on Everest and the 8000-metre peaks, polar expeditions and communications equipment.
Next Challenge Resources
These website recommendations are taken from the Inspiration section of my Resources Page.
Other topics include inspiration, sponsorship, desert travel, polar expeditions and mountaineering.
4. Adventure Stats
Perhaps a wild card for such a short list but I love AdventureStats. It’s a simple website with a fascinating collection of records on polar journeys, Everest ascents, ocean rows and more. You can get lost for hours in there if you’re sad like me.
(And if you are sad like me then you’ll probably like the stats in our Database of Long Distance Cycle Journeys, the LDCJ too).
5. Royal Geographical Society’s Expedition Database
An archive of over 10,000 expedition reports spanning all the way back to 1965. If you are planning a trip to any remote region then this has got to be the first place to check. A word of warning, however: you can lose a whole lot of time living vicariously through swathes of old expedition stories.
What do you reckon? What am I missing?