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Weekly updates from explorer Mark Evans as he attempts to retrace Bertram Thomas’ footsteps and cross the largest sand desert in the world – the Rub al Khali, from Salalah in Oman, to Doha in Qatar. This week: setting off,…

Two’s company

13,000 miles, 27 countries, 452 days, 17 punctures and a pair of Kindles. During Tim and Laura Moss’ epic round-the-world bicycle trip, technology and tradition proved to be a hospitable combination on the route through Turkey towards Iran
Recreating Bertram Thomas’ first expedition, a team of three will be crossing the Empty Quarter, or the Rub’ al-Khali, the world’s largest sand desert
After a tough ten months trapped in Antarctic ice, Shackleton’s ship – the Endurance – was finally claimed by the sea
Geographical collected top tips for budding adventurers and expeditions from a wealth of wisdom at the Royal Geographical Society (with IBG)’s Explore 2015 weekend

Sarawak by kayak

Torrential rain and unnavigable waters may have proved troublesome obstacles for Jonny Hawkins’ rolling kayaking expedition through the jungles of Borneo, but on the positive side, they led to an unforgettable encounter
After nine months trapped in the Antarctic ice, including four months of winter darkness, Ernest Shackleton ordered the crew of the Endurance to abandon ship

24 hours to climb

Climbing a single peak can be daunting enough, but to tackle 130 in just twenty-four hours takes an immense level of skill and planning

Running the Namib

The Namib desert, considered by many to be one of the most beautiful and savage places on the planet, is perhaps the ultimate test of endurance for a long-distance runner, such as on the Namib 550 Desert Challenge
In her latest report from the field, Sarah Outen describes a cycling adventure across the breadth of North America, the penultimate leg of her ongoing human-powered journey around the world
Arctic exploration is changing. Polar explorer Pen Hadow discusses the new directions with Geographical

In the footsteps of Darwin

When novice horse rider Tom Allen attempted to follow Charles Darwin's route to explore the length of the Santa Cruz river in Patagonia, he discovered that the immediate future of this near-pristine wilderness is far from certain
Spending two months alone in a pod in the middle of the North Atlantic might not sound like everyone’s idea of a perfect summer holiday, but for Nick Hancock, single-minded determination to break a record took him to a guano-covered…

Beeline Britain

Last June, a four-man team became the first people to complete a straight-line journey from Land's End to John O'Groats, by kayaking, cycling and hiking. Tori James recounts the harrowing first leg of the journey - paddling across the Bristol…

Man on ice

What would it be like to live on an iceberg for a year? Alex Bellini intends to find out

Call of the wild

Geographical has teamed up with Ray Mears and Ontario Tourism to offer a prize of a guided wilderness holiday with the wilderness expert himself. Pete Coombs couldn’t believe his luck when he got to try it first

Cave culture

Geographical takes a look at a geological formation that’s close to being humankind’s oldest home
Even professional fundraisers find it tough to raise money when the project is personal. Craig Pollard, of More Partnership shares advice for those looking to set off along the fundraising trail

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