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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
Sarah Outen describes her kayaking expedition along the Aleutian Islands, a significant undertaking that is just one part of her ongoing human powered journey around the world

Tips for rivers and oceans

Legends and tall tales go with the sea, Geographical takes some sober advice on ocean and river expeditions
Recumbant, tandem or just a regular bicycle, Geographical rounds up advice for bicycle expeditions
After over a month of sailing through pack ice, Shackleton and the Endurance became trapped just one day from their Antarctic destination
Eight years after he wrote about his experience of walking solo to the North Geographic Pole, Ben Saunders returns to the pages of Geographical to describe his Antarctic sequel
A reward of $100 is being offered for an orginal copy of the famous advertisement Shackleton is said to have placed recruiting men for his Antarctic expedition
On 5 December 1914, Ernest Shackleton and his crew, aiming to be the first people to cross Antarctica via the South Pole, left South Georgia. It was the last time they would set foot on land for nearly 500 days

The Pole of cold

Recipient of the 2013 Land Rover and Royal Geographical Society (with IBG) Bursary, Felicity Aston found driving to the coldest place on Earth a test of willpower, a reliance on sturdy equipment and the gathering of local, if unusual, knowledge
This year marks the 100th anniversary of the birth of Norwegian ethnographer and adventurer Thor Heyerdahl, best known for the Kon-Tiki expedition in 1947

Tips for a cold climate

If you’re planning an expedition to a polar or Arctic environment, take some advice from the experts. Geographical rounds up advice from the Royal Geographical Society (with IBG)’s Explore 2014 arctic and polar workshop

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