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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

Surviving the Gower

Filled with romantic notions of self-sufficiency in the wild, Will Millard learned an uncomfortable lesson about correct planning and preparation when he spent a damp night sleeping under the stars on the Gower Peninsula in South Wales
Despite planning for every conceivable possibility, during his six-week expedition along the length of Iran’s Karun River, Tom Allen discovered that the most valuable piece of equipment he owned was his own ability to communicate

An American odyssey

During his six-month trek along the Pacific Crest Trail from southern California to the USA–Canada border, Ian Mangiardi discovered that although his kit proved to be invaluable, his most important piece of gear was the head on his shoulders
Nick Middleton travels to the world’s coldest town, where de-icing livestock is part of everyday life and everyone owns a pair of fur-lined mittens
Despite storms flooding their tent, high winds pelting them with sea spray and a continuous stream of dirty nappies, Erin McKittrick has nothing but good memories of crossing Alaska’s Malaspina Glacier with her husband and two small children

The slippery summit

Ever since an Italian expedition first climbed K2, in 1954, its members have argued bitterly about a key aspect of the ascent. Mick Conefrey unearths evidence to shed new light on this famous mountaineering controversy

Skye three ways

Continuing his series of ‘microadventures’ around the British Isles, Alastair Humphreys headed to the Isle of Skye with the idea of cycling, climbing and kayaking his way around the spectacular island in 24 hours

Living in the clouds

Despite suffering from acute motion sickness, meteorologist and explorer Felicity Aston found that travelling by airship across the USA from the Atlantic to the Pacific coasts offered a unique opportunity to study the mechanisms at work in the atmosphere
Cho Oyu is considered to be one of the easier 8,000-metre peaks. But when Tori James joined an expedition to climb this Himalayan giant, she found the challenges were unrelenting

Searching for Moby Dick

While filming a documentary about remote fishing communities in the western Pacific Ocean, Will Millard witnessed the harsh realities involved in making a living from the sea off the islands of Nusa Tenggara in eastern Indonesia

Where the ice flows by

With a bit of spare time to kill after a horseriding adventure in Mongolia, Jamie Bunchuk and his companion Matt Traver decided to packraft down the Khovd River. But they hadn’t counted on it being quite so ice-choked
Inspired by Wilfred Thesiger’s famous desert journeys, Alastair Humphreys walked 1,600 kilometres from Salalah in Oman to Dubai and found that life there had changed enormously since Thesiger’s Arabian Sands was published

Ice-cold exploration

High in the Swiss Alps, Robbie Shone joins a team of British scientists exploring, mapping and photographing the network of moulins and ice caves that riddle the 14-kilometre-long Gorner Glacier

The only way is up

Even with the most meticulous plans and the biggest team ever assembled for an attempt on Everest, the success of the 1953 expedition came down to a series of gambles and a bit of luck with the weather

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