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Porters are often the unsung heroes of a Himalayan expedition, hefting vital equipment and making a trekker’s dream become reality. Rob Fraser decided to find out what life as a Sherpa really entails and whether a 51-year-old westerner could carry…
In southwest France, Chris Fitch finds himself seduced by a unique Basque cultural identity that preserves its heritage with a stubborn yet admirable passion
Louie Psihoyos is a photographer and an Academy Award-winning film director for the documentary The Cove, whose latest film is Racing Extinction

Swimming Britain

The route from Land’s End to John o’Groats has been conquered overland many times, but it has never been swum...
Former geography teacher Rob Lilwall recounts his 4,500-kilometre walk from the Gobi Desert to Hong Kong, the equivalent of hiking from Birmingham to Tehran
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: journey’s end

Leading the way

Canada is ahead of others in terms of Syrian refugee resettlement, but are the numbers all they’re cracked up to be?

The mosquito trap

Could an innovative ‘smart’ lighting system also help put a stop to the worldwide growth of dengue fever?
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: socks, frisky…

Robert Penn

Robert Penn is an author, journalist and TV presenter. He wrote and produced the BBC series Tales from the Wild Wood, and wrote It’s All About the Bike and his latest book The Man Who Made Things Out of Trees
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: moonlight, shooting…
Among all the negative headlines emerging from the developing nations of the world, the ODI is keen to highlight the positive development stories which have emerged over the past few decades

Way of the North

Following in her parents’ footsteps, Sarah McNair-Landry battled the twin perils of exhaustion and melting snow in her 4,000km dog-sled circumnavigation of Baffin Island
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: silent marches,…
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: sulphur showers,…

The Money Trail

Remittance payments are a fundamental, yet often overlooked, part of the global economy. But the impact on nations receiving the money isn’t just a financial one

Building a Republic

Isolated and battered by storms and earthquakes, the relatively new nation of Vanuatu struggles at times to survive. Marco Magrini marvels at how a land of diversity overcomes immense hardship
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: shooting contests,…

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