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Chris McIvor OBE is the head of Save the Children in Sri Lanka and has worked for aid agencies for more than 30 years. His latest book, The World is Elsewhere, is available now from Sandstone Press
Geographical presents extracts from four explorers at the RGS-IBG Friday Night Lecture for Explore 2016
Explorers share a strange experience from the wild and what it taught them 

Off the beaten path

A long-term scouting project kicked off this year, to create the first Transcaucasian hiking trail across Georgia and Armenia. Chris Fitch hitched a ride to observe how such an ambitious undertaking can be achieved in this remote and mountainous region
While some aspiring expedition leaders and field scientists attend Explore once, many more return year after year, making the journey from delegate to panellist to speaker as their fieldwork and expedition experience grows. Here’s how the annual expedition and field…
While some aspiring expedition leaders and field scientists attend Explore once, many more return year after year, making the journey from delegate to panellist to speaker as their fieldwork and expedition experience grows. Here’s how the annual expedition and field…
While some aspiring expedition leaders and field scientists attend Explore once, many more return year after year, making the journey from delegate to panellist to speaker as their fieldwork and expedition experience grows. Here’s how the annual expedition and field…
While some aspiring expedition leaders and field scientists attend Explore once, many more return year after year, making the journey from delegate to panellist to speaker as their fieldwork and expedition experience grows. Here’s how the annual expedition and field…
Two islands, divided by an international border and separated by geopolitics, are on the verge of being reunited. But will fractured US-Russian relations stand in the way?
When Geordie Torr and his partner decided to leave the UK and move back to Australia with their two young daughters, they took the long way, spending six months driving around Europe and then another six travelling home overland
Chaz Powell is an adventurer and expedition leader who is aiming to be the first person to walk the complete 1,600 miles of the Zambezi River
A chance encounter resulted in the breakthrough set to solve one of exploration history’s biggest mysteries. As the discovery of Franklin’s second ship, the HMS Terror, hits headlines, Joseph Frey tells the amazing story of how his original vessel, HMS…
Reports that Sir John Franklin’s second ship, HMS Terror, has been discovered off Canada’s King William Island, in aptly named Terror Bay, means a major new piece of the Franklin puzzle has been found
Ernest Shackleton faces a race against time to rescue the stranded crew of the Endurance from the harsh winter of Elephant Island

Into the abode of death

After 49 days on foot and by camel, Mark Evans, along with Omani explorers Mohammed Al Zadjali and Amur Al Wahaibi, arrived in Doha having followed the 1930 trail of explorer Bertram Thomas across the Empty Quarter of Arabia
The Rio Olympic carnival kicks into action this week, but last year Brazil saw competitors gathering for a very different festival of sport
While all eyes are on the world’s best athletes in Rio this summer, Geographical looks at the equally competitive, if slightly older, veterans still competing well into their old age
Korea, insular and little-known to the Western world, was once dubbed the Hermit Kingdom. Today, given South Korea’s remarkable economic growth, it has earned another name – the land of miracles. Simon Winchester trekked the country hosting the Olympic Games

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