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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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