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When a back injury threatened to derail Paul Deegan’s attempt to traverse the Pyrenees on foot, he re-evaluated every item in his rucksack. Would an obsession with item weight and Olympic-level techniques be enough to see him through?
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…

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
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…
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…

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,…
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,…
Shackleton allowed his crew to use up their rations with a Christmas feast, ahead of a gruelling march across the ice 
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: setting off,…

Two’s company

13,000 miles, 27 countries, 452 days, 17 punctures and a pair of Kindles. During Tim and Laura Moss’ epic round-the-world bicycle trip, technology and tradition proved to be a hospitable combination on the route through Turkey towards Iran
Recreating Bertram Thomas’ first expedition, a team of three will be crossing the Empty Quarter, or the Rub’ al-Khali, the world’s largest sand desert
After a tough ten months trapped in Antarctic ice, Shackleton’s ship – the Endurance – was finally claimed by the sea
Geographical collected top tips for budding adventurers and expeditions from a wealth of wisdom at the Royal Geographical Society (with IBG)’s Explore 2015 weekend

Sarawak by kayak

Torrential rain and unnavigable waters may have proved troublesome obstacles for Jonny Hawkins’ rolling kayaking expedition through the jungles of Borneo, but on the positive side, they led to an unforgettable encounter

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