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15 Tips towards finding Expedition Sponsorship Here are a few lessons I have picked up whilst chasing the wonga along the yellow brick road to the South Pole. ...
Adventure for Good? A while ago I wrote a post called Adventure for Good? One of the comments that resulted from it came from Bex. She wrote, “You raised some interesting points here but your reflections are from a unique angle in that […]...
Adventure for Good? This is one of those blog posts that might come across as hypocritical, preaching or judgemental. Apologies. But I’m also glad, as they often spark the most interesting conversations. Here I go. I’ve been mulling over the relationship between Adventure and […]...
1001 Climbing Tips There are some people in the outdoor world who do authentically cool stuff and do it for the right reasons. They work really hard at turning what they enjoy doing into a career that pays the bills, producing consistently high-quality, innovative, […]...
In Praise of Journeys on Water Whether you choose a canoe or kayak, build yourself a raft, or simply set out to swim, heading to the water is possibly my favourite way of guaranteeing an interesting journey. Pick a river, any river on Earth, follow it […]...
How to Choose Your Adventure. 36 Questions to Hatch a Plan… You’ve decided you want to do a big journey. You’ve begun saving. You’ve allocated time in your calendar to the trip. Your family and boss know that you’re doing the trip. Nothing is standing in your way. (You have permission […]...
Advice for Young People Dreaming of Adventure “All of our days are numbered; we cannot afford to be idle. To act on a bad idea is better than to not act at all because the worth of the idea never becomes apparent until you do it.” ― Nick […]...
11 Tips on Finding Sponsors for your Expedition Finding a sponsor is hard. Here are some tips to help the process....
Money and Adventure Some tips on saving and budgeting for your adventure....
First Commit. Then Begin. Everything else Follows. About this time of year, a couple of years’ back, I was training for an expedition to the South Pole. We’d been working towards it for five years – preparing, planning, training, dreaming. I was stronger than I had ever […]...
Ben Saunders Ben Saunders is a pioneering polar explorer and a record-breaking long-distance skier, covering more than 6,000km (3,730 miles) on foot in the polar regions since 2001. Ben’s accomplishments include leading the longest human-powered polar journey in history, a round-trip from […]...
Want to be an Adventurer? Some Well-meant Cold Water for you… People often email me to ask advice on earning a living from adventures. Sometimes they come from young people contemplating adventure instead of higher education, or perhaps dropping out of uni to focus on expeditions. I’ll address that first. Many […]...
Mark Kalch – Paddling the longest river on each continent Mark Kalch is an Australian expedition paddler currently living in Argentina. He is working on a long-term project to paddle the length of the longest river on all seven continents. Alastair: Today I am interviewing the adventurer with the biggest muscles […]...
Lev Wood I've just done the biggest adventure of my life, walked almost 4,000 miles, through six different countries, all the way from the source of the River Nile in Rwanda to the Mediterranean Sea in Egypt. I went through every kind of terrain that Africa has to offer. And for me it was a fascinating way of exploring Africa in the 21st century with its diverse peoples and cultures. ...
Riaan Manser South African adventurer Riaan Manser has cycled round Africa, paddled round Iceland and Madgascar, and rowed to New York. I chatted with him via Skype for Grand Adventures. Alastair: You’ve just finished rowing the Atlantic with your wife. How did […]...
Paula Constant – Walking from the UK to the Sahara Paula Constant spent 3 years walking from the UK to Africa and across the Sahara desert. She speaks eloquently and honestly about adventure. In other words, she’s worth listening to. I caught up with her, via Skype, at home in Australia. […]...
Ignorance, to a certain extent, is the Mother of Adventure In short, if I had known prior to my departure what I know now a: I might not have departed at all and b: I wouldn’t have had the same experience that I did. On this basis, the most honest answer I can give to the question is “nothing”....
Dave Cornthwaite There is absolutely no point in spending your life doing something that makes you miserable....
Around the World in a Taxi Paul Archer decided it would be funny to drive round the world in a taxi. And so began a great adventure… Alastair: Hi Paul, can you start by giving us a quick outline of your adventure? Paul: Myself and two buddies […]...
The 4 Phases of an Adventure Cas and Jonesy are a duo of Australian adventurers. They’ve paddled across the Tasman Sea, done an enormous South Pole expedition, and even released a jigsaw of themselves! I caught up with Cas for a chat on Skype for the […]...
A One Year Expedition Around Scotland I’m a big fan of seeking out epic adventures close to home. Will Copestake’s trip is a perfect example and a great inspiration for Grand Adventures. Here’s what he has to say: In 2013 I set off on an adventure […]...
Mark Beaumont Mark Beaumont has cycled round the world very quickly and many other adventures. He’s a successful television presenter in Scotland, and a thoughtful voice on chasing adventures. I was delighted to chat to him for Grand Adventures. Alastair: I’m working on a […]...
James Ketchell – Climbing Everest, Rowing the Atlantic, Cycling Round the World James Ketchell is a serial adventurer, motivational speaker and Scouting ambassador. James is the first person to have rowed the Atlantic Ocean, summited Everest and cycled round the world. Seven years prior to this, he was recovering from a serious motorcycle […]...
The Biggest Obstacle was Myself I found learning about local life and culture beside the pyramids of Giza much more interesting than the pyramids themselves which I’d seen a thousand times before in images....
Adventure Saved me from Becoming an Aging, Balding Rocker Jason Lewis is the first person to circumnavigate the Earth without using motors or sails: walking, cycling, and inline skating five continents, and kayaking, swimming, rowing, and pedalling a boat across the rivers, seas, and oceans. Taking thirteen years to complete, the 46,505-mile journey was hailed “the last great first for circumnavigation” by the London Sunday Times. In other words, he's worth listening to if you are interested in adventure yourself......
A Greater Challenge Than Rowing The Atlantic Ocean I have rowed across the Atlantic Ocean, but creating Oivo feels like an even bigger challenge to me than being out there in the middle of the Ocean. Oivo makes me feel alive again....
Jamie McDonald – Running across Canada dressed as a Superhero Jamie McDonald is a very lovely man. He is genuine, honest, humble and funny. He’s also run 5000 miles across Canada. A good combination for a Grand Adventures interview… Alastair: I think epic is a really tedious and overused word […]...
Running Round the World – the Hard Way Round How to run around the planet....
Sean Conway Being a professional adventurer, it’s almost like an oxymoron in a way, because the whole idea of being an adventurer is to go and challenge yourself and get away from it all, but to become a professional adventurer you have to be in the middle of it all....
Sarah Outen – Rowing, Kayaking, Cycling Round The World There's no hurdles to stop people having adventures, apart from being dead really....
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