Adventure through the Landscapes of Gran Canaria
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by Anna Smith
1M ago
A round-the-world trip has to be high on any adventurer’s bucket list. The opportunity to traverse new cultures, landscapes and adventures in one big stretch is simply unmatchable. Unfortunately, it comes with a pretty hefty price tag – in both money and time – that most people simply can’t afford. But what if we told you that just off the coast of North Africa there is a little island, not more than 600² miles across, that can scratch that adventurous itch in a week. Gran Canaria is a volcanic island filled with an abundance of colour, nature and culture. Every day you can wake up in a totall ..read more
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Sustainable Summiting with Monkey Mountaineering
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by Anna Smith
1M ago
A mountaineering adventure is an exhilarating experience like no other, offering breathtaking 360-degree views, thrilling new challenges and a profound connection to nature. However, the ecosystems and communities we encounter along the way are fragile and, as outdoor enthusiasts, each of us are responsible for reducing the impact our expeditions can have on them. “But how?” I hear you ask. Well, we’ve teamed up with sustainable expedition company Monkey Mountaineering to unpack a few simple strategies you can follow to minimise your footprint on your next adventure, ensuring that future gener ..read more
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5 New Adventures to try in Malta this Summer
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by Anna Smith
1M ago
Stevie from Gozo Adventures is a world class climber. He’s climbed all over the globe from big walls to boulders and picked up some wild stories to tell his clients as he teaches them how to improve their technique. Without ropes or safety gear, he practically walked up the beginner routes at Mġarr ix-Xini, a stunning protected valley carved into the southwest of Gozo (Malta’s second island). He looked really cool. Glancing down, the bright blue, half-egg-shaped helmet Stevie had laid at my feet did not look very cool. Now I hope you don’t think me vain, but knowing my first time climbing outd ..read more
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The 4 Best Beaches for Water Sports in Gran Canaria
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by Anna Smith
2M ago
Looking at Gran Canaria on the map is like looking at a cartoon drawing of a paradise island. Off the coast of North Africa, it’s as circular as an island can be, is covered in rocky mountains and dense forests and, most importantly for a paradise island, it is surrounded by miles of beautiful blue ocean. Gran Canaria’s slice of the Atlantic is ripe with adventure all year round, whether you feel most comfortable far below the surface, bobbing on the waves or admiring from the shore. You can dive, submarine, jet ski, parasail, surf, windsurf, paddleboard, fish and sail on every corner of the i ..read more
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Experience Adventure in Carinthia this Summer
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by Anna Smith
2M ago
Along each of the 43 stages of southern Europe’s Alpe Adria Trail lies a “Magic Place”. These are little natural gems where all of the elements come together in harmony and arrest your senses. Lakes, rivers, forests, mountains and waterfalls guide you from stage to stage so that the magic never ceases. In the near future, they will be recognised officially on maps of the trail so these wonderous sights will be right at your finger tips. You must be thinking, ‘what kind of utopia has so many of these magic places?’ The answer is Carinthia, the southernmost state in Austria and the country’s bes ..read more
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Breaking the Cycle: Antarctica
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by Anna Smith
3M ago
This article was originally published in Wired For Adventure Volume 20. Expedition cyclist Kate Leeming divulges how she is training for the world’s first cycle across the Antarctic continent, all in aid of her education charity; Breaking the Cycle.  Antarctica has always fascinated me and the heroic explorers of the Antarctic and Australian continents continue to inspire. However, growing up on a wheat and sheep farm in Western Australia, the quest of cycling across the great white desert seemed an impossible dream. The germ of the idea came at an unlikely moment. It was 45 ̊C as I sough ..read more
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How To: Waterproof Your Gear
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by Anna Smith
3M ago
The choice between breathable or waterproof outdoor clothing has scratched many adventurers’ heads over the years. What happens if I’m adventuring in the rain? Do I choose soaking or sweaty? As textiles have advanced, this choice has become much easier, but keeping waterproof clothes breathable and breathable clothes waterproof is more technical than you may think. Over time, the Durable Water Repellent coating on your waterproof clothing will wear off due to dirt and abrasion. This causes waterproof clothing to ‘wet-out’ (start absorbing water), feel heavy and lose breathability, as water vap ..read more
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Beat the Heat with Robens Lightweight Flexpitch Tents
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by Anna Smith
3M ago
Sometimes in the adventure community we only focus on staying warm in the cold. Don’t get me wrong, it’s a lifesaver and we should absolutely know how to when the going gets chilly, but what about when you head to hotter climes? Being too hot or exposed can be just as uncomfortable and, in the extreme, dangerous. Well, our friends at Robens have thought all this through for us. One of the most exciting features of their Track Range of tents is the Flexpitch system. This allows you to fully pitch the tent, with fly sheet and mesh inner for full protection, choose just the mesh inner for max ven ..read more
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The Road Less Travelled: Makalu
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by Neil Irwin
3M ago
Words and images: Neil Irwin Makalu. Does the name ring a bell? Perhaps not if you don’t spend a lot of your time fantasising about 8000ers. It’s not only one of the 14 mountains in the world above 8000m, but it’s the 5th highest to be exact, standing at 8481 metres. Everest (8848m) may be synonymous for Nepal when it comes to both trekking and summiting, but perhaps Makalu should also be on your radar if you want to see what the country can really offer. From lush green jungle-like sections to rugged mountain scenery, and a hint of danger whilst traversing rock falls off the beaten path, the ..read more
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Why Horse Trekking in Georgia Should Be Your Next Adventure
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by Anna Smith
3M ago
This piece was originally published in Wired For Adventure Volume 21. “To love.” In the house hanging off the cliff, my guide Alex was making a toast. “It moves everything in the world, in the universe. It is all because of love.” Having only had one hour of sleep thirteen hours ago, I was absolutely hanging off his every word. He was right, it was because of love. Why I was here, in this house, on this cliff in Georgia, eating this cheesy bread thing. I’d flown into Tblisi at 6am, checked into a hotel at 6:30, confused the receptionist checking out again at eight, and was whisked from the wri ..read more
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