Welcome to the Explorers Connect blog: an indispensable collection of information to make it easier for you to have adventures.
You can find: local free adventures, how to get funding for your trip, 'how to' guides covering everything from planning to keeping supporters up-to-date at home, news on the Adventure Revolution which is all about how adventure can change lives for the better, trip reports where members and friends of the community share their adventures and updates.
With corsets tightened, skirts billowing and bloomers hidden, five intrepid ladies in full 1907 outfits headed up a very wet and windy Pen Y Fan. Hats off to those pioneering ladies who took on routes unknown and paths unmarked, walking in a fully boned corset is not easy!
Join explorer Jacki Hill-Murphy for a day. Walk a leg of the amazing Thames Walk and help her raise awareness for care-leavers. Running 7th - 20th October 2019.
Be one of 5 volunteers to join environmental scientist Kirstie Jones-Williams on a first-of-its-kind scientific expedition to investigate the presence of micro-plastics on the most isolated continent on Earth: Antarctica.
In May 2020, I plan to sail to Orkney and Shetland then to Bergen and Stavanger in Norway following the coast south to explore the Baltic coast of Denmark before voyaging the Dutch and Belgian Coast Back to the U.K. in September.
What led Belinda to launch ‘Adventure Mind’ - a conference bringing together researchers, adventure practitioners, mental health professionals and policy makers to better understand how adventurous activity can positively affect mental health in the UK.
Having been asked by my brother if I was interested to spend the weekend away canoeing and camping in the woods, the childhood Boy Scout in me was instantly interested. In all honesty I don’t see enough of my big brother so I thought it’d be time well spent.
Free adventure blogs…
There are some absolutely fantastic camping opportunities in and around Bristol from Wookey Hole to the Slad Valley. Here are a few of our favourites…
A comprehensive guide to all the best wild swimming spots in and around Bristol. Get those keks off and jump in!
There are so many hikes within 90mins of Bristol, including strawberry paths, cider trails, and plenty of areas of outstanding natural beauty.
There are some great camping opportunities within 90mins of London. Here are a few of our favourites and all can be reached easily by train from central London.
hensive guide to all the best wild swimming spots in and around the capital from Royal Docks to ponds, reservoirs and gravel pits. What better way to wash off the big smoke?
There are so many hikes within 90mins of London that can be done within a day and by public transport, and all can be reached easily by train from central London.
Adventure funding blogs…
Are you a young person with a craving for adventure? Or a parent with a child who might be eligible? Teacher? Youth worker? Coach? Spread the word about these awesome grants that will pay for adventures for young people.
Travel writing is timeless. Going to new places has always inspired wordsmiths: countless classics have been written about the travel experience. Sound like you? Apply for one of the grants below.
Adventure does not tend to have equal gender representation. However, there are options available to get funding: here, we've compiled a list of the best grants for women.
So you're not rich? Unless you are personally wealthy then the road to making your dreams a reality and getting your next big expedition off the ground is a long and hard one.
‘How to’ blogs
Team selection can make or break an expedition. While it may seem a nice idea to have a group of close friends along with you, survival in the field necessitates qualified expertise above camaraderie.
The UK still has huge potential for exploration, with about 20,000 miles of coastline, 10,000 miles of river and about 12,000 lakes (dependant on ones definition) and only a fraction of all this has ever been explored and observed by the human eye.
When starting out in jungle adventures I always found it tough to find a list describing good items to wear. Below are a few things I have learnt over the years. Obviously this only covers clothing, it doesn't even touch hygiene/ admin/ cooking/ sleeping etc.
Hannah Cox from betternotstop shares her advice on the best adventure websites (full disclosure - we didn't ask Hannah to include Explorers Connect but we're very happy to share her article!)
It’s been three weeks since I was running through the Amazon rainforest in what has been pitted as the most dangerous ultra marathon in the world. Seven days and 258km (160miles) of deep jungle, logging roads, stunning beaches, mangroves, swamps and creeks.
In my zest for adventure I agreed to turn my back on a lot of structural qualities that framed my current life - on security, comfort, good money, from a life that could've easily been drawn out beyond me in a rigid, horizontal line - trading it all in for simplicity, adventure, perspective and impracticality.