Explorers Connect

Powering an Adventure Revolution


James Hipkiss

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 EC Community share their adventures and updates from the EC Community.


World First Solo Swim Around Kaua'i

Becky Goodall

In July 2019, Terence Bell - Australian waterman - is looking to stage a world-first Solo Swim around the Hawaiian island of Kaua’i, supported by local crew on a sailing boat to raise US$50k for Sustainable Coastlines HI. He tells Explorers Connect all about the challenge he has set himself, and why…

Can Wild Camping Change Your Life? 

Wild Night OutWild Night Out

In 2017, I wild camped for the first time in the Lake District. I caught the bug almost instantly, investing in a lightweight backpacking tent. Pretty soon that wasn't enough, I invested in a 4 season tent… and then a bivvy bag. By 2019 I can say I've slept under canvas for 20 nights so far in 2019 and counting. You'd be right in thinking I started wild camping and I never looked back.

Seeking Teammates for Pacific Crest Trail

Join a TeamWild Night Out

In April 2020, I am going to hike 2,650 miles from Mexico to Canada along the Pacific Crest Trail. As one of the longest hiking trails in the world, it crosses some of the most diverse terrain of any long distance trail, including; 700 miles of desert, 57 mountain passes, 26 National Forests, 7 National Parks and 5 State Parks.

Updated: Storytellers & Walk Leaders: Wild Night Out needs your help in Yorkshire & Peak District

Join a Team, Adventure Revolution, EC CommunityWild Night Out

Explorers Connect’s annual campaign “Wild Night Out” is encouraging free and very-low-cost events around the UK to encourage others to get outside on the national night of adventure 29th June 2019. Working with the Youth Hostel Association we need volunteers to help add a little magic to our adventure camp-outs at various locations around the country.

How Explorers Connect Started My Journey

Wild Night Out

In 2012, I stumbled across a website called Explorers Connect. My head was full of big dreams, and becoming an expedition kayaker was right at the forefront. I now run my own expedition company, bringing together adventure-loving people. Happy birthday, Explorers Connect. You have influenced my journey more that you can imagine!

A Wild (Swimming) Night Out

Wild Night OutBecky Goodall

How do you have a wild night out when you don’t particularly like camping? You go for a wild night swim instead! Ok, it wasn’t technically ‘night’ because it’s summer, but the sun was lazily sinking behind the treeline as I arrived at Hatchmere Lake for my swim.