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AN INTRODUCTION TO EXPEDITION MEDICINE

By their own nature, expeditions are risky endeavours. From uneven terrain and altitude to tropical disease and dangerous wildlife, depending on the environment there can be a lot of variables …

ACHIEVE SOMETHING EXTRAORDINARY IN 2020

Whether you’re looking to learn new skills, discover a way of life you never thought possible, or be one of a select few to pioneer an incredible new route, with newly …

NEW LIFE IN KOSOVO’S MOUNTAIN RESORTS

In the heart of the Balkans, Kosovo is a country which has been haunted by civil war and ethical conflicts. A little over two decades after the break-up of Yugoslavia …

HOW TO SCALE AND NAME AN UNCLIMBED MOUNTAIN

The draw of the unknown is a powerful beast – something with which over the years the Secret Compass team has developed a borderline unhealthy obsession. The idea of setting …

NEW EXPEDITION: SOCOTRA 2020

Bisecting the island from coast to coast, this 120km camel supported journey will trek into the heart of the Hajhir Massif, tackling the highest non-technical trekking peaks of Socotra. En …

WATCH: LIFE WITH THE NENETS

What is life really like day to day in northern Siberia living with the Nenets reindeer herders on the Yamal Peninsula? Thousands of miles away surrounded by the comforts of …

MANOEUVRING THE MUNROS

Of all the places I’ve worked however, Scotland holds a unique appeal for me. A good adventure photo should make you, as the viewer, either want to be there, or …

PODCAST: EXPERIENCES ON THE YAMAL PENINSULA

The latest episode sees host Eden Flaherty chat with Secret Compass expedition leader Patrick Barrow about the time he’s spent on the Yamal Peninsula in the Siberian Arctic with reindeer …

FULL LINEUP FOR AWA 2019 ANNOUNCED

As the first opportunity to see the films from Kendal Mountain Festival in London, we’re really excited to announce our full lineup of films for Audience with Adventure 2019. Below …

BASE MAGAZINE ISSUE #02 OUT NOW

If you’ve not yet grabbed a copy of BASE magazine, what are you waiting for? This awesome new adventure magazine from our friends at BASE documents the full spectrum of …

HOW TO CAMP IN WINTER

In the depths of winter with harsh conditions and the potential of snow on the ground, a night in the wild can seem rather daunting. But it doesn’t have to …

ODE TO THE STRUGGLE

Call it masochistic, but we’re all for adding a pinch of torment back into adventure. This isn’t a case for heading out ill-equipped and under prepared, far from it. Instead this …

AN EXPEDITION IS NOT A HOLIDAY

An expedition is not a holiday. It’ll start at the edge of your comfort zone and take you well beyond it. In unfamiliar and extreme surroundings, at times it’ll be …

THE FIRST SKI DESCENT OF LHOTSE

Stood at 8,516 metres and part of the Everest massif, Lhotse is the world’s fourth highest mountain. In 2018, big-mountain skiers Hilaree Nelson and Jim Morrison completed the first ski …

WHAT MAKES A GOOD EXPEDITION LEADER?

As I reflect on my most recent trip to the Wakhan Corridor in Afghanistan, I remember saying as I flew out of Kabul in 2006 following a deployment in the …

THE LAST HONEY HUNTER

If you attended any of the international adventure film festivals over recent years there’s a good chance you’ve seen this one already – we were lucky enough to screen it …

THE PLACE TIME FORGOT BUT YOU NEVER WILL

For the hikers who join us as teammates on our Wakhan Corridor expeditions, Afghanistan never fails to leave impressions that last a lifetime. Joining our 2019 team of nine, Mark …

AUDIENCE WITH ADVENTURE RETURNS FOR 2019

That’s right our annual one night film festival is back! There’s not much we can release just yet, but we’re exited to be bringing big screen adventure back to the …

HOW TO POO IN THE WILD

The experience of answering natures call outside divides opinions, many love it, others fear it and for some people, the concept of getting caught short in the wild is reason …

WE NEED YOUR VOTE

We’ve made the final stages of the 2019 AFAR Travellers’ Choice Awards and the public vote is now open so now we need your help! The AFAR Travellers’ Choice Awards …

REACHING MY PEAK

Behind the most impressive feats of endurance there lies levels of resilience, determination and mental strength which go beyond what most of us have ever experienced. Through his ultra-running, coaching …

THERE ARE NO QUEUES IN THESE UNTRODDEN WILDS

For obvious reason, the iconic trails and climbs will forever remain exactly that, unlikely to stop attracting vast numbers of visitors. But sharing the trail with hundreds of others has …

REVIEW: GREGORY PARAGON 58L

A lightweight 58 litre pack. Complete with an internal daypack, plenty of features designed specifically to enhance versatile fitting and comfort. With a multi-day trip to the Tres Picos State …

THE CALL OF THE RIVER

Fierce, remote and hazardous, the Apurimac River is considered the farthest source of the Amazon. From the glacial meltwater of the ridge of the Mismi, a 5,597-metre-high mountain in the …

CHILD CARE WITH DANNY MACASKILL

Scotland’s Danny Macaskill is probably the most viral thing bikes have ever seen, merging the MTB and trials worlds with unrivalled creativity as he shows off the best of Scottish …

COMING SUMMER 2019: BASE MAGAZINE

From the Secret Compass headquarters, landing summer 2019 BASE magazine is a brand new quarterly magazine sharing inspirational stories from the world of adventure. Through the medium of print, BASE …

EMBRACE THE SPIRIT OF SLOW TRAVEL

Sure, the latest innovations offer comfort and efficiency in today’s transportation, but chasing technology has never been our style. Instead, we’re stripping back to basics for more immersive experiences. We’ve …

A WALK ON THE WILD SIDE OF LEBANON

The Middle East might not be the first place that comes to mind when you think of snow-capped mountains, but there’s one Middle Eastern nation where mountains rise up straight …

Are You Crazy? Don’t Go There It’s Dangerous!

All Western media ever talks about, are the wars and ethnic conflicts, variously mismanaged or escalated by local governments and often abetted by foreign interference or, more succinctly, by the …

NOTES FROM THE LOST WORLD

Within reach of neighbouring Brazil and Guyana, in the south east of Venezuela, some 700km from the nation’s capital city Caracas, sits Canaima National Park. Home to the iconic flat …

SURFING THE ZAMBEZI

With optimal water volume and flow rate absolutely paramount, river waves are a mystical beast.  On the Zambezi, when those conditions align, the river produces a standing wave with more …

CRACKING THE ICE

Nothing else quite excites and terrifies me like ice climbing. But that exhilaration is addictive. I constantly surprise myself with what I’m able to accomplish when I let go of …

BENEATH THE GREENLAND ICE CAP

Will Gadd has been climbing ice for 35 years, and with the first ascent of Niagara Falls among his achievements he has long led that charge. Striving to give back …

TIMELAPSE FROM THE ROOF OF THE EARTH

The 2014 and 2015 seasons hosted the highest number of recorded fatalities on Mount Everest. Elia Saikaly, the creater of this captivating timelapse was there during both seasons and the …

YOUR NEXT ADVENTURE SHOULD BE RIVER BASED

Compounding around 71 % of the earth’s surface and roughly 65% of our own bodies, H2O is the absolute lifeblood of this planet – connecting alpine glaciers to the jungles and lowlands, to the shorelines and oceans …

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