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TRAILS OF SNOW ICE AND ROCK

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READ BASE ISSUE #03 IN FULL

Secret Compass don’t just run epic expeditions, we also support TV and Film productions in wild places and even run an adventure magazine. Issue #03 of BASE was launched in …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

A GUIDE TO MOUNTAIN FOOTWEAR

No item in your kit store is single-handedly more capable of ruining an expedition than unsuitable footwear and few environments demand as much from your feet and thus your boots …

DESERT FOOTWEAR GUIDE

Blisters are a fact of life on desert expeditions. Even those who ‘had never had one before’ or say ‘I never get blisters’ get them. The rough ground, hot temperatures …