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One-way ticket to Norway

Life can often throw up unexpected opportunities, and last November was just one such example. I received a phone call at work, out the blue, from my former PhD supervisor asking what plans I had for when my contract finished in the new year. At the time things were looking fairly open so was keen […]

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A2 Loubenegg

With Daren Cilau collapsed, it was looking like it would be a quiet few months digging-wise. We did, however, have the Fat Belly Boys’ summer retreat to Switzerland to look forward to! Last winter, Phil and Matt went out to join the Höhlenforschungsgemeinschaft Region Hohgant (HRH) caving club for a reccé of the cave ‘A2 […]

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North Africa: 4. Morocco

After the huge overland traverse from Benghazi to Tunis, we arrived in Casablanca pretty shattered. A few days sitting on a beach would have been fantastic, but with only a few weeks left before heading home I wanted to see as much of Morocco as possible. From Casablanca we planned a short circuit of the […]

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North Africa: 3. Libya

At Tunis airport it was obvious we were the only non-Arabs on the flight to Tripoli. As we boarded, people were asking if we were journalists; of course we weren’t, but we stuck to the job description on our visa forms of ‘engineers’. Once landed in Tripoli airport we joined the mass of people at […]

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North Africa: 2. Tunisia

Tunisia was an unexpected destination after our time in Egypt, but our travel options had been limited by this point after the Libyan consul in Alexandria refused us entry visas. We submitted another visa application before leaving Cairo, hoping that we could pick up entry stamps at Tripoli airport three weeks later  instead. Arriving in […]

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North Africa: 1. Egypt

Deciding that you want to go travelling somewhere is the easy part. Organising and making the dream happen is the much harder next step. To make an east-west traverse across North Africa was the idea of my friend Oli, as a sort of procrastination for returning to the UK from her home in Syria. I […]

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Fire and Ice in Kamchatka

The guys over at letsbewild.com have made one the photos from our expedition to the Kamchatka Peninsula as their ‘travel photo of the day‘! Fantastic news, and well worth checking out the rest of their website for bucketfuls of inspiration to get out there and explore, or even to submit your own photos. Photo description:

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Glacial karst: Descent into the Gornergletscher

The Gornergletscher is the second largest glacier system in the Alps, found on the western side of the Monte Rosa Massif flowing down towards the town of Zermatt. The glacier was the centre of interest for the Italian La Venta team during the 80’s and 90’s, during which time they found, explored and described a […]

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Fire and Ice in Kamchatka

Bordering the Pacific ‘Ring of Fire’ lies Russia’s Kamchatka Peninsula – a territory twice the size of Great Britain yet containing a population no more than that of Cardiff.  Apart from being a vast wilderness, the region is renowned for its high volcanic activity and is what attracted Colin and myself to organise a 3-week expedition […]

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Jersey to Scilly

I joined Gambo for another short voyage, this time from the Channel Islands to the Isles of Scilly. The plan was to carry out some swath bathymetry off the islands looking for any potential glacial features (see figure) before she returned to Aber once more. After waiting around Jersey for favourable winds to help us make […]

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