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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 …

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 …

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 …

CROSSING BAYUDA

In 1886 General Charles Gordon was killed in Khartoum by the forces of the Mahdi, the awaited prophet of Islam. A force of several thousand British with their camels had …

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 …

Man in Iran's Lut Desert trekking with trekking poles on team expedition with Secret Compass

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 …