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Siberia Part III – To The Final Frontier Along The Road of Bones

 How we took on the infamous Road of Bones during one of the wettest years in history, finally reached Magadan and then headed for Vladivostok, our final port of call.

After the Pamirs and Afghanistan, Russia’s Far North East held the next greatest allure for me personally. Motorbike accounts of the Old Summer Road and Magadan, the photos bringing to life the generosity of the people, the isolation, the remoteness, the raw beauty of the Taiga, the history, the Gulags, the ghost towns… I had to be there myself. I had to experience this.

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Siberian Sunset

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Article – The Lost Fishing Fleet of the Aral Sea

Aral Sea, Uzbekistan

Aral Sea, Uzbekistan

 

We are very pleased to announce that our very first published article (other than interviews) is now up on the Expedition Portal for viewing and can be found here:

ExPo – The Lost Fishing Fleet of the Aral Sea

The article was written in whole by us using several of my photos to tell the story.

 


Siberia Part II – The Lena Barge, Mirny and the Vilyuysk Trackt to Yakutsk

How we travelled 1000km by freight barge up the Lena River, visited one of the worlds largest and most isolated diamond mines, had the fright of our lives and traversed the Vilyuysk Trackt to reach the coldest city on earth.

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The sun setting as we head out of Lensk

While retreating back to Severobaikalsk from the Vitim Bridge, we noticed a knocking noise and an unsettling aroma of exhaust fumes in the cab. Moments later the exhaust noise ramped up and we pulled over immediately. Upon closer inspection Griff discovered the exhaust had sheared off at the manifold and needed urgent attention. Typically we had a stainless steel system installed so not only did we need to find a welder, we needed someone who could weld stainless and more importantly had the gear to do it. (more…)


Simpson Desert Trip, Australia – In Progress

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Today I am meeting up with a man who I have never met. I will be taking his Land Rover and driving it nearly 3000km across five of Australia’s seven states from Melbourne, across the Simpson Desert to Alice Springs for him. Sounds odd doesn’t it?

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Sirocco Overland Interview Part 2 by Expedition Portal

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Camping with Adam Lewis in Tajikistan (www.shortwayround.co.uk)

 

Just a quick post to let you all know that the second part of our interview with Christophe over at Expedition Portal is up and live on their website. You can read all about it here: www.expeditionportal.com

Credit to Adam Lewis (www.shortwayround.co.uk) as they used his image of us as the opener again! Nice one Ad.


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Sirocco Overland 2013 Trip In Motion Picture

We have been working on this little project for sometime now. Compiling all our time-lapsed footage from the GoPro, video from Lisa’s camera and also the DSLR. We have put together the best bits that represent the 10 month trip we undertook last year. There was a big learning curve with the GoPro, a lot of the time-lapse stuff we tried didn’t really work, some were better than others and often when times got tough we simply didn’t film (like the time we tipped the truck into a snowdrift at night in Finland and had to winch ourselves out of 5 feet of snow).

It is a short little ensemble and we hope you enjoy it.

Don’t forget to watch it in HD and full screen. Let us know what you think below.


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Photo of the Week: Camping 4000m up in the Pamirs – June 2013

4000m up in the Pamir Mountains

4000m up in the Pamir Mountains

What was to be the last night camping with Adam Lewis in Tajikistan, in a narrow valley near Rang Kul, approximately 50km from the Chinese border sheltering from the wind behind a rocky outcrop. Crystal clear sky gave way to a star filled night hundreds of kilometres from any source of light pollution. A top place to camp and take photos of the night sky.

If you want to know where in the world this is, click here: 38°26’10.0″N 74°10’52.6″E


Sirocco Overland Interview Part 1 by Expedition Portal

Over the pass - Tajkistan

Over the pass – Tajikistan

 

Just a quick post to let you all know that our interview with Christophe over at Expedition Portal is up and live on their website. You can read all about it here: www.expeditionportal.com

Credit to Adam Lewis (www.shortwayround.co.uk) as they used his image of us as the opener! Nice one Ad.


10 of the best Wildcamps from 2013

Our collection of the top 10 most memorable, but not always the best, wildcamps from 2013. Each was chosen for a reason and has a story behind it. There were many more like these often in similar landscapes but these are the pick of the bunch.

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2014 Expedition Portal Calender Winners

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Good news folks, we got two of two submitted images into the 2014 Expedition Portal Calender Competition. I didn’t post anything here on our website but I did put a link on our Facebook page during voting. Thank you to everyone that voted, appreciated. (more…)