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TALISKER WHISKY ATLANTIC CHALLENGE 2015: Team Hesco in 'The world's toughest row'

Posted by on September 30th 2015 in Adventure & Expeditions, Inspiration, Sandgrouse Explorers Club, Sandgrouse News

TALISKER WHISKY ATLANTIC CHALLENGE 2015: Team Hesco in 'The world's toughest row'
3,000 nautical miles, up to 90 days at sea, 1 challenge

Sandgrouse Travel & Expeditions are pleased to announce their full support for ‘Team Hesco’ in this year’s ‘Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge’. Team Hesco is one of the ‘pairs', or two-man ocean rowing teams, taking part this December in what is commonly dubbed 'the world's toughest row’, a crossing of the Atlantic Ocean. The team, who are hoping to raise £100,000 for charity, includes Theo Jones (27, Great Britain) and Shane Chadwick (34, Australia). They will be competing against 30...

Real Travel Stories: 12,605ft Above Chamonix-Mont-Blanc Climbing the Aiguille du Midi

Posted by on September 2nd 2015 in Adventure & Expeditions, Ambassadors, Europe, Inspiration, Photography, Sandgrouse Explorers Club

Real Travel Stories: 12,605ft Above Chamonix-Mont-Blanc Climbing the Aiguille du Midi

"I think the word 'adventure' is really each our own to define' - Jonny Stage  

The Sandgrouse Explorers Club: High Altitude Cirque du Soleil on Mont Blanc  

Words by Jonny Stage. Pictures by Zsolt Kovacs.

The ultimate prize: 2m by 2m at 12,605ft above sea level or, rather, standing on top of the famous Aiguille du Midi with my friends. From here the alpine town of Chamonix-Mont-Blanc on the valley floor looks more like it might if you were sat comfortably cruising on a passenger jet on your...

Book Review: The Africa House - Christina Lamb

Posted by on August 19th 2015 in Africa, Book Reviews, Inspiration, Luxury

 Book Review: The Africa House - Christina Lamb

"In a remote corner of Africa stands a magnificent three storey pink bricked mansion, with a tower in the centre, a red tiled roof and a line of elegant arches supporting a first floor terrace from which a Union Jack flutters... Part Tuscan Manor, part English ancestral home, something one might find in Surrey or Berkshire belonging to a Duke or a Lord." - Christina Lamb, The Africa House. 

This is truly a refreshing story of a man whose vision to transform an area...

Real Travel Stories: The Highest Peak in North Africa Mount Toubkal at 13,671ft.

Posted by on August 12th 2015 in Adventure & Expeditions, Africa, Inspiration, Photography, Sandgrouse Explorers Club

Mount Toubkal and the Atlas Mounatins

"We inched our way to the summit peak, where upon we were blessed with endless views. The whole mountain range stretched out beneath our feet. We felt on top of the world!" - Erik Renz.

The Sandgrouse Explorers Club: Adventure in the High Atlas Mountains 

Mount Toubkal is situated in Morocco and is the highest peak in North Africa at an elevation of 13,671 feet (4,163 metres). It is one of the most scenically beautiful places to visit in the whole of North Africa. With regular cloudless days,...

An Interview with Indian Ocean Rower and Author: James Adair

Posted by on July 22nd 2015 in Adventure & Expeditions, Ambassadors, Inspiration, Interviews

An Interview with Indian Ocean Rower and Author: James Adair

"The nights were a nightmare, something akin to sitting in the pitch black on a broken rowing machine with buckets of salt water being thrown in your face every ten minutes" - James Adair, Indian Ocean Rower. 

We speak with a man who left his desk job in London to pursue his dream adventure by rowing from Australia to Mauritius. 

In March 2011 James Adair set out to undertake a gruelling once-in-a-lifetime adventure trip by laying down a challenge for himself, despite...

Top Travel Books To Read (Part Two: Adventure)

Posted by on July 8th 2015 in Adventure & Expeditions, Book Reviews, Inspiration

Top Travel Books To Read (Part Two: Adventure)
Eight adventure travel books everyone should read

Looking for an armchair adrenaline fix? Need to satiate your burning desire for adventure? These wonderful tales of endurance and heroism are sure to act as your interim placebo: 

1. Endurance by Alfred Lansing. Arguably one of the finest accounts of the ill-fated Shackleton expedition to Antarctica. We learn of the individual personalities within the expedition, the constant and savage hardships endured, and the heroism that prevailed in the face of adversity in what is often considered to be...

Elephants in Botswana - Giants of the Okavango Delta

Posted by on July 1st 2015 in Adventure & Expeditions, Africa, Inspiration, Luxury, Photography

Elephants in Botswana's Okavango Delta

"We were seriously close to the action, hence the use of a shorter lens. It was an extraordinary experience I will never forget." - Alex Walters, Great Plains Conservation.

The African bush elephant - the real king of Africa

This short series of stunning black and white images captures the true majesty and beauty of the world's largest land mammal, the African elephant. Lord of all its surroundings, peacefully coexisting with a multitude of species across the savannah. An African elephant loves and is loved, shows compassion,...

An Interview with African safari guide and writer: Peter Allison

Posted by on June 10th 2015 in Africa, Inspiration, Interviews, Travel Tips & Advice

Peter Allison with a cheetah

"One of the most harrowing experiences was having monkeys go crazy outside my tent one afternoon. 'Must be a leopard out there', I thought, as the monkeys fell silent. They’d gone quiet because they couldn’t see the cat anymore. Instead it was in the tent with me. That makes you twitch."

Crocodile Dundee lived in Botswana's Okavango Delta

We employed some of our own 'tracking' skills and caught up with the safari industry's well-loved and respected Peter Allison.  

Peter Allison is a man whose enthusiasm for what he cares about and believes in...

Book Review: What Ever You Do, Don't Run - Peter Allison

Posted by on June 10th 2015 in Adventure & Expeditions, Africa, Book Reviews, Inspiration

Book Review: What Ever You Do, Don't Run - Peter Allison

"There can be no better way for a reader wishing to touch the African safari experience from afar than delving into the pages of this most enthralling book." - John Keith, Sandgrouse Travel & Expeditions. 

Life in the African bush, from the safety of your own armchair 

For anyone yearning to experience the African bush observing the amazing variety of wildlife in some of the most extensive and remote landscapes in the world, Peter Allison’s book Whatever You Do, Don’t Run is the nearest thing...

Iceland: Images from The Land of Fire and Ice

Posted by on June 3rd 2015 in Adventure & Expeditions, Europe, Inspiration, Photography, Sandgrouse Explorers Club, Sandgrouse News, Scandinavia

Iceland: Images from The Land of Fire and Ice

"Captivated by the pristine beauty of all that lay before me, I stood motionless. Time slowed in what were a few brief moments of magic; I was spellbound and oblivious to the day's fast fading light."

An Icelandic saga captured through the lens

When Sandgrouse Travel & Expeditions asked me if I would be interested in going out to explore Iceland's wild and rugged landscapes with my camera, I didn't have to think twice about it.

Iceland is a photographer's dream destination and somewhere I had always wanted to visit with...

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