Epic adventures

Going on any adventure is a big decision. Some are bigger and badder than others, but regardless of size, difficulty or duration, I think we can all agree that any adventure takes up a certain amount of time, dedication and effort. Simply planning an adventure can take several years of hard work, and you might not even make it to the start point.

If you're lucky enough to make it through the planning process and you get to the start of your trip, then there's still a bloody good chance you won't finish. The odds really are stacked against you. I suppose this is part of the allure. If it were easy, everybody would do it. Right?

If you're going to go through the trouble of planning and undertaking an adventure, you should probably think carefully about what trip you want to do.

'Self portrait on the Bass Strait' by Margaret Bowling 'Self portrait on the Bass Strait' by Margaret Bowling* )

Here's a checklist of some questions you should probably ponder before starting the long and arduous journey down epic adventure alley:

  • What terrain would you most like to travel through? Are you enchanted by the idea of crossing an icecap, or forrest, or desert?
  • Are you interested in cultural interactions?
  • Is there a particular animal you'd want to live side by side with?
  • What level of risk are you willing to absorb?
  • How much money are you willing to spend (or raise)?
  • Do you want to re-supply along the way, or go unsupported?
  • How much time can you afford to go for?
  • Is there a specific time/season you can go?
  • Are you physically capable? If not, are you able to get physically capable before you leave?
  • Do you have/need any special skills?
  • Will you go it alone or with others? If in a group, who will go with you? Do you know them already? Have you done any trips with them before? (see the section on team dynamics in the 'Adventure Playbook' PDF download.)
  • Will you be singing and dancing about your adventure to the media, or will you just do it flying under the radar?
  • Are you planning to raise money or awareness for charity, or are you going on an adventure for adventures sake?
  • Is this something you're psyched up about? Are you willing to spend the next year (or longer) seemingly banging your head against a brick wall to achieve it?
  • What other aspects of your life are you willing to push to the side whilst you plan this adventure?

You should have an answer to all of these questions, because this will dramatically affect your decision as to what trip you want to go on and how you approach it. There's a bunch of handy info about planning for your next big adventure in the Adventure Playbook. If you haven't done so already, you can download it for free here.

I don't know about you, but for some reason, I always gravitate to a world map, which then leads me to think about epic sized adventures (note to self: one centimeter on the world map is actually a very very long distance in real life).

Below is a list of some of the worlds biggest rivers, deserts, ice masses, mountains and mountain ranges. Have a squiz and see if any of these take your fancy. You can click on the colum titles to sort the info by height, length et cetera. Information for these tables was taken from various data sources and despite my best efforts, there may be errors and omissions. If you spot any inaccuracies, let me know in the comments section below.


Mountain ranges


Ice Masses


Have you got some questions to add to the pre-planning checklist? Add them in the comments below.