The Adventurists -“fighting to make the world less boring”, and they have come up with another ‘mental’ idea…
The ADVENTURISTS have a mission statement, this explains everything:
“Our planet used to slap us about the face-cheeks with iron fists of adventure every day. Maps had edges to walk off. Men feared the monsters that swam the seas. Entire civilisations lay unknown.
But now, the entire surface of the Earth has been scanned by satellites and shovelled into your mobile phone tagged with twattery about which restaurant serves the best mocha-latte-frappeshite.
Getting lost and in trouble is no longer an occupational hazard of walking to the market. It is an art-form. One we strive to perfect.
We live to find ways to make the world a bit more difficult. To bring chaos into our over-sanitised lives. To create adventures where you don’t know what will happen tomorrow or if you’ll even make it.
Because we think there’s no greater moment than those seconds when you leap into an abyss of uncertainty and disaster.”
To that end, they have several ‘ways’ of making your life more… adventurous/difficult 🙂
The Ice Run: A trip out across the frozen Lake Baikal in Siberia on antique Ural outfits. “Invasive cold, biblical remoteness, and a vehicle so notoriously temperamental it makes John McEnroe look like the Dalai Lama. You’ll need mechanical skill, navigation skill, and ideally, an enormous muff to keep your hands warm. Oh, and massive cojones.”
The Rickshaw Rally: A 3500 km run across India in a “wholly unsuitable vehicle. Just you, your mates, no route, no backup but an end party to earth shattering proportions”
The Mongol Rally: Pro, semi-pro and amateur horse riders have the ‘opportunity’ to take part in “the longest and toughest horse race in the world. The 1000km course recreates Chinggis Khaan’s legendary empire-busting postal system, with riders changing horse every 40km, and living with herders or camping under the stars.”
Adventure 9: Get yourself across the Zanzibar Archipelago in a “dugout canoe powered by a bedsheet. Unhindered by health and safety. Limitless opportunity for getting overwhelmingly lost, or drowned.”
Yes there are costs, but all participants of these adventures MUST collect a minimum amount of money for charity to secure their place and The Adventurists have raised over 5 million Sterling so far… that puts them into the realm of truly impressive.
The latest mission is a revamp of the Ice Run and rightly claims to be one of the most mental adventures on the planet; 2500 km from Siberia to the Arctic Circle on their favoured Urals. Collecting for four charities (Help for Heroes, Plan, Cool Earth and Soldier On) on the way to “freezing their nuts off” in temperatures down to -50 centigrade. Mental? Yes. Worthy? Absolutely! So chip in few quid via their giving pages and then follow their blog or Twitter feed.