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Muckle Flugga

Alastair Humphreys

I reached for my biggest atlas. And there it was -Muckle Flugga- farther north than St Petersburg or Helsinki, a tiny island off the north coast of Uist, the most northerly of the main Shetland Islands. It was over 100 miles north of John O’Groats which was my previous benchmark for extreme northerliness in the UK. The very top of my country. Not only had I never heard of it, I had never BEEN there. I began planning…

We loaded our folding boat onto our folding bicycles. I have little tolerance for gimmick expeditions and I worried if perhaps I had crossed the line here. Why packraft when there’s a ferry? (Particularly a fabulous ferry where you can transport livestock at the price of 70p per head!) But virtually all expeditions have a measure of artificiality to them: deliberately making things more difficult than they need be in return for the thrill of success against the odds.

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Al Humphreys

Alastair Humphreys is an adventurer, blogger, author, motivational speaker, film maker and photographer. He is a National Geographic Adventurer of the Year.

Alastair believes that adventure is about stretching yourself: mentally, physically or culturally. It is about doing what you do not normally do, pushing yourself hard and doing it to the best of your ability. This is why he came up with the idea of microadventures. Simple expeditions and challenges which are close to home, affordable and easy to organise.
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