Tim Moss of TheNextChallenge.org is pretty much, to say the least, THE MAN when it comes to outdoor adventure travel and expeditions around the world. He’s run expeditions to climb new mountains in Siberia, Bolivia and Kyrgystan, walked across the tiny Wahiba Sands Desert of Oman, and has traveled around the world using 80 different methods of transportation. In fact, Tim recently did a photo essay on Outdoor Minded about 7 Lessons on Life Learned Through the Photos of an Expeditioner.
Like I said, he’s THE MAN.
And now, he’s recently published a book called How to get to the North Pole – and other iconic adventures. Tim’s book is in the Top 10 Bestseller on Amazon’s Discovery & Exploration, and has an average rating of 5 Stars.
Today, I’m going to present to you a breakdown and review of Tim’s book, pulling excerpts and giving you some of the best resources shared.
Put simply, this is the only manual you’ll ever need to do outdoor expeditions around the world. You’ll learn every detail from gear, to maps, to preferred seasons, to difficulty, to costs and the list goes on. One could call it the Bible for outdoor adventur travelers and it wouldn’t be an exaggeration.
Each Chapter is an Adventure:
Which includes jam-packed information on:
- How to Cross a Desert
- How to Get to the North Pole
- How to Row an Ocean
- How to Cycle Around the World
- How to Sail the Seven Seas
- How to Get to the South Pole
- How to Climb an Unclimbed Mountain
Just looking at the chapter titles, it’s blatantly obvious that every adventure traveler out there should have this book just as every chef should have a trusty pair of knives, every writer a pen and paper by their side, every human being a smile on their face.
For every Adventure’s Chapter Tim Tells Us:
- statistics (difficulty, cost, hurdles, who’s done it, etc), background and history
- options for route and style
- location charts around the world
- food and water management
- transportation options
- plants and animals to watch out for
An Example: How to Climb an Unclimbed Mountain
There’s just something about saying, “I was the first to do this.” For me personally, I won’t lie, I take pride in being able to say I’m the first person to embark on a 30 mile, 12 hour skate trek from Boulder to Denver. And ideally, I’d like to be the first person to climb an unclimbed mountain.
To give you a better idea of how Tim breaks each chapter down so you can see just what a resource it is, I’m going to explain the details given in the “Options-Routes” section of the section, How to Climb an Unclimbed Mountain. There are plenty more details and important information in the book, so this is just enough of a taste to convince this is something you’ll want in your pack on your travels.
Here, Tim breaks down a few different ways you can claim the “first ever” when climbing mountains. Check it out:
Remote Mountains off the beaten track:
- Antarctica, Kamchatka, Greenland, Various Arctic Islands , harder to reach regions of Alaska, the Himalaya, and the Andes
Mountain ranges with a political back story:
Tim explains that many mountainous areas of the world are in, or have been in, politically unstable areas. The trick is to monitor areas of improvement and capitalize on development.
- The Former Soviet Union: Largely off-limits to visitors until the 1990′s, many ex-Soviet states in Central Asia still have peaks waiting to be climbed. (Tien-Shan in Kyrgystan and the Altai mountain in Russia and Kazakhstan for instance)
- The Wakhan Corridor: Afghanistan is largely out of bands for the forseeable future due to ongoing conflict.
Climb a bureaucractic or holy mountain:
Tim makes the point that some mountains in the world remain unclimbed because governments do not allow access.
- China – The People’s Republic of China is home to several high mountain ranges, many of which are unclimbed. It’s all a matter of getting a permit to do it.
- Bhutan – The highest unclimbed mountain in the world, Gangkhar Puensum (7,570m), lies in Bhutan. However, the kingdom consideres these mountains sacred, and so very little climbing is allowed on them.
There’s also doing the first national or winter ascent, such as being the first for your country or doing the first winter ascent.
Finally, there’s tackling new routes up old mountains such as approaching from a different side or tackling a notable feature such as an unclimbed face or ridgeline.
In Conclusion: This Book is a Must Have!
As stated on the back of the book, “From armchair adventurer to those simply looking for practical advice, this book is aimed at anyone who’s ever dreamed of doing something BIG.”
And that’s it. No matter where you’re traveling in the world, there’s bound to be a sea to sail, a desert to cross, a mountain to climb, a path to cycle, and the list goes on. Tim has not only done these things, but he’s done all the research and put it into one place for fellow adventure travelers to embark on similar expeditions.
Hands down, an adventurer’s Bible.