Heart of Borneo

HeartOfBorneo_06The Heart of Borneo Project’s Murung Raya Expedition was one of the largest, most innovative expeditions of recent years – 2 months exploring, researching and documenting unstudied rainforest in the very centre of the island of Borneo – 400km from the coast, one of the most remote areas of the planet.

We were working inside the Heart of Borneo rainforest, the single largest stretch of rainforest left standing in South East Asia, and one of the most biodiverse ecosystems on earth. This unique habitat is under immediate threat from logging and mining activity, so our work there is extremely important for its future conservation. Continue reading

The Páramo Story

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Ethiopia Rocks

Sun, dust, rock, wildlife and cries of Farenji!

EthiopiaRocks_01Ethiopia is in the Horn of Africa, it is the oldest African independent country and it is 4.6 times larger than the UK. It covers 1.13 million Km², and has the second largest population of any African country. It’s a country of extremes, with the fertile Omo Valley in the South, with an average annual rainfall of 1134mm, (in 2013 the UK’s average annual rainfall was 1091mm). The Danakil Depression in the North is –125m below sea level and one of the hottest places on earth, while Ras Dashen (the highest mountain in Ethiopia), is 4550m above sea level (just 260m below Mont Blanc). These differing weather conditions mean that it’s a great place for our Ethiopia Rocks 2014 team to test out the new Páramo Enduro and Ventura fleeces and windproofs, as although we saw some very hot weather, we also came across cool evenings, shady crags and rain showers. Continue reading