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2018’s Best Moments In Outdoor Adventure

From first ascents to fastest known times, 2018 wasn't short of inspiring achievements

How was your year outdoors? Get out as much as you’d like? There was certainly enough going on to have us feeling constantly inspired to sling on a backpack, or pair of trail shoes. And we’re not talking about the silly tales from ‘adventurers’ we get fed every day on social media. What we’re talking about some of the many brilliant expeditions, accomplishments, campaigns and events that we’ve seen. Here are a few of them that really stood out and that made 2018 a memorable one.

March: Mending Our Mountains

The BMC launched Mend Our Mountains 2018 and their admirable bid to raise £1 million to protect the UK’s mountains with a spectacular light up of the trail along Mam Tor and the Great Ridge in the Peak District.

The lauch of Mend Our Mountains. Photo: Tom McNally


July: The Double’s Been Done

One Ramsay Round is certainly hard enough, even for the fittest of runners, but two? We thought it was impossible… turns out it’s not. Cancer survivor Nicky Spinks completed the epic 116-mile route in just 55 hours and 56 minutes to become the first person to achieve such a feat since the challenge was created in 1978.

July: Breaking Bob

We’ve become used to ultra runner Kilian Jornet swallowing up fastest known times for breakfast over the past couple of years, but it was almost merciless in how easy he made smashing Billy Bland’s record of the Bob Graham Round look earlier this year. Fell runners had been trying to break the record time for completing the 106km fell running circuit in the Lake District since 1982. He turned up and beat it with an hour to spare.

Kilian Jornet (centre) during his attempt. Photo: Mick Kenyon/Racing Snakes

August: An Underdog at the UTMB

Back at the end of 2017 when we asked Damian Hall what his plans for 2018 he told us that he wanted to place in the top 10 of 2018’s Ultra Trail Mont Blanc. He ended up smashing it, beating some huge names in ultra running to come 5th. Watch the new film Underdog to follow him on that journey.

October: Adventures in Ireland

Not content with summiting every mountain in Wales and England, Outdoors Magic contributor James Forrest headed across the Irish Sea to climb all 273 of the Vandeleur-Lynams – Ireland’s mountains over 600m+. And he had success, completing his epic round in just eight weeks.

November: 157 Days At Sea

Last year saw Alex Honnold’s ropeless climb of El Capitan, a superhuman feat that sent all jaws dropping and knees shaking. This year’s equivalent accomplishment was Ross Edgley’s unbelievable 1,791-mile swim around the whole of the UK, a journey that saw him lose parts of his tongue due to constant saltwater exposure.

Ross Edgley at the 100-day mark. Photo: Jeff Holmes/Red Bull Content Pool


November: Kendal Mountain Festival

It’s firmly established itself as the UK’s outdoor gathering of the year, and we’d go so far as saying last November’s was the best yet, with memorable talks from Brendan Leonard, Al Humphreys and Kenton Cool and the UK premiere of Free Solo.

December: The Last Polar Challenge

Colin O’Brady from the U.S achieved what no person had done before, completing the first solo and unsupported crossing of Antarctica. He was joined two days later by Britain’s Louis Rudd, who was crossing in memory of his friend Henry Worsley, who died after being airlifted from the ice while attempting the same challenge in 2016. O’Brady took just 54 days to complete the 932-mile journey.

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December: The Unclimbable is Climbed

David Lama became the first person to climb Lunag Ri, the 6907m mountain on the border between Tibet and Nepal, an expedition he boldly undertook without a climbing partner. The Austrian had made three unsuccessful attempts over the last few years, two of which were with renowned climber, Conrad Anker.

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