From dog sledding across Lapland to a full-scale polar expedition and various icy trekking challenges, the frozen north is the place to come for high adventure writes Elaine Aronson, timeoutdoors' Challenges Editor.
Want to get out there and raise some serious money for charity? Great! There are numerous worthy causes and even more ways to fundraise on their behalf. Yes, even for those prone to sunburn. Winter sports challenges have never been more popular, so wrap up and get going!
What sounds more inspiring than an epic trek? An epic trek in the cold and snow, that is. Similar distances to a 'regular' trek but with much harder conditions and considerable risks all combine to raise the stakes significantly.
Nordic skiing is a major form of transport for this type of activity. Alternatively, for the ultimate winter excursion, hop on a sled behind a team of huskies and hold on!
TRAINING AND EQUIPMENT
Whatever you choose to do, the right training and preparation is vital to ensure success. The cold makes everything that bit more complicated and a calm, poised mind is almost as important as a strong, healthy body when it comes to taking on Mother Nature at her harshest.
Having the right equipment is also of utmost importance. Much of the equipment required is highly technical and there's plenty of advice available on buying or hiring kit.
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The Lemosho Trail approaches Mt. Kilimanjaro from the Lemosho glades in the west, beginning in the beautiful rainforest and then crossing the spectacular Shira plateau.
The less-frequented 7-day Rongai route approaches Kilimanjaro from the north and is ideal for anyone looking for a true 'wilderness' experience.
Complete two half marathons, 155kms of cycling & two days trekking on the Great Wall & complete the challenge with a run in the Olympic Forest Park!
Trek through Peru and raise money to help our Marie Curie Nurses continue caring for people with terminal cancer and other illnesses.
Bowel Cancer UK is determined to save lives and improve the quality of life for all those affected by bowel cancer.
Information for charities about promoting challenge events on timeoutdoors.