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Across the Caucasus - Georgia

Tour leader Richard Dunwoody writes about visiting Georgia on his Across the Caucasus tour...

Walking Across Japan

  • 3rd April 2017

Wild Frontiers tour leader and former champion jockey Richard Dunwoody is currently walking the length of Japan’s three largest islands, covering a total of 2000 miles from Cape Sata in the southern tip of Kyushu to Cape Soya, the northernmost point of Hokkaido. The aim of his epic journey is to r…

From the Kuna People to Panama City

Our Panamanian guide Brandon, who was sanctified by many of the team for his assistance, enthusiam and love for the local tribes and their culture, gave us an excellent last morning in the San Blas islands by showing us around the Kuna community on Carti Sugdub. From there we moved inland to spend a…

Journey to the San Blas Islands

A three hour launch ride from Necoclí in a three metre swell made it quite an exciting trip! But it was more than worth it to then be able to enjoy the golden beaches of Capagurna, La Miel and Sapzurro for a couple of days. On Saturday we moved further along the coast, crossing the border at Puerto …

Castles, Crocodiles and Mud Baths in Colombia

We've had a great couple of days in Cartagena, one of the most colourful and photogenic cities in the world. The group arrived on Sunday morning and some spent the afternoon exploring the Getsemani area of the city with its murals and cool bars. Later we dined in Patagonia, an Argentine restaurant w…

Returning to the Darien Gap

Tour leader Richard Dunwoody embarked on a recce tour from Cartagena to Panama City last year, travelling via the infamous Darien Gap and the beautiful San Blas islands. Richard will be leading our first recce trip of our new Skirting the Darien Gap group tour in March and talks below about why he's…

Crossing the Colombian Border into Panama

In the second part of their journey to recce the route of a new group tour in Latin America, Richard Dunwoody and James Henderson cross the border of Colombia into Panama and sail to the San Blas islands. This time their blog comes from the edge of the Panama Canal. We’ve finally reached Panama C…

Discovering Colombia

Tour leader Richard Dunwoody and James Henderson are currently in Colombia on a recce for a new group tour. They wrote this blog whilst listening to a distant blast of Latin trumpet music, near midnight, in the small riverside town of Lorica on the Sinu River in north-western Colombia. Colombia i…

More From Havana

At lunch at a waterfront cafe, the Brits got stuck into local culture, sharing 'the world's finest' pina coladas presented in scooped out pineapples. Pour your own rum? Why not... Elated, we drove down the 8km Malecon corniche in Ford Fairlane 500 convertibles, with 1950s fins and gleaming paintwor…

Waking Up in Havana

On our first morning in Havana, the Hemingway trail took us to the fourth floor terrace of the Ambos Mundo hotel, home to the American author from 1928 to 1936. The cosmopolitan group for the Wild Frontiers recce ride to Cuba gazed down over the world's third largest statue of Christ - 22m - the oi…

Richard Dunwoody's buzkashi debut

Once again a trip to Afghanistan has produced some memorable highlights for me. Visiting the CAI schools was a rare privilege, the history around Bozai Gumbaz reminded me of Great Game times and the Russian occupation of the area, swimming in two foot of water and one foot of mud in Lake Cheqmaqtin …

Richard Dunwoody - heading for Taiga country

As we head north towards the forests and mountains of East Taiga near the Russian border, the steppe grassland gradually gives way to a wilder landscape, the resident yaks ever hairier as the temperature drops. The long drive is enlivened by a group turf dance to Akon’s Mr Lonely, now adopted as the…

Richard Dunwoody - learning Afghan ways

Fairly relaxed day here after the previous night's festivities. Had lunch with Karen and a couple of friends at the L'Atmosphere, a veritable oasis in the middle of the city. The food and service weren't out of the top drawer but there is a really nice swimming pool and is a  must-visit when passing…

Richard Dunwoody - in the High Pamir

Richard on the satellite phone at 0800 (GMT)… ‘Okay, we had a meeting and we’ve decided tomorrow we’ll carry on down to the Langer with the horses. We’ll take it steady, four or five days, which means we might not make it into Afghanistan. Bloody disappointing, but there we are. We still might, we’l…

Richard Dunwoody - in the High Pamir

Richard on the satellite phone at 0400 (GMT)… ‘Jonny its bloody tough… the group are fine but the horses are knackered. We camped again last night at well over 4,000 meters, third night without jeep support. Anyway we’re back with Mumbiet and the backup team now. He's had a terrible time as well, ha…

Richard and the High Plain Drifters Cross the Pass with no Name

The expedition started with the Battle of Barra Bridge, a tour de force with Dom, Jonathan and I riding and leading 15 horses through turblent white water at 7am, the time the spate is said to be at its lowest. After two days climbing over sand that turned to scree and rocks that turned to boulders,…

Richard Dunwoody - Cliff hanger in the High Pamirs

There'd been much talk of blockages on the road to Bardara, but the details were always non-specific. When we edged over a cliff above a shale landslide, the unwary thought the job was done. It was only after many hours slogging along the scorched trail that the real problem was revealed. The gap in…

Richard Dunwoody and the calm before the storm

All good here in Sary Tash; trip yesterday was 5 hours from Osh but had no problems en route. Team in good form though Duncan and Chris have been feeling the altitude a bit. Jonathon was toasted last night for all his valiant efforts with the horses over the past couple of days and was presented wit…

Richard Dunwoody arrives in Osh with team for epic 28 day horse trek

All arrived safely at Osh. Good flights, no problems. Said hi to the departing team...they all miss Jonathon. Dom just done his first and last briefing. Looking forward to our swim this evening at Osh Public baths and a few drinks at the Rich Mans Club!

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