ATD director visits South Georgia Island resting place of Sir Ernest Shackleton

In March of this year Mark Hannaford was lucky enough to get a fantastic photographic project down to South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands with the Scott Polar Research Institute ( ) and the South Georgia Heritage Trust ( ).

Mark tells us about this project, SPRI and the amazing history behind these islands.

“Prior to landing I asked a colleague, well known naturalist Dr Peter Cary, if it was realistic to compare South Georgia with the Galapagos Islands and his reply ‘only if you want to downplay South Georgia’. Which surprised me but the islands lived up to and exceeded any expectations that I had.

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Christmas cheers

Across the Divide Christmas eNews

December 2008


ATD’s Christmas Crackers

Christmas is nearly upon us and to help us all beat the credit crunch we have been working hard to secure you some fantastic and EXCLUSIVE discounts.  Not only are we offering discounts on some of our challenge events but we also have suppliers giving us some great offers

We hope you enjoy!


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ATD is delighted to offer the following discounts on the events listed below. We hope to see you soon on an ATD challenge!          


We are offering £10 off the 60km walk and £5 off the 40km walk.  Just Walk is a stunning walk over the South Downs allowing you to raise funds for the charity of your choice.  There are four distances to choose from, 10km, 20km, 40km or 60km.  Sign up now at


We are offering £20 off the registration fees on the Namibia & NEW Spanish Ultra Marathons.  These events are aimed at those wanting to push themselves to their limits, ideal if you want to raise funds for the charity of your choice and fancy a real challenge!  Sign up now at


It’s so easy to sign up, choose a challenge, choose a charity, register then start fundraising for the experience of a lifetime!  We have an inspirational range of challenges and we are offering £20 off the registration fees for the following Open Events
Exhilarating India Bike Ride     7 – 16 March 2009

Three Cities Bike Ride – London – Brussels – Amsterdam  18 – 22 June 2009

London to Paris Bike Ride   24 – 28 June 2009

All offers end midnight 31st December 2008.  Discount is taken off the registration fees and can only be used with online bookings. 



Hi Ho Silver 15% discount

Our neighbours at Hi Ho Silver are offering ATD customers a HUGE 15% saving at their online shop.  A beautiful range of silver jewellery and gifts with the additional bonus of a gift chooser and gift wrap.  Delve in, discover and buy from their fantastic range.  Just enter the code UhwkGqj when at the checkout.

T&Cs: Exclusively redeemable online at Not valid on sale items, e-vouchers and in conjunction with any other offers. Offer ends on 24th December 2008 at midnight. Promoter: Hi Ho Silver, registered in England No. 5042138.




Montane in partnership with The Climber’s Shop 15% off

We have been working with Montane for a number of years now and like us they are passionate about the outdoors.  They have performance clothing for any activity from biking to hiking to climbing.  They have negotiated for ATD customers a 15% discount with one of their top customers: The Climber’s Shop.

To claim your discount visit the website and enter the code CHONOS at checkout. Offer ends midnight 20th December 2008.





Lonely Planet, Nomad Travel Store & Trek Hire UK…




20% off at Lonely Planet
Booked your ATD next trip?  Then you might want to grab a copy of the Lonely Planet. They are offering you a 20% discount* off all Lonely Planet guidebooks. So lose yourself in depths of Norway, find yourself trekking in India or unearth some hidden gems on your home turf.


To redeem the offer, visit load up your basket and enter the promo code:


*This offer may not be used in conjunction with any other promotion and excludes theme packs, digital products, travel gear and delivery charges. Offer ends 31st March 2009. You must enter the promo code ATDLP20 to redeem the discount. 


15% off at Nomad Travel Store

Nomads have been kitting out travellers with clothing, equipment, books, maps, medical supplies and vaccinations for nearly 20 years.

Prepare for your next ATD adventure with the 15% discount they are offering ATD customers.  Visit their online store where you can shop for all your goods for your next ATD trip.  The code you need is ATD1000.

The discount does not apply to medical items or the shipping cost of the order (although orders over £75 after discount will have free delivery anyway).


up to 15% discount at Trek Hire UK
If you don’t want to buy yourself new kit for your ATD adventure then why not hire?  Trek Hire UK can offer you the latest gear at very competitive hire prices, and even better they are offering discounts to ATD customers.

If you spend £50 or more you gain a 10% discount if you spend £200 or more you get a 15% discount (this is great if there is a few of you!).

To redeem this offer just call them on 01306 886333, promotional code is ATDTH20.



Profeet & Cotswold Outdoor…..


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Profeet is a new concept in custom fitted footwear such as running shoes and ski boots, providing the ultimate in fit, comfort and performance. Their unique 3D FIt System utilises biomechanical video gait analysis and foot scanning, the creation of custom insoles and the selection of appropriate footwear.They are offering ATD customers up to 25% off – email Julie for more details but hurry only a few vouchers left.


Cotswold Outdoor is an outdoor retailer which has been around for over 30 years.  They have one of the most comprehensive ranges of outdoor clothing and equipment in the UK.  They are offering ATD customers a 15% online discount, simply use the promotional code AF-ATDE-Y8 when the promotional code box appears in your basket.

T&C’s: Exclusions include: Gift Vouchers, Rock Bottom goods (both shown online and carried in store), sale items, previously discounted goods (N D coded items), DVDs and specially ordered goods. (These items will be correctly priced at point of sale).  In addition, this offer cannot be used in conjunction with any other affiliation, Cotswold offer or discount.  Expires 31st December 2008. Only available online. Once you have added your goods to the shopping basket, please enter the Promotional Code AF-ATDE-Y8 in the promotional code box (not case sensitive but you need to use the hyphens).


Across the Divide Expeditions organise trips all around the globe, to help raise money for charities and worthwhile causes. We have been running charity and corporate events for over 11 years. We have taken 1000’s of fundraisers on international and UK events and have helped raise over £30 million for worthy causes.




Trekking in Jordan

Jordan is a country with a tourist circuit well defined by the caravans of luxury tour buses; land in Amman then down the Kings Highway visit a couple of crusader castle, then wonder at the incredible beauty of the ancient Nabataeans capital of Petra with a quick sojourn into the mind-blowing desert landscape of Wadi Rum.

You are likely to meet the same tour groups at the same viewpoints, scenic highlights and shopping experiences.

However, it is possible to break away from the masses and enjoy incredible sights in solitary splendour, your are hardly going somewhere where ‘no man has stepped before’ but that’s the joy of this area in its wider sense of the neighbourhood of Syria and Israel, you are after all stepping in the footsteps of ancient history from biblical characters to Edonomites, Romans and Nabataeans but on the edge of the Rift Valley as the mountains tumble in the Dead Sea Valley there is some spectacular trekking and exploration to be had for the adventurous traveller.   Into the magical nature reserve of Dana or down the little known Wadi Jhuir with a canyon or ‘siq’ as they are known locally that easily surpasses in both its length and geological interest its more famous cousin at the entrance to Petra.   Its lacks the Kaznah or Treasury at its terminus but does boast a number of Neolithic ‘tells’ – ancient settlement mounds and the famous Roman copper mines at Finan and a number of timeless Bedouin campsites.

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Greenland Trek with Friends of Scott Polar Research Institute

Greenland Trek 2009 with Friends of Scott Polar Research Institute by Robin Back

Why are the Friends so interested in a sponsored trek to Greenland?

The Institute’s scientific work encompasses study of the glaciology of the Kangya Ice stream and it’s contributory ice mass contained in the Greenland Ice Cap. In an interview, Professor Julian Dowdeswell, Director of the SPRI, said : “The Greenland Ice Sheet, at 1.7 M km2, is one of the World’s two great ice sheets. If melted completely, its waters would raise global sea level by about 6 m. The Greenland Ice Sheet is drained mainly by ten fast-flowing ice streams that each produce very large numbers of icebergs. Iceberg production, together with strong melting on the underside of the floating margins of each ice stream, is the major mechanism of mass loss from the ice sheet. Continue reading

Just Walk 2009

Just Walk 2009

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Just Walk is bigger and better for 2009, we have added some new distances to suit all ages and levels of stamina.   Now you can choose either 60km, 40km, 20km or 10km routes.   So get your walking boots on and hike for the charity of your choice.    

Charity Challenges for 2009 | Open Events

Raise money for a charity of your chioce with our Open Challenges for 2009

Our new open events pages on our website are proving very popular.  You can view itineraries, see what it’s really like with fantastic images and testimonials, PLUS register for an event online. Events include:

India Bike Ride – March 2009  | Jordan Trek  | Petra – May 2009  | Climb Kilimanjaro – September 2009  | Namibia Project – October 2009  | Everest Base Camp – November 2009   

For further details visit the Across the Divide chView this Postarity challenge website  

NEW Europe Events | Launched

We now have a great selection of UK and European Open Events:

Dog sledding | Arctic Circle- January 2009 and dates for 2010!

Jordan Trek | Petra- May 2009

Just Walk | Sussex – May 2009

Three Cities European cycle | London-Amsterdam-Brussels – June 2009

Spanish Ultra Race | Andulacia – July 2009

Remember with our open events you can raise funds for the charity of your choice!