Welcome to Rich Adventure. Tales of my human powered adventures, my inspiration and how I try to make a difference to my bit of the world whilst having fun. Enjoy! Thanks Rich a.k.a. Richard Harpham

Life's a Rich Adventure!

Richard Matheson Harpham is a human powered adventurer who has completed 22 expeditions and over 7,600 miles by canoe, kayak, bike and on foot.  This has seen him cycle part of the Sahara by Fat Bike, sea kayak from Vancouver Island to Alaska, kayak the English Channel three times, Canoed the Yukon River and a host of other adventures. (please note this website is still being populated with all my adventures - you can visit my image and video galleries to see more detail on them for now)


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Playing in very large Sand Pit

We sleep well after another vegetarian salad feed and the obligatory mint tea,  and a hot shower to wash away the desert grime.  Morning arrives and we grab a black coffee.  The back of the Auberge is literally about 50 metres from the sand and a small herd of camels.   It is pretty exciting and not every day you can find this at your back gate.  The locals tell us that this is the end point for the infamous Marathon De Sable, The Desert Marathon, Approx 150 gruelling miles. We finish our coffee and decide to try the bikes in the sand.

Death by a million Spikes

We are now within striking distance of Merzouga and the iconic dunes that have become the target of our adventure. It has been two long days since our last update for differing reasons.  We thinned our kit slightly at Ouarzazate to reduce the weight we were carrying. It lead to some pretty interesting discussions about what was essential and what was not?  Some of the kit that got left included second pair of socks, third inner tube, my book (now read), Pringles Waterproof. A host of other items were the source of back and forwards discussion.

What to pack for your adventures?

I thought it might be also helpful to identify a few of the choices and critical decisions that you need to consider before planning and executing an adventure or journey.  It is a strange fact about life on the road that nothing weighs very much but put together in total it becomes heavy. I have never been in the school of thought that logs weights on spreadsheets or cuts my toothbrush in half. However I do think that some key choices will affect how you complete your journey.  Time, weight and space are all factors to be aware of.

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