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6 epic adventures to do on your next trip

If you’ve ever wanted to ski the best back country slopes in the world, ride a motorbike over the highest pass in the world, or surf the most perfect waves in the world, the Big Adventure Club is now open for travel.

The Big Adventure Club is the brainchild of adventure tourism industry veteran Iain Lygo.

“The tours are basically a bucket list created by friends who are seasoned travellers with a passion for surfing, skiing, diving, and riding.” said club director Iain Lygo.

The adventures are not site-seeing tours, but are designed for active people who want to experience the world’s best adventure activities during the best possible seasons.

Membership of the club is free, but paying members get booking priority and the best rooms on tours. Tier A and Tier B subscription members also have options to bring friends and partners on tour.

In 2017 the club is offering 6 iconic tours for members. They include the following:

1. Back country skiing in British Columbia

Route 95A in southeast British Columbia, Canada is known as “The Powder Highway”. The region is home to seven ski resorts that are blessed with copious amounts of the lightest snow on the earth.

The tour is based in Fernie which has had a record 37 feet of snow in a season. It’s also been voted as the coolest town in North America by Rolling Stone magazine.

2. Mountain bike trek from Colorado to the Utah desert

Telluride in the heart of Colorado’s San Juan Mountains is one of America’s premier adventure destinations. In winter it is a spectacular ski resort, in the summer and fall Telluride is a world class biking and hiking destination.

Moab in the Utah desert has perhaps the most famous mountain bike track in the world: Slick Rock. It’s certainly not the only great trail in an area surrounded by national parks.

3. Surfing in Indonesia

Spinning barrels in warm water surrounded by tropical jungle. It’s an exotic combination that has been attracting to Indonesia for over 50 years.

In the 1980s and 90s Grajagan (G Land) on Java was the world’s premier surf destination. The famous 2km reef picks up more swell than any location in Indonesia and offshore trade winds ensure the waves break with perfection.

4. Road Biking in France

The French Pyrenees has long been regarded as one of the world’s premier cycling regions. It’s also home to the first or last climbing stages during all the Tour de France races.

Staying in a 17th Century Chateau, this tour gives guests a chance to take on all the iconic climbs of the French Pyrenees such as the Col du Tourmalet, Col d’Aspin, Cauterets (all in this year’s Tour de France) and the mighty Hautacam.

5. Himalayan Motor bike trek

The Indian Himalayas around Leh offers a truly epic motor bike adventure and the opportunity to ride the three highest road passes in the world.

Leh is a fascinating city that was at a crossroads of the old trading routes from Kashgar, Tibet, and Kashmir.The old town is a fascinating place to explore with a compact area of mud brick houses and narrow lanes directly to the east of Main Bazar.

6. Diving off West Papua

Raja Ampat off West Papua in Indonesia is remote and difficult to get to. That’s just one reason why it is one of the world’s premier diving destinations. Raja Ampat (translates into four kings) is also part of the coral triangle, the most diverse undersea environment on the planet.

The destination’s location between the Indian and Pacific Oceans, means Raja Ampat experiences a hotspot of fish and coral larvae. This means Raja Ampat has the most diverse marine environment within a region of incredible marine diversity.

The club also has tier upgrades for members with medical training.

“All our guides are wilderness group leader certified but it’s great to have a doctor, registered nurse, physio or paramedic on tour. Membership upgrades for medical professionals provides an additional level of guest safety.” said Iain Lygo.

The Big Adventure Club is also offering a corporate membership package so company’s can reward their best staff, VIPs, and suppliers with once-in-a-lifetime adventure activities.

Many of the tours are difficult to do as individuals due to complex logistics, while others are just more fun in groups. The Big Adventure Club can also offer great rates when boats, mountain huts, and helicopters are at capacity.

“I’m hoping the club become very collegiate with like minded members from a range of backgrounds becoming good friends and going on multiple trips a year.”

The club’s motto is “Life is not a spectator sport.”

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For more information head to www.bigadventureclub.com.au

Feature image:  Backcountry skiing in British Columbia. Photo by Hello BC

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Oli Russell-Cowan

The concept for Rad Season came about when I was trekking around Latin America. I found it difficult to find cool events and festivals going on that were a bit different and had an element of adventure and general radness to them. I knew that there was always something rad worth going to somewhere in the world, but there was no single platform bringing them together for like-minded people. With over 15 years experience in international business development, spanning multiple industries including action sports, events, media, digital, ICT, travel and tourism, I decided to combine them all with Rad Season.

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