Explorer Mikael Strandberg

What defines doing a solo Expedition?

The other day I received an email from a young fella who wanted to ask advice about an Expedition he is planning. Going solo through one of the driest deserts in the world pulling a cart.

“I am going to be the first one to do a solo of this desert” , he claimed.

“Are you bringing a mobile phone or sat phone?” I asked and he answered yes.


I remembered when I was communicating with the legendary Shane Winser at the Royal Geographical Society in London and she asked me exactly that question when I told he about my idea of crossing alone from Oman to Mauretania. I answered yes and she shouted with slight disgust:

“That is neither unsupported or solo!”

This was back in 2009 when I was fumbling around in the dark and since that meeting I decided I had never done a solo and never will. But, the question remains, what is a solo? The other day I saw Explorersweb did a rerun of their adventure stats on solo with a good story of how they came to this result. So read this:

The details of going solo

All you need to know.




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