So far, from our fairly limited experience, we've learnt at least one key thing about how to launch a successful expedition. Basically, the whole thing lives and dies with the team you choose. I'm not saying that to create unwarranted pressure, it just means that you have to invite people you know and can trust. At the same time, as much as you need people who are disciplined and professional at their specific jobs, it also helps to have along those you can relax with, sharing a drink or a fireside after a long day, as well as those you can confide in when you're feeling low.
In short, take friends...
Egos are always going to collide and arguments are sometimes unavoidable, especially in high pressure situations. You've got to be able to trust these people and be honest with them - you've got to know that they've got your back and you've got their's.
For us, our adventure companions are all people we've known for many years - friendly, bold folk who love the outdoors and know us not only as individuals, but as a trio of brothers too. So, here's the team we put together for our maelstrom swims in Norway and our 9-day swim down the length of the River Eden.
This is the closest we'll ever get to having our own world-beating Avengers squad, and what a lovely, motley bunch they are:
We hope this helps when it comes to choosing your own support team. Remember to take people whose company you love - people you trust, who know you in and out and can put up with your grumpiest, most knackered self.
Happy wild swimming...