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: 

 
Luke joined the brothers when they travelled to Norway for their Into The Maelstrom expedition. As a consultant, it was his job to gain insight from locals and to also help coordinate the swims, whilst also keeping the brothers safe. He is a vital asset to the team and a good friend of all three brothers, having grown up with them in the little Cumbrian village of Langwathby. Some say he has a Louis Theroux-esque ability to navigate chaos with endless stores of charm and disarming humour. Perhaps his finest moment occurred when, whilst travelling through India with the Hudson brothers, he fended off a charging cow with a deft swipe of a single hand. Avengers Alter-ego: Hawk-Eye

Luke joined the brothers when they travelled to Norway for their Into The Maelstrom expedition. As a consultant, it was his job to gain insight from locals and to also help coordinate the swims, whilst also keeping the brothers safe. He is a vital asset to the team and a good friend of all three brothers, having grown up with them in the little Cumbrian village of Langwathby. Some say he has a Louis Theroux-esque ability to navigate chaos with endless stores of charm and disarming humour. Perhaps his finest moment occurred when, whilst travelling through India with the Hudson brothers, he fended off a charging cow with a deft swipe of a single hand.

Avengers Alter-ego: Hawk-Eye

Beth is a media production prodigy who's worked on a range of big projects in the past, including This Is England '90. She currently works as a writing and office assistant at Rough Cut TV. During the expeditions, she operates the first camera and specialises in candid, close-up shots. While the boys run-around trying to look epic, Beth provides a calming, grounded influence, never failing to take the edge off the strong cocktail of brawling egos. A qualified open water diver, Beth is no stranger to adventure. She also helps to keep the brothers' mum sane, always remembering to keep her updated as the swims unfold. Avengers Alter-ego: Scarlet Witch

Beth is a media production prodigy who's worked on a range of big projects in the past, including This Is England '90. She currently works as a writing and office assistant at Rough Cut TV. During the expeditions, she operates the first camera and specialises in candid, close-up shots. While the boys run-around trying to look epic, Beth provides a calming, grounded influence, never failing to take the edge off the strong cocktail of brawling egos. A qualified open water diver, Beth is no stranger to adventure. She also helps to keep the brothers' mum sane, always remembering to keep her updated as the swims unfold.

Avengers Alter-ego: Scarlet Witch

Dave is a tech-savvy Scot and Jack's kindred uni' goof. He's currently working in 3D Motion and Design, based in Amsterdam - cobbled land of canals and waffles. Standing at around six-foot-five, this veritable Ent is an invaluable member of the team, acting as second-camera, graphic designer and editor. Armed with all manner of bizarre tripods, Dave is an adventurous fella, willing to find those hard to reach vantage points for more obscure shots. You can always count on him having a great new documentary you haven't seen, or a strange new gadget at his disposal. Avengers Alter-ego: Doctor Strange

Dave is a tech-savvy Scot and Jack's kindred uni' goof. He's currently working in 3D Motion and Design, based in Amsterdam - cobbled land of canals and waffles. Standing at around six-foot-five, this veritable Ent is an invaluable member of the team, acting as second-camera, graphic designer and editor. Armed with all manner of bizarre tripods, Dave is an adventurous fella, willing to find those hard to reach vantage points for more obscure shots. You can always count on him having a great new documentary you haven't seen, or a strange new gadget at his disposal.

Avengers Alter-ego: Doctor Strange

James, British Army captain and Captain Practical, is an avid expedition consultant and drone operator. He singlehandedly steers his drone in stormy conditions and offers logical advice when logic is lacking. Ever a source of optimism and enthusiasm, James was born for adventure, whether that's travelling the world with the British Forces or with the Hudson brothers. What he lacks in fashionable swimwear he certainly makes up for with a purposeful can-do attitude. Avengers Alter-ego: Iron Man

James, British Army captain and Captain Practical, is an avid expedition consultant and drone operator. He singlehandedly steers his drone in stormy conditions and offers logical advice when logic is lacking. Ever a source of optimism and enthusiasm, James was born for adventure, whether that's travelling the world with the British Forces or with the Hudson brothers. What he lacks in fashionable swimwear he certainly makes up for with a purposeful can-do attitude.

Avengers Alter-ego: Iron Man

 

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...

Jack Hudson

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