The adventure scene in the UK has grown exponentially over the past few years, but it’s still relatively niche as far as the whole population is concerned, so it’s great to see a brand new event inspiring a new region. I’m really looking forward to coming to Durham and seeing the buzz of excited people coming together for the same reason, and to hearing about the ideas people are having, just because they’re surrounded by cool stories and other motivated folks.
The adventure that is occupying most of my time at the minute, is a life-long (probably) project called Expedition1000, where I’m slowing taking on 25 different journeys of 1000 miles or more, each one using a different form of non-motorised transport. So far I’ve completed 14 and I’m yet to travel by canoe, bicycle, paraglider, rowboat, and a hundred other methods.
But I’m happiest when waking up on my houseboat with my fiancé’, with the ceiling covered in shimmering reflections from the water outside. Oh, that and finding an awesome place to wild camp that I didn’t know existed earlier in the day!
People often ask me what I’m most proud of. And honestly, I don’t go in for the milestones. Along the way, just because I’ve become used to saying yes to the weirdest of things, I’ve managed to break a few world records, but I think my favourite achievements are 1) managing to make a living from doing the stuff I love, and 2) finding a community of thousands of people who love adventure and the outdoors. That’s been way more rewarding than my own journeys. So plenty of other adventures to come!
Motivational Speaker, Adventurer, Author and ‘Yes Man’