For hundreds of Years the Great British Adventurer stood as testament to the birth of a developing nation.
From Captain Cook to Sir Francis Drake to Stanley, the thirst for adventure resonated throughout the national psyche.
Around the turn of the twentieth century trade routes began opening up across the globe with a list of previously untrod places discovered by the true pioneering adventurers such as George Mallory, Robert Falcon Scott and Ernest Shackleton.
Today when mobile phones can send tweets from the summit of Everest or indiginous tribes people in Amazonian rainforests are demanding the latest iphone, adventure has taken a new turn.
Different goals for adventure now exist, although as humans in the developed world our thirst for adventure still remains. Adventure is the same: that pushing of ones own limits, of seeking out new challenges.
With vast advances in technology, expeditions and adventurers can be tracked in live time, reporting their exploits immediately on social media to a global audience.
Below, but in no particular order of greatness are my pick of 10 Great Britsh Adventurers currently pushing the boundarys of achievement on a grand scale.
Al Humphries – Creator of the #microadventure, having pursued a wealth of adventures and explorations around the globe he now dedicates his time to inspiring and encouraging people to get out and fit more adventure into their busy lives.
Bear Grylls – A brand in his own right, the superstar TV presenter is also a multi million selling author, and world record holder. Adventure in his blood having become the youngest Briton to summit Mount Everest only 18 months after breaking his back whilst parachuting with the SAS.
Richard Parks – Former Welsh Rugby International whose career was cut short by injury. To help him out of a dark place he bacame an extreme endurance athlete, ticking off a multitude of magnificent expolits including the 737 Challenge: to climb the highest mountain on each of the world’s 7 continents and complete the Three Poles Challenge within 7 months.
Ed Stafford – Former Army Captain who in 2010 became the first person to walk the length of the Amazon, a feat described by the legendary Sir Ranulph Fiennes as being “truly extraordinary…in the top league of expeditions past and present”.
James Cracknell – Former Olympic Gold Medal winning Rower. After retiring he continued to push himself into extreme challenges from cycling across America to racing unaided to the South Pole. In 2010 he suffered a near fatal cycling accident which left him with temporary brain damage. After a difficult six-month recovery period, he finished second in The Yukon Arctic Ultra , a 430-milemountain bike race across a frozen Alaskan landscape.
Levison Wood – Former Army Officer, author and photographer Levison has walked the length of The Nile and The Himalayas, whilst documenting his experiences for TV.
Megan Hine – Megan is the person that Bear Grylls goes to when he needs advice. Her extensive knowledge and skills, ensures that she is a leading expert in all aspects of remote wilderness expeditions and TV filming.
Kenton Cool – Celebrated Climber and High Altitude Mountain guide with a big personality to match, who has summited Mount Everest a mere TWELVE Times
Steve Backshall – BAFTA winning writer and TV Presenter, best know for his amazing series ‘Deadly 60’, Steve is also a climber and mountaineer who has led many expeditions across the globe.
Adam Walker – There are long distance swimmers and then there are Ocean Swimmers. Adam left his job as a toaster salesman to follow his dream of becoming a world record ocean swimmer. He consequently became the first Briton to swim ‘The Oceans 7‘, the 7 toughest channel swims in the world.
Who do you think is missing from list, Who in your opinion could you be the next Great British Adventurer? … Thanks for reading