A couple of weeks back I attended the Adventurist’s Afternoon Tea. It was a great event with an inspirational speaker: Sir Chay Blyth. Apart from achieving a huge amount (first row across the Atlantic, first solo sailing expedition round the world westwards, set up global challenge yacht race) he was also a thoroughly nice bloke.
After the talk we were free to mingle and I ran into a professional adventurer: Dave Cornthwaite. Dave has also achieved a huge amount including: holding the record for longest distance covered on a longboard (3621miles), 1540 mile kayak journey through Australia and most impressively managed to stay awake for 72 hours straight!
I’m currently making a short radio piece on the rise and rise of ‘Adventure Travel’ and Dave agreed to give me a short interview which I have included here.
It’s well worth keeping an eye on him for his incredibly inventive forms of travel. I find myself more and more envious of his amazing trips. He’s currently learning to paraglide in Nepal before starting a 1000 mile journey over the Himalayas and on to a 1000mile tandem bike ride in North America. His aim is to complete 25 of these interesting journeys so it equates to the circumference of the earth.
I’m sure you’ll join me in wishing him the best of luck, if you’re interested in seeing him talk he appears at the Esc the City event on 16 March here. His website is worth a look too.