Do you have any advice for our readers wanting to take on an epic adventure like yourself?
I'd say don't ask or talk to too many people about what you plan on doing. I think those who seek too much advice in the planning stage are the ones that never end up doing it. If you know what you need or want to do, go away and quietly research it, make a plan, do something that fixes a date in time, then go for it. The more people you ask and the more places you seek reassurance from, the more clouded you'll become. The hardest part is leaving, and remember that all adventures or big trips come at the expense of something else in your life. If you don't end up doing the trip, maybe it just means something else in life was more important at that time, but who knows, further down the line, when the moment is more suited, then it might happen.
I hear of people who had plans to do trips thirty years before. For whatever reason they didn't happen, but now, after all that time, they're finally happening. I suppose also try and live an authentic adventure, rather than force an 'epic' one for the sake it being regarded as epic. You don't need to break records or do something no one's ever done before, you just need to do something that challenges you, and means something to you.
Too many people are chasing fame from their trips before they've even set out on them, and I think that's the wrong way around. If people are interested in what you've done after you get back, then great, but don't go plotting a trip just because you think it will make you look good in the eyes of other people. It's about you, not them.