credit: Channel 4/Simon Buxton
So what do you get up to when you are in London. How do you entertain yourself when you are over here?
To be honest I’m usually very busy, I’ve been writing a book since I got back and my deadline is actually today so I’ve been locked away in my study writing for the past month and then like I said, I’ve got this tour coming up next week so that will take up another couple of months of my life, so there’s no time for a rest unfortunately.
The lecture tour, is it going to be throughout February?
So the official lecture tour starts on the 20th February and that lasts until the end of March.
When will the book come out?
The book also comes out on 20th or 23rd February.
That’s a quick turnaround...
Yes, get it done today, printed next week and yeah so I’m happy.
Good luck for that.
Thanks, I’ll need it
People are going to regard you as a bit of a hero and a role model and people are going to follow you. Do you have a Shackleton type hero or somebody you look up to on the adventure travelling side?
Yes, I’ve got quite a few but I think the person that inspired me the most was Richard Burton who was a Victoria explorer and went all over the place. I like him as he was quite an academic and he was just interested in people and was curious about different cultures and that’s what he liked to share. For me it's the same content really. I like going to different cultures and showing that to the rest of the world.
Have you ever thought about bailing out, thinking I’ve had enough of this I just want to go back home?
And what - getting a real job?
It did occur to me once but then I realised it’s not for me.
So you said your next expedition you’re not going to be walking, have you got anything lined up?
Well it might involve a bit of walking but I’m not going to limit myself to walking this time I might diversify it a bit. I can’t say too much or I might get slapped on the wrist if I’m honest.
So you might be starting that after the lecture tour is over and the book has come out?
There’s no definitive timings yet but something will definitely be happening this year.
Do you know what continent it will be or anything like that?
I can’t possibly tell you I’m afraid (laughs)
OK, fair enough. I was trying to get something but fair enough. If you had any tips for anybody who is really interested in the adventure side of things and wanted to start off and wanted to emulate you, what tips would you give to people, it’s certainly not a job that you can just pop down to the job centre for, what advice would you give to youngsters thinking about this?
I think for me, I’m doing what I do now because I’ve spent the past 15 years working towards this and I only got this opportunity as I'd got lots of experience in the army. Obviously, the army isn’t for everybody but it’s certainly a very good platform to learn the right skills and experiences that you use in this line of work. Other than that, I just say to people get out there and travel, you know, just don’t worry about it too much, obviously, there’s always risks but if you spent the whole time worrying about what could happen then you would never do it so I just tell people to get out there and do it.