Over the past year, I’ve been hugely fortunate to be involved with the Captain Scott Centenary celebrations. I owe my introduction to expeditions to the actions of the Terra Nova expedition one hundred years ago.
In early 2012 I led the scientific fieldwork on a two month expedition to the Empty Quarter and Dhofar Mountains of Southern Oman. Here our team worked in collaboration with Omani rangers, scientists and students to understand and survey the biodiversity of this unique and threatened area.
In late 2011 I spent two months living and working at UmPhafa Private Nature Reserve, nestled on the edge of the Drakensberg Mountains in Kwa-Zulu Natal, South Africa.
In a small corner of the Pacaya-Samiria Reserve in North-Eastern Peru, I spent the summer working with local scientists to increase our understanding and help manage the forest. I and the other members of our team were welcomed with unparalleled kindness. Men who had once stalked these forests as poachers, now worked as field guides.
This one was an accident. Having never sailed before, I had no intention of sailing an Ocean. That was until chance made it possible, and it seemed like a good idea at the time. In retrospect, the toughest experiences and low points become fondest memories.
Bitten by the bug of expeditions, in 2008 I spent my summer in Norway developing expedition leadership skills whilst traipsing across the Haardangervidda Plateau. A retrospective highlight was receiving my A level results by Sat-Phone.
My first taste of expedition life was 5 weeks spent immersed in the Malagasy rainforest at the age of 17. Overwhelmed by the people, wildlife and not so black and white issues of the worlds 4th poorest country, I was inspired to study biology with the innocently naive ambition of helping.
An overland journey from London to Istanbul, exploring Europe’s wild places along the way.
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