Author Profession: Explorer
Born: June 7, 1974
To get ready to climb Everest, I did a lot of hill running with a daypack on and a lot of underwater swimming. I would swim a couple of lengths underwater and then a couple above. It gets your body going with limited oxygen.
Running, Couple, Swimming
I think it’s fun running with dogs. They’re always so fit and fast.
Running, Dog, Fun
I’m terrified of walking into a room full of people. Sitting down at a dinner table with 15 strangers brings me out in a sweat.
Sweat, People, Sitting Down
I had many opportunities to get behind products in the past, and I was always careful to evaluate all of them. I will not put my name to shoddy items.
Past, Opportunity, Names
I love making healthy lean foods delicious – that’s an art!
Art, Healthy, Love Making
Juice Plus+ is great stuff that I have used through all of my expeditions. What I like about it is that the research behind it is so strong. It is 100% natural, is whole food based, and I love the fact that it provides raw, anti-oxidant fruit and veg in a capsule form. For me it fulfills a key part of my nutrition, training and recovery needs.
Strong, Recovery, Keys
I’ve never really had a TV career. I’ve been a soldier and a climber.
Careers, Soldier, Tvs
You only get one chance at life and you have to grab it boldly.
Chance, One Chance
I love home cooking, and I’m not a great one for fast food.
Home, Cooking, Fast Food
As a society, we’ve become terrified of failure, but you can’t grow without risking it.
Grows, Terrified, Failure,
People ask me, “How do I succeed?” Whatever it is they do, I say, “Go and find 20 ways of messing it up. By 21, you’ll be getting there.” Life is an adventure, go back with cuts, scars and bruises.
Adventure, Cutting, People
I think fire is so critical in the wild. You can cook with it, you can make tools, you can deter a predator, you can dry your clothes and you get that element of morale that matters so much when you’re stuck in the middle of nowhere.
Thinking, Fire, Clothes
Without risk, there can be no growth,
Risk, Growth, Cool,
Unless you have shelter, fire is going to be very hard and if you have fire, but no water, you’re going to die. They’re all super important.
Fire, Water, Important
I was always brought up to have a cup of tea at halfway up a rock face.
Rocks, Tea, Faces
You can’t live someone else’s expectations in life. It’s a recipe for disaster.
Expectations, Recipes, Disaster
The hardest thing about my job isn’t the snake bites or the crocodiles, it’s being away from my children. I have a really religious satellite phone call every day back to the boys, wherever we are, whatever time zone, to say goodnight.
Religious, Jobs, Children
My favorite moments? Where it’s all going swimmingly, the sun’s out and I’ve got a fire going and a nice snake on the barbecue.
Nice, Fire, Snakes
I was super skeptical about doing TV. I said no three times, part of which was confidence because I didn’t really understand that world. I know how to climb mountains and do all that, but I wasn’t a TV person.
Mountain, Tvs, Three
Eating any of these things, goat testicles or what have you, isn’t going to be nice, but you get into that zone, you become focussed and you do what you need to do. It’s all about one thing: coming home in one piece.
Nice, Home, Needs