Magazine article Times Educational Supplement

Review - Adventure Starts Now: Resources

Magazine article Times Educational Supplement

Review - Adventure Starts Now: Resources

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An explorer wants to inspire the next generation of pioneers.

When I graduated from university with a bachelor's degree in geographical sciences, I had little idea of what to do, but I knew I wanted to climb the mountains of the world.

When I was about 14, I was inspired by a photograph of Mount Everest in one of Sir Chris Bonnington's books. Ten years later, I became a professional mountain guide.

Now, 25 years after that first inspiration, I have 10 Everest summits under my belt, have led Sir Ranulph Fiennes on successful climbs of the Eiger and Everest, and am planning another expedition to coincide with the 60th anniversary of the first successful ascent of Everest next year.

I am equally passionate about inspiring young people to accept the challenges of the great outdoors. My Everest expedition this year was followed by tens of thousands of people worldwide, including many schoolchildren. Using satellite technology we were able to tweet, blog, use Facebook and send videos so that children could follow the expedition all the way.

Schools used it to enable learning about mountains, rocks, glaciers, rivers and indigenous people. But though many of the skills are geography- based, other skills such as leadership and team building can be nurtured to give pupils a headstart when they arrive in the workplace. …

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