As Marko and I plan our next 6 month adventure around the world, I look back on an amazing and formative experience in my life.
In August of 2012, I set off on an expedition with Ken Hames, a former Major in the British Special Forces and BBC TV presenter. Our goal was to cross the Otjihipa Mountains in Northern Namibia, one the most remote regions in the world. We wanted to find a sub-tribe of the Himba, the Chimba. The Chimba are some of Africa’s last hunter-gatherers and exist in almost complete isolation.
Our journey lasted three weeks and was fraught with danger and setbacks. It took us 6 days off-road to arrive to the Otjihipa mountain range only to have our Land Rover break down 15km from our goal, the Kunene River. From there we set off on foot and battled the elements; searing heat during the day and frigid temperatures at night. During this expedition I learned the importance of team-work, determination, and the immense power we all have, the power of the mind.
For those who say there is nothing left to explore in our world… I most certainly disagree.
Thank you Mark Tattersall of Ainsworth & Parkinson Ltd. for the edit.