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PostPosted: Thu Feb 01, 2018 9:34 am    Post subject: Britain's Greatest Explorer - A triathlete? Reply with quote

A few months ago, I was somewhat surprised (incredulous) at a statement made on the cover of Outdoor Fitness magazine, hailing Endurance Triathlete Sean Conway as 'Britain's Greatest Explorer'. So, who do you think is actually the nations' greatest explorer? I'm already compiling a pretty long list off the top of my head, in no particular order:

David Livingston
Captain Robert Scott
Captain James Cook
Sir Ernest Shackleton
Sir Ranulph Fiennes
Sir Chris Bonnington
Sir Walter Raleigh
Sir Francis Drake

Sean is also actually from Zimbabwe iirc.
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 01, 2018 9:44 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

That really depends on your method of measurement.

Scott for scientific research....but when the chips are down, call for Shackleton...
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 01, 2018 10:03 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Coming from Plymouth, we did learn quite a lot about explorers at school, which is why I was a bit like 'f* off' when I read the cover! Drake & Scott are both Plymouth men, and are actually worthy of the hackneyed term 'legend', as are all the people I listed above.
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 01, 2018 10:34 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

All of the current "explorers," "adventurers" etc seem to fall into a specific profile from what I've seen. Posh boys in no rush to get a job as mommy and daddy are happy to keep them while they self publicise themselves to their next epic adventure.

The records that get broken are all derivations of existing records, so you can't be the first to walk across the Sahara as that's been done but they were the first to do it while juggling kumquats.

The deep oceans or outer space seem to be the real new territory but clearly these aren't accessible to anything short of major nations or the biggest corporations.

I also wonder about the claims of money raised for charity but don't know if there are any rules governing this. If I claim to have raised £250k for charity but actually raised £750k from donations but the difference was to fund a 6 month long expedition (holiday). Is that scrutinised or challenged in any way?
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 01, 2018 10:55 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Linked to Scott’s expedition, I’d include Apsley Cherry-Garrard, wrote the book ‘The worst journey in the world.’ Man hauled 120 miles round trip to watch some penguins and collect a few eggs. Took him weeks, I think with Bowers who later perished with Scott? Utterly bonkers, and all in the genuine pursuit of science.
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 01, 2018 11:06 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Wheezy wrote:
Linked to Scott’s expedition, I’d include Apsley Cherry-Garrard, wrote the book ‘The worst journey in the world.’ Man hauled 120 miles round trip to watch some penguins and collect a few eggs. Took him weeks, I think with Bowers who later perished with Scott? Utterly bonkers, and all in the genuine pursuit of science.


I named my Fox Terrier Cherry-Garrard after him....it's one of the best stories ever written, but i didn't include him above because he was - with no disrespect - a follower. He so narrowly failed to save Scott from posthumous celebrity...a sad story.


RIP Cherry-Garrard
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 01, 2018 12:15 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

What did Sean Conway explore?
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 01, 2018 12:28 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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What did Sean Conway explore?


21st Century Britain, population 65 million. Fair play though, swimming the length of the UK with that beard takes some doing; but it doesn't really fire-up the imagination.

I'd rather just swim the Channel (sans wetsuit) if I had the time for training, money and all important gumption; bank it as a huge personal achievement and carry on with my life as normal... with maybe a FB post and a Just Giving page.
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 01, 2018 12:57 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

actually shouldn't that swimmer who is swimming the atlantic get the nod - he's still out there isn't he?
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 01, 2018 1:22 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

He's on his third lap isn't he? too easy to just do one.
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 01, 2018 1:30 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Jorgan wrote:
Chrace wrote:
What did Sean Conway explore?


21st Century Britain, population 65 million. Fair play though, swimming the length of the UK with that beard takes some doing; but it doesn't really fire-up the imagination.

I'd rather just swim the Channel (sans wetsuit) if I had the time for training, money and all important gumption; bank it as a huge personal achievement and carry on with my life as normal... with maybe a FB post and a Just Giving page.


nothing but social meeja whore arent you

but i agree, i always wanted to do a channel crossing but then i consider 15hrs + freezing cold swimming in filth and think there are better things to do.
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 01, 2018 2:03 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

without doubt

Sir Ernest Shackleton
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 01, 2018 2:53 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

hammerer wrote:

nothing but social meeja whore arent you

but i agree, i always wanted to do a channel crossing but then i consider 15hrs + freezing cold swimming in filth and think there are better things to do.


I'll let your sloppy grammar slide this time. On the subject of meeja, I heard a great line in a Netflix show recently, which really struck a chord:

Nobody wants to be themselves anymore. Internet, social media, goddamn talent shows for a**holes… Everybody wants to be somebody else. Nobody is happy just to look at themselves in the mirror, see themselves.

Anyone guess the show?
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 01, 2018 3:24 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Jorgan wrote:
hammerer wrote:

nothing but social meeja whore arent you

but i agree, i always wanted to do a channel crossing but then i consider 15hrs + freezing cold swimming in filth and think there are better things to do.


I'll let your sloppy grammar slide this time. On the subject of meeja, I heard a great line in a Netflix show recently, which really struck a chord:

Nobody wants to be themselves anymore. Internet, social media, goddamn talent shows for a**holes… Everybody wants to be somebody else. Nobody is happy just to look at themselves in the mirror, see themselves.

Anyone guess the show?


Life...
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 01, 2018 3:33 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

explorerJC wrote:
Jorgan wrote:


Nobody wants to be themselves anymore. Internet, social media, goddamn talent shows for a**holes… Everybody wants to be somebody else. Nobody is happy just to look at themselves in the mirror, see themselves.

Anyone guess the show?


Life...


Just your sort of show JC, ex US SOF types running around being hit by far too many bullets, a CIA black Op in the mix, and lots of firefights conducted by extras/directors that don't seem to adhere to even basic infantry tactics like fire & maneuver, like when they did the assault on the woodland hut in deepest Kentucky.
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