I gradually ran out of energy and fat reserves over a five week period, and then collapsed on the descent from the summit

We asked the rock climbing, kayaking, wildlife expert Steve Backshall about some of his most memorable expeditions

THE MOST SCENIC PLACE I’VE WOKEN UP
It would probably be on a portaledge – a swinging tea tray meets tent type affair, whilst doing a huge rock ascent in Venezuela. We lived on them for nearly a week, and could see all the way out to Brazil and Guyana.

THE MOMENT I THOUGHT I’D GONE TOO FAR
Probably my Himalayan mountaineering expedition in 2006 where I gradually ran out of energy and fat reserves over a five week period, and then collapsed on the descent from the summit. If we’d hit bad weather at that point I wouldn’t be writing this now!

THE SIGHT THAT BLEW MY MIND
Probably when ascending the mountain next to Everest and looking down on the shadow of the mountain. It formed a perfect pyramid – extending perhaps 50 miles away from the peak towards the horizon.

MY MOST CHALLENGING TRIP
I would say my last expedition to Papua to try and make the first descent of a river there. The whitewater was in places unrunnable, and we were very lucky to have escaped with our lives.

MY MOST MEMORABLE TRIP
Probably diving with leopard seals underneath Antarctic icebergs.

THE FIRST ITEM I THROW IN MY LUGGAGE
Superglue – it has so many different uses. It’s great for sorting out cuts and blisters.

THE ONE PLACE I’D LIKE TO SHOW MY WIFE [UK OLYMPIC ROWER HELEN GLOVER]?
I think I’d take her to the Himalayas, because the views are so truly jaw-dropping there.

MY NEXT ADVENTURE
Coming out to Singapore to speak to all you lovely people in February!

Steve Backshall will be in Singapore from 3 to 5 February at Marina Bay Sands with his new show “Deadly 60 Live! – Pole to Pole”. Tickets are now on sale at www.sistic.com.sg

 

Steve Backshall Taking On The Death Star Trench In Venezuela

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