Tim left a job organising arctic expeditions for the British Schools Exploring Society to go freelance, using his experience of adventures and challenges to set up his own company.
Tim has organised expeditions to all seven continents, made first and first-British ascents of several mountains from Russia to Bolivia, and has travelled around the world using eighty methods of transport, a trip for which he won the Year Of The Volunteer ‘Award for Innovation’. He is a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society, a current Guinness World Record Holder and was recently shortlisted for the Light My Fire ‘Adventurer of the Year’ award.
His first book – How to Get to the North Pole: and Other Iconic Adventures – was published by How To Books Ltd. in April 2012 with contributions from over 50 great expeditioners and a foreword by Sir Ranulph Fiennes. Outside of the adventure world, Tim’s interested in hockey, guitars and politics.
Tim entered the world of expeditions through mountaineering with climbing expeditions to Kyrgyzstan, Bolivia and Russian Altai where he made first and first-British ascents. He then undertook several charity challenges including travelling around the world in eighty ways using different methods of transport to circumnavigate the globe, running up five thousand flights of stairs to the height of Mount Everest and completing his own 15-hour triathlon to get to his friend Thom’s house on the Isle of Wight.
His subsequent larger expeditions have included walking across Patagonia and crossing the Wahiba Desert on foot. Whilst working full time on The Next Challenge, however, he also broke a Guinness World Record by cycling 1,000 miles in a rickshaw, hitch-hiked around the UK on a £100 budget and ran the length of every London Underground train line.
He recently finished cycling around the world (August 2013 – December 2014).
Tim’s Views on Expeditions
My strong view is that adventure need not require time, money or expertise.
I don’t have a major beef with celebrity expeditions (even if they sometimes undermine the efforts of others) but I do believe that TV makes expeditions seem unnecessarily scary and that “adventurers” often unhelpfully exaggerate their stories.
In fact, I think that adventurers frequently patronise by implying that going on expeditions is a better way to use your life than working a 9-to-5 but, in my view, completing a great expedition doesn’t make you a great person. These are just some of the reasons why I don’t want to be a professional adventurer).
That said, I feel that expeditions are a great way to create challenge in your life, manifest self-belief and even overcome prejudice. However, I don’t think that expeditions should be taken too seriously or that they should be used to prove how tough you are.
I prefer original adventure ideas but will always help anyone that gets in touch.
Tim launched the Next Challenge Expedition Grant to help others and Bamboo Clothing and some of our BAMbassadors wanted to follow his lead and get involved…