Sunday, 24 October 2021

Review - A humble adventurer

DAVID Hempleman-Adams is a humble man. From his upbringing (his double-barrelled moniker being the result of divorce rather than privilege) to the way he describes his spectacular life achievements, everything about him is unexpectedly modest. Arguably one of the world’s greatest adventurers, he has an understated style of speaking about his life that makes climbing Everest (which he’s completed not once, but twice) sound like a Sunday afternoon stroll along the Thames.

And his claim that “Everest isn’t hard” is not a brag, but indicative of the reserved way that he describes all his achievements and the associated dangers.

Hempleman-Adams is clearly a very driven man, and doesn’t take no for an answer — evident in the title of his new autobiography, No such Thing as Failure.

Not that failure doesn’t happen. He is very candid about the multiple attempts it sometimes takes him to achieve his expedition goals. But he always goes back until he succeeds.

Like other renowned explorers he carries a diary with him on all his trips — not to chart his successes but to keep a note of things that he can improve on next time.

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