UK Adventurers with Decent Websites

08 November 2013

As the title of this post implies, I've put together a list of all the UK adventurers with decent websites. So, get ready, the list is complete and I can now reveal... there's only three

Yep. I was as disappointed as you. Only three.

text3 Before I reveal the big three (the photo is a bit of a clue), I'll give you my definition of a decent adventurers website, because it might be different to yours.

I think the website should:

1. Keep you up to date with the goings on of your favourite adventurer, once a week would be nice.
2. Have a few up-to-date photos every now and again
3. Maybe embed a video once in a while
That's my criteria.

Having searched the web for about two hours, here's the three best:
Alastair Humphreys

Best know for:
Cycling round the world.
This website looks great, it's got loads of photos and videos and it just makes you feel good about yourself, even if you're not living the dream and just sitting on your rumpty watching telly, eating cheese crisps. Alastair posts regularly and he looks like he's enjoying himself.
Roz Savage

Best Know for: Being the first woman to row solo across three oceans – the Atlantic, Pacific and Indian.
Roz has a blog which she updates about once a week and has recently started doing podcasts about her fellow adventurers. There are separate blog sections for her expeditions. On a Monday morning, check out the inspiration blog posts.
Adrian Hayes

Best known for: Holding the world record for reaching the North Pole, the South Pole and the top of Everest in the shortest possible time.
Adrian has a blog that he writes on about once a month and separate web pages for each of his expeditions. There's plenty of photos and quite a few videos.
That's it, unfortunately.

So what about the rest of our great adventurers. These people, who have had the most interesting lives and been to most amazing places, don't seem to want to give us an insight into their every day lives. They have books and TV programes to tell us about their expeditions but a website should be a more personal things. What does Ranulph do between expeditions, I'm sure it's still reasonably interesting compared to our lives, and even if it isn't that's good to know as well. Which crags has Sir Chris climb recently for fun? What's Chay doing for Christmas?

I, for one, would like to know some of these details.

Quite a lot of the remaining websites (some listed below) might as well have one page, saying 'Book me to speak at your corporate doo' because there's not much else worth reading.This is a shame because every single one of these people have a lot to say that normal people like me will find very interesting.
Here's a few I looked through before my eyeballs rolled backwards.

Sir Ranulph Fiennes
News and events pages last updated 2012

Sir Chris Bonington
Sir Chris has a blog so that's good, but it was last updated in April 2013.

Sir Robin Knox-Johnston
Pretty grim, sorry

Sir Chay Blyth
No idea when this was last updated.

Benedict Allen
No blog, don't really know what he's been up to from this

Pen Hadow
Corporate website with nothing interesting on it.

Kenton Cool
The website looks good and it has a couple of videos but no recent or regular information. Last blog post 23 May 2013

Jason Lewis
Blog last up dated 8 June 2013. His adventures page sends you to another website or his Twitter feed.

Ann Daniels
Blog page with nothing on it. Another book me as a public speaker website

Alan Hinkes
No personal website, just the Pro Trek watch one

At this point I got fed up.

If you can recommend any other good ones, I would be really glad to put them here.

Thanks for reading.

Ian Young

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