In Issue#22, we honour those individuals who continue to push the boundaries of exploration, conservation and adventure; those who ‘dream big’ and accomplish amazing feats of physical and mental endurance. Meet the modern-day explorers who’ve made headlines over the past year.
Welcome the dawning of the modern-day explorer – pioneers and navigators who challenge the breathtaking limits of human potential. In true Land Rover spirit, humans will always find a way to go above and beyond what went before. Some will even argue that exploration is the essential impulse of life where adventurers strive for a state of deeper understanding.
The difference today, however, it seems, is that explorers and modern-day adventurers must do more than merely visit some undiscovered place. They must find the cause for being there and the meaning behind it. And what’s most important is that they share this new-found meaning with the rest of the world.
These four modern-day explorers haven proven their knack for adventure and sheer determination to succeed. But more importantly, they are putting the global spotlight light some of the most pressing issues we face as a global society. Editor Anton Pretorius, speaks to them exclusively.
HOMEGROWN-EXPLORER: Riaan Manser
Earlier this year, Riaan married by long-time girlfriend, Vasti Geldenhuys and went on honeymoon in Hawaii. But where normal people usually take a plane to their tropical destination, Riaan and Vasti decided to row there. In the process, the couple broke three mid-Pacific Ocean-crossing world records when they arrived at their destination in August this year. We spoke to Riaan about his recent world record, the hardships they had to overcome and we get some useful adventurer’s tips.
POLAR EXPLORER: Ben Saunders
In 2014, Land Rover ambassador and renowned polar explorer, Ben Saunders, along with expedition partner Tarka L’Herpiniere, set the world record for the longest human-powered polar journey in history by completing a 2 900 km trek to the South Pole and back, in the footsteps of legendary polar explorers Sir Ernest Shackleton and Captain Robert Scott. We feature his interview in Issue#22.
THE WORLD’S GREATEST LIVING EXPLORER: Sir Ranulph Fiennes
A man who was described by the Guinness Book of Records as the “World’s Greatest Living Explorer” Sir Ranulph Fiennes (72) needs no introduction. He recently announced that he will attempt a new record-breaking challenge to raise funds for charity. The Global Reach Challenge in aid of Marie Curie will be the culmination of a lifetime of exploration and death-defying challenges. We chat to him about the Global Reach Challenge and take a trip down memory lane where Sir Ranulph traversed the world in Land Rovers. All this and more in Issue#22.
THE IRON CURTAIN CONQUERER: Justine Gosling
In 2015, Justine Gosling, winner of the inaugural Cordon Rouge Club Mentorship Competition (endorsed by Land Rover) set out in almost 24-hour daylight from Kirkenes on the Norway-Russia border. The British physiotherapist walked, cycled and swam over 6 000 km across 16 countries that all share a border with the Iron Curtain – the dividing line of 20th-century Europe. We chat to her about this remarkable quest in Issue#22.