Today I talk with Ash Dykes; British explorer, two-time world first record holder, and the author of Mission Possible: A Decade of Living Dangerously.
In this episode, Ash talks about some of his early travel experiences. Which include training and competing as a Muay Thai fighter in Thailand, as well as working as a scuba diving instructor around the same time.
He also shares the incredible story of how he made it into the record books by completing two world firsts. He was the first person to walk the entire length of Mongolia, and he did it solo and unsupported. And he was the first person to walk the entire length of Madagascar’s interior, and he climbed to the summit of the country’s eight highest peaks along the way.
Each expedition came with many challenges and dangers. Some that almost cost Ash his life. Though through proper preparation, a strong mindset, and a willingness to never give up, he successfully completed both expeditions. And now he is about to set off on his greatest expedition yet… walking the entire length of the Yangtze River in China. A distance of approximately 4,000 miles and it will take him about an entire year to complete!
Along with this, Ash also shares his insight on how putting yourself in uncomfortable situations helps you grow as a person, why you should be prepared for worst-case scenarios, and how humans are far more capable than what many might believe. This was an incredible conversation, one that I got loads of tremendous value from, and I know you all will too!
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Also, check out Ash’s book: Mission Possible: A Decade of Living Dangerously!
Now we want to hear from you! What are your answers to my Final 3?!
- Favorite place that you’ve been to so far?
- One thing on your bucket list that you’ve yet to do?
- Favorite animal and have you seen this animal in the wild?
Leave a comment below with your answers! We look forward to hearing your responses!
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