In [episode v] of the intrepid podcasts, we talk to elite mountain guide, charity founder and former Gurkha soldier Chrish Thapa.
Born in a village near AnnaPurna, Nepal and joining the British Army at a young age, Chrish has led and summited expeditions to some of the highest and most challenging peaks in the world, notably: Everest, Dhaulagiri; Makalu; Manaslu and K2!
Founding his own guiding company (HST adventures) and the ‘Sustainable Himalayan Foundation’ (a not-for-profit that supports and promotes sustainable mountain tourism, leads female empowerment initiatives and works to improve the lives of mountain communities) Chrish now focuses his effort on helping veteran amputees get into mountaineering and has successfully led them to the summits of Kilimanjaro, Mera Peak, Mount Kenya and Mont Blanc – with Elbrus and Aconcagua already pencilled in for the not-to-distant future.
W: hstadventure.com & sustainablehimalayanfoundation.org
I: @HSTadventures & @SustainableHimalayanFoundation
FB: @HSTadventures & @SustainableHimalayanFoundation
“I now accept that I have been set on a completely different pathway - one of learning, adapting, discovering, enlightening, sharing and challenging. I now aim to continually push my personal and physical limits to summit the highest peaks in the World, and in doing so, raise awareness for the disabled and less fortunate in the World.“
In [episode iv] of the intrepid podcasts, we talk to retired soldier, double amputee, mountaineer, adventurer and keynote speaker: Justin Oliver Davis (aka inspiration through adversity).
In 2011 Justin was serving with 2nd Battalion The Rifles, in Afghanistan. While leading a Quick Reaction Force patrol to intercept a group of enemy insurgents, that had ambushed another British patrol, Justin was providing safe passage by searching for Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) when unfortunately he stood on and detonated one resulting in the loss of both of his lower legs.
After eight years of rehabilitation filled with trials, tribulations, surgeries and set-backs Justin is now ready to begin pursuing his personal physical and psychological boundaries, once again. Having recently set his sights on completing the seven summits he now aims to inspire the world in the process.
In [episode iii] of the Intrepid podcasts, we talk to the indomitable ocean rower Laura Try (otherwise known as ‘LT’ to her friends!).
In her talk at August’s Tales of Adventure, Laura shared her story of how she went from a shopaholic-salon owner to minimalist Atlantic Ocean rower and adventurer in the space of just 4 years.
In this update, Laura uses anecdotes from her time on the Atlantic Ocean with team Row for the ocean, and how endeavour has helped make lasting and monumental life changes in this challenging time!
Benjamin 'Bags' Simmons: co-founder of Bare Arms
Hear how Bags' experiences in the British Army's Royal Tank Regiment - and deployments to Afghanistan - helped shape and inspire him to start his own business; 'Bare Arms' - an innovative and forward-thinking organisation teaching extras to use firearms on film and TV sets, safely and authentically.
Toby Cronshaw: owner and designer of Mantis Tools; mountaineer; snowboarder; graphic designer; climber and speed-wing enthusiast.
Hear how Toby’s experiences as a youngster helped shape him, his love of graphic design, 80’s adventure sport branding and the influences that inspired him to create an indoor ice climbing tool and how the demand has kept him on his toes (and in the laboratory!)