5 of the world’s greatest adventurers

“Adventure is worthwhile in itself.” – Amelia Earhart

The Tinggly team were recently lucky enough to meet Sir Richard Branson on Necker Island for the final of the Extreme Tech Challenge – a great honour! This is a guy whose restless spirit and love of adventure experiences have seen him become not just a massively successful serial entrepreneur but also a world record holder in sailing and ballooning. He’s also at the forefront of the next generation of commercial space travel with his ambitious plans for Virgin Galactic.

This amazing guy never stops pushing the limits of what’s possible, and in our opinion he richly deserves a place on the list of the greatest adventurers of all time. Here’s a few more…

Martin Strel


Martin is a Slovenian long-distance swimmer – he set Guinness World Records for swimming the Mississippi, the Yangtze and the Danube Rivers, but we think his most epic feat to date was in 2007 when he swum all 5000km + of the Amazon River, from Peru to Brazil, with his team pouring buckets of blood into the water around him to distract the piranhas!

Ranulph Fiennes


Fiennes is some kind of superman. The first person to reach both Poles over the surface, the first person to cross Antarctica in its entirety on foot, he also summited Mount Everest at the ripe old age of 65 and in 2007 climbed the notorious North Face of the Eiger, overcoming a fear of heights in the process. In pursuit of his adventures, Fiennes has coped with frostbite (he amputated his own fingertips with a fretsaw!), vertigo, heart problems and kidney stones, but he just keeps going. A true living legend.

Amelia Earhart

Portrait of aviatrix Amelia Earhart.

An early aviation pioneer and flight enthusiast, Amelia Earhart entered the record books and took her place in history when she crossed the Atlantic solo in 1932, from Newfoundland to Ireland. This incredibly daring adventurer is thought to have died five years later, when her plane disappeared during an attempt to circumnavigate the globe. She was never found, and the mystery of what happened to Earhart and her co-pilot persists to this day.

Rob Gauntlett and James Hooper


What makes Gauntlett and Hooper so astonishing is not so much their successful ascent of Everest. It’s the fact the friends did it with zero mountain climbing experience. They were later named National Geographic’s “Adventurers of the Year”, after they travelled from the magnetic North Pole to the magnetic South Pole, using dogsleds in Greenland, biking through America, and sailing in Antarctica. Again, they had no prior experience of dog sledding or sailing, they just headed off and picked it up as they went along.

Jacques Cousteau


No-one has done more to bring the underwater world to life than this amazing man, who pretty much pioneered deep sea diving and filming. His aqua-lung invention made extended underwater exploration possible, and his documentaries about the oceans, and the wrecks he discovered and excavated, captured the public imagination. Cousteau received many awards for his work in conservation, oceanographic discovery and education, and is perhaps the greatest documentarian of all time.

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