The AT50: Explorer Alastair Humphreys (#35)
Sports: Cycling, Adventuring
Highlights: Completed a four-year round-the-world bike journey, traveling through 60 countries and five continents (2001-2005); walked across India in six weeks (2009); traversed iceland by foot and packraft (2010); rowed across the Atlantic Ocean (2012); walked unsupported 1,000 desert miles across the Empty Quarter (2012);
Quote: "Expeditions are about pitting yourself against nature."
Fact: Humphreys broke his foot in a 150-mile run across the Sahara desert, but still managed to finish the race.
AT50 Point Total: 37
In an era of helicopters, GPS and Google Earth, it’s hard to imagine that there’s much left to explore on this planet. Fortunately, we have characters like Alastair Humphreys to show us otherwise. He's bicycled around the world, walked across India, rowed across the Atlantic, and is planning one of the most ambitious Antarctic expeditions ever (an unsupported walk from the coast of Antarctica to the South Pole and back again, in the footsteps of Robert Falcon Scott). But his most admirable project might just be a series of ‘microadventures’ designed to prove that you don’t have to travel around the world to find adventure, and that anyone can (and perhaps should) be an explorer.