Our tale begins over a year ago. I met Mark Wood at the Festival of Imagination. A weekend of talks and activities focussed on imagining the future to celebrate the University of Warwick’s 50th anniversary.
I had set up an interview with him for Jose, the education editor at the Daily Telegraph. He strode over, looked me in the eye then gave me a big grin and a firm handshake. We drank coffee then too.
Mark is an incredibly modest bloke for someone who has journeyed to many of the most extreme locations on the planet. He pioneers thinking differently, environmental education and effective leadership. Topics that through him have become close to my heart too.
After we rapped up an interview about some of his previous expeditions and his relationship with the university he looked at me and said, ‘Will you carry my globe?’ Minutes later we were making our way onto a stage in the Warwick Arts Centre in front of a few hundred strong audience and I had a giant inflatable globe in both arms.
We have remained firm friends ever since. I’ve also had the opportunity to be a small part of his expeditions since, North Pole 16 and currently Expedition 8848.
We are on our way to meet Mark in Kathmandu, Nepal. Before we fly from there into the Himalayas where we will spend the next 20 days trekking to Everest Base Camp. In Kathmandu we will join 36 other Mountaineering enthusiasts on the adventure of a lifetime.
Above: One of my favourite shots of Mark on a past expedition to the North Pole.