Colonel John Blashford-Snell is an explorer and author. His adventures include descending the Blue Nile in the late 1960's, at the invitation of Emperor Haille Selassie of Ethiopia, the first crossing of the Darien Gap by Range Rover and navigating the length of the Congo River, all 2,700 miles of it. He's driven from Alaska to Patagonia, sailed from Bolivia to the Atlantic and he's even delivered a grand piano to a chief in the Amazon Jungle.
He is known the world over for founding Raleigh International, under the patronage of the Prince of Wales, in an effort to get young people engaged in the world and scientific exploration. Over 10,000 have subsequently done so.
In total he has organised and led over 100 expeditions - his next project sees him return to Africa, to the slopes of Mount Kenya.