Who is Richard?
Richard grew up living in seaside town of Teignmouth, Devon. Growing up on the coast, he embraced water based adventures from young age! These included sea swimming, kayaking and canoeing. Changing from water he then took to the land and air getting involved with Ten Tors taking him all over Dartmoor and beyond. Simultaneously Richard joined the Air Training Corps were he had many adventures, flying, shooting, mountaineering and learning a whole host of skills, then went on to gain 30+ hours flying and a few hours solo flights.
The Arctic Survival Challenge in Sweden was the first international challenge for Richard. The Challenge entailed sleeping outside in temperatures as low as -35°C, in snow holes and shelter from the forest.
The Mongol Rally in 2015. This journey from Teignmouth, UK to Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia was my first big adventure into the unknown. We drove through Iran, Turkmenistan, Mongolia, and nearly all of Russia, all in a 1996 Nissan Micra. This trip is eye-opening to all that experience it, to have a look into the diverse cultures outside of Western Europe.
During the Mongol Rally part 2, returning to Teignmouth, on a night in Moscow the words, “What’s stopping us in Mongolia?” where throw around a table. This idea would become the Global Convoy an insane attempt to circumnavigate the globe in truly ridiculous and inadequate cars, picking up new friends, of any nationality, along the way, this is where you probably know my trusty micra from.
Throughout all of these adventures Richard has personally experienced and seen how all our mental states fluctuates as well as our understanding of other people around the world. From heading in to countries that the media say are dangerous and full of terrible people to find that this is not the case. Being outdoors can massively help the mental state of everyone.