Explore ’97 was a gathering where explorers, scientists, adventurers, and researchers came together to share their experiences, present their fieldwork projects, and discuss various topics related to geography, exploration, and scientific discovery. The event provided a platform for individuals to network, collaborate, and learn from one another in the field of geographical exploration….and I loved it!

Influences included Major T.E, Lawrence (Lawrence of Arabia), and films such as Kundun, the characters of Daniel Dravot and Peachy Carnahan in The Man Who Would Be King, the character of Sir Reginald Johnston in The Last Emporer and even the character of Percey Blakeney in The Scarlett Pimpernel gave me notions that I could make a difference in a ‘truly great’ way if I only set my mind to it.