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No Such Thing as Failure The Extraordinary Life of a Great British Adventurer by David Hempleman-Adams
  

No Such Thing as Failure The Extraordinary Life of a Great British Adventurer

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Known as the only man who has achieved what is known as the Adventurer’s Grand Slam by reaching both the North and South Poles and having climbed the highest peaks on all seven continents David Hempleman-Adams doesn’t come across as some single-minded, granite-jawed superhero. His book captures the love of mountains he gained as he started on the Duke of Edinburgh’s award scheme, his search for higher and more dangerous challenges, the scrapes and near misses as he pursued his adventurous life. David Hempleman-Adams is a good scene-setter allowing his readers to experience some of what such a dangerous life entails.

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No Such Thing as Failure The Extraordinary Life of a Great British Adventurer by David Hempleman-Adams

If there's an adventure to be had, it's likely that David Hempleman-Adams has been there first. Ranking alongside Ranulph Fiennes and Chris Bonnington in the pantheon of British explorers, he is the first person in history to achieve what is termed the Adventurers' Grand Slam, by reaching the Geographic and Magnetic North and South Poles as well as climbing the highest peaks on all seven continents. The question Hempleman-Adams is most often asked is, simply: what drives him on? Why risk frostbite pulling a sledge to the North Pole? Why experience the Death Zone on Everest? Why fly in the tiny basket of a precarious balloon across the Atlantic? Is it simply the case that he likes to push himself to the limits, or is there something more to it? No Such Thing as Failure answers these questions and more, uncovering what drives arguably the world's greatest adventurer.

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'I admire David hugely. He is a true adventurer and this book shows the breadth and depth of his achievements. NO SUCH THING AS FAILURE is an astonishing book, depicting an awe-inspiring life.'- Sir Rannulph Fiennes


About the Author

David Hempleman-Adams is a British adventurer and the first person in history to reach the Geographic and Magnetic North and South Poles as well as to climb the highest peaks on all seven continents, an achievement termed the Adventurers' Grand Slam. In total he has set 47 FAI (Federation Aeronautique Internationale) World Records. He is a Trustee of the Duke of Edinburgh's Award, the Royal Aero Club Trust and the St John Ambulance, of which he has been a member for 14 years. David was born in 1956 in Swindon. A business man by profession, he is married with three daughters and lives in Wiltshire.

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Book Info

Publication date

28th August 2014

Author

David Hempleman-Adams

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Author's Website

www.coldclimates.co.uk/

Publisher

Constable an imprint of Little, Brown Book Group

Format

Hardback
256 pages

Categories

True stories of heroism, endurance & survival
Expeditions
Climbing & mountaineering

ISBN

9781472113030

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