Back in October I had the privilege of speaking at TEDxBelfast - a wonderful event with the theme of 'ideas worth spreading.' TEDx events are a bringing together of great minds and innovation, so I felt somewhat fraudulent to be sharing my stories of half-baked adventures...
Below is my talk on the topic of 'How to become an adventurer.' Be sure to also check out some of the other speakers from the event - there are some wonderful talks.
As a special incentive for Christmas, I'm offering cheap-as-chips deals on my two new DVDs - Into The Empty Quarter and Walking Home From Mongolia (for more info, click on the highlighted names.)
If you fancy sharing a bit of adventure this Christmas, then these shows might be just the ticket. They're equally a pretty good stocking filler for 'the person who has everything' (you know who you are...)
I'm happy to put in some personalised Christmas greetings too, in an effort to spread Christmas cheer and make this a one-stop present-sorting shop!
Here's what's on offer:
For UK customers only, there is a free HD download!
For those of you further afield, you can still buy the DVD here for £9.99 + postage, although time is running out to get delivery in time for Christmas, so please do so very soon!
Postage will be added on at checkout.
The trailer for "Into The Empty Quarter," and a scene from "Walking Home From Mongolia"
Some praise for Into The Empty Quarter:
A beautifully shot film of a bravely executed journey. Brings Thesiger’s journey bang up to date — laughs, tears and all. The most pointless adventure I’ve ever had the pleasure of following.
- Tom Allen, award-winning film-maker
Beautifully honest, funny and riddled with grit.
- Dave Cornthwaite, Adventurer
Congrats on an amazing and challenging expedition, and for sharing it so effectively through the film. I swear I could almost feel the grit and sand!
- Roz Savage, World Record Breaking Ocean Rower
Very much enjoyed 'into the empty quarter’ an engaging and inspiring old school british adventure - nice work!
@samuelsnow via Twitter
Just saw @al_humphreys & leonmccarron's epic, beautiful film 'Into The Empty Quarter'. Brilliant! Perfect xmas gift
@georgemahood via Twitter
#intotheemptyquarter Enjoyed your film guys, something a little different to the norm, nice cart!
@ToftM via Twitter
-For more reviews on Twitter and Facebook, search using the hashtag #intotheemptyquarter
-Read Al Humphrey's interview with The Telegraph about the trip here
1 - For an adventure! I'd never been to the Arabian peninsula before and had a hunch I'd really like it there. The only way to find out was to go and see what happened.
2 - To follow, vaguely, in the footsteps of Wilfred Thesiger, who's books and journeys I've admired for many years. Following a hero is a great starting point for an expedition.
3- Someone (Al Humphreys) had asked me to come along - it would have been rude to say no.
4 - The Empty Quarter is the largest sand desert in the world. Even though the largest, sandiest parts are in Saudi Arabia where we couldn't go, the ridiculousness and challenge of trying to thrive in somewhere so large and desolate is appealing.
5 - I wanted to do a trip that would be new, challenging and rewarding. This fit all those categories.
6 - I wanted to make a film that would entertain, educate and inspire. This (I hope) fit all those categories.
7 - Although I swore that I would never again go on a walking expedition after my 3000 mile trek in China, I have since come to believe that walking is my favourite of all methods of human-powered transport. It's slow, miserable and inefficient - but there's nothing to match it for immersion and experience.
8 - Despite what it may sound like from the above points, I really had no idea what I'd find in the Empty Quarter desert - emptiness, happiness, oil fields, roads, Bedu, camels...I could only guess based on other people's accounts. I went to find out.
9 - A 35C desert is a great, if extreme, escape from the British winter. (We went during November and December.)
10 - Life is too short - it's worth filling the time we have with fun, silly and character-developing experiences whenever we can. I knew that however this trip panned out - good or bad - I would never regret having tried it.
Watch the film of 'Into The Empty Quarter' now by clicking here. If you haven't see it yet, check out the trailer below: