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Earlier this year, James Ketchell completed what turned out to be an ‘ultimate triathlon’, after rowing the Atlantic, climbing Everest, and cycling around the world…

It started in 2010 with James’ single-handed Atlantic row, three years after a serious motorcycle accident which the doctors said would put an end to his dreams of adventure. “An accident will do one of two things to a person,” says James. “You will either feel sorry for yourself or you will turn something negative into something positive. After the crash I set my sights on rowing the Atlantic. I needed a reason to put in all the effort and months of day-in-day-out rehab. The row gave me that reason.”

The 110-day crossing itself was no picnic, with severe weather and rough seas to contend with alone. James also ran out of food 230 miles short of the finish line: He doesn’t say “I’m starving” anymore.

In May the following year, James summitted the highest mountain in the world: “It was a very surreal feeling standing on top of Everest, and I stayed there for about 15 minutes.” The descent was not so smooth: “I was carrying a nasty lung infection and after summitting realised I was only half way. On the way back down I had trouble with my breathing but luckily Dorje helped me down.”

After a ‘practice’ ride 3000 miles across America the following year, James then took on the final leg of his ‘ultimate triathlon’: cycling around the world in 2013.

The cycle was completely unassisted and ultra-light, with James only carrying a handlebar bag and saddlebag, with basic essentials such as a bivvy bag, sleeping bag and roll mat, camera, phone and one change of clothes. “The most important part of kit was probably my phone,” admits James, “as I would use it to navigate, book accommodation, stay in touch with family and update social media!”