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Your favourite explorer

Discussion in 'Bushcraft Chatter' started by Tommyd345, Aug 6, 2015.

  1. Tommyd345

    Tommyd345 Nomad

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    Ahoy!

    So I'm filling out an application form for wood lore, and one of the questions is 'who is your favourite explorer past or present'. And I thought, what a good thread that could be!

    Now my answer is still in the phrasing, i don't really know any explorers, but aviation has ALWAYS been a big passion of mine so I'm thinking along the lines of the Wright brothers or the test pilots in WWII.

    Anyway let's have em!
     
  2. santaman2000

    santaman2000 M.A.B (Mad About Bushcraft)

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    -Admiral Richard Byrd
    -Jacques Cousteau
    -Captain James Cook
    -Louis and Clark

    Too many to settle on just one.
     
  3. John Fenna

    John Fenna Lifetime Member & Maker

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    Dr John Rae
    Shackleton
    Lewis and Clarke
    Speke
     
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    crosslandkelly A somewhat settled

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    Sir Richard Burton.
    Robert Rogers.
    Sir Edmund Hillary.
     
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    Sir Richard Francis Burton has to be my first choice. The man lived a interesting life.
    Wilfred Thesiger
    Sir Francis Drake
    Magellan
    Lewis and Clarke.

    All knowledge is based on those that went before.
     
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    nicolai mikoucho-maklai and grandpa smurf
     
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    Tiley Full Member

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    Wilfred Thesiger
    Eric Shipton
    Bill Tillman
    Nansen
     
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    steve a Settler

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    Percy Fawcett
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    17th Century Cabeza de Vaca, an amazing story of capture by the native Americans and life amongst them.
    18th Century James Cook (to be honest I don't know any other explorers from this era).
    19th Century William Scoresby (another Yorkshireman), Lady Jane Franklin, twice the man her husband was.
    20th Century Cherry Garrard, "the worst journey in the world".
    Still with us today, Michael Asher following in the footsteps of Wilfred Thesiger.
     
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    Gosh,what a very male list!

    Isabella Bird
    Kate Rice
    Kira Salak
    Christina Dodwell
    Grandma Gatewood

    Go on, how many of those did you recognise? And how many of them surprised you by being at least as adventurous as the better known men?
     
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    Harvestman Bushcrafter through and through

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    I'm surprised no-one has mentioned Amundsen yet.
     
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    Ok I will own up that I don't know any of them, but at least I included Lady Franklin in my list, she was one among many formidable 19th century female explorers, she is mostly known today for her obsessive search for her missing husband, it is a wonder why she married such an incompetent, she was possibly the most travelled woman of the 19th century. Here is another for you Lucy Walker a lady alpinist of the 1800's who summitted the matterhorn in an ankle length skirt!
     
  16. demographic

    demographic Bushcrafter (boy, I've got a lot to say!)

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    Yeah, was just going to.
    Had a download of his book The South Pole and it was absolutely brilliant. Well thought out and planned.
    Sorry to say but it made Scott and his merry bunch look like monkeys.

    Also Fridtjof Nansen (who had The Fram before Admunsen).
     
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    Lizz Absolute optimist

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    For scientific rigour give me Scott; for efficiency in planning, Amundson; and when all hope is gone get down on your knees and pray for Shackleton.

    So said Priestley, and for South Pole explorers these three are pretty cool.

    I'd also go for Dame Freya Stark who was a-maz-ing and possibly slightly mad, which helped.

    And for a long time ago - Ibn Battuta and Marco Polo!
     
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    At the moment its Samuel Hearne but it changes all the time.
     
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    David Thompson in Canada and John McDouall Stuart in Australia. both surveyors, but being a navigator, I'm biased in favour of map makers.

    Cranmere, I recognised Christina Dodwell, as her book "An Explorers Handbook" is on my bookshelf.
     
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