When I was a little girl, I hated to walk. I would have little tantrums (honestly, my Mum’s idea of a tantrum is me stamping my feet in public) and simply refuse to move. My parents would ignore me and keep walking. Realising they were not going to turn back, I would soon follow.
Back in early April 2016, my friend Suzy and I were discussing travel-type shows – which are generally as close to reality TV as I can cope with – that we enjoyed. It began with me saying I had watched a BBC documentary narrated by actor Santiago Cabrera called Patagonia: Earth’s Secret Paradise, then morphed into my obsession with the first couple of series of Robson Green’s Extreme Fishing.
It was at this point that Suzy mentioned she had just “discovered” a British traveller by the name of Levison Wood who is all about walking through remote places. She went on to explain that whilst many have made comparisons between him and another adventurous Brit, Bear Grylls, they are not the same at all (other than that both were former soldiers in the British Army). I was thoroughly intrigued.
Suzy told me that Levison (yes, we were on first name basis like he was my best mate by this point in our conversation) had documented his two recent expeditions with the release of books and companion television series on the UK’s Channel 4 called Walking the Nile and Walking the Himalayas. Unlike the childhood me, clearly this man loves to walk. “This man must be insane,” I thought. I imagined some crazed Forrest Gump-type who just decided one day he was going to start walking and didn’t stop.