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‘It’s a tragedy to just exist & not to really LIVE!’ Dave Cornthwaite, record-breaking adventurer & seeker of more!

Dave Cornthwaite took his conventional, meaningless life, turned it upside down, inside out and shook it vigorously. Creating a life which is fulfilling, liberating and enormously enjoyable. A serial adventurer on a mission to inspire others, Dave’s list of awesome accomplishments is huge and every-growing. To date, he has skate-boarded across the entire length of Australia, pedal-kayaked across the Baltic Sea, swam 1000 miles of the Missouri river, and stand-up paddle-boarded 2400 miles of the Mississippi – the first person to do so. Challenges which form part of his adventurer’s bucket-list, his ‘Expedition 1000’, a life-affirming endeavour comprising 25 journeys of 1000 miles or more, each using a different form of non-motorised transport. Why? Because Dave doesn’t want to waste his one precious life on simply existing. He wants to truly live! Catch him before he embarks on his next escapade to scoot the length of Japan!

Topics Discussed:

  • The day Dave knew his life needed to change.
  • Why he chose to skateboard across the UK, & then Australia, and how it changed his life.
  • Why he prefers to adventure solo.
  • How we can make a living doing the things we love.
  • The difficulty with stepping away from the pack.
  • How & why to turn away from criticism and doubt.
  • Balancing contentment and ambition.
  • Why he lives on a boat.
  • Why children shouldn’t prevent you from leading an adventurous life.
  • Expedition 1000 – 25 journeys of 1000+ miles on a new non-motorised form of transport.
  • Why he doesn’t train for his challenges.
  • Managing the mental and physical side-effects of adventuring.
  • Risk assessing each challenge.
  • Creating the Yestival festival.
  • Funding his adventures.
  • The ease and accessibility of micro-adventures.
  • Practising the act of kindness.

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Episode resources:

Dave Cornthwaite’s website


Yes Tribe on Facebook 

Hobie Kayaks

Swifty Scooter

Books by Dave Cornthwaite:

BoardFree: The Story of an Incredible Skateboard Journey across Australia

Life in the Slow Lane: A patient quest for adventure

Date: The diary of one man’s ultimate dating challenge

Follow Dave Cornthwaite on Twitter & Facebook

People Mentioned:

James Wallman
The Meek Family
Ken Robinson: Out of Our Minds: Learning to be Creative

Today’s Off the Ropes episode whetted your appetite for adventure? Have a listen to these:

Colin O’Brady – Record Breaking Mountaineer

James Ketchell – Ocean Rower, Everest Climber & Round the World Cyclist

Sean Conway – Extreme Ultra-Endurance Adventurer

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Happy adventuring!

Victoria xx

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