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Autumn Interviews vol. IV : George Bullard

George Bullard is an explorer and adventurer, who is passionate about inspiring young people to take opportunities and embark on adventures. In 2007 he set a world record for the longest, unsupported polar journey ever.

My inspiration for what I do is a desire to take opportunities as they arrive. I obviously love travelling, which I think is something everyone can relate to, but I am especially empowered by the fact that you are only here once. Taking opportunities as they arrive, I think, is really important.

The thing I love most about what I do is the freedom it gives me. It gives me an unique perspective on life; when you are on an expedition and you don’t have any food and water is scarce and so on, you realise how important all these basic things are that we take for granted here in the UK, here in civilised life.

If I didn’t live in London I would live in Norfolk, I feel at home in Norfolk. I also love Scotland, I think it’s an amazing place full of unique things.

My signature style peice is Nettle, my black Labrador, or my rucksacks.

The luxury I can’t live without is fresh air.

The last thing I bought and loved is a hammock. It’s incredible. It’s called Hennessy Hammock.

The book on my bedside table is The Worst Journey in the World by Apsley Cherry-Garrard. It is about Captain Scot on a journey down to Antarctica; they had a terrible time.

An unforgettable place I have travelled to is South Georgia, Antarctica. I am lucky to have been to lots of places and they are all memorable for their own reasons, but the place that has been most striking is South Georgia. I was there in 2008 doing an expedition with British Exploring Society, a charity based in London. We were there with 12 young people doing scientific research into wildlife and natural ecosystems. It’s a very fragile ecosystem, which is truly untouched; it’s pristine.

The Augustus Hare product I would most like to find in my stocking is an Augustus Hare pocket square.