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  1. What's the real first name of British adventurer Bear Grylls?
  2. Which polar explorer led the famous ‘Endurance’ expedition and is buried on the island of South Georgia in the South Atlantic Ocean?
  3. Which American set a large number of world records as an adventurer and was the first person to fly solo nonstop around the world in a balloon?
  4. According to the Guinness Book of World Records in 1984, who was the world's greatest living explorer?

  5. What did climber George Mallory famously reply when asked by a reporter why he wanted to climb Mount Everest?
  6. In 2018, swimmer Ross Edgley became the first person in history to achieve what in 157 days?
  7. In 2010, English adventurer Ed Stafford became the first human ever to walk the length of what?
  8. Which Norwegian adventurer is best remembered for his Kon-Tiki expedition in 1947?
  9. Who founded Woodlore in 1982, a company that offers bushcraft-related courses and appeared on TV in 1994 presenting the BBC series Tracks?
  10. British explorer John Hanning Speke was the first European to sight which lake in 1858 when he reached its southern shore?
  11. Who partnered Olympic rower James Cracknell in the pairs division of the 3,000-mile Atlantic Rowing Race in 2005–2006?
  12. Which Yorkshireman described himself as "50 per cent actor, 50 per cent explorer"?
  13. Who is best known as the former Chief Instructor on the television series SAS: Who Dares Wins?
  14. What name was given to the road network which Marco Polo travelled along to Asia between 1271 and 1295?


  1. Edward (Edward Michael "Bear" Grylls)
  2. Ernest Henry Shackleton
  3. Steve Fossett
  4. Ranulph Fiennes
  5. "Because it's there."
  6. Swim around Great Britain
  7. The Amazon River
  8. Thor Heyerdahl
  9. Ray Mears
  10. Lake Victoria (in Africa)
  11. Ben Fogle
  12. Brian Blessed
  13. Ant Middleton
  14. The Silk Road