Letter: Take the challenge.
BRITAIN has a proud tradition of producing adventurers such as Sir Walter Raleigh, James Cook and Sir Ernest Shackleton, but new research reveals almost half the population feel their life lacks adventure. As 56% of Britons say they have never taken part in an adventurous activity, has the spirit of Shackleton been replaced with a fear of the unknown or merely malaise?
A new photographic exhibition examines what adventure means to different people and aims to inspire those who would like to be more adventurous.
Portraits of Adventure includes 50 rarely-seen archive images from leading landscape, portrait, action and travel photographers, and 10 specially commissioned giant four metre high portraits by top British photographer Alastair Thain, featuring personalities such as Archbishop Desmond Tutu and Zara Phillips.
So throw off your inhibitions, come along to the Royal Geographical Society in London between July 22-August 3, and be inspired. If you can't make it, look out for the accompanying coffee table book, proceeds from the sale of which will benefit the British Red Cross.
Sir Ranulph Fiennes, Somerset