On 16th May 2011, James Ketchell reached the summit of Mount Everest. Nearly a year prior to that, James had rowed single handed across the Atlantic Ocean. Three years prior to that, he was recovering from a serious motorcycle accident that left him with broken legs, a severely broken and dislocated ankle and the prognosis that he was likely to suffer a permanent walking impairment and would certainly not be able to continue the active physical lifestyle he had enjoyed up to that point.
On June 30th, James will set off from London’s Royal Observatory in Greenwich Park as he attempts to cycle around the world. James will be averaging upwards of 100 miles per day as he navigates his way around the globe in order to complete the 18,000-mile unsupported trip in less than six months.
Working for others
James will also be seeking to extend his involvement with schools and other organisations for young people through a planned programme of talks and interactive engagements with the project via his website.
We will be offering lesson plans to any schools that are following the journey. The plans will cover all aspects of the expedition, from geography, science, culture and history.
We will also be raising awareness for a wonderful children’s charity The ELIFAR Foundation.
You can follow James via this website or on Twitter: @captainketch