Explorer journeys to the Stamford Endowed Schools

On Thursday 25th February the Stamford Endowed Schools were delighted to welcome ‘Walking the Nile’ and ‘Walking the Himalayas’ adventurer Levison Wood to deliver the latest Foundation Lecture.

Levison Wood is a Sunday Times bestselling author for the book he wrote about his great voyage walking the Nile. Each of his expeditions have been commissioned into a documentary series by Channel 4.

Levison spoke in great depths about his epic expeditions, walking the entire lengths of first the Nile, and then in 2015 the Himalayas. He spoke of the bonds that he formed during both trips and how he was often taken aback by the generosity and goodwill of the locals. He mentioned that during both trips he found the mental aspect of the seemingly endless journeys, was often just as challenging as the physical trials.

Additionally he told of how his time in the Parachute Regiment had given him the confidence to undertake such expeditions and how he had been keen to travel and explore the world from a young age.

The captivated audience asked a huge variety of questions at the conclusion of the lecture, where Levison joked how he had made a huge loss when it came to selling his trusty camels on at the end of the Himalayas trip. Following the lecture, Levison signed copies of his new book ‘Walking the Himalayas’ and was more than willing to tackle further questions as well as the many photo requests.

SES Foundation Director, Rachael Petrie said, “It was a great pleasure to welcome Levison Wood to Stamford. The level of interest in this lecture has been huge and we are most grateful to Levison, Hodder & Stoughton and Walkers Bookshops for making the evening possible.”

Pictured (Left to right): James Rigby (Y13), Levison Wood, Colette Russell (Y13)

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