Into The Unknown

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Karen Darke goes into the unknown with modern-day explorers who follow in the footsteps of the great names in the history of exploration.

Karen Darke goes into the unknown with modern-day explorers.

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Founder of Operation Raleigh, John Blashford Snell led the first expedition to conquer The Blue Nile, he was the first to cross the infamous Darien gap in Central America and at the seemingly mad suggestion that an Amazonian tribe could well use a Grand Piano he transported one 700 miles into the heart of the Jungle.

Karen Darke goes on an adventure with the modern explorer who still wears a pith helmet.

Karen Darke meets John Blashford Snell, who led an expedition to conquer the Blue Nile.

Karen Darke goes into the unknown with modern-day explorers who follow in the footsteps of the great names in the history of exploration.

Karen Darke goes into the unknown with modern-day explorers.

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Karen Darke talks to Pen Hadow, who travelled unaided from Canada to the North Pole in 2003 and now regards conserving the polar regions as a social responsibility.

Karen Darke talks to Pen Hadow, who travelled unaided from Canada to the North Pole.

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Pen Hadow became a household name in 2003 when he reached The North Pole, unaided from Canada.

To the watching world it was a great achievement.

For Pen it was just the start of what he describes as a social responsibility to conserve the sea ice.

The ice had kept him alive, now it was his job to tell the world about the changes to the sea ice and try to keep it alive.

Karen Darke talks to Pen about his polar adventures and how he is going about protecting his own Ice Maiden.

Karen Darke talks to Pen Hadow, who travelled unaided from Canada to the North Pole.

Karen Darke talks to Pen Hadow, who travelled unaided from Canada to the North Pole in 2003 and now regards conserving the polar regions as a social responsibility.

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Karen Darke talks to John Ridgway, who along with companion Chay Blyth successfully rowed across the Atlantic in 1966 and went on to circumnavigate the world three times.

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In 1966 John Ridgway along with Chay Blyth ignored all warnings and set out to row The Atlantic.

Others drowned trying, but they lived to tell the tale.

This was just the start of a 46 year ocean odyssey for John who went on to circumnavigate the world three times and embark on countless voyages from his home in The Highlands - sailing over the horizon wherever the wind took him.

Karen Darke talks to John Ridgway about his life on the ocean and his debilitating sea-sickness.

Karen Darke talks to John Ridgway, who rowed across the Atlantic in 1966.

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Karen Darke talks to Benedict Allen, an adventurer who has used up all nine of his lives, having been initiated into a New Guinea tribe, lost in the desert, and forced to eat a dog.

Karen Darke talks to Benedict Allen, an adventurer who has used up all nine of his lives.

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Benedict Allen is the man who is as strong as a crocodile. Initiated by a lost New Guinea tribe he was beaten and stabbed for 6 weeks, the scars form a crocodile skin on his back. He has been shot at, lost in the desert and had to eat his own dog to survive in the jungle. Forming friendships with the most unlikely of animals he found solace with the camels that accompanied him across the Gobi Desert. Karen Darke talks to the adventurer who has used all 9 (and more) of his lives.

Karen Darke talks to Benedict Allen, an adventurer who has used up all nine of his lives, having been initiated into a New Guinea tribe, lost in the desert, and forced to eat a dog.