I’ve neglected this blog somewhat over the last few weeks as I’ve been busy participating in various publicity activities for Extreme, including preparing for talks at a number of events this spring.
Last week was the first – a talk and Q&A at the Words By the Water literary festival in Keswick, in the heart of the UK’s stunning Lake District. I really enjoyed the questions from the Keswick audience – which included discussions of missions to Mars, the effects of trauma, how to survive if you find yourself unexpectedly in an extreme situation, and how to build resilience and self-confidence in young people through adventure activities.
Tomorrow (Saturday 13 March) Paul and I will be appearing at FutureFest in a panel discussion with Brendan Walker and Adrian Cheok. We’ll be discussing the future of extreme thrills – which should be fascinating. I think I may find myself forced to adopt the Luddite position – neuro thrill rides sound fun and fascinating but I don’t think they can compete with mountains, Poles, or oceans… I’m one of the keynotes on Sunday too where I’ll explain the nature of thrills in extreme environments (spoiler: they aren’t usually adrenaline thrills), and why we don’t have to be superhuman to experience them.