About Benedict

Nine Lives

Benedict Allen is only one of two living adventurers included in the Telegraph's gallery of Great British Explorers (the other being Sir Ranulph Fiennes). Some things Benedict is known for:

  • A 600 mile crossing of the remote NE Amazon aged 22-23 – during which, dying of starvation and malaria, he was sadly forced to eat his dog to survive.
  • The first recorded crossing of the Central Mountain Range of PNG, then continuing by canoe to Australia – during which he and his Papuan companions were shipwrecked and resorted to eating limpets.
  • Being the only outsider privileged to have gone through a ceremony to make him into a "man as strong as crocodile" – this involved being permanently scared and then beaten each day for six weeks.
  • The first known crossing of the Amazon Basin at its widest – a 3,600 mile journey of seven and half months, during which he was pursued and shot at by hit men from Pablo Escobar's drug cartel.
  • Making "contact" with two threatened communities – the Yaifo and Obini, before gold miners and missionaries moved in.
  • A first documented journey the length of the 1000 mile Namib Desert ("Skeleton Coast") of Namibia, with his three camels.
  • A 1000 mile lone crossing of the Gobi Desert, the longest known traverse alone on foot and requiring him and camel team to cover thirty miles a day for five weeks.
  • A thousand kilometre trek with a dog–team through the Russian Far East in the "worst winter in living memory" as preparation for an attempt to cross the Bering Strait alone.
  • Sewing his chest wound up with his boot-mending kit, and without anaesthetic – after having been abandoned by guides in the Sumatran forests.
  • Lasting more than 3 minutes in a tent of CS ("Tear") gas – three times longer than any of the "Unbreakables" – while presenting the Channel Five TV series.

"As one of today's most well known and inspirational explorers, Benedict has undertaken some of the greatest explorations on earth"

Royal Geographical Society/Discovery Networks Europe,
for an appearance at the RGS


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