Like a mildly concussed emu, we’re bouncing around all over the place this week, with a mixed yet somewhat familiar tasting bag of televisual treats. Let’s begin close to home, where British-born adventurer and author Rob Lilwall was aiming for in 2011, when he made his way on foot from the steppes of Mongolia, across the Gobi Desert and the mainland’s winter wastelands to his current home sweet home, Hong Kong (Walking Home From Mongolia, pictured, Nat Geo Adventure, Saturday at 8.25pm). This week, we join Lilwall and his faithful cameraman in the second instalment of the six-part series about their 5,000-kilometre trudge across some of the planet’s most difficult terrain.
The epic expedition took more than six months to complete – and you may have read about it in a weekly column Lilwall wrote for the South China Morning Post – but the adventurer is no stranger to life on the road, having previously spent more than three years journeying 50,000 kilometres across 28 countries on his trusty bicycle, Alanis (the adventure is documented in his book Cycling Home From Siberia). This may be a metaphorical stroll in the park for the engaging Lilwall but if, like me, your idea of adventure is freestyling a pizza topping, it’s a damn sight more enjoyable experiencing this wondrous trek from the comfort of your sofa. (Mark Peters, SCMP)
About Rob Lilwall
Rob Lilwall is a British-born, Hong Kong-based TV adventurer, writer and motivational speaker. His expeditions have seen him travelling on foot, by bicycle, and by boat, through some of harshest corners on earth, including the frozen wastelands of Siberia, the hidden valleys of China, and the lonely passes of Afghanistan. His two most extraordinary expeditions, Cycling Home From Siberia and Walking Home From Mongolia, were commissioned as television series for National Geographic, and his motivational talks have enthralled tens of thousands of people in Asia, Australia, Europe and America.
When speaking to corporate and business audiences, Rob relates the ever-growing challenges of the 21st century workplace to his own, at times hilarious, at times deadly serious, trials and tribulations in the wild lands of the world. He contends that with the right attitudes we can achieve more than we ever thought possible. Rob’s presentations are ideal for conferences where, alongside technical topics geared for the business, there is also a need for a captivating motivational message.