November appears to be men’s month around the world, as blokes take part in Movember to raise money for charity, and International Men’s Day falls on November 19. To celebrate International Men’s Day Ventoura brings you our list of 5 amazing modern male explorers and adventurers.
1. Erik Weihenmayer; Adventurer
Reaching the peak of Mount Everest is no small feat for any climber, however the challenge becomes all the more significant when you can’t see. Adventurer Erik Weihenmayer didn’t let the loss of his vision in his teenage years hold him back from climbing to the summit of Everest, and on May 25 2001 he became the first blind person to reach the peak. The journey to the top didn’t end there for Weihenmayer, who continued to travel and explore, leading to him completing the Seven Summits in 2008 in Papua New Guinea. Erik’s most recent travels took him to the Grand Canyon, where he kayaked the length of the Colorado River, an extraordinary 445 kilometres.
2. Mario Macilau; Photographer
Renowned social photographer Mario Macilou has traversed the continents in search of opportunities to capture raw moments of unposed life. The Mozambique-born photographer uses images to capture communal isolation: groups separated from the rest of society. The arresting images can be found in international galleries and exhibitions, including the prestigious Saatchi Gallery in London where works from his series ‘The Zionists’ have been on display.
3. Guillermo de Anda; Underwater archaeologist
Few people realise that the Mayan ruins are not merely those we see on the Earth’s surface: much of the Mayan history lies beneath crash waves and throughout hidden caves. Underwater archaeologist Guillermo de Anda has devoted his life’s work to exploring the thousands of caves that dot the Mexican coastline and the history that lies within these darkened corners of the Earth. De Anda and his team scuba, climb and swim through these underwater caverns that resemble the lost city of atlantis. These adventures have uncovered temples, sculptures and murals previously unknown to the modern world.
4. Sandesh Kadur; Wildlife photographer and filmmaker
Winning awards comes as second nature to wildlife photographer and filmmaker Sandesh Kandur, who has won countless awards throughout his thirteen-year career. Kandur’s first began to experiment with photography when given a film camera as a child. Since these first forays into photography, Kadur has gone on to produce documentaries including the critically acclaimed Sahyadris: Mountains of the Monsoon which deftly captured breathtaking images of wildlife in India’s Western Ghats.
5. John Herrington; Astronaut
The astronauts who have been on board the International Space Station include the world’s top engineers and scientists, with Chickasaw Nation explorer John Herrington no exception. Taking to the ISS on board the Endeavour spacecraft in 2002, Herrington became not only the first tribal registered Native American in space, but also the first to play a Native American flute where he performed a rendition of Amazing Grace before embarking on a spacewalk. Before he started his astronomical career Herrington was a professional rock climber, another adventurous job that literally took him to the edges of the earth.