Nobody wants to end up super rich and famous – but divorced. I’m always clear on that and try to stay on the right side of the line.
In the British Special Air Service combat fitness is all about running.
I come from a line of self-motivated determined folk – not grand not high society but no-nonsense family-minded go-getters.
One killer exercise that’s really great is pull-ups with your legs out level. That’s my favourite. It’s such functional core strength and that’s why I can climb up trees and down vines.
I never wanted to do TV. I just did what I was trained to do through the Special Forces and I’ve been doing that from a very young age.
Americans are cool if you show just a chink of vulnerability they respond so much. They’ll pat you on the arm and say ‘Hey kid you’re all right.’ Brits will respond but they are much more cynical.
Some of the greatest survivors have been women. Look at the courage so many women have shown after surviving earthquakes in the rubble for days on end.
I loved climbing because of the freedom and having time and space. I remember coming off Everest for the last time thinking of Dad and wishing that he could have seen what I saw. He would have loved it.
As for my diet I try to eat lean clean and healthy – nothing too surprising. And I avoid too much meat or dairy because they slow you down.
The line between life or death is determined by what we are willing to do.
My faith isn’t very churchy it’s a pretty personal intimate thing and has been a huge source of strength in moments of life and death.