Jason is a 40-something adventurer whose incredible adventure career led him to run 7 marathons in 7 days. And since 7 is evidently his lucky number, he followed that up by cycling 7 European countries in just a over a week too.

It says everything about his focus, and belief in mind over matter, that he set a record for sleep deprivation while winning a car in Renault's 'Hands on the car' stunt back in 2004. Give him any challenge or adventure and he'll pull out all the stops!

Hi Jason, thanks for taking the time to chat. How did you first get into the adventure scene?

Adventure came naturally as a young kid. I was always up to mischief and wanting to know what was around the next corner or how to climb to the top of the biggest tree - exploring and being inquisitive. Sometimes it got me into trouble but it's how it all began. I was also very sporty, keen on running and football, making semi-pro level before opting for some proper adventure fun.

That does sound like the start of bigger and better things. Has it always been so rosy? No horror stories?

My worst camping experience was around 3 years ago, camping on the summit of Snowdon in preparation for the Welsh 3000 challenge. It was October, the forecast wasn't great with winds expected at 25-30mph, but our group of 8 were determined to start a long planned event.

The tail end of a Hurricane that was expected across Ireland changed course later that day and arrived directly over the top of Wales and us en-route to the summit. It was too windy to put tents up with 90mph winds so we hunkered down under a rescue tarp for 6 hours before embarrassingly making our way back to Llanberis, wet, cold and tired. A lesson learnt.

And not easily forgotten we'd imagine! Have you found a warmer welcome elsewhere?

I do love Scotland, it keeps me coming back for more and more. The Trotternish Ridge, the Cuillin ranges, Knoydart, The Isles - there's so much to see and explore.

Having made a third visit to the Western Highlands, Knoydart - Britain's last great wilderness - the rough bounds always reveal something new! Each season is so different - the wildlife, the mountains, the Munros, the woodlands and nature - there's so much to keep coming back for, I don't think I could ever tire of such a place.

It's what I love about Britain, we have everything and more on our doorstep. Every corner of the UK has a secret gem of a location to visit and explore, the hard part is making sure you make the time to visit.

The Highlands are an absolute gem, no doubt. Is there one adventure you've experienced that stands out above all the others?

The avalanche on Mont Blanc July in 2012.

We'd completed what is known as the TMB Tour du Mont Blanc and the team wanted to have a crack at Mont Blanc. We spent a day on the Aiguille and were fortunate enough to meet up with Roger Payne and his team. Shattered from the 8-day trek, we opted to return for another summit attempt, sadly the following day BMC Members Roger Payne, Steve Barber and John Taylor were killed along with 6 others in the fatal serac avalanche while taking the Trois Mont route.

It was such a devastating moment that the team and I opted to return a year later to summit in memory of those that had lost their lives. On the 2nd July 07:27 myself and climbing partner Duncan Perry stood at the summit having taken the Gouter route. After a long winter we were one of the first successful climbers of 2013.

An incredible way to pay your respects. What kind of life lessons did you walk away with?

Respect the mountains, respect the weather, plan, plan and plan a little more. Preparation is everything.

I plan meticulously - routes and maps courtesy of Ordnance Survey, with digital downloads backed up with printed maps. I always have a kit list and a refined schedule to try and maintain the planning. Time is of the essence when you're trying to see and visit as much as possible, though safety is also paramount when climbing or exploring the mountains. Always expect the unexpected.

And how does an experience like that change you?

I've come to appreciate the things many of us take for granted, the little and simple things in life. I listen more often when out in the wild, my senses tend to go up a notch and I find myself looking in all directions for the next great memorable photo or moment.

As a person I am much happier after a trip away exploring or a challenge.

We're with you there. What's the best advice you yourself have ever been given?

A great friend and author Geoff Body once said to "go out and make your own story." I guess I'm on chapter 8 of 12 at the moment - it's already been quite a journey and the story continues!

Do you have any advice for anyone looking to start their own story?

Spend just one night watching the sun go down at the highest point of your county, it may be the top of a hill, it may be the peak of a road. Take your tent and equipment, and write down your experiences to share them with your family and friends - you'll be amazed by the feedback.

Then, wake yourself early enough to experience the dawning of a new day as the sun rises. It'll be a moment in your life you will never forget, trust me.

And what about taking on the big challenges?

Keep doing what you love. If you're just starting out, save, get the main essentials, the basics to make a weekend camping trip fun and safe, then slowly improve your equipment and then travel further afield when your budget increases. There's a million and one things to explore in every county.

Keep your fitness levels up, as motivation and inspiration comes when you least expect it. And most importantly spend time with others that have similar outlooks on adventure and travel.

Starting small and aiming big is a great course to take. So what's your absolute must-do in terms of a bucketlist adventure to start off with?

Everyone should experience that high of achieving something that you've worked for - a long trek, climb, or maybe a long bike ride or run. Training to get fit enough takes dedication and there's nothing quite like crossing that finish line or reaching the finish point.

We are all on one big adventure, every day is different for each of us, making sure we make time in between work and family is essential. Everyone should have a week's camping trip to some remote location at least once. Endure it and enjoy it!

You have some good camping memories too then?

My best camping memory has to be a 7 day wilderness trek in the Glen Dessary and Knoydart regions of Scotland. It was the clearest of nights, very still, and the sun had long set yet. The northern colours were on display even way after midnight, and the Milky Way and stars looked within touching distance.

Suddenly I heard the movement of the red deer - they were out on the loch feeding on the seaweed - and I managed to get a photo from my observation point. It finished off what was a perfect night and day.

Wow. That sounds like a real moment. Where else inspires you?

The view from the Guirdil bothy on the Isle of Rum. It overlooks the beach and sea to Canna, and along the coastline is every type of sea bird you could ever imagine. Bloodstone Hill is your backdrop and the red deer surround you feeding on the seaweed and drinking from the stream.

Who do you share the view with?

Anyone who's willing to go the extra mile, to stay up overnight to observe the wildlife. Or a companion who's wanting to achieve a goal, dedicated to train a little harder for that ultimate reward. Travelling with someone is always rewarding, you share stories, laugh about moments and learn more about other countries from their own experiences. A group of travelling backpackers is always a happy one regardless of how bad the weather is.

Are there any other adventurers you admire?

There's so many, as adventurers over the decades made our adventures for today. I admire those in the 21st century that are exploring new territories and making first ascents and routes in foreign countries. Envy is a strong word but I simply wish it was me that had the time and the finance to achieve so much more in this life.

What about books that get your juices going?

These days I tend to read blogs more often than books, although my collection of inspiring people and adventure books is well over 50. You'll never go far wrong reading the on-going inspiring stories of like minded people: Anna McNuff, Sean Conway, Susie Pike, Dave Cornthwaite and Alastair Humphreys.

Each of them has ingredients that, when shared, help us become the explorers and adventurers we were all supposed to be.

Talking of ingredients, do you have a favourite meal for a campfire cook-out?

It has to be a Chicken Tikka Massala boil in the bag, but when i'm on the trail it's usually a spicy Saucisson cured dried meat and a handful of mixed trail nuts.

Lightweight food would be a great invention. An army marches on it's stomach! I travel on mine too but endure the extra weight when out in the wilderness for more than a few days. You'll find pouches full of chocolate, nuts, flapjacks and even cake in my stash!

Nothing better than a hidden treat! And what about must-have gear?

My pocket camera is always first on my kit list followed by my iPod. I've had moments where I wish I had my good camera rather than my phone and moments when I've needed to dig deep and a song has kicked in just at the right time to get me to that finish line.

My lucky mascot Samson the Bear has been on many of my challenges and travels too. He became part of the team when a family member became very poorly and has been with me ever since, cycling Britain, or climbing mountains to watching sunrises and sunsets.

Samson's in for a hell of a ride then!

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