Ripley Davenport in the Gobi Desert in 2011.

I was born and raised in Great Yarmouth, England, a typical seaside town sandwiched between the Norfolk Broads and the
North Sea. I was a typical mediocre goofy kid
. I was fairly withdrawn and a socially hopeless youngster. I favoured a solitary
existence because I suffered with an embarrassing stutter for many years (although I still known to get out of my depth and
stumble over some words)
. I spent far to much time stood facing classroom corners or stood up behind my chair because I
didn't pay enough attention to boring teachers. Like most teenagers I spent a considerable amount of time outdoors getting in
to all sorts of mischief with a few mates.

I kept myself busy after school by birdwatching, break dancing, fishing, and swimming. To earn extra cash, I worked as an
amusement arcade attendant, stockroom supervisor, a restaurant dogs body, weekend luggage porter, dishwasher, waiter and
a special care needs nursing assistant until I decided to join the
Royal Navy in 1990. After many years travelling throughout
Europe, Asia, Northern and Southern America, the Falkland Islands and South Georgia in the southern Atlantic Ocean, the
Greater and Lesser Antilles (West Indies) and regions in Africa, such as Ghana and Namibia, I eventually settled in Denmark
and worked in the hospitality,
forestry, tourism and environmental sector.

The military, my life’s trials and tribulations, and adventure have definitely presented me with an arsenal of essential skills;
vast assortments of tools, which help me get by in the world. These talents enable me to conduct myself in the most
honourable and decent way. These tools also empower me to live the life I aspired to live. I believe my life’s trials and
tribulations have made me a better person. I have matured into a person that is not afraid to make mistakes or confront the
unknown. I accept that my life will continue to have its fair share of problems and there’ll always be consequences that go
alongside pursuing a passion too obsessively.

I'm honoured to be appointed a Fellow at the Royal Geographical Society (IBC) in 2011 and granted Membership International
at the Explorers Club in 2014. Being diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis in 2011, I was really chuffed to be appointed a Schools
Ambassador for the Multiple Sclerosis Society of Ireland (MS Ireland).

Behind every success story is an embarrassing first effort,
an attempt, a stumble, a setback or change of direction.
I wanted to be the best, the first and the fastest. There's no
harm in setting high goals. Now, I have lost my appetite for
chasing titles and awards. I don't give a hoot.

I love punishing myself, exploring my limits, enjoying the
whole experience, gaining new knowledge and insights.
Some things I have done I am proud of, other things…not so
much. I've identified what worked and what bombed.
From my experience the most insightful things I have done
were the things I failed in. Let's face it, there can be great
success in failure. I admire those that have a willingness to
stumble and stand up again and again, learn lessons, make
more mistakes and at least get to the starting line. It's nice
to see that more and more people are willing to at least try
and fail than fail to try.

I really believe that the influence of one person on many
others is what makes change happen.

    “If you think you are too small to make a difference, try
    sleeping with a mosquito.” — Dalai Lama XIV

Adventure helps me to understand more about my
limitations and my place in the world. There's always "one
more superhero thing" to do before I pop my clogs.
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