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The Climb/The Row/The Cycle

James Ketchell is a serial adventurer, motivational speaker and Scouting ambassador.

On 1st February 2014, James became the first and only person to have rowed across the Atlantic Ocean, successfully summited Mount Everest and cycled 18,000 miles around the world in what the media dubbed “The Ultimate Triathlon”.

Seven years prior to this, he was recovering from a serious motorcycle accident that left him with broken legs as well as a severely broken and dislocated ankle. The prognosis was that he was likely to suffer a permanent walking impairment.

Latest Blog

27th June 2016

Round GB row – first stop – Margate

Hey guys, Well it’s time to write my first blog from sea. All is going well so far, I’m currently anchored off Margate so am making good progress despite taking it fairly easy. I’m currently waiting for high tide and then I’ll make my way around passed Ramsgate and onto Deal. The winds are forecast to be light this evening but are picking up considerably tomorrow so that’s going to make things interesting! I need to say a massive thank you to everyone that came along to my launch on Saturday, despite the rain it was great to get so much support. A big thank you to Over The Wall for there fantastic support. Also Charlie and Angus from Rannoch for coming down from Essex on the Rib in order to take people out on the water. This is the best link to use for tracking my progress Don’t […]
23rd June 2016
Boat test day -20

See you at the starting line!

Hi guys, Well the time has come to get out there and do this! Rowing solo and unsupported around Great Britain is going to be tough, but I’m feeling confident. A distance of 2,000 miles and to date no one has successfully achieved this feat. I was recently asked if I still get nervous? The honest answer is I still get slightly nervous at the beginning of an expedition but it’s a mix of nerves and excitement, with a bit of anxiousness thrown in, wondering if I’ve forgotten anything. I think I’ll be fine! It doesn’t matter if you’ve climbed Everest or rowed oceans, people who do these things still get nervous like anyone else. I’ll be setting off this Saturday 25th June from St Katherine’s Dock at 5pm, I will be there all day with the boat so feel free to come down and say hi. If you can make […]

James believes that everyone has the ability to be whoever they want to be and achieve whatever they want to achieve. If a simple protocol of never giving up is adhered to