Steve Backshall is the hugely popular and fearless presenter of award-winning TV series, Deadly 60, and this week answers 10 questions for us.
1, What makes you smile?
Dogs with their heads out of car windows, tongues flapping in the breeze.
2, What makes you frown?
Going back to a wild place I’ve treasured and finding it’s changed, and rarely for the better.
3, What did you have for breakfast today?
I’m on a diet to lose weight for a monster climbing expedition, so, poached eggs, smoked mackerel, fruit salad, and a strong milk and sugar-free coffee!
4, What book are you reading at the moment?
Aside from the plethora of wildlife guides that are my constant blessing and curse, I’m reading Richard Dawkins’ autobiography (I’ll be interviewing him at the Cheltenham Science Festival)
5, What item of clothing did you last buy?
I was on a climbing trip bivvying wild at the base of the crag. On the third day it hammered down with rain so we decided to go to an indoor climbing wall, and I turned up realising I stank of BO and camp fire, so bought a T-shirt in the wall’s shop!
6, Who would you most like to share a meal with?
Probably the wolves of Ellesmere Island. They are the most fearless of all wolves, and it’s one of the only places where they will actively approach human beings.
7, Where is the best place in the world?
The high Himalayas. Wild, untameable, makes you feel alternately bursting with the joy of life, and then small and vulnerable.
8, When you were at school what did you want to be when you grew up?
I wanted to be a guide in one of Africa’s National Parks.
Turns out what I ended up with was even better!
9, What is your biggest aim of the next 12 months?
I’m aiming to climb the biggest cliff in the world, up in the Arctic Circle, hopefully a first ascent (i.e. never been done before). We have 24hrs of daylight, so can climb clear through the night!
10, What gets you out of bed in the morning?
The thought that there is something exciting about to happen, because there always, always is. Life races by at a frantic pace, and as a great man once said; “blink, and you could miss it.”
Backshall’s Falcon Chronicles series (Tiger Wars, Ghosts Of Tthe Forests) will continue in July with publication of Wilds of the Wolf.
L Backshall will be appearing at the Borders Book Festival, Melrose on Thursday 12 June.
Visit www.bordersbookfestival.org or call 0844 357 1060 for tickets.