Name: Max Erasmus
Sport: Extreme hiking
I’m just a normal person who went on an adventure and now just can’t seem to quit!
I was born in South Africa, but moved with my parents to the UK when I was 4. I went to school just around the corner from Kondor in fact, then I got my BA Journalism Degree from Winchester University, so I’ve always loved living close to both the sea and the forest.
Although I don’t consider myself disabled, I was born with the use of only one arm, but it’s never stopped me. If anything it’s always been my motivator to push past boundaries, and to do everything and anything people didn’t expect me to: from tying my shoes laces to completing my first Triathlon and gaining my Advanced PADI Scuba Diving qualification. My disability has always been the reason to try, not an excuse not to!
I’ve always been a creative person, with an eccentric artist for a Mum it’s hard not to be! I wanted to study English, she encouraged me to combine it with Journalism and I loved it!
I met Tom, my fiancé and fellow adventurer at University, he’s always inspiring me to try new things and push myself further. In April 2014 we left the UK and travelled for 2 and a half years, visiting 19 amazing countries and doing some truly unforgettable things, including trekking to Everest Base Camp, an eye-opening experience from start to finish.