mikem said:Not admired by many in the outdoors:
mikem said:Sinker - very true, but the climbers & kayakers I know have much the same opinion
sinker said:I just choose to admire the work he has done for scouting and draw a line there. If he gets kids into the Scouting movement its up to us to do the rest when they get there.
As a reality TV celebrity, I don't think any harm has ever come of his antics; unlike "Celebrity Dancing Love Island Strictly On Ice With The Stars" the likes of which have driven several people to top themselves.
mikem said:I think the main problem I have with him (& Steve Backshall) is that they both sell a fabricated fantasy, but present it as reality. I've read both their autobiographies & both come across as pretty grounded, but not exceptional, individuals - whilst their on screen personas don't particularly reflect that.