Mr Fox-Pitt describes his experience of being stranded in a blizzard on a Volcano in New Zealand when he was 23 years old. He tells how he was forced to hold out for the blizzard to pass for 18 hours, an experience that changed him and made him focus on charity work and fundraising. He speaks on how this adventure changed his attitude towards failure and seeks to inspire his audience to make a difference in their own and other people’s lives.
Mr Fox-Pitt combines his fundraising and charity work with his passion for adventure and challenging himself. He takes the audience from his first adventure of having to hitchhike from Paris to Athens, after being stranded, at only 18 years old, to his achievements such as the Ultra-Trail du Mont Blanc, an ultramarathon that follows the Route of the Tour du Mont Blanc, which he completed in 2007. The route is equivalent to four 26.2 mile marathons, while simultaneously climbing Mt Everest. Mr Fox-Pitt describes how the skill of Perseverance, one of his ‘golden’ principles, was needed for him to complete the marathon.
David Fox-Pitt was born and raised in Dorset, UK and now lives in the Scottish Highlands. He spent his early career in hotel management and traveling. 30 years ago, he began focusing on motivational speaking, charity and adventure challenges. In 1996, he developed the Caledonian Challenge, a 24-hour hike along the West Highland Highway, which has raised £14 million for Scottish charities to date. He also set up The Loch Ness Marathon in 1999, which is now the UK’s third largest marathon. The same year, he founded the Adventure Challenge Company WildFox Events, which organises charitable events and has raised over £30 million.
Mr Fox-Pitt’s aim is to inspire people to become more resilient and resourceful and develop a healthy attitude towards fear and failure. In 2017, he published his first motivational book entitled Positiverosity: 7 Golden Principles, in which he gives encouragement and advice to his readers based on his own adventures and charity work.
Members, guests and others are most welcome to attend this talk, which is HK$150 for Members and HK$200 for guests and others including a glass of red or white wine. This event is free of charge for Student Members.
The Royal Geographical Society - Hong Kong wishes to express its thanks to Jacada Travel for its generous assistance with this talk.