In collaboration with Blundstone
Where would we be today without the incredible achievements of certain awe-inspiring pioneers?
Man’s first steps on the moon; a young woman’s first solo circumnavigation of the world; a humble beekeeper scaling the most treacherous mountain on our planet.
Here at Blundstone, we believe these moments should be commemorated. That’s why we are proud to announce the release of our brand new interactive timeline, featuring the achievements and lives of the world’s greatest adventurers.
By clicking on the various icons, you can reveal the successes and struggles each has faced throughout their amazing journeys. With this, we hope to instill awe and inspire future generations to go forth and write their own stories of adventure.
With this timeline, be inspired by these incredible figures and learn more about how they achieved their astounding accomplishments.
The first adventurer on the timeline is Neil Armstrong: the first man to walk on the moon. Born in 1930, Wapakoneta, Ohio, Armstrong displayed an early passion for aviation, gaining his student flight certificate before he had even obtained a driver’s license.
Incredibly, the spaceship that carried Armstrong and his team to the moon contained less technology than can be found in your smartphone today. It exhibits an amazing feat of human achievement that such an epic journey was made with so little technological capabilities. We believe this shows that, when it comes to pioneering adventuring, nothing is impossible.
The 20th July 1969 was a momentous day in the history of mankind. As he completed his first moonwalk, Armstrong’s iconic words, ‘one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind’, forever cemented this extraordinary event in time.
Our timeline also features Laura Dekker: the youngest person to solo circumnavigate the earth. Dekker’s nautical sensibilities manifested from a very young age. She was born in 1995 on a seven-year sailing trip and spent the first five years of her life at sea. At aged six, she was bought her first boat; she soon learnt how to sail it alone.
At sixteen, Dekker completed her first full circumnavigation of the world, becoming the youngest person to do so alone. We believe this is an outstanding achievement. For this reason, Laura earns her place on our timeline.
Another notable adventurer we have included is Sir Edmund Hillary. A beekeeper by vocation, Hillary was always keen on climbing and mountaineering. Born in 1919 in Auckland, New Zealand, he was very shy at school, filling his head with dreams of adventure.
Hillary went on to realise those dreams by conquering the summit of Mount Everest in 1953. Upon his return to Britain that year, the newly coronated Queen Elizabeth II knighted him for his awe-inspiring achievement.
There are many more notable adventurers listed on the timeline and we implore you to take a look for yourself at their truly remarkable feats.