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Mountain Kingdoms are worldwide walking and trekking holiday experts with 29 years of experience in running trekking holidays as well as select trekking peaks, cultural tours and cycling holidays. Whether you’ve travelled with Mountain Kingdoms before or just love to travel, we’d love to hear your tales. Email us your Travellers’ tales

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Blind Frogs Beat Dinosaurs! – David Spear

David Spear, explains why he loves to travel and the types of trekking holidays he has been lucky to participate in. 

People sometimes ask me why I travel - I explain to them that it is in my blood. My two great grandfathers opened up different parts of the world in their time, just as I have been amongst the first to walk certain hills and valleys across the world in my time.  There is a fire within me, and I possess a yen to travel and visit unknown places and countries.  My first journey of exploration began at the tender age of 21, when I chucked in my job and travelled from London to Delhi on £80. It was an utterly amazing experience, and ignited my desire for travelling.

At a later date, I was very lucky to be included in the first ascent of Nanoy Tapui.  This is a mountain that has a flat top, vertical sides and rests among the thick, dense jungle.  I have also been fortunate enough to have trekked up the inspiration for Arthur Conan Doyle’s ‘Lost World’ - Mount Roraima in Venezuela *. This mountain is made of some of the oldest rock on the planet, and the ecology on the top is so isolated from the bottom that it is a completely different ecosystem.  Unlike Arthur Conan Doyle’s vision, at the top of the food chain are not dinosaurs, but blind frogs, a species who have given up on their eyes because they don’t need them!  Though dinosaurs probably make for a better read.

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