March 03, 2023 11 min read
Katie-Jane L’Herpiniere is proof that ordinary people can do extraordinary things. She is a former successful British model, working for Alexander McQueen and M&S, and often took on opportunities presented to her. She also worked in the film world, acting as Cameron Diaz’s body double in ‘The Holiday’. However, when Katie met renowned explorer Tarka L’Herpiniere things began to change. She transformed her modelling career to become a leading endurance athlete, adventurer, expedition leader, blogger and motivational speaker, and has completed over 28,000km of unsupported human-powered expeditions, some of which were world-firsts.
It is no exaggeration to say that Katie-Jane has been close to death during many of her expeditions, some of which include having to be resuscitated following CO2 poisoning in Patagonia, almost being buried alive by snow, and being critically dehydrated during her world-first walk of the Great Wall of China. It was fascinating catching up with Katie-Jane, who talks us through her transition from being a professional model to becoming an adventurer and some of her most challenging moments.
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