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Episode 25 · 3 months ago

Episode #25: Interview: Adventurer Jordan Wylie

Paolo Ben Salmi Interviewing Adventurer Jordan Wylie


Jordan Wylie is a former soldier, bestselling author, extreme adventurer and also one of the stars of Channel 4’s BAFTA-nominated and award-winning shows Hunted and Celebrity Hunted.


Growing up on one of the largest council estates in the UK, Jordan left school early with no qualifications to his name but took the life-changing decision to join the British Army at 16 years old. He served for ten years and saw operational service in Northern Ireland and Iraq where he specialised in military intelligence, close reconnaissance and armoured warfare operations. On leaving the Army, Jordan entered the world of Maritime Security, making headlines after armed Somali pirates boarded a ship that he was protecting and Jordan found himself in charge and forced to make critical decisions for the safety of his crew. It was this experience that led Jordan to write “Citadel: The True Story of One Man’s War Against the Pirates of Somalia”, which became a number one bestseller on publication in 2017.


In October 2019, Jordan became the first person in history to row, solo and unsupported across the most dangerous strait of water on the planet (Bab el Mandeb Straits) between the Horn of Africa and Yemen. Jordan has also successfully completed numerous major charity expeditions, including the highly publicised Running Dangerously, which saw him run through Afghanistan, Iraq and Somalia, and Barefoot Warrior which involved climbing Mt Kilimanjaro, the world’s highest freestanding mountain, completely barefoot! He has raised over a million pounds for charity and some of his expeditions have been made into documentaries on Sky TV. Since his time in the military, Jordan has battled with severe depression, chronic anxiety and more recently epilepsy, and now campaigns to remove the stigma from people suffering from mental illness.


In recent years, Jordan returned to education, proving it doesn’t matter where you start in life, there is always the opportunity to assert yourself and try again, he now holds a BA (Hons) and MA in the field of Security, Safety and Risk Management where he is an industry thought leader and commentator in the mainstream media with regular appearances on Sky News and the BBC.


In November 2019, Jordan released his latest book, ‘Running For My Life’.


For more info please visit Jordans website: 

https://www.jordanwylie.org/


Purchase a copy of around The World which is co-authored by Jordan and his daughter Evie:

 https://www.jordanwylie.org/around-the-world