My book, ‘THE TRAIL OF THE MOUNTAIN FOLK’ is now available on my website: www.oliverfrance.com. Here is the short film from the biggest adventure of my life.
Midway through a major house renovation and just months from his wedding day, the timing couldn’t have been worse. Yet, in late 2015, Oli France, a hapless kitchen salesman with a history of impromptu adventures, decided to quit his job and begin a unique expedition. His journey began in Hong Kong, and over the next 108 days he travelled overland, by any means, across eleven countries to reach Istanbul.
Along the way, Oli was lost in a land-mined jungle, detained, interrogated and spied upon. He skirted avalanches, frost-bite and severe dehydration as he completed fourteen audacious mountain climbs in mid-winter. Oli celebrated three new year festivals, partied with locals and found forgotten dinosaur footprints in a remote Tajik valley. This is the story of one man’s journey into some of the most scarcely documented corners of Asia, describing the kind heart of humanity and the immense challenges posed by mountains off the beaten track.
THIS is how you travel Asia. 108 Days. 11 Countries. 14 Mountains.