Peter G. Drake MBE FRGS
He has led or been a member of 48 expeditions visiting 72 countries in five continents. he has driven overland from the UK. to Nepal to climb in the Himalayas, have twice crossed the Sahara to the River Niger and have followed the Nile route south to East Africa.
Although he has climbed and walked in the Arctic, Australia, USA. and Himalayas, the last 45 years have been spent mainly on expeditions in Africa and the Middle East. He have led expeditions to North Africa, Kenya, Botswana, Australia, South Africa, Namibia, Morocco Egypt, Sudan and the USA.
He has been a member of the British Mountaineering Council Training Committee, Chairman of the Expedition Advisory Centre at the Royal Geographical Society and Chairman of the Expedition and Training Committee of the Young Explorers Trust. He has been Chairman of the Yorkshire Schools Exploring Society and has been Vice Chairman of the Young Explorers Trust and a member of the Council of the Brathay Exploration Group. In 1986 he was awarded a Churchill Fellowship to research and produce the Adventure Training Handbook for the East African Youth Service. He has been a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society since the 1960s and in 2001 he was awarded by The Royal Geographical Society the Ness Award for services for Field Work on Expeditions in Africa, in 2010 the Stephenson Award for services to youth expeditions. He was awarded the MBE in the 2013 for services to Youth Expeditions.
He has written six books on expedition planning and the outdoors & contributed to two other books on travel and expeditions.
He is a member of the Outdoor Writers Guild and have been member of the Institute of Personnel and Development. He worked for the Scout Association for 38 years and have lectured part time at The University of Leeds in the Department of Sports Science. For the last 8 years he has spoken on cruise ships about his travels.
He lives in the small Pennine village of Brockholes in the Last of the Summer Wine country in West Yorkshire