Scots celebrity adventurer offers daredevil desert trip for brave tourists

An adventurer who helped seven celebrities trek across a scorching desert for Sport Relief is offering daredevils the chance to follow in their footsteps.

David Scott provided expert support and guidance as famous names including TV judge Robert Rinder, radio DJ Nick Grimshaw and television presenter Louise Minchin hiked and cycled 100 miles over several days in temperatures reaching 40C.

Now David is to help tourists make gruelling trips across the Namib Desert, in Namibia, southern Africa.

He said: “The route is called Race to the Wreck because it ends where the desert meets the Atlantic Ocean at the site of a famous shipwreck.

Celeb team complete their epic desert trek

“The expedition will be hard work but hugely rewarding and life-affirming for anyone completing it.”

Millions of TV viewers watched Rinder and six other celebs make it across the Namib earlier this year for BBC Sport Relief.

Rinder said afterwards: “It was incredibly hard but also breathtakingly beautiful.”

Dad-of-two David, of Newton Mearns, near Glasgow, has been organising adventure races and expeditions in far-flung places like Mongolia, Argentina and Indonesia since 2004.

He added: “We’ll be following in the footsteps of the celebrities all the way to the wreck of the Eduard Bohlen, which ran aground on the coastline in 1909.

“It’s an iconic spot and viewers who watched judge Rinder and the rest of  them complete the trek for Sport Relief will remember seeing them arrive exhausted at the wreck.”

David’s firm Sandbaggers Expeditions has teamed up with company Rat Race to offer treks across the Namib next year.

Options include a 300km combination of cycling and walking/running or a 200km foot-only journey.

David added: “The Namib is stunningly beautiful and contains some of the world’s highest sand dunes. A full support crew, including medical staff, will be with the expedition all the way but it’s not for the faint-hearted.”

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