The BBC’s weekly The Boss series profiles different business leaders from around the world. This week we speak to professional explorer and motivational speaker Mike Horn.”I was bitten by a snake and lost my eyesight, and all the feeling in my face. For five days I couldn’t see.”Mike Horn, 53, is talking about his first major solo expedition, back in 1997, when he crossed South America, in part by swimming the length of the Amazon. The gruelling six-month trip saw him brave rapids, break his knee going over a waterfall, have his equipment stolen by local tribespeople, and get shot at from the banks of the river. The South African-born adventurer also had to hunt and forage for his food, and became a “host for parasites”, having spent lengthy periods in the river. But he says the snakebite was the closest shave. “I didn’t know I was bitten until I felt the whole world turning in, and I started losing focus,” says Mike, who in total travelled 7,000km (4,350 miles) from the Pacific coast of Peru to the Atlantic coast of Brazil. “At that time I couldn’t call back home, all I had was a personal locator beacon with 16… Read full this story
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