My life through a lens: Adventurer Ben Fogle, 45, shares the stories behind his favourite snaps

Celebrities share the stories behind their favourite photographs. This week it’s adventurer Ben Fogle, 45.

Celebrities share the stories behind their favourite photographs. This week it’s adventurer Ben Fogle, pictured

Celebrities share the stories behind their favourite photographs. This week it’s adventurer Ben Fogle, pictured

Celebrities share the stories behind their favourite photographs. This week it’s adventurer Ben Fogle, pictured

1976: I was a real mummy’s boy, as you can tell from this photo with my mum, actress Julia Foster, and my sister Tamara. I had a happy childhood living above Dad’s veterinary clinic in Westminster. There were always animals, film crews and photographers, because Mum did photoshoots there. I was shy and unsporty – the things I’ve done since have been to make up for that. Pictured: Ben Fogle, aged 4 (right) with his mother, Julia, and sisters, Emily (left) aged 10 and Tamara (2nd left) aged 2

1976: I was a real mummy’s boy, as you can tell from this photo with my mum, actress Julia Foster, and my sister Tamara. I had a happy childhood living above Dad’s veterinary clinic in Westminster. There were always animals, film crews and photographers, because Mum did photoshoots there. I was shy and unsporty – the things I’ve done since have been to make up for that. Pictured: Ben Fogle, aged 4 (right) with his mother, Julia, and sisters, Emily (left) aged 10 and Tamara (2nd left) aged 2

1976: I was a real mummy’s boy, as you can tell from this photo with my mum, actress Julia Foster, and my sister Tamara. I had a happy childhood living above Dad’s veterinary clinic in Westminster. There were always animals, film crews and photographers, because Mum did photoshoots there. I was shy and unsporty – the things I’ve done since have been to make up for that. Pictured: Ben Fogle, aged 4 (right) with his mother, Julia, and sisters, Emily (left) aged 10 and Tamara (2nd left) aged 2

1985: My dog, Liberty, was easily my best friend as a child. I was obsessed with Doctor Who and this Tom Baker-style scarf I’m wearing was knitted by my mother for her handicraft book. I was often roped into her projects and modelled for endless photos, but I do the same now with my own kids. Their eyes roll when I ask if they’ll have their picture taken

1985: My dog, Liberty, was easily my best friend as a child. I was obsessed with Doctor Who and this Tom Baker-style scarf I’m wearing was knitted by my mother for her handicraft book. I was often roped into her projects and modelled for endless photos, but I do the same now with my own kids. Their eyes roll when I ask if they’ll have their picture taken

1985: My dog, Liberty, was easily my best friend as a child. I was obsessed with Doctor Who and this Tom Baker-style scarf I’m wearing was knitted by my mother for her handicraft book. I was often roped into her projects and modelled for endless photos, but I do the same now with my own kids. Their eyes roll when I ask if they’ll have their picture taken

1990: Every year we’d spend eight weeks of the summer in Canada because my father Bruce is Canadian. Mum was away working in this particular year, so Dad took my sisters Tamara and Emily and me on a road trip in a camper van across the Rocky Mountains. It’s where my love of the wilderness was born. My dad is my hero. He’s worked selflessly with animals and saved thousands of lives. He is also very kind and encouraged me to pursue my dreams

1990: Every year we’d spend eight weeks of the summer in Canada because my father Bruce is Canadian. Mum was away working in this particular year, so Dad took my sisters Tamara and Emily and me on a road trip in a camper van across the Rocky Mountains. It’s where my love of the wilderness was born. My dad is my hero. He’s worked selflessly with animals and saved thousands of lives. He is also very kind and encouraged me to pursue my dreams

1990: Every year we’d spend eight weeks of the summer in Canada because my father Bruce is Canadian. Mum was away working in this particular year, so Dad took my sisters Tamara and Emily and me on a road trip in a camper van across the Rocky Mountains. It’s where my love of the wilderness was born. My dad is my hero. He’s worked selflessly with animals and saved thousands of lives. He is also very kind and encouraged me to pursue my dreams

1992: This giant Pinta Island tortoise, Lonesome George, was the last of his kind and I felt very privileged to meet him when I visited the Galápagos Islands during my gap year in Ecuador. He died in 2012 aged about 100. That trip was my first big year of travel, and I lived with a local family while teaching in a school and helping in an orphanage. As you can see, I grew my hair long and became the classic gap-year person away

1992: This giant Pinta Island tortoise, Lonesome George, was the last of his kind and I felt very privileged to meet him when I visited the Galápagos Islands during my gap year in Ecuador. He died in 2012 aged about 100. That trip was my first big year of travel, and I lived with a local family while teaching in a school and helping in an orphanage. As you can see, I grew my hair long and became the classic gap-year person away

1992: This giant Pinta Island tortoise, Lonesome George, was the last of his kind and I felt very privileged to meet him when I visited the Galápagos Islands during my gap year in Ecuador. He died in 2012 aged about 100. That trip was my first big year of travel, and I lived with a local family while teaching in a school and helping in an orphanage. As you can see, I grew my hair long and became the classic gap-year person away

2006: Rowing unsupported nearly 3,000 miles across the Atlantic Ocean with James Cracknell, who’s now one of my closest friends, was the hardest challenge I’ve ever done. We faced many setbacks but we battled on and after 49 days became the first British pair to cross the finish line. On that same day, my maternal grandmother died and I proposed to my now-wife Marina, so it marked a significant end and starting point in my life

2006: Rowing unsupported nearly 3,000 miles across the Atlantic Ocean with James Cracknell, who’s now one of my closest friends, was the hardest challenge I’ve ever done. We faced many setbacks but we battled on and after 49 days became the first British pair to cross the finish line. On that same day, my maternal grandmother died and I proposed to my now-wife Marina, so it marked a significant end and starting point in my life

2006: Rowing unsupported nearly 3,000 miles across the Atlantic Ocean with James Cracknell, who’s now one of my closest friends, was the hardest challenge I’ve ever done. We faced many setbacks but we battled on and after 49 days became the first British pair to cross the finish line. On that same day, my maternal grandmother died and I proposed to my now-wife Marina, so it marked a significant end and starting point in my life

2010: Here I am in the back of a Land Rover in Botswana with Princes William and Harry. It was an amazing and fascinating experience joining them for a Sky documentary about Prince William’s conservation work. Africa is a great leveller and that’s why they love it out there. They don’t feel any different, which, perhaps, they do in the UK

2010: Here I am in the back of a Land Rover in Botswana with Princes William and Harry. It was an amazing and fascinating experience joining them for a Sky documentary about Prince William’s conservation work. Africa is a great leveller and that’s why they love it out there. They don’t feel any different, which, perhaps, they do in the UK

2010: Here I am in the back of a Land Rover in Botswana with Princes William and Harry. It was an amazing and fascinating experience joining them for a Sky documentary about Prince William’s conservation work. Africa is a great leveller and that’s why they love it out there. They don’t feel any different, which, perhaps, they do in the UK

2016: We might look as though we’re dressed as the Von Trapps, but this is how we spend our summers. My wife, Marina, is half Austrian so we visit every year and we and our children Ludo, ten, and Iona, eight, live in lederhosen and dirndl dresses. They’re incredibly comfortable! Marina’s very proud of her roots. Her family has a house there, so about 20 of us spend our summers in the mountains, hiking, swimming and walking. It’s idyllic

2016: We might look as though we’re dressed as the Von Trapps, but this is how we spend our summers. My wife, Marina, is half Austrian so we visit every year and we and our children Ludo, ten, and Iona, eight, live in lederhosen and dirndl dresses. They’re incredibly comfortable! Marina’s very proud of her roots. Her family has a house there, so about 20 of us spend our summers in the mountains, hiking, swimming and walking. It’s idyllic

2016: We might look as though we’re dressed as the Von Trapps, but this is how we spend our summers. My wife, Marina, is half Austrian so we visit every year and we and our children Ludo, ten, and Iona, eight, live in lederhosen and dirndl dresses. They’re incredibly comfortable! Marina’s very proud of her roots. Her family has a house there, so about 20 of us spend our summers in the mountains, hiking, swimming and walking. It’s idyllic

2018: My son Willem was stillborn at eight months in 2014, so I made a resolution to try to pursue all my life’s ambitions. Climbing Mount Everest was top of the list. I trained for two years with Victoria Pendleton, who sadly had to abandon her attempt, but mountaineer Kenton Cool and I made it to the top thanks to the heroics of the Sherpa people helping us. Standing on the summit was one of the highlights of my life

2018: My son Willem was stillborn at eight months in 2014, so I made a resolution to try to pursue all my life’s ambitions. Climbing Mount Everest was top of the list. I trained for two years with Victoria Pendleton, who sadly had to abandon her attempt, but mountaineer Kenton Cool and I made it to the top thanks to the heroics of the Sherpa people helping us. Standing on the summit was one of the highlights of my life

2018: My son Willem was stillborn at eight months in 2014, so I made a resolution to try to pursue all my life’s ambitions. Climbing Mount Everest was top of the list. I trained for two years with Victoria Pendleton, who sadly had to abandon her attempt, but mountaineer Kenton Cool and I made it to the top thanks to the heroics of the Sherpa people helping us. Standing on the summit was one of the highlights of my life

Ben and Marina’s book, Up: My Life’s Journey To The Top Of Everest, £8.99, is published by William Collins 

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