Diving With Giant Squid, Slaying Dragons & Becoming A Starved Savage With Adventurer Monty Halls

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I'll always been a fan of gritty adventure, survival, wilderness exploring and even TV shows like Bear Grylls, Survivor Man, and yes, occasionally even Naked & Afraid.

So after I returned from a week long wilderness survival immersion at Twin Eagles Wilderness School, I jumped at the chance to get adventurer Monty Halls on the podcast.

Monty is a broadcaster, speaker, naturalist, formal Royal Marine, marine biologist, travel writer and leadership specialist with experience covering over two decades of leading teams in some of the most remote environments on earth for wildlife and adventure documentaries like Great Ocean Adventures and Lost Worlds (which is currently a new series on the Discovery Channel). He's also written adventure books like Dive: The Ultimate Guide to 60 of the World's Top Dive Locations (Ultimate Sports Guide), The Fisherman's Apprentice, Adventures On The Wild West Coast and Adventures On The Atlantic Coast.

In today's episode you'll discover:

-What Monty's life was like leading up to that point that got him head-hunted as a competitor in the flagship show Superhumans, a test of elite performers, competing in a series of challenges devised by the QinetiQ testing centre in the UK

-What it was like to dive with a giant squid…

-Monty's philosophy on combining sleep with adventure…

-What it means to be “seven meals away from a savage”…

-When you first encounter a strange or new environment, how you can accelerate your learning process or chances of survival…

-How Monty manages combining adventuring and survival trips with managing a family life…

-Monty's take on exercise, dieting and biohacks…

-And much more!

Resources from this episode:

Diving and adventure books by Monty Halls

Do you have questions, comments or feedback about Monty Halls's adventures or anything else in this episode? Leave your thoughts below!

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7 thoughts on “Diving With Giant Squid, Slaying Dragons & Becoming A Starved Savage With Adventurer Monty Halls

  1. Unabis says:

    Hi Ben, cool topic to podcast! Thank you for sharing your findings with us Monty is a television and radio broadcaster, speaker, nature enthusiast, member of the British Royal Marines, marine biologist, and travel writer who has led expeditions to some of the most far-flung locations on Earth, filming wildlife and adventure programs.

  2. ZoeRouth says:

    Thanks Ben! I've emailed them. Thanks for being such a great leader in your community. Also – I LOVED my Quarterly Box – just like Christmas, but more healthy :)

  3. ZoeRouth says:

    Hey Ben!

    Loved this interview – fascinating adventurer. I'm wondering if you've got a link to the research monty mentioned about reactions to the London bombings – the 25% heroes, etc?

    Thanks in advance for your help.
    (a Canadian living in Australia listener.:)

    1. Sorry for the delay on this Zoe – I've been trying to get in contact with Monty but it seems he just got married and has a honeymoon to attend to ;) If you email them directly [email protected] they will get back to you as soon as they can.

  4. Linda Terlikar says:

    Hi Ben,

    Just wondering – do you ever get the common cold, my partner who is new to our family has experienced over the last year – 3 serious colds! I think he doesn’t have the immunity to my 9 year old twins and is new to our germs!! We never get sick – is this common to new family members? Also favourite music – we are mixed – Calexico vs Black Sabbath?


    Linda T (one of your Australian Inner Circle members)

    1. Linda, I don't tend to get colds but that's because I mostly beat them before they can really take hold. These podcasts might help: https://bengreenfieldfitness.com/2014/01/natur… https://bengreenfieldfitness.com/2013/01/226-s…

      And… Black Sabbath.

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