Sir David Hempleman-Adams is one of the South West's best known adventurers, he was born in Swindon but grew-up in Stoney Littleton, near Bath, and now lives in Box. At the end of the 70s he achieved some fine mountaineering ascents but in 1984 began his long love affair with the Arctic by completing a solo, unsupported expedition to the Magnetic North Pole. Since then he has made some thirty Arctic expeditions and has reached the various Poles a record 14 times. In addition, he has successfully achieved some hot-air balloon challenges, including becoming the first person to cross the Atlantic Ocean in an open wicker basket rozier balloon, in 2003. In September 2009 he broke the endurance record for a flight using the smallest man-carrying helium balloon by flying 200 miles from Butler, Missouri, to Cherokee, Oklahoma, in 14 hours and 15 minutes using the class AA-01 balloon; the previous record of an eight hour, 12 minutes flight had stood since 1983.