We're so  used to watching Ryan Pyle on Extreme Treks, the BBC Earth docu-series where he extols the most gorgeous landscapes around the world by, er, trekking through them,  that it seems a little weird to see him in person in Singapore, the most manufactured concrete jungle imaginable. 

Does he feel a bit out of place or even restless? “Yeah! I do feel that way,” Pyle, 41, tells 8 DAYS. over drinks at the Providore in OUE Downtown Gallery. In fact, the need to escape the hustle and bustle of city life was why he took up adventure trekking years ago when he was a journalist/photographer in Shanghai. “At least Singapore has much more green space," he says. 

"There’s 30 million people [in Shanghai] and it’s a really busy, urban environment, with no green space,” the Toronto-born adventurer-TV host adds.  In a way, that was how the idea behind Extreme Treks was seeded, he explains, “out of my challenging urban existence in Shanghai!”

Here, Pyle shares with us his experiences of making the third and latest season of Extreme Treks (Tue, BBC Earth, StarHub Ch 407, 9.50pm), which took him to such far flung locations as Jordan’s Wadi Rum Desert, Argentina’s Aconcagua Mountain, and Russia’s Mount Elbrus.


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