Aldo’s feats include leading expeditions into the Congo’s 11,380ft Nyiragongo volcano when it was erupting, executing a four day abseil down the 3,212ft Angel Falls, and crossing the shifting sand dunes of north west China’s Taklamakan Desert.

In 2016 Aldo led first ascents up Venezuela’s ancient tepuis – sheer-sided, flat-topped mountains rising out of the jungle – and descents into the cave systems on their island summits. In the same year, he secured two world records for ocean rowing, after spending 50 days rowing 3,677 nautical miles across the Atlantic with teammate and Vollebak athlete Jason Fox.


Image: Aldo Kane at the start of a day’s rigging and derigging in Papua New Guinea’s Highlands, photographed by expedition kayaker David Bain.