I moved with my family from Bulawayo to Cape Town, South Africa, in 1978, to escape the escalating Rhodesian bush war. My growing love affair with nature continued to blossom when I joined Scouting movement – first Cub Scouts and later Boy Scouts, where I eventually achieved the accolade of Springbok Scout, the highest award possible in South Africa. I have many great memories of numerous hiking and camping excursions – whether it was striding along the beach and wading over sand dunes for two days (the Rayner competition); trekking through the mountain wilderness for ten days and scuba-diving in deep rock pools (the Cederberg adventure); or hiking down a canyon river for five days and sleeping under the stars (the Fish River Canyon) – I ended up growing to relish spending days and nights outdoors.