On this week's straight-talking smart tech podcast, The Hack hosts Leon, Paul and Jo are joined by extreme adventurer Damian Browne 
ADVENTURES – Damian Browne – Extreme Adventurer/ Public Speaker 
Damian Browne (born 17 May 1980) is an Irish former professional rugby union player. Browne has been capped by Ireland at U-21 level. He has played for Connacht, Northampton Saints, Brive, Leinster and Oyonnax.Damian began his career with Galwegians before getting contact with Connacht in 2001 and going on to sign for Northampton Saints. Browne then signed for Leinster in May 2011. Damian is from a rugby family, with his younger brother, Andrew playing for Connacht also. 
What’s discussed? 
Having many years of professional rugby under his belt, Damian set himself some massive goals, by taking up adventures in extreme environments, to test his physical and mental capabilities. Trekking through the Sahara Desert on a 257km marathon, He then went on to be an extreme adventurer. In 2017 Browne completed the Atlantic Challenge solo after 63 days, six hours and 25 minutes at sea. Damian decided to take it up a notch. From July 2018 until May 2020, Damian planned to scale the highest peaks of all seven continents. This was put on hold because of the current pandemic the world is going through. We doubt that this will hold him back and we know as soon as he is able Damian will be back to reach his goal. 
Damian has spent the majority of his adult life, pushing himself to his full limits. He learned that once you realise the rewards that come with pushing yourself, you become more autonomous. “Being able to push yourself into these states of struggle or stress and coming out the other side, finding a way through it and learning about your mind and your body and how it all works. That, to me, is fascinating and that is why I keep delving further and further into it. It’s why I search out these challenges and endeavours because rugby is finished for me now and you have to have some sort of avenue or channel to do this. I use the world and its extreme environments.” 
This is a must listen to podcast, full of excitement and none stop adventure. 
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