James is a keen traveller, mountaineer, runner and adventurer, and has led several previous expeditions to Afghanistan, including an ascent of its highest mountain, Noshaq, and an unsupported 400km run through the Wakhan corridor. James is also the founder of the Ring O’Fire, a 135 mile race around the coastline of Anglesey. When James was asked to help set up the first commercial marathon in Afghanistan he couldn’t resist the challenge.
Gull is an Afghan tourism agent, and runs Silk Road Afghanistan. He has been involved in a number of tourism and adventure sports-related projects in the Bamiyan area and across the country.
James is the founder of Untamed Borders, an adventure travel company providing access to some of the world’s most challenging places. The company specialises in trips to Afghanistan, Pakistan, India, former Soviet Central Asia and the Caucasus, and also arrange bespoke trips to other destinations.
James has guided hundreds of people in hard-to-reach locations and in 2013 was awarded a personal commendation by Dr Habiba Sarobi, Governor of Bamiyan Province, for his part in bringing ski tourism to Afghanistan, through the Afghan Ski Challenge.
James is also a board member of Free to Run.