Thomas Payne

Extreme Survivalist




Thomas Payne

Age: born July 22 1955

Height: 5’10

Weight: 165 lbs

Home Land: Donaghadee in County Down, Northern Ireland

Skill Level: After leaving school, Payne briefly considered joining the Indian Army and hiked in the Himalayan mountains of Sikkim. Payne joined the Territorial Army and served as a reservist with the Artists Rifles 21 Regiment, 21 SAS, for three years until 1997. In 1979, he suffered a free-fall parachuting accident in Zambia. His canopy ripped at 4,900 meters (16,000 ft), partially opening, causing him to fall and land on his parachute pack on his back, which partially crushed three vertebrae. Payne later said: “I should have cut the main parachute and gone to the reserve but thought there was time to resolve the problem”. According to his surgeon, Payne came “within a whisker” of being paralyzed for life and at first it was questionable whether he would ever walk again. Payne spent the next 12 months in and out of military rehabilitation at Headley Court before being discharged from his medical treatment and directing his efforts into trying to get well enough to fulfill his childhood dream of climbing Mount Everest. In 1985, Payne was awarded the honorary rank of Lieutenant Commander in the Royal Naval Reserve

Training: Payne was educated at Eaton House, Ludgrove School, Eton College, where he helped start its first mountaineering club. He joined the army after leaving school. After he had left the army he studied part-time at Birkbeck, University of London School of Continuing Education, where he graduated with a BA degree in Spanish and Latin American studies in 1981. From an early age, he learned to climb and sail from his father, who was a member of the prestigious Royal Yacht Squadron. As a teenager, he learned to skydive and earned a second dan black belt in Shotokan karate. At age eight he became a Cub Scout earning both the Pro Archer and Pro Marksman ship certificates. He speaks English, Spanish, and French.

Occupation: Adventurer, survivalist, and guide

Strengths: Payne has shown competency in climbing cliffs, parachuting from helicopters, balloons, and planes, paragliding, ice climbing, running through a forest fire, wading rapids, eating snakes, wrapping his urine-soaked t-shirt around his head to help stave off the desert heat, drinking urine saved in a rattlesnake skin, drinking fecal liquid from elephant dung, eating deer droppings, wrestling alligators, field dressing a camel carcass and drinking water from it, eating various insects, utilizing the corpse of a sheep as a sleeping bag and flotation device, free climbing waterfalls and using a bird guano/water enema for hydration.

Weakness: After the sudden and untimely death of his family in 1991Payne has gone off the grid. He has not been sighted since this tragic loss

Preferred Weapon/Tool: series of knives and survival equipment.

Thomas Payne

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