František Alexander Elstner
(11 April 1902 – 8 September 1974) had many interests. Not only was he a scout, traveller, sportsman, journalist and writer, but he was also the first Czechoslovak to attend the International Forest School held in England.
Elstner is not particularly well-known these days because the Communists, deploring his Scouting activities, banned him from travel (except for a trip to the Soviet Union in 1959) and heavily censored all public information about him.
Elstner liked to mix up his hobbies. He viewed his trips around Europe, Africa, Asia and the Americas as questions of sport, and always did all he could to cover the route within a pre-set time, hence his “Mile Chaser” nickname. He wrote numerous interesting news reports and books about his travels.