THE ADVENTURE AUDITORIUM

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To celebrate the true spirit of adventure, these incredible talks from leading explorers, intrepid adventurers, guidebook writers and adventure experts will not fail to inspire and excite.

Saturday 10:00 – 11:00

 

sean_conway_credit_martin_hartley-2-websiteSean Conway
Adventure on the Edge

In 2016 endurance adventurer Sean Conway completed the world’s longest Ultra Triathlon around the edge of mainland Britain. Documented on the Discovery Channel, Sean captivated the nation as he cycled (on a bike made of bamboo), ran and swam around the British coast covering a distance equal to London to New Dehli. Widely admired for his endurance, courage, humour and inimitable style, Sean will entertain you with his tales of life on the edge but also inspire you to find the courage to tackle difficult challenges no matter what they may be, and above all, to live life more adventurously. You might even discover the story behind the beard!

 

Saturday 11:15 – 11:45

 


miami-dt8a6648-2-thumbnailRobson Green
Grand Slam Fishing with Travel Channel

Join well known Actor, TV presenter and keen fisherman Robson Green in an exclusive Q&A session only at the Adventure Travel Show as he reveals details of his epic extreme fishing challenge in the brand new & exclusive series Robson Green Grand Slam Fishing on Travel Channel. This challenge would see him travel the world in an attempt to complete the ‘Grand Slam’ – the highest accolade in fishing, deemed nearly impossible, with anglers needing to catch three or more different species in 24 hours. To be successful Robson stopped at no fewer than 10 different locations, spanning Cuba to Alaska, taking advice from local fishing legends along the way. Hear how Robson battled against temperature, tides and ever-changing weather, as he raced against the clock to try and secure his place in the record books.

 

Saturday 12:00 – 12:30

 

Rebecca Stephens, Ness Knight, Laura Bingham, Justine Gosling, Paula Reid and Natalia Cohen

Talk Details: Women at the Edge

Join adventurer Rebecca Stephens MBE as she hosts an audience with an awe inspiring kick-ass collection of female explorers who live life at the edge. There’ll be tales from the highest peaks, the vastest oceans and forgotten lands, and discussions about when things go right, when things go wrong, and what motivates them to keep on getting out there.

The Panel of Female Adventurers include:

Rebecca Stephens MBE

Rebecca Stephens began her career in journalism but is best known for her accomplishments in a completely different field, that of mountaineering.  Rebecca is the first British woman to have climbed Everest – an achievement recognised around the world. Rebecca then went on to become the first English-speaking woman in the world to climb the Seven Summits, the highest mountain on each of the seven continents. Rebecca continues to adventure at every opportunity. She has sailed the Southern Seas to the South Magnetic Pole and Antarctica, competed in an eight-day Eco-Challenge with polar explorers Sir Ranulph Fiennes and Dr Mike Stroud, running, biking and canoeing across the Canadian Rockies.

 

ness-knight-explorerNess Knight

Ness Knight is an endurance adventurer, photographer, speaker and writer. She has stand up paddleboarded 1000 miles, cycled across the USA solo, swum the length of the Thames and run 400 miles from London to Land’s End. In 2012 Ness set off from Chamberlain, SD. 58 days later and 1004 miles downstream she arrived at the finish line, the Gateway Arch in St Louis, MO, the longest SUP journey by a female. Ness continued her USA adventure with a 2000 mile solo cycle from St Louis to California shortly after. Her route took her through the states of Missouri, Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas, New Mexico, Arizona, Nevada and California following Route 66 for much of the way. In 2013 she became the first female in history to swim the length of the Thames, a two week race against the clock. It is the equivalent of 70 back to back Ironman swims.

 

Laura BinghamLaura Bingham

In January, 2016 Laura began her latest and most challenging adventure, a journey travelling from west to east across the South American continent by bike. With only the equipment she could carry with her, she cycled 7,000 km over 164 days, from Manta on the Pacific coast of Ecuador, through Peru, Bolivia and Paraguay, to arrive at her final destination in Buenos Aires, on Argentina’s Atlantic coast, on 1 July 2016. Laura journeyed across South America with no money, relying on human kindness and generosity, whilst raising awareness for the UK based charity Operation South America.

 

Justine GoslingJustine Gosling

Justine aims to engage people in history through her adventures. Just some of the adventures she has completed include cycling the length of the former Iron Curtain, a distance of nearly 3,000 miles through 15 countries in Europe, a 200 mile run through the history of the Tudor monarchy, has skied and camped for 2 weeks in arctic Svalbard in winter to get to an abandoned Soviet town, walked the whole length of Finland north to south.

 

Paula ReidPaula Reid

Paula believes in living life to the full which includes savouring the moments and seizing the day. She has done 117 things on her ‘Living Life to the Full’ list including skiing full distance to the South Pole, yacht racing around the world, paddling the Mekong, kayaking the length of the Thames, walking across England, Ireland and Scotland, bog snorkelling, zorbing, fire walking and buying a round of drinks for a pub full of strangers! Her current challenge is ‘50 Good Turns’ where she plans to cycle across all 50 countries of Europe and do one good deed in each. She launched this in September by cycling the length of the UK, solo, and camping each night. She helped the homeless on her way down. She has written four books, including ‘Live Life to the Full’ and is doing a Master’s Degree in Positive Psychology.

 

Natalia CohenNatalia Cohen

With 15 years experience of living and working in over 50 countries, Natalia Cohen has chosen to follow an unusual and fascinating path. Her broad range of professional experience includes adventure tour leading, operations management, teaching/training, volunteer and project coordination, as well as working within the Super Yacht industry and Eco-lodge management, running a remote Safari lodge in Tanzania. She was also part of the Coxless Crew – a record breaking team of women!

 

Saturday 12:45 – 13:15

 

Dave Cornthwaite
Adventures Big and Small

Since quitting his last job as a bad graphic designer in 2005, Dave Cornthwaite has broken distance records on skateboards and stand up paddle boards, visited over 100 countries, completed 12 different non-motorised journeys over 1000 miles and founded a tribe of adventurers with over 3000 members. We can promise you one thing, if you spend this half an hour with Dave you’re going to be ready to say yes more.

 

 

 

Saturday 13:30 – 14:00

 

Nathan Millward
Sydney to London on a Postal Bike called Dot

Nathan Millward rode 23,000 miles from Australia to England on a postal bike called Dot! Neither well-travelled nor prepared in the slightest for anything that may come his way, once Nathan had come up with the idea of getting from Sydney to London without triggering his fear of flying he felt like he had to turn the trip into reality. For footwear he had Converse trainers, for storage a milk crate, for accommodation a tent. Hear about his experiences (the good, the bad and the ugly), the lessons he learnt along the way and what it’s really like to travel spontaneously.

 

Saturday 14:15 – 14:45

 

Laura Bingham
Overcoming Obstacles on a Bike: Cycling South America with no Money

Laura’s latest project involved crossing South America with a cruel twist. With only the equipment she could fit in her panniers, she cycled from the Pacific Coast of Ecuador, over the Andes, through the Amazon jungle until she finally reached Buenos Aires – and the Atlantic Ocean. If this feat wasn’t tough enough, Laura conducted the entire expedition completely unsupported and with no money. Her extraordinary resourcefulness and unique charm was tested to the absolute limits. From foraging for food scraps in waste-bins to fishing for piranhas, Laura somehow fuelled her human-powered journey.

 

Saturday 15:00 – 15:30

 

Dave Cornthwaite, Sean Conway, Leon McCarron and Louis-Philippe Loncke

Talk Details: An Adventurous Life

Dave Cornthwaite hosts a crack team of lifelong adventurers as they share their hidden secrets, hilarious anecdotes and both sides of living an adventurous life.

The Panel of Adventurers include:

 

Dave Cornthwaite

An English adventurer, writer and filmmaker. He is best known for his Expedition1000 project, a plan to undertake 25 separate journeys of 1000 miles or more, each using a different form of non-motorised transport.

 

 

sean-mediumSean Conway

Sean is an adventurer and extreme endurance athlete. In 2015, Sean became the first and only person in history to complete the Great British Triathlon: cycling, swimming and then running the length of Britain from Land’s End to John O’Groats. (The swim was considered impossible and had never been attempted.) In 2016, Sean took on an even bigger challenge: a self-supported continuous Ultra Triathlon around the coast of Britain.

 

 

leonLeon McCarron

Leon is an adventurer and filmmaker who has walked 3000 miles across China, filming for a National Geographic TV show along the way. The journey took him six months; walking a marathon a day for six days a week and carrying a 30kg pack. Previous to this he rode a bicycle 14,000 miles from New York to Hong Kong, trekked 1000 miles through the Empty Quarter desert in Oman, and has just returned from a 1000 mile walk through the heart of the Middle East.

 

 

Louis-Philippe Loncke

Louis-Philippe Loncke is an engineer, explorer, adventurer, project consultant, speaking coach and entrepreneur.

He has done 15 expeditions on 5 continents all solo extreme treks across deserts, long distance sea-kayaking on rivers or lakes and scientific expeditions. He often raises awareness for an ecological cause.

 

Saturday 15:45 – 16:15

 

Ness Knight
Expect the Unexpected: Planning an Endurance Expedition and World Record Attempt

False starts, unforeseen hurdles and quick fire problem solving go hand in hand with most expeditions. It’s easy to assume from the thousands of stunning images on Instagram accounts that adventure is all a journey of smooth sailing, but Ness delves into her experiences of exploration and endurance to reveal the lesser spoken about realities of life on expedition when things go awry and months, even years, of planning unravel at the seams. Plus hear how she is planning for her next expedition – a world record attempt to be the first female in history to row across the Pacific Ocean solo and non stop.

 

Saturday 16:30 – 17:00

 

big-jpg1-1Paul Goldstein
Predators Exposed      

Award winning photographer, guide and presenter Paul Goldstein has been described by the Sunday Times as preposterously vivacious, a wildlife guide of psychotic gusto. As he does an opinionated, outspoken  turn in the main auditorium, find out why. Cheetahs, tigers, elephants, leopards, polar bears and more are his metiers, come and hear how he gets these remarkable images and the best way to protect these priceless species.

 
 

Saturday 17:15 – 17:45

 

Wanderlust Gear of the Year

Enter the free prize draw and you could win a Rab Microlight Jacket (filled with Nikwax Hydrophobic Down) worth £160 and a selection of goodies from Hydroflask!

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Meet the judges:

sean-conwaySean Conway – Extreme endurance adventurer who is the first and only man in history to cycle, swim and run the length of Britain. He completed the record-breaking feat in 2015 when he ran from John O’Groats to Land’s End in just 44 days, having previously cycled and swum the route.

 

phoebe_mid_resPhoebe Smith – Wanderlust’s editor is as passionate about travel as she is about the outdoors. She likes nothing better than discovering a place on foot, gazing over giant precipices for fun and wild camping – preferably in the mountains. She is author of several books about Britain’s wild places including Extreme Sleeps: Adventures of a Wild Camper.

 

Paul Goodyear – Founder of Nomad Travel Stores Paul who has been pioneering the art of travel preparation since 1990, he worked as Logistics Assistant for the TV production company who made BBC’s Beyond Boundaries

 

rob-johnsonRob Johnson – Mountain Instructor, International Mountain Leader, member of Llanberis Mountain Rescue and film maker and certified Drone Pilot

 
Please note talk timetables are subject to change.

Sunday 10:30 – 11:45

 

 

Simon Reeve
An audience with Simon Reeve

Join Lyn Hughes, Co-Founder and Editor in Chief of Wanderlust Magazine in this very special conversation with Simon Reeve. Having travelled to more than 120 countries making multiple award-winning TV series for the BBC, Simon Reeve has been described as “British television’s most adventurous traveller.” You’ve seen him travel across jungles, deserts, mountains and oceans – now hear how he dodged bullets on front-lines, hunted with the Bushmen of the Kalahari, dived with manta rays, seals and sharks, survived malaria, walked through minefields, and tracked lions on foot.

 

Sunday 12:00 – 12:30

 

Dave Cornthwaite, Pip Stewart, Fiona Quinn and Laura Kennington

Talk Details: How to Start Your Adventure

Dave Cornthwaite and guests share a feast of tips about how to come up with amazing adventures, the best ways to plan and how to make sure your first big adventure goes without (much of) a hitch.

The Panel of Adventurers include:

Dave Cornthwaite

An English adventurer, writer and filmmaker. He is best known for his Expedition1000 project, a plan to undertake 25 separate journeys of 1000 miles or more, each using a different form of non-motorised transport.

 

 

img_8832Pip Stewart

Pip Stewart is Red Bull’s Adventure Editor. She has cycled 16,000km from Malaysia to London. Her most recent project was crossing the Amazon basin by bike and boat for a 4-part documentary highlighting the impact that deforestation is having on indigenous tribes. She’s also a trained meditation teacher and believes the secret to a full life lies in travel. Pip has a masters in journalism from the University of Hong Kong and a bachelors from Oxford University.

 

fiona-quinnFiona Quinn

In October 2016 Fiona completed her Cycle Great Britain challenge, covering 1000 miles up the length of the country solo and unsupported over 3 weeks, stopping off en route to share with school children and entrepreneurs how she’s creating a life she loves through adventure. Fiona’s approach to life is centred around doing things her own way, which she put into practice when she completed her source to sea Cam Triathlon earlier in 2016, opting to walk, SUP and cycle. 

 

Laura Kennington London Adventure Sports PhotographyLaura Kennington

Laura Kennington is a British adventure athlete with a passion for the endurance capability of the human body. Previous adventures include solo kayaking in Russia and solo cycling the world’s longest coastal route in Ireland. She also circumnavigated three of the Channel Islands using three different sporting disciplines as part of a rather extreme triathlon. A strong believer in the positive impact that adventure and sport can have on children and adults alike, Laura uses her human powered journeys as a platform to inspire and encourage others to get outside.

 

Sunday 12:45 – 13:15

 

 

Masha Gordon
An Accidental Adventurer and World Record Breaker

Masha Gordon was not athletic growing up. She embraced climbing in her mid-30s and seven years later, in June 2016, Masha broke an endurance world record in the Explorers Grand Slam by becoming the fastest woman to reach the highest peak on every continent and ski to the North and the South Poles in under 8 months. She also gained Guinness World Record for becoming the fastest woman to climb the 7 Summits. Masha will share her insights on the world of amateur high-altitude mountaineering and on embracing adventure in every day life.

 

Sunday 13:30 – 14:00

 

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The Big Trip: Overland by Car, Truck or Motorcycle

Chris Scott is the author of several overland travel titles for Trailblazer Guides, including the Overlanders’ Handbook and the Adventure Motorcycling Handbook. He outlines the practicalities of planning your big trip, including choosing and equipping your vehicle and route outlines across Africa, Asia and Latin America. You can also meet Chris on the Trailblazer Guides stand at the show.

 

Sunday 14:15 – 14:45

 

Benedict Allen
Tales of Adventures in Papua New Guinea

Having recently returned to Papua New Guinea with BBC Security Correspondent Frank Gardner to film for BBC2, Benedict Allen looks back on his earlier visits to this culturally diverse country some 30 years ago. He will recall many extraordinary tales, from his initiation ceremony to make him “a man as strong as a crocodile” to the Yaifo – a small group of people with whom Benedict was the first ‘outsider’ to make contact.

 

Sunday 15:00 – 15:30

 

Lois Pryce
Motorcycling Through Iran

Travel writer and author Lois Pryce has covered thousands of miles in Iran by motorcycle, as well as other forms of transport over the last four years. To coincide with the publication of her new book, Revolutionary Ride, she reveals the reality of life in contemporary Iran, explores its highways and byways, and discusses how its future will unfold – is the Islamic Republic really opening up to the wider world?

 

Sunday 15:45 – 16:15

 

img_5898Pip Stewart
Does happiness lie in the depths of the Amazon?

Journalist and adventurer Pip Stewart believes that adventure travel may just be the secret to happiness. Pip has recently finished filming a TV series about environmental crime in the Amazon. Using bike, boat and terrifyingly small planes, Pip crossed a continent with adventurer Reza Pakravan investigating the impact of deforestation on indigenous people. From taking part in ancient fishing rituals to cleaning her teeth with termites and being presented with monkey heads Pip got up close and personal with the rich and unique culture that exists deep in the jungle – and saw first hand just why it needs to be saved. Pip is the Adventure Editor for Red Bull and has also cycled 15,500km from Malaysia to London.

 

Sunday 16:30 – 17:00

 

l1001574Olly Hicks
The Greenland to Scotland Challenge

In 1728 an Inuit tribesman was found washed up on the beach near Aberdeen, he was in his kayak, dressed in skins and still alive, just.  How had this man come to British shores and where had he come from? This was the mystery Olly Hicks set about solving by with the Greenland to Scotland challenge – a world first kayak voyage from Greenland to Scotland to prove that the Inuit may have paddled all the way from the icy arctic.