The World of Adventure Theatre will open your eyes to new off-the-beaten-track adventures and challenges. Hear from adventure travellers with first-hand experience of trekking, climbing, diving, cycling and overlanding across Sweden, Tibet, Peru, Canada and China. Having little ones doesn’t mean the end of adventure travel either as Harriet and Neil Pike (Saturday 1.45 pm) and G Adventures will contest (Sunday 11.45 am).
Located in Northern Sweden, the 460km Kungsleden is Sweden’s premier long-distance trail. Along its length, the trail traverses a diverse and fascinating range of remote and unspoilt landscapes. Much of the trail is furnished with Swedish Tourist Association huts (fjällstugor) whose facilities present walkers with the opportunity to minimise their loads and also for family groups and less experienced walkers to enjoy the remoteness. At the same time, there are also many opportunities for more experienced walkers to go self-sufficient and find tranquil spots to camp and enjoy the surroundings. Being split into five distinct sections, the Kungsleden can be completed in a single through hike, or in repeated visits doing a section at a time. Although long and remote, the Kungsleden really is a trail that can be tackled and enjoyed by walkers of all description.
Time: 10:10 – 10.40
Speaker: Zina Bencheikh (Intrepid Travel)
The growing trend of women-only adventure tours shows that female travellers are looking for more than just yoga or spa holidays. They want to travel to exciting cultures in a safe environment, learn about the customs and challenges facing women in other cultures and tackle bucket list challenges with like-minded women. Zina Bencheikh, Intrepid Travel’s regional general manager in the Middle East, talks about the huge growth of women-only trips and what makes them different to traditional adventure holidays.
Adventure on Your Doorstep:
Cycling the Great North Trail
Time: 10:50 – 11:20
Speaker: Duncan Dollimore (Cycling UK)
In summer 2019 Cycling UK launched the Great North Trail, an 800-mile off-road route from the Peak District to the north coast of Scotland through some of the most stunning landscapes in Scotland and northern England. The route offers something for everyone, so whether it’s for an epic long-distance challenge, a weekend away, or a fantastic day out, find an adventure with us.
Best of Above & Below Water Travel –
Galapagos, Andes & Amazon
Time: 11:30 – 12.00
Speaker: Ralph Pannell (Aqua-Firma Worldwide Ltd)
From Whale Sharks to schooling Hammerhead Sharks: to forests spreading from the Amazon to High Andes – this talk takes you to explore Wildlife and Marine Life, Research & Conservation of some of South America’s wildest and most diverse natural environments
Time: 12:15 – 12:45
Speaker: Juliet Kinsman
A talk exploring how adventure travel can be a force for good through wealth distribution and community tourism. Focusing on social enterprises in destinations such as India, Nepal and Peru, this session explores the amazing adventure experiences on offer which can help change the lives of local people.
Adventure to the sacred mountain-Holy Mt Kailash (Tibet)
Time: 13:00 – 13:30
Speaker: Earthbound Expeditions
Sacred Holy Mountain Mt. Kailash, 6,740 mt. high peak is situated to the north of the Himalayan region and west of Tibet/China. A Perfect mountain with four great faces and the source of the great rivers in Asia. It is the spiritual centre for four great religions: Tibetan Buddhism, Hinduism, the Jain religion and the pre-Buddhist animistic religion – Bonpo.
Family Adventures: Trekking with a baby – Making Adventure Travel a Family Lifestyle
Time: 13:45 – 14:15
Speaker: Harriet & Neil Pike (Trailblazer)
You don’t need to rein in your wanderlust after you start a family! Just back from a two-month family adventure in the Andes of northern Peru, the authors of Trailblazer’s Peru’s Cordilleras Blanca and Huayhuash – A Hiking & Biking Guide share practical tips on how to carry on travelling in an adventurous way with babies and young children. Their two-year-old son and eight-month-old daughter are already experienced travellers.
Enter the inner sanctum: expedition to K2, the second-highest 8,611m monster peak, walking the length of the world’s longest glacier, taking in one of the most breathtaking views in the world. Ascend a vertical mile in six days and camp on the breathtaking 58 km long Baltoro Glacier. The Holy Grail Concordia surrounded by giants is providing an awe-inspiring view of K2. Return through Gondogoro La, 5,400m ice-strewn terrain of the stunning Karakorum. No special equipment is required for two dramatic weeks of trekking.
Hellbent for Paradise – Tales from Aotearoa, New Zealand, Land of the Long White Cloud
Time: 15:15 – 15.45
Speaker: Zoe Cano
Zoë Cano, a roaming traveller and writer has undertaken some mouth-watering challenges around the world including rowing the entire length of the Thames, crossing the Peruvian Andes on horseback and motorcycling alone across the American continent. Her most recent escapade is inspiring – and often nail-biting – solo and unassisted journey roaming the jaw-dropping natural wonders of Aotearoa New Zealand on a massive motorcycle. From the outset of this 5000-kilometre road-trip odyssey, this free-spirited traveller is pushed to her limits as a series of unexpected catastrophic cyclones come crashing through New Zealand destroying the very roads she needs to travel along. Along the way, Zoë encounters colourful people from all walks of life including Maori tribes and even motorcycle gangs who’ll all open her eyes and introduce her to the raw underbelly of the country. With Zoe also reading excerpts from her new book “Hellbent for Paradise” you’ll discover that the journey doesn’t quite turn out as she’d planned and extreme measures are needed to complete – and even survive – the Land of the Long White Cloud! www.zoecano.com
A Whistle-Stop Tour Around Ras Al Khaimah – The Northernmost Emirate of the UAE
Time: 16:00 – 16.30
The Ras Al Khaimah region offers a plethora of attractions for adventurous travellers, from trekking and climbing in the mighty Hajar Mountains to diving and kayaking in the crystal clear waters of the Arabian Gulf. Steeped in history, it’s also home to the worlds longest zipline. Located on top of Jebel Jais, UAE’s highest mountain and at over 1.7miles long, you’ll reach speeds of up to 90 mph – it’s a must-visit for adrenaline junkies!
Trading Comfort For Adventure: A Guide to the Silk Road to China
Time: 10:15 – 10:45
Speaker: Madison Plantier (TanSuo Cultural Travel)
The Silk Road has long captured the imagination of adventurers throughout the globe, yet Silk Road sites in China still remain the least visited. This presentation will centre on my personal experience of travelLing the Silk Road in China and how it forced me outside of my comfort zone.
Northern Manitoba’s Unique North Seal River Region
Time: 11:00 – 11:30
Speaker: Ken Gangler (Gangler’s Sub Arctic)
An infotour on an area of Northern Manitoba, Canada few are aware of. The North Seal River lies south of the tundra, in a transitional boreal forest. Home to the largest concentration of sand eskers in North America. It is full of ancient history, wildlife, unique topography and vast wilderness.
How Family Travel Can Open up Doors to a New World of Adventure
Time: 11:45 – 12:15
Speaker: G Adventures
A talk looking at why the adventure doesn’t have to stop, just because little ones come along. As G Adventures launches its new family collection in partnership with National Geographic, this talk looks at the changing face of family holidays and how adventure travel can open up the whole family’s eyes to new destinations, culture and wildlife.
Europe’s Cultural Trails: On the Footsteps of Medieval Pilgrims
Time: 12:30 – 13:00
Speaker: Claire Dunne (Camino Ways)
An overview of Europe’s cultural trails including the famous Camino de Santiago, the Via Francigena from Canterbury to Rome and the St Francis Way.
Taking the ‘Devils Path’: Journeys to remote Tibetan Nepal
Time: 13:10 – 13.40
Speaker: Gavin Anderson (Nomadic Skies Expeditions)
The famous snow leopard valleys of high Himalayan NW Nepal are islands of Tibetan Buddhism and ancient Bon culture. Now opening up to tourism, we explain how ‘responsible’ slow trekking, guided by locals, is supporting remote fragile communities. Note: The speaker, Gavin Anderson, is an expert in rural development (with 30 years international development experience) and is working in the remote Dolpo area of NW Nepal to develop tourism that works with remote mountain communities. The talk will explain the context of these valleys, the fragility of the unique cultures of these areas (with lack of economic opportunity and rural-urban migration) and we will take people on a journey into the Dolpo area through photos and short film clips (professionally shot on a recent expedition) showing the area and unique culture. ‘The Devil’s path’ refers to the spectacular and precipitous lakeside route that forms part of the yak caravan route between Hill Nepal, through Dolpo and into Tibet.
Time: 13:50 – 14:20
Speaker: Neil Henderson (Flying Kiwi Adventures)
A guide to the best adventure activities, hikes and bike rides in New Zealand. From dolphin swimming to skydiving and glacier walking to mountain biking this talk provides a comprehensive introduction of “must sees” and “must dos” for active travellers visiting New Zealand.
Time: 14:30 – 15:00
Speaker: Caroline Vitalini (Scuba Travel)
Discovering the diversity and beauty of the world’s second-largest barrier reef, Caroline offers a first time visitor’s experiences of Belize’s underwater world. From diving with sharks to floating above coral gardens, Belize has a huge amount to attract scuba divers and snorkellers keen to get off the beaten track in the Caribbean.
Dipping Britain: Wild water
Time: 15:10 – 15:40
Speaker: Lindsey Cole
After swimming the River Thames as a mermaid, Lindsey not only found tonnes of plastic waste but also discovered the incredible community of outdoor swimmers. She received messages across the country inviting her to swim, so she cycled all across Britain to connect with these wild swimmers. From Shetland to Scilly, wherever the invites came Lindsey cycled there and swam. It was an incredible way to see Britain and makes for an inspirational story.
Transform Your World – Using Adventure to Inspire Change
Time: 15:50 – 16:20
Speaker: Will Batho (Latitude Adventures)
A former helicopter pilot to the special forces, extreme sports fanatic, educator and coach, Will combines his love of adventure with his experience of personal development in challenging situations. His incredible journey of discovery during Expedition Himalaya with a group of wounded veterans will explore the power of the outdoors and the science driving transformation through adventurous journeys.