Details of the 2016 speakers and experts will be online soon

Meanwhile here's the stellar lineup of some of Britain's best explorers and adventurers who were at Base Camp Festival 2015 to entertain you or take you on a mini adventure

BENEDICT ALLEN is an adventure legend. He is particularly well-known for his solo journeys achieved without satellite phone, GPS or any of the usual “backup” and undertaken after training alone with a remote indigenous community. Few people alive have spent so long isolated and alone in so many different potentially hostile environments. Amongst other exploits, he is the only person known to have walked the full length of the Skeleton Coast; he has crossed the Amazon Basin at its widest point, walked for six weeks alone across the Gobi with camels, and trekked 1000 miles through the Arctic with dogs in the worst winter in living memory. His journeys are depicted in his ten books - including two best sellers - and six BBC television series. Benedict also pioneered the filming of remote journeys for television, effectively creating a new genre - that of the TV adventurer. At the Festival he will share stories from his expeditions and will also host a workshop on 'What's In A Survival Kit'. benedictallen.com

BENEDICT ALLEN is an adventure legend. He is particularly well-known for his solo journeys achieved without satellite phone, GPS or any of the usual “backup” and undertaken after training alone with a remote indigenous community. Few people alive have spent so long isolated and alone in so many different potentially hostile environments. Amongst other exploits, he is the only person known to have walked the full length of the Skeleton Coast; he has crossed the Amazon Basin at its widest point, walked for six weeks alone across the Gobi with camels, and trekked 1000 miles through the Arctic with dogs in the worst winter in living memory. His journeys are depicted in his ten books - including two best sellers - and six BBC television series. Benedict also pioneered the filming of remote journeys for television, effectively creating a new genre - that of the TV adventurer. At the Festival he will share stories from his expeditions and will also host a workshop on 'What's In A Survival Kit'. benedictallen.com

RICHARD PARKS is an extreme environment athlete who spends his life taking on expeditions and challenges that push the boundaries of human performance. The former Welsh international rugby player, turned extreme athlete and adventurer made history in 2011 becoming the first ever person to climb the highest mountain on each of the world's 7 continents and stand on all 3 poles (The North Pole, The South Pole and the summit of Everest) within 7 months. In 2014, Richard then became the fastest Briton in history to reach the South Pole, solo, unassisted and unsupported. He also became the first Welsh person to ski solo to the South Pole. Richard’s first and critically acclaimed book Beyond the Horizon was published in September 2014. richardparks.co.uk

RICHARD PARKS is an extreme environment athlete who spends his life taking on expeditions and challenges that push the boundaries of human performance. The former Welsh international rugby player, turned extreme athlete and adventurer made history in 2011 becoming the first ever person to climb the highest mountain on each of the world's 7 continents and stand on all 3 poles (The North Pole, The South Pole and the summit of Everest) within 7 months. In 2014, Richard then became the fastest Briton in history to reach the South Pole, solo, unassisted and unsupported. He also became the first Welsh person to ski solo to the South Pole. Richard’s first and critically acclaimed book Beyond the Horizon was published in September 2014. richardparks.co.uk

JASON LEWIS What can a crocodile attack, a year at sea in a tiny boat, contracting blood poisoning and malaria, and getting hit by a car and left for dead with two broken legs teach us about global sustainability? Recognized by Guinness World Records as the first person to circumnavigate the Earth using only human power—walking, cycling, and inline skating five continents, and kayaking, swimming, rowing, and pedalling a boat across the rivers, seas, and oceans—Jason Lewis will draw insights from his 13-year journey to offer choices we can all make to safeguard a healthy planet for future generations. He will also host a workshop on independent book publishing. jasonexplorer.com

JASON LEWIS What can a crocodile attack, a year at sea in a tiny boat, contracting blood poisoning and malaria, and getting hit by a car and left for dead with two broken legs teach us about global sustainability? Recognized by Guinness World Records as the first person to circumnavigate the Earth using only human power—walking, cycling, and inline skating five continents, and kayaking, swimming, rowing, and pedalling a boat across the rivers, seas, and oceans—Jason Lewis will draw insights from his 13-year journey to offer choices we can all make to safeguard a healthy planet for future generations. He will also host a workshop on independent book publishing. jasonexplorer.com

DANIEL START is an award-winning travel writer, photographer, environmental consultant and wild swimmer. His first major adventure was being kidnapped by Free Papua tribesmen in New Guinea in 1996. Returning to safer home ground he went on to author "Wild Swimming", "Hidden Beaches" and "Wild Swimming France" and won the Writers’ Guild Award in 1997. His latest book is the new Wild Guide to Southern England. Dan will share his stories of wild swimming in the UK and some lucky festival go-ers will accompany Dan on a wild swimming journey

DANIEL START is an award-winning travel writer, photographer, environmental consultant and wild swimmer. His first major adventure was being kidnapped by Free Papua tribesmen in New Guinea in 1996. Returning to safer home ground he went on to author "Wild Swimming", "Hidden Beaches" and "Wild Swimming France" and won the Writers’ Guild Award in 1997. His latest book is the new Wild Guide to Southern England. Dan will share his stories of wild swimming in the UK and some lucky festival go-ers will accompany Dan on a wild swimming journey

 SHIFTING SANDS EXHIBITION In 2014 Lucy Engleheart and Anne-Laure Carruth left London to drive a 1971 Land Rover around the Mediterranean. Travelling through countries including Libya, Algeria and Tunisia they experienced and documented everyday life in North Africa and the Middle East. Their aim was to add a positive layer of information to the picture portrayed in the mainstream media, interweaving the stories of the people they met with their own. Lucy and Anne-Laure will host an exhibition space where you can climb around their Land Rover which was pimped-up with a new modification in every country. The exhibition space will also share recordings of local music and testimonies, photos and memorabilia  - all served with Arabic tea by Lucy and Anne-Laure themselves. shifting-sands.com

 SHIFTING SANDS EXHIBITION In 2014 Lucy Engleheart and Anne-Laure Carruth left London to drive a 1971 Land Rover around the Mediterranean. Travelling through countries including Libya, Algeria and Tunisia they experienced and documented everyday life in North Africa and the Middle East. Their aim was to add a positive layer of information to the picture portrayed in the mainstream media, interweaving the stories of the people they met with their own. Lucy and Anne-Laure will host an exhibition space where you can climb around their Land Rover which was pimped-up with a new modification in every country. The exhibition space will also share recordings of local music and testimonies, photos and memorabilia  - all served with Arabic tea by Lucy and Anne-Laure themselves. shifting-sands.com

ELLIS ASHLEY is a 19 year old from Sheffield. He was the first person to arrive at the first Base Camp Festival last year (some of you will remember him, he walked there from Sheffield). This year Ellis will be talking about a walk across the length of the UK carrying only a sleeping bag, a bivouac, the clothes he was wearing at the time and a pair of homeless child's shoes to raise thousands for the charity Railway Children. The goal was to raise awareness for homelessness and to inspire others to set off on adventures, regardless of age, financial and physical support. He'll also be talking about his sailing experiences such as getting stranded and quarantined in North Africa and getting arrested in JFK airport after accidentally coming into possession of an illegal substance

ELLIS ASHLEY is a 19 year old from Sheffield. He was the first person to arrive at the first Base Camp Festival last year (some of you will remember him, he walked there from Sheffield). This year Ellis will be talking about a walk across the length of the UK carrying only a sleeping bag, a bivouac, the clothes he was wearing at the time and a pair of homeless child's shoes to raise thousands for the charity Railway Children. The goal was to raise awareness for homelessness and to inspire others to set off on adventures, regardless of age, financial and physical support. He'll also be talking about his sailing experiences such as getting stranded and quarantined in North Africa and getting arrested in JFK airport after accidentally coming into possession of an illegal substance

  Pete & Alice McNeil got married here on the Base Camp Festival site in September 2012 and then set off on a honeymoon bike ride… 2 years, 3 bikes, 22 countries & 20,000kms later they showed up in New Zealand with a fresh perspective on life, marriage, people and the world around us. Rather than setting out to break any records the point of their journey was just to be free, to live simply, to experience all they could of the world and to do it together. Following the road less travelled East through Europe, Asia and Australia they were faced with countless 5 star picnic spots,10,000 star camping spots, the exceptional kindness of strangers, back spasms on the afghan border, tandem building in Kathmandu and from the saddle of a bike learned that it’s not about the destination but the places in between. Returning to the spot where it all started, Pete and Alice will be sharing their stories and highlighting that adventure is accessible and for everyone. mcneilsonwheels.com

 

Pete & Alice McNeil got married here on the Base Camp Festival site in September 2012 and then set off on a honeymoon bike ride… 2 years, 3 bikes, 22 countries & 20,000kms later they showed up in New Zealand with a fresh perspective on life, marriage, people and the world around us. Rather than setting out to break any records the point of their journey was just to be free, to live simply, to experience all they could of the world and to do it together. Following the road less travelled East through Europe, Asia and Australia they were faced with countless 5 star picnic spots,10,000 star camping spots, the exceptional kindness of strangers, back spasms on the afghan border, tandem building in Kathmandu and from the saddle of a bike learned that it’s not about the destination but the places in between. Returning to the spot where it all started, Pete and Alice will be sharing their stories and highlighting that adventure is accessible and for everyone. mcneilsonwheels.com

 JAMIE McDONALD is a world-record breaking fundraising adventurer best known for his world-first solo run across Canada, raising more than £250,000 for children’s hospitals in the UK and Canada. Jamie had a life threatening condition as a child and decided to give back to those that helped him. Oh - and he did it dressed as superhero ‘The Flash’! Jamie ran the equivalent of 200 marathons in less than a year, he battled -40°C temperatures, the Rockies, a frostbitten nose, numerous potentially challenge-stopping injuries, including the permanent misshaping of his right foot. Of course, Jamie has other adventures that he will be sharing and speaking about at the festival too..jamiemcdonald.org

 JAMIE McDONALD is a world-record breaking fundraising adventurer best known for his world-first solo run across Canada, raising more than £250,000 for children’s hospitals in the UK and Canada. Jamie had a life threatening condition as a child and decided to give back to those that helped him. Oh - and he did it dressed as superhero ‘The Flash’! Jamie ran the equivalent of 200 marathons in less than a year, he battled -40°C temperatures, the Rockies, a frostbitten nose, numerous potentially challenge-stopping injuries, including the permanent misshaping of his right foot. Of course, Jamie has other adventures that he will be sharing and speaking about at the festival too..jamiemcdonald.org

 ANN DANIELS is a record-breaking polar explorer and a renowned international speaker, Ann Daniels is the first woman in history, along with expedition teammate Caroline Hamilton, to reach the North and South Poles as part of all women teams.  Ann has also been head of ice operations for the ground-breaking Caitlin Arctic Survey studying rapidly disappearing frozen Arctic Ocean and is Britain’s first female polar guide. Ann will talk about her first expedition to the North Pole, a 500mile journey struck with storms, severe frostbite, gangrene, back problems, rescue and even carbon monoxide poisoning. anndaniels.com

 ANN DANIELS is a record-breaking polar explorer and a renowned international speaker, Ann Daniels is the first woman in history, along with expedition teammate Caroline Hamilton, to reach the North and South Poles as part of all women teams.  Ann has also been head of ice operations for the ground-breaking Caitlin Arctic Survey studying rapidly disappearing frozen Arctic Ocean and is Britain’s first female polar guide. Ann will talk about her first expedition to the North Pole, a 500mile journey struck with storms, severe frostbite, gangrene, back problems, rescue and even carbon monoxide poisoning. anndaniels.com

SOPHIE RADCLIFFE aka @challengesophie is a sports writer, blogger and brand ambassador who loves endurance sport and adventure challenges. In 2014 she completed the first Alpine Coast to Coast expedition to climb to the summits of the highest mountains in each of the eight Alpine countries and cycle between them, starting on the coast of Italy and ending on the coast of France in Monaco. Covering 1669kms by bike, 141kms by foot and 45,530 metres of ascent. She's also cycled London to Paris in 24hrs, seven times and completed the Ironman twice. Sophie is keen that all of us fit more adventure into our lives on a regular basis so she will be sharing her own stories on stage and taking Outdoor Gym sessions at the Festival. challengesophie.com

SOPHIE RADCLIFFE aka @challengesophie is a sports writer, blogger and brand ambassador who loves endurance sport and adventure challenges. In 2014 she completed the first Alpine Coast to Coast expedition to climb to the summits of the highest mountains in each of the eight Alpine countries and cycle between them, starting on the coast of Italy and ending on the coast of France in Monaco. Covering 1669kms by bike, 141kms by foot and 45,530 metres of ascent. She's also cycled London to Paris in 24hrs, seven times and completed the Ironman twice. Sophie is keen that all of us fit more adventure into our lives on a regular basis so she will be sharing her own stories on stage and taking Outdoor Gym sessions at the Festival. challengesophie.com

NIALL & FINN MCCANN will be teaching you how to slackline. Brothers Finn and Niall were firm favourites at last year's Festival and we are very pleased to see them back again.Niall has dedicated his life to seeking out adventure in the natural world, often in combination with his zoological studies - he specialises in working on endangered species. His first major expedition was in 2000 when at the age of 18 he cycled the Khunjerab Pass, the highest paved pass in the world. Niall has since cycled the highest road in the world, canoed the River Yukon, rowed across the Atlantic and walked across Greenland.  niallmccann.com Finn is a climber, skier, sailor and High Altitude Slackliner. Variety is the name of the game for Finn, whose accomplishments include climbing the North Face of the Eiger, skiing across Greenland, sailing in the Southern Ocean, scaling the mighty El Capitan, and walking a 3000ft high slackline. finnmccannadventures.com  

NIALL & FINN MCCANN will be teaching you how to slackline. Brothers Finn and Niall were firm favourites at last year's Festival and we are very pleased to see them back again.Niall has dedicated his life to seeking out adventure in the natural world, often in combination with his zoological studies - he specialises in working on endangered species. His first major expedition was in 2000 when at the age of 18 he cycled the Khunjerab Pass, the highest paved pass in the world. Niall has since cycled the highest road in the world, canoed the River Yukon, rowed across the Atlantic and walked across Greenland.  niallmccann.com Finn is a climber, skier, sailor and High Altitude Slackliner. Variety is the name of the game for Finn, whose accomplishments include climbing the North Face of the Eiger, skiing across Greenland, sailing in the Southern Ocean, scaling the mighty El Capitan, and walking a 3000ft high slackline. finnmccannadventures.com

 

WILL HATTON is an amateur adventurer and freelance journalist. For the last seven years he has been bouncing around the globe like a coked up road-runner, getting into scrapes here and falling into weird jobs there. He has herded goats in the Holy Land, worked for the Vietnamese mafia, nearly died in Nepal and lived like a king in Venezuela. Will is especially fond of going to places nobody else really wants to go to and next year will be hitchhiking to Singapore from the UK through a whole bunch of the ‘stans. As a perpetual wanderer, Will is an expert when it comes to budget travel with his weekly budget being just $100, no matter where he is in the world. He runs the popular blog The Broke Backpacker and has been featured by Reuters, The Daily Mail, Yahoo Travel, News.com.au and others.  Join Will's "Budget Backpacking 101 workshop" at the Festival. 

WILL HATTON is an amateur adventurer and freelance journalist. For the last seven years he has been bouncing around the globe like a coked up road-runner, getting into scrapes here and falling into weird jobs there. He has herded goats in the Holy Land, worked for the Vietnamese mafia, nearly died in Nepal and lived like a king in Venezuela. Will is especially fond of going to places nobody else really wants to go to and next year will be hitchhiking to Singapore from the UK through a whole bunch of the ‘stans. As a perpetual wanderer, Will is an expert when it comes to budget travel with his weekly budget being just $100, no matter where he is in the world. He runs the popular blog The Broke Backpacker and has been featured by Reuters, The Daily Mail, Yahoo Travel, News.com.au and others.  Join Will's "Budget Backpacking 101 workshop" at the Festival. 

 BELINDA KIRK founded Explorers Connect, now the largest adventure hub in Britain, to assist others in realising their own adventure dreams. Over the last 20years she has worked on hundreds of international expeditions, scientific research and remote filming trips. These include leading her first expedition to China's Desert of Death at age 21, leading over one hundred scientists and young people in the Amazon on an expedition patroned by HRH Duke of York, walking across Nicaragua and Africa. Most recently she skippered the First Women To Row Around Britain, a 52 day non-stop, unsupported mission in a 24ft foot rowing boat. She has directed adventure films including Ray Mears Bushcraft, Coast, Bear Grylls Ultimate Survival, Living With Gorillas and Beyond Boundaries. Belinda will be hosting the Festival and running the wild swimming sessions with Dan Start. explorersconnect.com

 BELINDA KIRK founded Explorers Connect, now the largest adventure hub in Britain, to assist others in realising their own adventure dreams. Over the last 20years she has worked on hundreds of international expeditions, scientific research and remote filming trips. These include leading her first expedition to China's Desert of Death at age 21, leading over one hundred scientists and young people in the Amazon on an expedition patroned by HRH Duke of York, walking across Nicaragua and Africa. Most recently she skippered the First Women To Row Around Britain, a 52 day non-stop, unsupported mission in a 24ft foot rowing boat. She has directed adventure films including Ray Mears Bushcraft, Coast, Bear Grylls Ultimate Survival, Living With Gorillas and Beyond Boundaries. Belinda will be hosting the Festival and running the wild swimming sessions with Dan Start. explorersconnect.com

JACKI HILL-MURPHY is passionate about the first women explorers and is on a quest to get their undertold stories out into the world. She has so far travelled to Ecuador to travel down the Bobonaza River in the footsteps of Isabela Godin the first known woman to travel the length of the Amazon River, Cameroon to follow Mary Kingsley’s route up Mount Cameroon, walked to Nubra in Northern Ladakh emulating Isabella Bird’s journey on a yak through the lower Himalayas and traveled Kate Marsden’s epic route overland  across Siberia. Jacki will be talking about her latest adventures in this ongoing project and sharing her knowledge about these feisty and extraordinary women. 

JACKI HILL-MURPHY is passionate about the first women explorers and is on a quest to get their undertold stories out into the world. She has so far travelled to Ecuador to travel down the Bobonaza River in the footsteps of Isabela Godin the first known woman to travel the length of the Amazon River, Cameroon to follow Mary Kingsley’s route up Mount Cameroon, walked to Nubra in Northern Ladakh emulating Isabella Bird’s journey on a yak through the lower Himalayas and traveled Kate Marsden’s epic route overland  across Siberia. Jacki will be talking about her latest adventures in this ongoing project and sharing her knowledge about these feisty and extraordinary women. 

 

...and there's more amazing adventurers still to be announced, watch this space!