Here's our upcoming line-up for Base Camp Festival 2017! There will be a stellar lineup of some of Britain's best explorers and adventurers who will be at Base Camp Festival 2017 to entertain you or take you on a mini adventure.  

Watch this space for new announcements soon. 

Andrew Cotton.  Andrew is a Plymouth born married father of 2 who grew up on the North Devon Coast, where he started surfing at the age of seven. Ever since then, catching waves and being in and around the ocean has been his life. When he left school he worked in a local surfboard factory until the age of twenty-five. Initially Andrew focused on helping to pioneer big wave spots in Ireland, and more recently he turned his attention to Nazare, Portugal. Numerous Billabong XXL entries followed and he came to wider attention in 2012 when he towed American surfer Garrett McNamara into what the Guinness Book of World Records confirmed as the biggest wave ever surfed. Since then Andrew has a number of indisputably big waves under his belt, one or two of which have caused debate in the press as to whether they are even bigger than Garrett’s record. With the national and global media coverage that followed, it might be said that he has been helping to push the boundaries as to what was thought possible and put Great Britain firmly on the surfing map.  Andrew will be talking to us about the thrilling experience of being a big wave surfer, and also showing off his latest surf film collaboration with Red Bull. www.andrewcotton.co.uk

Andrew Cotton. 

Andrew is a Plymouth born married father of 2 who grew up on the North Devon Coast, where he started surfing at the age of seven. Ever since then, catching waves and being in and around the ocean has been his life. When he left school he worked in a local surfboard factory until the age of twenty-five.

Initially Andrew focused on helping to pioneer big wave spots in Ireland, and more recently he turned his attention to Nazare, Portugal. Numerous Billabong XXL entries followed and he came to wider attention in 2012 when he towed American surfer Garrett McNamara into what the Guinness Book of World Records confirmed as the biggest wave ever surfed. Since then Andrew has a number of indisputably big waves under his belt, one or two of which have caused debate in the press as to whether they are even bigger than Garrett’s record.

With the national and global media coverage that followed, it might be said that he has been helping to push the boundaries as to what was thought possible and put Great Britain firmly on the surfing map. 

Andrew will be talking to us about the thrilling experience of being a big wave surfer, and also showing off his latest surf film collaboration with Red Bull.

www.andrewcotton.co.uk

Belinda Kirk, Guinness World Record holding explorer, founded Explorers Connect 8 years ago to help others to realise their own adventure dreams. To continue this mission she started Base Camp Festival and has just kicked off Britain’s 1st national day of adventure: Wild Night Out to help even more adults and kids get outside. Named as one of the top 10 inspirational female adventurers by the Guardian she has worked on hundreds of international expeditions and remote filming trips over the last 20 years. 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 with a team of people with disabilities. 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 we urge you not to miss her on Saturday evening when she will be talking about "How Adventure Can Change Our Lives" - prepare to be inspired! www.explorersconnect.com - www.wildnightout.org - www.belindakirk.com

Belinda Kirk, Guinness World Record holding explorer, founded Explorers Connect 8 years ago to help others to realise their own adventure dreams.

To continue this mission she started Base Camp Festival and has just kicked off Britain’s 1st national day of adventure: Wild Night Out to help even more adults and kids get outside. Named as one of the top 10 inspirational female adventurers by the Guardian she has worked on hundreds of international expeditions and remote filming trips over the last 20 years. 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 with a team of people with disabilities.

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 we urge you not to miss her on Saturday evening when she will be talking about "How Adventure Can Change Our Lives" - prepare to be inspired!

www.explorersconnect.com - www.wildnightout.org - www.belindakirk.com

In 2010, Dwayne Fields was the first young black Briton to walk 370 miles to reach the North Pole. Born in Jamaica, Dwayne grew up in the UK from the age of 6. He has been the victim of both knife and gun crime and as a result of his experiences of the effects of gangs and crime, he decided to change his life. He became an adventurer/explorer, completed a combined honours degree in Psychology, International Development and Business Management and spent three years as an electrical mechanical engineer for London Underground before following his passion and raising funds to reach the North Pole. In 2013 Dwayne was awarded the freedom of the city of London. Dwayne is a force to be reckoned with, and will be talking to us about his exciting plans for his next big adventure. www.dwayne-fields.com

In 2010, Dwayne Fields was the first young black Briton to walk 370 miles to reach the North Pole.

Born in Jamaica, Dwayne grew up in the UK from the age of 6. He has been the victim of both knife and gun crime and as a result of his experiences of the effects of gangs and crime, he decided to change his life.

He became an adventurer/explorer, completed a combined honours degree in Psychology, International Development and Business Management and spent three years as an electrical mechanical engineer for London Underground before following his passion and raising funds to reach the North Pole.

In 2013 Dwayne was awarded the freedom of the city of London.

Dwayne is a force to be reckoned with, and will be talking to us about his exciting plans for his next big adventure.

www.dwayne-fields.com

Nida Batchelder & Dan Habershon-Butcher. Inspired by the get up and go spirit of Base Camp Festival 2015, avid outdoor fans but virgin adventurers Nida (teacher) and Dan (photographer / film-maker) grabbed a sudden and unexpected 4 month window of opportunity to set off on their first ever bicycle tour. Despite lacking any knowledge of touring or experience of being on a bike for more than a few hours and with limited planning time they've dived in at the deep end by attempting to peddle 4,500 miles from sea level in Turkey to the 15,000ft mountain passes of Kyrgyzstan. At the time of writing they're still on the road and are loving sleeping under the stars, being awed by the extreme generosity of strangers and finding the most wonderful things happen when you stop to buy bread. They will return to Base Camp Festival to tell stories of how it did or didn't go so well along the way and why everyone should take or make time for their own adventure, no matter what their background experience. Meanwhile please cross your fingers for them on their next big adventure!

Nida Batchelder & Dan Habershon-Butcher.

Inspired by the get up and go spirit of Base Camp Festival 2015, avid outdoor fans but virgin adventurers Nida (teacher) and Dan (photographer / film-maker) grabbed a sudden and unexpected 4 month window of opportunity to set off on their first ever bicycle tour.

Despite lacking any knowledge of touring or experience of being on a bike for more than a few hours and with limited planning time they've dived in at the deep end by attempting to peddle 4,500 miles from sea level in Turkey to the 15,000ft mountain passes of Kyrgyzstan. At the time of writing they're still on the road and are loving sleeping under the stars, being awed by the extreme generosity of strangers and finding the most wonderful things happen when you stop to buy bread.

They will return to Base Camp Festival to tell stories of how it did or didn't go so well along the way and why everyone should take or make time for their own adventure, no matter what their background experience. Meanwhile please cross your fingers for them on their next big adventure!

The SUP Team. We’re delighted to be hosting a talk from three Explorers Connect members who paddle boarded and wild camped the 165 miles from Bristol to London last year.  Marcus Samperi Marcus is a cameraman by day but in his spare time likes to put pen to paper and scribble away. He really finds it hard to shy away from a challenge, which in the past has seen him running, trekking and now Stand Up Paddle boarding. Not a born sportsman by any stretch of the imagination, he has to persevere through belligerent motivation just to give it a go. Stand Up Paddle boarding has exposed his love for the slower pace of life and he is excited to see how this mode of transport can potentially introduce him to some different perspectives of the landscape that he's grown to love.  Neil Froggitt Neil is a landscape gardener by trade who spends most of his time exploring not only the UK but the world, notching up experiences as he goes. It's not unusual for him to be packing up for a weekend away doing different activities including pack-rafting, trekking or exploring different areas of the country - an active adventure seeker and intrepid traveler by nature. Having already successfully trekked to Everest Base Camp and explored the relatively untouched Myanmar he jumped at the chance to get involved with PaddleCrawl, in his words: "to see beautiful parts of the country". Seeing life from a stand up paddle board will not only allow him to do this but to also give him a unique perspective of the land. Neil is a great route finder and it's always exciting to find out where he has picked to explore next.  Penny Mitchell Penny, a self-confessed lover of the great outdoors particularly being in and around water, was born and bred in the Surrey town of Weybridge: a literal stones throw from the River Thames. This being the case it took her until the Bristol to London PaddleCrawl challenge to take advantage of the country's waterways. Last summer's journey has really ignited Penny's interest for exploring the many rivers and canals that exist not only in the UK but abroad as well. As a London city worker she really values her time out on the board and capitalises on her free time in order to explore as many places as possible. Since completing the Bristol to London PaddleCrawl she has found out that she is in fact the first woman to have ever done it! The quartet will get you inspired to plan your own adventure, by proving that challenging trips don’t need to happen in far-flung, exotic countries miles away from home. The team-mates met through the Explorers Connect network, and will explain how anyone can take on a challenge.  www.explorersconnect.com  

The SUP Team.

We’re delighted to be hosting a talk from three Explorers Connect members who paddle boarded and wild camped the 165 miles from Bristol to London last year. 

Marcus Samperi

Marcus is a cameraman by day but in his spare time likes to put pen to paper and scribble away. He really finds it hard to shy away from a challenge, which in the past has seen him running, trekking and now Stand Up Paddle boarding. Not a born sportsman by any stretch of the imagination, he has to persevere through belligerent motivation just to give it a go.

Stand Up Paddle boarding has exposed his love for the slower pace of life and he is excited to see how this mode of transport can potentially introduce him to some different perspectives of the landscape that he's grown to love. 


Neil Froggitt

Neil is a landscape gardener by trade who spends most of his time exploring not only the UK but the world, notching up experiences as he goes. It's not unusual for him to be packing up for a weekend away doing different activities including pack-rafting, trekking or exploring different areas of the country - an active adventure seeker and intrepid traveler by nature. Having already successfully trekked to Everest Base Camp and explored the relatively untouched Myanmar he jumped at the chance to get involved with PaddleCrawl, in his words: "to see beautiful parts of the country". Seeing life from a stand up paddle board will not only allow him to do this but to also give him a unique perspective of the land.

Neil is a great route finder and it's always exciting to find out where he has picked to explore next. 

Penny Mitchell

Penny, a self-confessed lover of the great outdoors particularly being in and around water, was born and bred in the Surrey town of Weybridge: a literal stones throw from the River Thames. This being the case it took her until the Bristol to London PaddleCrawl challenge to take advantage of the country's waterways. Last summer's journey has really ignited Penny's interest for exploring the many rivers and canals that exist not only in the UK but abroad as well. As a London city worker she really values her time out on the board and capitalises on her free time in order to explore as many places as possible.

Since completing the Bristol to London PaddleCrawl she has found out that she is in fact the first woman to have ever done it!


The quartet will get you inspired to plan your own adventure, by proving that challenging trips don’t need to happen in far-flung, exotic countries miles away from home. The team-mates met through the Explorers Connect network, and will explain how anyone can take on a challenge. 

www.explorersconnect.com

 

Sushanth Shetty was born and raised in Bangalore, India where he spent a number of years racing cars and motorbikes. After a podium finish on-board a motorbike in the Raid-de-Himalaya – a 2000 kilometre race around the Himalayas, he moved to England to pursue a degree in Motorsport Engineering. In 2014, he attempted to set the record for the fastest overland travel from Britain to India by riding one of the world’s fastest production motorbikes. Having reached the south of Iran in under ten days, politics and sandstorms put an end to the record, but not his journey. A seasonal crew member on a number of Dutch deep sea fishing trawlers, he is based in London and manages engineering projects in the Automotive industry. www.theeastindiaexpress.com

Sushanth Shetty was born and raised in Bangalore, India where he spent a number of years racing cars and motorbikes.

After a podium finish on-board a motorbike in the Raid-de-Himalaya – a 2000 kilometre race around the Himalayas, he moved to England to pursue a degree in Motorsport Engineering. In 2014, he attempted to set the record for the fastest overland travel from Britain to India by riding one of the world’s fastest production motorbikes. Having reached the south of Iran in under ten days, politics and sandstorms put an end to the record, but not his journey.

A seasonal crew member on a number of Dutch deep sea fishing trawlers, he is based in London and manages engineering projects in the Automotive industry.

www.theeastindiaexpress.com

Tim Good, currently amid a circumnavigation, returns from his boat to give this talk. A climber, paraglider, kayaker and primarily a sailor, he plans to be in Chilean Patagonia this time next year, sailing in uncharted waters for a possible crossing of the Southern Patagonian Ice Field from the boat, and also looking out for potential new high lines!

Paula McGuire is a trier, speaker, author and, on some days, a trainee astronaut. Paula is the world’s least likely adventurer, with the world’s most inspiring adventure story.

For thirty years Paula lived under a rock, somewhere on the outskirts of every social situation, suffering crippling anxiety that would eventually rob her of even the most basic freedoms. After decades of medication and intervention, adventure became Paula’s personal therapy in 2012, when she became Paula Must Try Harder, trying the 17 Commonwealth sports, exposing her to constant risk and enabling her to fight her way back into the world.

Ever since, Paula has scared herself daily in the name of recovery, and now spends all that nervous energy challenging herself to wild exploits and encouraging others to allow a little fear into their days. From life modelling and flying a jet to going shopping on her own, Paula’s adventures have covered the bizarre and the banal, and demonstrate the importance of risk-taking at any level for the development of resilience and the effective management of stress.

Paula is currently training to attempt the first around-Britain swim next year, despite being terrified of water. Her Big, Mad Swim Around Britain will raise awareness and funds for the Mental Health Foundation.

www.paulamusttryharder.co.uk

Holly Budge is a British adventurer, mountaineer and public speaker, having just returned from the roof of the world, successfully summiting Everest on May 22nd 2017. She documented her entire expedition on social media, using hashtag #everesteveryday, giving an intimate insight into the world of big mountain climbing and posted a photo directly from the summit. 

Her passion for adventure is evident with two world records under her belt so far, including being the first woman to skydive Everest and on another expedition, racing semi-wild horses 1000 kms across Mongolia in just 9 days.  She works as a big mountain expedition leader and last year successfully led the ‘Summit Climb 2016 Expedition’ on the technical Ama Dablam (6812m), Nepal. She is leading this expedition again this October. Other climbing achievements include summiting Cho-Oyu (8201m), Baruntse (7129m) and snowboarding from the summit of Mera Peak (6476m) in Nepal. More recently, she made a successful first ascent in the Mongolian Altai Mountains. Holly has raised over £300k for a diverse range of charities through her adventures, including for her own award-winning charity ‘How Many Elephants’.

Holly feels strongly about the capability, yet lack of women on the mountains. It is statistically a male-dominated arena and Holly is only too happy to champion the endurance potential of women. The higher the mountains go, generally the less women that are on them. Her vision is to empower and motivate others to daydream, meander, run, climb and jump into their own adventures of self-discovery, and in doing so, learn that with self-belief, determination and resilience, even the biggest of challenges can be overcome. Holly is an energetic and engaging motivational speaker who talks passionately about her diverse achievements in the outdoors. Her message is simple: Think Big, Dream Bigger.

www.hollybudge.com

Will McCreadie

A keen sportsman and outdoor enthusiast from Hampshire, UK, Will has spent the past three years studying Economics at Durham University. He's been lucky enough to spend time on expeditions across the world cycling, skiing, running and driving in places such as the Arctic, Kenya, Iceland, California and Romania. 

Will has a strong appetite for challenge and new adventures, however big or small. After one too many in the Old Drum, George Parry and Will decided to take on the challenge of sea kayaking from Grenada to Miami, paddling the equivalent of the English Channel every day for a couple of months with the aim of raising money for a very special charity - the Get Exploring Trust.

www.getexploringtrust.com  

Sacha Dench.  A conservationist and “human swan”, Sacha has recently become the first woman to cross the English Channel in a motorised paraglider during her epic 4,500-mile journey following migrating birds from the Russian tundra to Britain. The 41-year-old made history crossing the Channel on her paramotor after an eventful 10-week flight accompanying the annual migration of Bewick swans to better understand the reasons for their declining numbers. Travelling at just 35mph – struggling to keep up with the birds – Dench flew in a v-formation with geese over Russia, debated shooting swans with hunters in Poland, and also dislocated her knee, which forced her support team to fit wheels to her fragile craft for takeoff and landing. Sacha will be talking to us about her epic paragliding trip, "Flight of the Swans". www.flightoftheswans.org

Sacha Dench. 

A conservationist and “human swan”, Sacha has recently become the first woman to cross the English Channel in a motorised paraglider during her epic 4,500-mile journey following migrating birds from the Russian tundra to Britain.

The 41-year-old made history crossing the Channel on her paramotor after an eventful 10-week flight accompanying the annual migration of Bewick swans to better understand the reasons for their declining numbers. Travelling at just 35mph – struggling to keep up with the birds – Dench flew in a v-formation with geese over Russia, debated shooting swans with hunters in Poland, and also dislocated her knee, which forced her support team to fit wheels to her fragile craft for takeoff and landing.

Sacha will be talking to us about her epic paragliding trip, "Flight of the Swans".

www.flightoftheswans.org

Global Convoy Team.  After completing the equally ridiculous Mongol Rally in 2015, two members from separate teams decided they hadn't had enough. After some incredibly brief planning and a vague agreement that this was probably feasible, the Global Convoy Team was born. The mission? Fully circumnavigating the world in vehicles that would struggle to make it to the local park and back. To add to the challenge an impractically small budget was set, planning and research kept to a minimum and the project was fully opened up to the public. Around 50 people and 25 countries later the first month was complete! Describing it as addicting doesn't come close to doing it justice. The Global Convoy Team will be talking to us about their incredible adventures around the world, and also bringing along a couple of their famed vehicles to admire! www.globalconvoy.com

Global Convoy Team. 

After completing the equally ridiculous Mongol Rally in 2015, two members from separate teams decided they hadn't had enough. After some incredibly brief planning and a vague agreement that this was probably feasible, the Global Convoy Team was born.

The mission? Fully circumnavigating the world in vehicles that would struggle to make it to the local park and back. To add to the challenge an impractically small budget was set, planning and research kept to a minimum and the project was fully opened up to the public. Around 50 people and 25 countries later the first month was complete! Describing it as addicting doesn't come close to doing it justice.

The Global Convoy Team will be talking to us about their incredible adventures around the world, and also bringing along a couple of their famed vehicles to admire!

www.globalconvoy.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. 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. www.finnmccannadventures.com & www.niallmccann.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. 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.

www.finnmccannadventures.comwww.niallmccann.com

Kevin Augello, a fellow at the Royal Geographical Society is a British adventure and natural history producer with 20 years experience under his belt. Having worked directly with Discovery, RedBull Media and National Geographic to name a few. His travels have taken him to over a 130 countries including Mt. Everest’s North Face, 1000 metre high big walls on Baffin Island and camel-led expeditions into the Sahara desert.  He is a passionate environmentalist and humanitarian, having made films ranging from the innocent child soldiers to plight of the orangutan. He feels film can be a key contributor in inspiring change and is keen to pass on his experience to others who wish share the world's adventures from behind a lens.  Kevin will be talking about his recent filming expedition to Jordan in the Wadi Rum region - recreating the foot steps of the legend of T.E Lawrence, or better know as Lawrence of Arabia.  www.newearthfilms.com

Kevin Augello, a fellow at the Royal Geographical Society is a British adventure and natural history producer with 20 years experience under his belt. Having worked directly with Discovery, RedBull Media and National Geographic to name a few. His travels have taken him to over a 130 countries including Mt. Everest’s North Face, 1000 metre high big walls on Baffin Island and camel-led expeditions into the Sahara desert. 

He is a passionate environmentalist and humanitarian, having made films ranging from the innocent child soldiers to plight of the orangutan. He feels film can be a key contributor in inspiring change and is keen to pass on his experience to others who wish share the world's adventures from behind a lens. 

Kevin will be talking about his recent filming expedition to Jordan in the Wadi Rum region - recreating the foot steps of the legend of T.E Lawrence, or better know as Lawrence of Arabia. 

www.newearthfilms.com

Kieran Creevy is an expedition and private chef and international mountain leader with over two decades experience leading and cooking in the mountains. He's cooked 6 course tasting menus from base camp tents, Asian inspired risotto dishes on ski touring expeditions and pumpkin gnocchi with wild boar ragu from an alpine bivi. Kieran will be teaching Cooking In The Wild sessions at the Festival.

Kieran Creevy is an expedition and private chef and international mountain leader with over two decades experience leading and cooking in the mountains. He's cooked 6 course tasting menus from base camp tents, Asian inspired risotto dishes on ski touring expeditions and pumpkin gnocchi with wild boar ragu from an alpine bivi. Kieran will be teaching Cooking In The Wild sessions at the Festival.

Stephen Fabes is a medical doctor, writer and adventure cyclist. In February he returned from a six year bike ride, across six continents and 75 countries, covering 86,209 km - a distance equivalent to more than twice around the world.  En route Stephen visited remote projects and medical clinics providing healthcare for marginalised people: nomads, refugees, drug addicts, slum-dwellers, sex workers, people with mental illness, disability, deforming and infectious disease. From the baked deserts of Syria and Afghanistan to an outstandingly untoasty Mongolia mid-winter, Stephen dodged landslides and leaping camel spiders, was detained on suspicion of espionage in China, towed a rollerblader across Uzbekistan, contracted dengue fever (and the urge to tell everyone about it), survived blizzards, tropical storms and volcanic eruptions, began a relationship with Ol’ Patchy – a personable inner tube, and survived both a run-in with a gunman and the marauding hoards of school children armed to the milk-teeth with snowballs in Kent. He blogs about his journey at www.cyclingthe6.com  

Stephen Fabes is a medical doctor, writer and adventure cyclist. In February he returned from a six year bike ride, across six continents and 75 countries, covering 86,209 km - a distance equivalent to more than twice around the world. 

En route Stephen visited remote projects and medical clinics providing healthcare for marginalised people: nomads, refugees, drug addicts, slum-dwellers, sex workers, people with mental illness, disability, deforming and infectious disease. From the baked deserts of Syria and Afghanistan to an outstandingly untoasty Mongolia mid-winter, Stephen dodged landslides and leaping camel spiders, was detained on suspicion of espionage in China, towed a rollerblader across Uzbekistan, contracted dengue fever (and the urge to tell everyone about it), survived blizzards, tropical storms and volcanic eruptions, began a relationship with Ol’ Patchy – a personable inner tube, and survived both a run-in with a gunman and the marauding hoards of school children armed to the milk-teeth with snowballs in Kent.

He blogs about his journey at www.cyclingthe6.com

 

Luke Tyburski is an endurance adventurer, motivational speaker, and health & wellness coach who draws on his unique experiences from worldwide adventures. These include playing as a professional footballer and a formal exercise science background to help educate & inspire others to become the best version of themselves. Luke has worked with professional athletes and teams across numerous sports around the world, helping them perform to their highest level, both physically and mentally. He regularly trains people to achieve their own big adventures, whether that’s to climb a mountain, run a marathon or simply become fit and healthy. His own adventures include the Marathon des Sables, running down Mt Everest, and a world first 2000km Ultimate Triathlon from Morocco to Monaco. Luke will be running a "Be Fit for Adventure Workshop" at the festival to teach you the best ways to get the most out of your training and nutrition leading up to, and during your next big adventure.

Luke Tyburski is an endurance adventurer, motivational speaker, and health & wellness coach who draws on his unique experiences from worldwide adventures. These include playing as a professional footballer and a formal exercise science background to help educate & inspire others to become the best version of themselves.

Luke has worked with professional athletes and teams across numerous sports around the world, helping them perform to their highest level, both physically and mentally. He regularly trains people to achieve their own big adventures, whether that’s to climb a mountain, run a marathon or simply become fit and healthy. His own adventures include the Marathon des Sables, running down Mt Everest, and a world first 2000km Ultimate Triathlon from Morocco to Monaco.

Luke will be running a "Be Fit for Adventure Workshop" at the festival to teach you the best ways to get the most out of your training and nutrition leading up to, and during your next big adventure.

Kerry and Tim Meek are the parents of Amy and Ella. Together they make up the Meek family, an adventurous bunch aiming to prove that adventure can and should be for anyone and everyone.

Fed up with living in the rat race and having a poor work/life balance they decided to make some changes to their lives. In the summer of 2014 they gave up their jobs, sold their house and took their girls out of school for a year of 'ed-venture' (their own term to describe a combination of education mixed with adventure). The year spilled into another and then another as they travelled around the UK and then Europe moving from a caravan to a motorhome and finally a two-berth Basecamp caravan. Time is a precious commodity that is under-valued. The Meeks wanted to spend their time more wisely, choosing to go, do and see what they wanted to.

The Meeks have collectively written and produced three books, each containing mini family adventures in the outdoors. Their love for the outdoors has also led them to becoming Ordnance Survey Get Outside champions for the past two years.

Tim and Kerry Meek will be talking at the festival and running workshops from their Basecamp caravan for others that want to get more out of life with their families

www.dotrythisathome.com

Dan Hunt is an adventurer who once held the record for walking the longest slack line in the UK. He got into the sport at an early age, and was setting up high lines over Cheddar Gorge before many people had even heard of a slack-line. He’s a mountaineer, traveller and sailor, currently living on his expedition sailing boat in London, ready for the next adventure!
 

Katharine Lowrie adores nature, running and adventure - and so she combined the lot to become the first woman in the world to run the length of South America- 6,504 miles- of which over 1/3 was barefoot. She ran with her husband and together they lived life at its rawest; with insects crawling over them, sleeping in jaguars’ ‘back-yards’ and washing in ditches by the side of the road. Running marathons back-to-back for days on end, this crazy feat nearly cost them their marriage, health and lives.

Katharine has an MSc in Ecology, has worked in wildlife conservation (and run) in Zambia, South Africa and New Zealand and now works for the RSPB in the UK, when she isn’t cycling/running the lanes pulling her two babies in a trailer behind her!

Katharine will be inspiring us with her infectious lust for adventure and wildlife through a remarkable continent, sharing the stories that feature in her new book, “Running South America with my Husband and other animals’ (out this August).

 ‘A feat of extraordinary courage and determination (…) a wild journey through deserts and forests, in the face of extreme dangers and physical hardship’, Sir Ranulph Fiennes

Jacqs Leui’i

Feeling despondent and unsettled after immigrating to the UK and basing herself in London, Jacqs first visited Nepal in 2011 to fulfil a lifelong dream to trek in the Himalaya.

Six years on and this single visit has completely changed the direction of her life. 

She has since walked half the length of the high altitude route of the Nepal Great Himalaya Trail, set up a charitable foundation supporting marginalised communities in rural Nepalese villages, morphed her passion for sport, adventure and a love for the great outdoors into her career, and is currently pursuing the challenge of completing a marathon in 26 different countries each starting with a different letter of the alphabet.


www.unitefornepal.com

George Parry

Sport and pushing himself to the limits has always been a part of George's life. Since a young age, he often found himself in the deep end on family adventure holidays, and was fortunate enough to experience a huge variety of outdoor activities.

Since then, along with playing in a number of sports teams, he has always looked to push himself physically. Completing a marathon, London to Barcelona bike ride, and a number of ski touring expeditions along the way.

Kayaking was something that was relatively new to Will and George, however having completed a number of expeditions over the years they were confident they could tackle and achieve their biggest challenge yet.

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