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
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
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 (also likely the second longest run ever undertaken by a woman). She ran with her husband: running marathons back-to-back for days on end; living life at its rawest; with insects crawling over them, sleeping in jaguars’ ‘back-yards’ and washing in ditches by the side of the road. Her book, ‘Running South America with my Husband and other animals’ is out at the end of August.
Katharine will be inspiring us about South America: it’s amazing wildlife, wildernesses and people; sharing tales from the run and reminding us how natural running is… for all of us! www.5000mileproject.org
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. www.getexploringtrust.com