We wanted to go to an annual shin-dig to celebrate adventure. And to get our mates out and about too, after all the only thing better than adventure is adventure shared. No one else seemed to be arranging the party, so in 2014 we thought we'd do it ourselves. If you like adventure too and hanging out with like-minded people, you're going to love Base Camp Festival.
We also want to support charities that help disadvantaged kids get into the great outdoors. In 2015 a festival tribe of 400 raised nearly £1600 for the Youth Adventure Trust, an amazing achievement, but if you're coming in 2016 please help us improve on that
The Base Camp Festival Committee:
Belinda has worked on numerous major international expeditions and remote film trips over the last 20 years. From leading a group of four to China's Desert of Death to leading a team of over one hundred to the Amazon - patroned by HRH Duke of York. She is a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society and has sat on the Jungle Panel at RGS's Explore. In film she has worked on series such as Ray Mears Bushcraft, Coast, Bear Grylls Ultimate Survival, Living With Gorillas and Beyond Boundaries. A passionate supporter of other's adventures, Belinda founded Explorers Connect to share information and assist others in realising their own adventure dreams.
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. Niall was born into a family of adventurers. His first major expedition came 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, walked across Greenland. Niall is now sharing this passion as a TV Presenter on 'Lost in the Amazon' and the series 'Biggest and Baddest'
Andie has been in the events industry for over 25 years, working in the corporate event, music festival and music promotion sectors. He has also organised and led expeditions for over 30 years, including the Amazon jungle and Mongolia most recently. A Trustee for the charity, Challenge Cancer Through Adventure, he is also currently working on ‘Mission Nepal’ to deliver much needed emergency equipment and 5 Land rover ambulances to the sherpas. In any spare time he has left, he is also Head of Events for the Grand Pavilion, organising theatre, live performance and exhibitions throughout the year at this iconic building. Passionate about conservation, people development and event management, he finds it a joy and a pleasure to work within the Base Camp Festival Team.
Jenny was the permanent ecologist for Raleigh International in Zimbabwe and set up numerous conservation projects, managed hundreds of volunteers, collated scientific data and wrote many reports. Since Zimbabwe, she has spent many years leading expeditions to Africa as well as other far flung places. To compliment all of this she is also a qualified mountain leader (summer), a remote first aider and apparently does a very good camel impersonation.
Over a diverse career which has spanned from being a Major in the SAS to television presenting, Ken is passionate about giving people the opportunity to do extraordinary things. He has led numerous overseas expeditions with adults and youth. In 1994, with the help of Princess Diana, he took 12 disadvantaged youngsters to the heart of Africa on a 500-mile journey over desert and mountainous terrain. Diana described him as “the master practitioner in the field of training and development”. Since then Ken has fronted adventure programmes for the BBC, ITV, Channel 4, Five, CBBC, Sky and the Discovery Channel.
27 year old Finn McCann has spent the past ten years seeking out adventure on all seven continents. 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.