Listen to tales from the highest peaks, the vastest oceans and forgotten lands in this awe inspiring kick-ass collection of all-female adventurers bought to you by the Adventure Travel Show 2017.
Laura Bingham – Overcoming obstacles on a bike
2016 saw Laura Bingham cross South America with only the equipment she could fit in her panniers. She cycled from the Pacific Coast of Ecuador, over the Andes, through the Amazon jungle until she finally reached Buenos Aires – and the Atlantic Ocean. If this feat wasn’t tough enough, Laura conducted the entire expedition completely unsupported and with no money. Her extraordinary resourcefulness and unique charm was tested to the absolute limits. All expeditions rely, to some extent, on human kindness but this adventure would reveal how welcome Laura really was in South America and whether she got the local population to help her along her journey.
Masha Gordon – An accidental adventurer
Masha Gordon, the founder of GRIT&ROCK charity and a mother of two, was not athletic growing up. She embraced climbing in her mid-30s and seven years later, in June 2016, Masha broke an endurance world record in the Explorers Grand Slam by becoming the fastest woman to reach the highest peak on every continent and ski to the North and the South Poles in under 8 months. She also gained a Guinness World Record for becoming the fastest woman to climb the 7 Summits. Masha will share her insights on the world of amateur high-altitude mountaineering and on embracing adventure in everyday life.
Antonia Bolingbroke-Kent – Alone in the Jungle: the Ho Chi Minh Trail by Motorcycle
Antonia Bolingbroke-Kent is a travel writer, TV producer and expedition organiser. She’s driven from Bangkok to Brighton by tuk tuk, broken a Guinness World Record, ridden stupidly small motorbikes through mountains, snow and jungle, organised the world’s longest horse race, filmed for the BBC in Borneo, Bolivia and beyond, written three books and organised vehicle based expeditions in Africa, Central Asia, Southeast Asia, Siberia, Mongolia, the Caucasus and more. Listen to her rip-roaring tale of two month solo motorcycle journey down the remnants of Indochina’s legendary Ho Chi Minh Trail.
Natalia Cohen & Emma Mitchell – The Coxless Crew – The strength and diversity within a team
With different personality types and backgrounds, how did a team of 6 women survive a gruelling 9 month expedition on a 29ft boat in the middle of the Pacific Ocean? Part of this all-female crew to row unsupported (who set two world records), Natalia Cohen and Emma Mitchell talk about what connects, drives and limits us as individuals and as a team as well as how to find the strength within the diversity of a team.
Lois Pryce – Motorcycling through Iran
Travel writer and author, Lois Pryce has covered thousands of miles in Iran by motorcycle, as well as other forms of transport over the last four years. To coincide with the publication of her new book, Revolutionary Ride, she reveals the reality of life in contemporary Iran, explores its highways and byways, and discusses how its future will unfold – is the Islamic Republic really opening up to the wider world?
Ness Knight – Expect the unexpected: Planning an endurance expedition and world record attempt
False starts, unforeseen hurdles and quick fire problem solving go hand in hand with most expeditions. It’s easy to assume from the thousands of stunning images on Instagram accounts that adventure is all a journey of smooth sailing, but Ness Knight delves into her experiences of exploration and endurance to reveal the lesser spoken about realities of life on expedition when things go awry and months, even years, of planning unravel at the seams. Plus hear how she is planning for her next expedition – a world record attempt to be the first female in history to row across the Pacific Ocean solo and non-stop.
Rebecca Stephens MBE
Rebecca Stephens began her career in journalism but is best known for her accomplishments in a completely different field, that of mountaineering. On 17th May 1993, she became the first British woman to climb Everest and the following year went on to climb the highest mountain on each of the seven continents, the so-called Seven Summits – again the first British woman to accomplish this feat.
Rebecca will be hosting the all-female panel Women at the Edge*
Paula Reid is an adventurer at heart; pushing herself to the limit and living life to the full. Inspiring all sorts of people to do all sorts of things! In a ground breaking expedition in 2001, Paula paddled 600 miles down the Mekong River in a dugout canoe which she bought off a tribal chief in rural Cambodia. She hit rocks and rapids, capsized, cooked all her meals on a fire and got arrested at gunpoint! She has also paddled down the San Juan River in Nicaragua and kayaked the Thames from source to sea. Paula has been to 48 countries and achieved 91 of her ‘things to do before she dies’ including: fire walking; glacier trekking; Hadrian’s Wall; the London Marathon; walking from coast-to-coast; trekking in West Papua; bog-snorkelling; great white shark diving… and many more!
Justine Gosling juggles a busy life of adventure, work in the NHS and voluntary emergency natural disaster response deployments. Justine undertakes adventures that aim to engage people in history and is also very passionate about the arctic. In 2015 Justine walked the whole length of Finland, a distance of nearly 1,000 miles and cycled 3,500 miles along the line of the 15 countries that formed the former Iron curtain. She has spent much of this year in the arctic climbing mountains and on expedition in Svalbard skiing and camping to a remote abandoned Soviet town and kayaking there this summer.
*EXCLUSIVE ALL-FEMALE PANEL: Women at the Edge
Join Rebecca Stephens MBE at the Adventure Travel Show as she hosts an audience with female explorers who live life at the edge. From mountains to motorbikes to long distance swimming – the panel will be talking about when things go right, when things go wrong, and what motivates them to keep on getting out there.
The Panel of Female Adventurers includes: Rebecca Stephens MBE, Ness Knight, Laura Bingham, Paula Reid, Justine Gosling and Natalia Cohen.
The Adventure Travel Show: 21-22 January 2017
As the UK’s foremost travel event for people who like something a little different from their trips, The Adventure Travel Show is an essential date in every traveller’s diary – it’s where your adventure begins.
The Adventure Travel Show, now in its 21st year, will take place at London’s Olympia on 21- 22 January 2017. This is your chance to immerse yourself in a weekend of adventure travel inspiration and discover off the beaten track travel experiences with the biggest collection of specialist travel operators under one roof. Plus, you can listen to over 100 FREE Talks in 4 theatres from explorers, industry experts, guide book writers and expedition leaders who will help you uncover your perfect adventure.
Adventure Travel Show Ticket Prices: General show tickets cost £8 in advance or £10 on the door; under 16s are free. Weekend tickets are also available for £12 in advance or £15 on the door.
full details, talk timetables and to book tickets please visit www.adventureshow.com or call 0871 230 7159. Please note, calls to the Ticket Hotline cost 13p per minute plus network extras.