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British explorer Tom Avery leads record-breaking Greenland crossing

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A team of four British adventurers has broken the record for the fastest crossing of Greenland’s ice cap.

Led by polar explorer Tom Avery, the team used snow kites to travel 350 miles coast-to-coast in a time of nine days, 19 hours and 40 minutes. In temperatures of -25C over rough terrain, they knocked more than eight days off the previous record.

Snow-kiting is using kite power to glide on snow or ice wearing skis or a snowboard. The Greenland expedition team used snow kiting to propel them halfway across the country in just 17 hours. The team also endured a 21-hour trek on the last day of the expedition, pulling two heavy sleds of equipment each.

“We are black and blue, dehydrated, weather-beaten, frost-nipped – and it was all worth it,” Tom said. He predicted that “it probably would not be long” before he and his team are planning the next challenge.

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Modern storytellers sharing inspirational lessons from the field

The best explorers challenge the norm, push the boundaries of what is possible, and motivate others through their inspirational stories. They are shining examples of how to overcome physical and mental barriers with great fortitude to achieve the seemingly unachievable.

Using award-winning photographs and video, these modern storytellers share adventures from the field. Reporting on a wide range of human-interest and conservation topics, their keynotes offer relevant leadership lessons and management insights for the business community.

Here are six memorable speakers who translate lessons learned in the great outdoors into new rules and behaviours for the office and boardroom.

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Ann Daniels speaker

Ann Daniels: First woman in history to reach the North and South Poles as part of an all women team, who motivates women to achieve in the workplace.

Rob Lilwall speaker [Official]

Rob Lilwall: Hong Kong-based TV adventurer for National Geographic, famed for his three-year 30,000 mile “Cycling Home From Siberia” expedition.

Leon McCarron speaker

Leon McCarron: Specialist of long distance, human powered expeditions, film-maker and best-selling author of “The Road Headed West” (2014).

Paul Niel speaker

Paul Niel : Social entrepreneur, active angel investor, futurist and adventurer who has summited the highest mountain on every continent.

Charlie Walker speaker

Charlie Walker: Award-winning travel writer who shares lessons learnt from his inspirational 43,000 mile cycle through Europe, Africa and Asia.

Levison Wood speaker

Levison Wood: Former Officer in the British Parachute Regiment, journalist and explorer who undertook a world-first expedition to walk the length of the River Nile.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pedal power: British adventurer Sarah Outen endures the trans-US/Canada cycle leg of her round the world expedition

Sarah Outen speakerBritish adventurer Sarah Outen is three quarters of the way through a gruelling global expedition from London2London:Via the World, in which she is attempting to loop the planet using human power.

She started in a kayak under Tower Bridge on April 1st 2011 and since then has kayaked, cycled, rowed and kayaked again east across land and oceans to Alaska. She is now cycling across North America to the East Coast from where she will row home across the North Atlantic in the spring and summer of 2015, aiming to reach Tower Bridge once more in the autumn of 2015.

Sarah is fundraising for charities along the way as well as sharing stories and visiting schools to inspire others to take on their own challenges. If all goes to plan, she’ll be in NYC for a couple of weeks in March for speaking opportunities, using tales of her journeys to draw out learnings and ideas that can be applied from classrooms to boardrooms.

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Sarah Outen’s extraordinary “London2London: Via the World” journey continues

Sarah OutenAfter 4,300 miles, 150 days, and surviving encounters with sharks, storms, and hallucinations, British adventurer and motivational speaker Sarah Outen has returned from the latest leg of her rowing expedition – London2London: Via the World – as the Independent reports.

This most recent excursion saw Sarah row between Japan and Alaska, her second attempt on the North Pacific after the first attempt in 2013 ended in rescue. The initial plan was to row to Canada, but severe weather hampered these efforts. The course consequently changed to the Aleutian Islands, which took Sarah over halfway through her bid to row around the world.

Her ocean manager, Tony Humphreys, commented that “knowing how stormy the weather is and how rough the ocean can get around here, the locals think it’s just crazy anyone could arrive in Adak from Japan in a rowing boat”.

Whilst completing such feats, Sarah also found the time to successfully propose to her girlfriend, Lucy, using the romantic medium of satellite technology mid-ocean.

“I have had some of the most intense and memorable months of my life out on the Pacific,” she said. “It has been brilliant and brutal at the same time. And it has been a privilege”.

The explorer’s campaign will continue next year, by returning to Alaska to kayak the island chain back to the mainland, before cycling through the winters of Canada and the USA to the east coast. The final push will see Sarah ‘row home’ across the North Atlantic – we wish her the best of luck!

Catch her latest movements from her Independent blog – here.

For more information on how to book Sarah Outen as a keynote speaker for your conference or client event, please get in touch with Leo von Bülow-Quirk at leo@chartwellspeakers.com or call on +44 (0) 20 7792 8000.

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