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“The Last Explorers on the Santa Cruz”: Leon McCarron recounts his journey by horseback through Patagonia

Leon McCarron, adventurer, film-maker and best-selling author of “The Road Headed West” (2014), has written an article for Sidetracked magazine – “The Last Explorers on the Santa Cruz” – detailing his horseback journey through Patagonia.

Alongside two fellow adventurers, Leon wanted to follow in the footsteps of Charles Darwin and his team, who, 180 years ago, attempted to ascend the Santa Cruz River in the hope of discovering its source. “Patagonia is peerless as a wilderness area,” Leon describes, “and with few roads and hundreds of miles between settlements, horses are the only way to travel freely.”

Explorers Santa Cruz - Photo credit: Leon McCarron

As well as trying to capture something of the spirit of Darwin’s adventure, Leon also wanted to document the Santa Cruz for perhaps the last time; “[because] this year it is set to be dammed, and the history on its banks looks destined to be lost forever. The damage to ecosystem and environment are an even bigger concern.”

Reflecting on his journey, Leon explains that if he sounded “miserable at times, then that’s good – it often was. Misery, of course, is key to a successful expedition. It’s so often the hardships that help illuminate clearly the beauty and wonder around us.”

Click here to read the full article, and for stunning photographs of the expedition.

For more information, or to book Leon McCarron as a keynote speaker for your conference or event, please contact Leo von Bülow-Quirk at or call 0044 (0) 20 7792 8000.

Seven Swims in the Seven Seas for 1 Reason: the new campaign by endurance swimmer and inspirational speaker Lewis Pugh

During August, renowned endurance swimmer and United Nation’s Environment Programme (UNEP)’s Patron of the Oceans, Lewis Pugh, will be swimming with one purpose: to put Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) on the global agenda. He will become the first person to undertake a long distance swim in each of the Seven Seas: the Mediterranean, Adriatic, Aegean, Black, Red, Arabian and North Sea.

Lewis Pugh - Seven Swims in the Seven Seas for 1 Reason


These seas are amongst the most polluted and overfished in the world and Lewis Pugh’s campaign, Seven Swims in the Seven Seas for 1 Reason, will highlight the need for urgent action.

Commenting on his latest feat, Lewis said: “This is my most ambitious expedition yet: Seven swims in each of the classical Seven Seas. The logistics are complex. The challenges are many. But the aim is simple: to protect our wonderful seas and their precious marine wildlife…I want to encourage our global leaders including David Cameron on my return, to recognise just how vital protecting our seas is.”

Lewis recently completed his 10 kilometre swim in the Mediterranean Sea – the first of his 7 Swims. Finishing the leg in three hours and thirty three minutes, Lewis was met by Prince Albert II (see below) at Larvotto Beach in Monte Carlo, Monaco, who congratulated him on his achievement thus far.

Click here to follow his progress.

Lewis Pugh meets Prince Albert II - Seven Swims in the Seven Seas for 1 Reason

To find out more about Lewis Pugh, or to book him as a speaker, please call Leo von Bülow-Quirk on 0044 (0) 20 7792 8000.

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