Why We Adventure
A virtual evening hosted by Sean Conway, 7.30pm Thursday 10th December 2020
In the 21st century, where practically every mountain has been climbed, ocean rowed, desert crossed, why do people still feel the need to go out and take on adventures?
Sit back and enjoy an evening with Sean Conway and leading explorers, climbers, runners, cyclists, paddleboarders, kayakers and photographers, to discover ‘why we adventure’.
This epic virtual evening will include exclusive talks from our speakers and special Q&A’s hosted by Sean Conway, our Ambassador for the Lake District Foundation.
The event is a series of coordinated conversations recorded over the last couple of months. It won’t be live but if you have burning questions for any of the speakers send them in now via [email protected].
Tickets cost £10 and all proceeds go to Fix the Fells. Book your tickets here.
Fix the Fells raises funds to repair and maintain the extensive network of upland paths across the Lake District for the present and future generations to enjoy.
The Line Up
Our Lake District Foundation Ambassador and host for the evening.
Sean Conway is a Zimbabwean endurance adventurer and author. Sean had an adventurous upbringing in the Mana Pools National Park with his conservationist game ranger father, Tony.
Well-known for his quirky take on endurance sports and adventures, Sean became the first person to cycle, swim, and run the length of Great Britain, from Land’s End to John o’Groats. In 2016 he completed the world’s longest triathlon, a 4,200 mile journey around the coast of Britain and his most recent achievement was the world record for cycling unsupported across Europe. He completed the 4,000 mile route in 24 days, 18 hours and 39 minutes.
Anna McNuff and Jamie MacDonald
Adventure couple extraordinaire!
Anna McNuff is an adventurer, author and mischief-maker who gets her kicks from exploring the world through long human powered journeys. Anna has run, swum and cycled over 20,000 miles across this precious planet and her latest challenge was running across Britain bare foot!
Jamie MacDonald is best known for doing worldly adventures dressed up as his alter-ego, Adventureman. Jamie recently finished a solo 210 marathon – 5,500 mile – run across US raising $200k for his superhero foundation.
Kenton Cool is an English mountaineer, and mountain guide. He is one of Britain’s leading alpine and high altitude climbers and has summited Mount Everest fourteen times, including leading Sir Ranulph Fiennes’ 2008 and 2009 Expeditions and Ben Fogle in 2018.
Mohammed’s passions are walking and enjoying the greenery, water and the fresh air. He enjoys just spending time outdoors and introducing people to the outdoors. Researching and learning about the historical contributions made by BAME communities in the Countryside. Mohammed is striving to encourage, motivate and facilitate communities to enjoy the outdoors and countryside locally and beyond, creating opportunities for communities to experience the countryside and outdoors.
Lizzie Carr, aka Lizzie Outside, is an environmental activist, adventurer, author and founder of Plastic Patrol. She has dedicated herself to exploring the globe through paddle boarding adventures, whilst using her journeys to capture important data to highlight and educate on environmental issues affecting our planet.
A world class climber, alpinist and adventurer.
If modern British adventure has a face, it looks a lot like Leo Houlding. Based in the Lake District, he is one of Britain’s top climbers and among the best in the world. He is a veteran of a score of epic ascents, including Everest, but specialises in free climbing the most technical peaks and biggest walls in the world.
Internationally acclaimed mountaineer Simon Yates is a veteran of over seventy expeditions to high and remote mountains around the globe. During a career spanning more than thirty five years his travels have taken him from Alaska in the west to New Zealand in the east and from Greenland to the Antarctic.
In 1985 Simon and his friend Joe Simpson embarked on a disastrous and near-fatal climb of Siula Grande in the Cordillera Huayhuash in Peru. You might have read the book or seen the film Touching the Void…
Adventurer, journalist and presenter. A hippy at heart, with a love for travel, meditation, health and wellbeing. Pip has cycled halfway around the world, paddled through the Amazon jungle in a word first and contracted a flesh-eating parasite! Pip is a firm believer that connecting with people and the great outdoors is good for the soul.
Ambassador for WWF, international model, entrepreneur, photographer and currently studying environmental science.
Katie-Jane use to be a model and was a body double for Cameron Diaz! Now… British adventure girl living in the French Alps. Addicted to type 2 fun and a lover of marzipan! Katie-Jane has completed over 23,000km of unsupported human powered expeditions, including a number of world firsts, and is a qualified Expedition Leader.
James Forrest climbed 1,001 mountains across the UK and Ireland from 2017 to 2019 in a record-breaking and inspiring adventure. He walked over 5,000km, climbed the height of Everest 30 times and slept wild under the stars over 100 times. It was the adventure that led the Sunday Telegraph to nickname him the UK’s “Mountain Man”. James has set an incredible new record time for a self-supported continuous hike of Alfred Wainwright’s 214 Lake District peaks in 14 days & 11 hours.
James has an incredible inspirational story from bored office worker to intrepid adventurer.
Richard Fox organises and oversees the practical work programme for Fix the Fells.
Richard has enjoyed the fells all his life, both on foot and bicycle. He has seen first hand the gradual deterioration of fell paths since the 1970s, and really enjoys being part of the solution since the 1990s. Richard believes that we should look after the Lake District properly for future generations to enjoy.
Thank you so much for supporting Fix the Fells. All your donations will go towards keeping the upland paths in the Lake District erosion free.