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Walking India Top to Bottom
Tuesday 16th April 2019, London

This London social has two speakers for you to enjoy. Richard Harpham will kick off proceedings with tales of his time mapping the North Seal River, Manitoba - in the Canadian wilderness. Olie Hunter Smart will then screen his film ‘The Road to Independence’, which charts his experiences from walking 4,500km across India, with a Q&A at the end. You can find more detail on both speakers below.

WHEN & WHERE?

Prince of Wales, 150-151 Drury Lane, London WC2B 5TD

Tuesday 16th April - 6.30pm: Doors open, 7.00pm: Talk starts

TICKETS: Available in advance only - £6.60 or £4.40 for EC CLUB members


Olie Hunter Smart

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To discover more of the story of its Independence, Olie Hunter Smart took on an immense challenge to walk the length of India - a 4,500km journey over seven months - seeking out untold stories of Independence and Partition. Olie’s route takes him over gruelling snowy mountain passes high up in the Himalayas, battling intense heat in the northern plains, and being drenched to the bone by monsoon rains as he walks through the rural heartland of the country.  Following in Gandhi’s footsteps, Olie immerses himself in the culture, being invited in by the many wonderful people he encounters, recording shocking and heartfelt first-hand accounts of India’s struggle for freedom gained 70 years earlier.

Olie documented his experiences in the movie The Road to Independence, which will be screened at the event.

Having never made a film before, the film is the culmination of almost two years of hard work, self-filming, writing, editing and producing, with invaluable support and music by Austin Vince. Olie’s film really demonstrates that you don't need to have a big budget and the support of a production company to produce a film.  As he says, it's something that - with a bit of passion - anyone could achieve.

After a screening of the film (which is about an hour long), Olie will host a Q&A session with the audience


Richard Harpham

Richard Harpham

Richard Harpham is no stranger to adventure having completed over 10,000 miles of human powered expeditions by canoe, kayak, bike and on ski. His adventures have including London to Marrakech by bike and kayak, sea kayaking 1000 miles from Vancouver to Alaska on the Inside Passage and canoeing the Yukon River on numerous occasions. This proved to be a good warm up for the North Seal River project in Northern Manitoba.

Rich, his wife Ashley and Canadian explorers Hap and Andrea Wilson spent two weeks exploring and mapping the river system of Lakes and Class II/III rapids. This remote wilderness nestled in between the eskers and lakes of the Boreal Forest is almost 300 miles from the nearest road and certainly far from help. The team battled large rapids, heavy snow fall and freezing temperatures on their journey mapping the river. They witnessed nature up close and raw with wolves, bears and moose for company. This area is the traditional hunting grounds of the Dene people who  used the giant eskers from the glacial retreat as their highways through the region. 

Rich writes for many different magazines and also speaks about his adventures and social entrepreneurship as an inspirational speaker. Rich is a born story teller with plenty of amusing tales and inspiring accounts of authentic adventure.  Come and hear first hand about their incredible adventure in this remote wilderness, the highs and lows and getting stranded when the float plane hit a rock. 


WHEN & WHERE?

Prince of Wales, 150-151 Drury Lane, London WC2B 5TD

Tuesday 16th April - 6.30pm: Doors open, 7.00pm: Talk starts

TICKETS: Available in advance only - £6.60 or £4.40 for Explorers Connect CLUB members


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