Explorers Connect

Powering the Adventure Revolution

SOCIALS

As part of our commitment to the #AdventureRevolution, we host regular social events where a speaker from the EC community shares their latest adventure with us. Come along to meet like-minded people and get inspired! Currently in London and Bristol, we hope to be able to spread to more cities in the future. Everyone is welcome but tickets must be bought in advance.


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EC Stories Bristol - Wildlife From My Kayak

The Square Club, 15 Berkeley Square, Bristol BS8 1HB
Thursday 1st March 2018. Doors open 6.30pm for a 7pm start.
Tickets £6.60 (£4.40 for EC CLUB Members - find out more about EC CLUB)

Rupert Kirkwood has clocked up nearly 20,000 paddling miles over the last 15 years and claims to be the only person to have kayaked every inch of the coast of SW England from Poole to Minehead (all 1156 miles of it). He frequently ventures a dozen miles offshore and has encountered whales, dolphins, porpoises, peregrines, puffins, seals, sunfish, sharks, otters, giant tuna and a swimming badger.

Rupert is passionate about British wildlife and loves the simplicity and silence of kayaking in the wilderness of the open sea and his talk truly entertains with humorous anecdotes and astounding images of coastline and many remarkable marine creatures.


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EC Stories London - Inflated Ambitions: Rafting in Afghanistan

Prince of Wales, 150 Drury Lane, Covent Garden, London WC2B 5TB
Thursday 8th March 2018. Doors open 6.30pm for a 7pm start.
Tickets £6.60 (£4.40 for EC CLUB Members - find out more about EC CLUB)

In 2015, Jonathan Rider and Edmund Le Brun rafted down the Oxus River in Afghanistan from its source in the Pamir Mountains to the border with Tajikistan. Having never rafted before the trip, Jonathan and Edmund’s talk hopes to show that, despite its difficulties, Afghanistan is a country with enormous potential for adventure.

With the threat of a road from China being built through these mountains, this talk will also provide a brief – perhaps final – glimpse of a pristine landscape at an important crossroads in its history. They hope to shine a light on the history, people and animals who inhabit this wild landscape, and ask what impact a road could have on this fragile environment’s future.


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EC Stories Bristol - Alex Staniforth: Mind over Mountains

The Square Club, 15 Berkeley Square, Bristol BS8 1HB
Thursday 5th April 2018. Doors open 6.30pm for a 7pm start.
Tickets £6.60 (£4.40 for EC CLUB Members - find out more about EC CLUB)

Aged just 22, Alex Staniforth is a record-breaking endurance adventurer, athlete, inspirational speaker and mental health advocate. He has already made two attempts to climb Everest. In 2015 his second attempt, aged 19, ended in disaster after narrowly escaping an avalanche and the Nepal earthquake which took the lives of three of his team. In 2016 he returned to the
Himalayas and reached 7,125 metres on Cho Oyu, the sixth highest peak in the world. In 2017 he became the fastest person ever to climb all 100 UK county tops by bicycle, foot and kayak, covering over 5,000 miles in 72 days self-supported; spreading the message that mental illness is not a sign of weakness.

Alex is no stranger to adversity: overcoming epilepsy, stammering and bullying in earlier life. More recently he has openly suffered mental illness including depression, anxiety and an eating disorder. Through his talks, Alex does not just tell the anecdotes and stories of these adventures but focuses on the personal journey, life lessons and the strategies developed through the outdoors for overcoming adversity – that anyone can use to move their minds over the mountains in our own lives.


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EC Stories London - Beth French: Wheelchair to Endurance Wild Swimmer

Prince of Wales, 150 Drury Lane, Covent Garden, London WC2B 5TB
Thursday 12th April 2018. Doors open 6pm for a 6.30pm start (NOTE EARLIER START)
Tickets £6.60 (£4.40 for EC CLUB Members - find out more about EC CLUB)

Beth French stretches the horizons of her own possibilities, tackling seemingly impossible feats of endurance and adventure. Beth suffered with ME from the age of 10 and by 17, she was in a wheelchair. Overcoming debilitation, she forged a path to ultimate health her own way. Beth is the first woman to swim the notorious Kaiwi- Channel of Bones in Hawaii twice and the first person ever to swim from Cornwall to the Isles of Scilly. Last year, she was named as one of the World Open Water Swimming Association’s top 50 adventurous female swimmers.

In 2017, Beth walked away from a world first, record setting, swim series with the end in sight. Find out the many faces of triumph she met as Beth takes us with her into the depths of the night, far out to sea and back to shore. With all her exploring, she still maintains she is ordinary and
adventure is in all of us, everyday. What is success in adventure, and what does it mean when your destination is no longer the goal? Beth spins a rip roaring yarn that will leave you inspired and thought provoked, with a strong sense of why you want to tackle your own challenges in the first place.


VENUES

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BRISTOL

The Square Club, 15 Berkeley Square, Bristol BS8 1HB (map)

Established in 1990, The Square is Bristol’s Private Members Club for the film, media and creative industries. A genuinely unique events space and party venue in the heart of Clifton.

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LONDON

Prince of Wales, 150 Drury Lane, Covent Garden, London WC2B 5TB (map)

On the corner of Great Queen Street and Drury Lane sits this handsome Victorian pub. It was first established in 1850 and then rebuilt in early 20th Century, when the street was widened.