friday 16 march
Salisbury Arts Centre
TICKETS: £15 | Under 25s & Students £10
DOORS: 7pm | START: 7.30pm
Book your place and join us for a one-of-a-kind evening celebrating exploration of some of the wildest places on earth. For our Salisbury tour date we have two incredible speakers lined up: Beth French and Damian Hall.
From wheelchair bound to world class athlete, Beth French stretches the horizons of her own possibilities, tackling seemingly impossible feats of endurance and adventure. Find out the many faces of triumph she met in her attempt at completing the Oceans 7 swims in one year.
In 2016 ultra-runner and outdoor journalist Damian Hall set the fastest known time for the notorious 630 mile South West Coast Path. 2017 saw him produce one of the best ever performances by a Brit at the UTMB (Ultra Trail du Mont Blanc) - finishing in 12th in a year where the field was billed as the greatest ever.
As well as hearing from Beth and Damian, we'll also be showing a selection of our favourite films from Kendal Mountain Festival 2017 – from flying above the Azores to freediving with Orcas, from skateboarding across Colorado to swimming in the wild ocean – you'll be taken on a journey you'll never forget!
Banner image © Guillem Casanova / Scafell Sky Race
From wheel chair bound to world class athlete, Beth French stretches the horizons of her own possibilities, tackling seemingly impossible feats of endurance and adventure.
She 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, studying around the world, including time spent ordained in a Thai Buddhist monastery.
In 2012, she swam the English channel and was back in time to put her son to bed. She became 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.
With many firsts already to her name, Beth walked away from a world first, record setting, career defining 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.
Damian is a widely published, freelance journalist specialising in outdoor adventure with more than 16 years' experience of writing and editing for magazines, newspapers, books and websites.
Although he loves all things outdoor adventure, he is 'happiest when running long distances in lumpy places'.
He's hiked many of the world’s famous and not-so-famous long-distance trails, and climbed, and fallen down, a few mountains.
He's also become addicted to trail ultramarathon running and in 2016 he represented Great Britain at the age of 40.
His boots and daps are regularly muddied in Britain's glorious South West, especially in the Brecon Beacons and the Cotswolds – where he grew up and now lives again.