As an experienced ice-climber, Beth Goralski knew the toll climbing could take your body. But pushing herself to the limits was the only way she knew how to be the best.
It wasn’t until she suffered a season-ending injury that she realised that actually, her drive to succeed had taken the joy out of the sport.
Huw is an outdoor educator who likes to practise what he preaches. His favourite thing to read is a map – when he moved to Scotland, the first thing he did was buy one. Bikes are a good way to check that the map wasn’t lying, and with his partner Annie, he travels by bike in those parts of the world that grab your imagination. In April 2018, they traversed the mountains of northern Sweden on ski and snowmobile trails, camping by night and riding through silent northern spaces by day.
Peter is a photojournalist and conservationist, using his photography to tell interesting and important stories. Peter strives to inspire people to be empathetic and compassionate for the natural world and the animals that share our planet.
After growing up around the iconic wildlife in South Africa, Neil’s love for animals led him to want to capture them on camera. After photographing animals and people, he realised he could use his skills to not only promote ethical photography and animal conservation, but also the people behind it that help to save some of the worlds most endangered species.
Alex Mason is British adventurer who has taken on some of the world’s most gruelling endurance challenges.
After working as a graphic designer in London for 10 years, Alex found herself going through the motions in a nine-to-five job that she found uninspiring and decided to leave her life behind to go and tackle her first long-distance hiking trip by taking on the Pacific Crest Trail in the USA. Since then she has never looked back and searches for new and exciting ways to push herself.
Richard Prideaux is a wilderness instructor, teaching foraging, search and rescue and survival skills. For more than a decade he has worked in outdoor education, expedition leadership, safety, and search and rescue. Richard talks about his days as a member of a mountain rescue team and how this progressed into teaching crime-fighting agencies to find fugitives and running courses to teach people how to forage for food in the wild during these unpredictable times.
Andy Pointer is a Chief Instructor at Skydive Algarve, specialising in teaching and looking after the safety of thousands of skydiving students every year. Andy is now Chief Instructor at Skydive Algarve and responsible for thousands of jumps every year. He talks about how leadership is important in preparing students to do something as unnatural as jumping out of a plane and how military style training keeps them safe.
Simon Hilbourne is a Marine Biologist, ocean conservationist & underwater photographer. He works for the Manta Trust, leading the Maldives Oceanic Manta Ray Project. He also launched the charity Fish Free February to raise awareness of environmental issues surrounding global fisheries.