Like the Slow Food movement, the idea of ‘slow adventure’ is to take time to enjoy life to the full rather than speeding through experiences to find the next sensation. An antidote to high-octane extreme endurance feats, slow adventuring is about learning to appreciate where you are whilst you’re still there and enjoying what you’re doing right now. An attitude that can provide the kind of happy surprises that teach us excitingly random things about the world, and about ourselves.
We’ll be welcoming on stage some well-known exponents of slow adventure, experts who will open your eyes to the benefits of taking your time and learning more about the outdoors environment:
Ian Finch - Explorer Club member and Former Royal Marine Commando, Ian Finch is an outdoor photographer and expedition guide who's been travelling to remote environments for many years. Ian’s 2,000 mile canoe descent of the Yukon River was included in the top 10 adventures by the Guardian, and he has participated in shoots in Alaska, Mongolia, Africa, Greenland, Indonesia, Tibet, Canada, Spain, Iceland, Nepal, China, US, Switzerland, Sweden and Northern Norway. Ian's passion for authentic visual storytelling is driven by the connection between people, cultures, and the landscape the world over.
Athena Mellor - Athena Mellor is a Lakes-based walking guidebook writer who founded Ramble Guides, a company that features outdoor travel guides designed for the modern explorer. Alongside this, she manages the Ramble Store that sells considered goods for ramblers and outdoor enthusiasts. She is currently training to achieve her Mountain Leader Award and recently completed a Level 3 Foundation Course in Eco-Psychology.
Stef Amato - Stef Amato started Pannier back in 2011, a company which journeyed from story-telling via its Journal, to now offering their own Pannier guided Tours and Expeditions. Out in the field, he’ll likely be chatting about maps, ensuring each bikepacker’s bike and kit are packed properly, garnishing gnocchi, pouring drinks from great heights, swimming at any opportunity, and manning the watermelon.
Becky Surridge - Becky Surridge is an outdoor adventurer who tells stories through her Girl Outdoors YouTube channel on bikepacking, thru-hiking, overlanding, canoeing, and bushcraft. Her achievements include overlanding around the Arctic Circle, traversing the Kungsleden in Arctic Sweden, cycling 211 miles of the Badger Divide, completing a 6-day solo paddle trip in Canada and cycling from Lands End to John O’Groats - to name just a few!