2017 Speaker

Ash Dykes

Join Ash Dykes as he takes us on his adventures around the world.

Most importantly you’ll meet Gertrude, the white cockerel!

British Adventurer, Extreme Athlete, 2X World First Record Holder, specialty master scuba diving instructor, Muay Thai Fighter, FHM: – “One of The World’s Most Fearless Outdoors Men”, Wales Online: – “7/50 coolest person in Wales”, UK Ambassador for Madagascar Tourism, 2015 UK Adventurer of the Year, 2016 Welsh Adventurer of the Year and now…TEDxCardiff speaker! From the age of 19, Ash Dykes boarded a plane & left to explore what was out there…

In 2014 – Ash became the first person ever to complete a solo & unsupported walk across Mongolia, over the Altai Mountains, Gobi Desert & Mongolian Steppe, covering 1,500 miles in 78 days knocking 22 days off the predicted time.
Ash pulled 120kg (18st) in a wheeled trailer carrying all provisions needed to survive, he faced sand storms, snow blizzards, Grey Wolves, Snakes, severe heat exhaustion & loneliness to name a few.

In 2016 – Ash became the first person ever to traverse Madagascar’s length, through its interior taking on 8 of the highest mountains on the fourth largest island in the world, 1,600 miles in 155 days. He was recently appointed as a UK Ambassador for Madagascar Tourism.

He contracted the deadliest strain of Malaria, was held up by the military, had to avoid bandits, was bitten by a spider, had to build a raft using natural resources to cross a river, was almost washed away by a strong river infested with Nile Crocodiles on a night time crossing and had to hack through almost impenetrable jungle among much more.
He partnered up with the Lemur Network Conservation & met up with different conservationists along the way, in order to spread the incredible work being done to protect & preserve Madagascar’s unique biodiversity.