Laura Bingham, is an English explorer and adventurer best known for leading the world first descent of the Essequibo River in Guyana, South America.
In 2014 she make the bold decision to attempt to sail across the Atlantic Ocean. With zero experience she blagged her way onto a 38ft trimaran, alongside two sea-faring blokes and a cat called Cuba. The passage took two months, with an enforced week stop-over in the Azores because of dangerous weather conditions (had the boat been caught in the heart of the storm it would almost certainly have been destroyed). Laura was on the night shift (midnight to 4am at the helm of the boat) was witness to some extraordinary sights: numerous whales, several pods of dolphins, nights full of impossibly bright stars, and many sharks.
In 2016 she set off to attempt to cross an entire continent without any money – completely human-powered. Laura was raising both money and awareness for Operation South America, a charity that looks after homeless or abused girls and young women in Paraguay. By travelling with no money Laura began to catch a small glimpse of a life without financial or social stability, during this six month period through Ecuador, Peru, Bolivia, Paraguay and Argentina, she ate left-over scraps of restaurant customer’s plates, rummaged through bins, and foraged in garbage tips in search of edible food trash, was gifted food from shops, families and kind strangers.
In 2018, Laura successfully lead a world first expedition to located the source of the Essequibo River, Guyana, and then make a decent by kayak. Her team at strongest consisted of 5 male guides, her two fellow female comrades, Ness Knight and Pip Stewart and a camera man. Her journey took her through traitorous jungle and overpowering waters until they battled the ocean currents to arrive at the Atlantic Ocean.
Laura currently lives in Leicestershire and is married to fellow explorer Ed Stafford, they have a son born June 6th 2017 called Ranulph James Stafford.
From the mountains of Borneo to the frozen wastelands of the arctic circle, Jason’s extensive outdoor knowledge and expedition leadership has been honed over many years of applied practical experience across a multitude of wilderness environments.
Join Jason as he shares his wealth of knowledge on preparing for and executing expeditions around the world both leading groups and working as part of a team. Jason will entertain you with stories of powerful moments and hard hitting emotions from his travels including when things go disastrously wrong. As always Jason challenges you to listen to 360 degree influences that may challenge the social norm. Jason’s company, Woodland Ways, are a sponsor of The Bushcraft Show 2021.
Megan is a wilderness guide, expedition leader, survivalist and producer on some of the biggest adventure/ survival
shows on TV. She has been creating Emmy award winning content and keeping talent and film crew safe in remote
wilderness environments for the past 15 years. Bear Grylls has described Megan’s leadership as ‘stronger than 99%
of the men he knows.”
Megan has been setting up and leading expeditions to remote, wilderness environments for almost 20 years, living
and working for extended periods with indigenous communities. As a qualified resilience coach Megan combines her
intimate knowledge of wilderness survival, her degree in psychology and her fascination with the psychology of
survival. Her best selling book ‘Mind of a Survivor’ is available on Amazon.
Craig takes walks along the coasts of Carmarthenshire and Pembrokeshire and finds ingredients to cook up a feast right there and then – proving there are rich culinary pickings on the beach, from mussels to plants and crabs.
“Since learning to read I have actively sought out all information I could gather on the coastal wildlife and environment”
“Since growing up in the semi-rural Amman Valley on the slopes of the Black Mountains of carmarthenshire, from a very young age I was taught how to pick wild foods such as mushrooms, wimberries (bilberries), blackberries, tickle trout and accompany my father to the coast to collect cockles.”
“Following my 12 years as an RAF aircraft engineer, 17 years working for a major high street bank and having very recently sold my woodland after 8 years of management, I am now embarking on a career to share my knowledge and passion with the wider world.”
“Throughout my various careers, I have continued researching hidden locations and had great joy in thoroughly learning about our great coast line in West Wales. For a great number of years, I have kept a large salt water aquarium where I have studied the behaviour of our vastly varied sea life.”
“My hope for the future is to educate the wider world about our fantastic coastal environment and promote it’s conservation, and to inspire people to pass on any knowledge gained down through future generations. Drawing people to the area will also, hopefully, promote the local area and benefit the local communities.”
Mark Johnston has dedicated his entire adult life to Military Survival with a career spanning 24 years in the Royal Navy Fleet Air Arm and is now in business with his wife, Sharyn bringing survival and preparedness goods to the masses through Prepper’s Paradise.
Mark will be talking about his military experience working with anti-submarine warfare, search and rescue helicopters, fighter jets, anti-piracy & anti-terrorism operations, underwater escape training, SERE, nuclear security and much more.
Get an insight in to the extensive life saving training, equipment provisions and military mindset acquired by armed forces personnel and learn how you can carry this across to your civilian life and adventures.
Dr Sarita Robinson is one of the world’s leading academic researchers in survival psychology, and is often referred to as ‘Doctor Survival’! Survival psychology focuses on how people respond in disaster situations – everything from a terrorist attack to a ship sinking. Sarita will be offering two talks at The Bushcraft Show 2021:
When 12 young footballers and their coach entered the Tham Luang Nang Non cave in Thailand last June it should have been a fun outing. But when a torrent of flood water rushed in after heavy rain, the group became trapped on a small rock shelf deep inside the cave’s vast network of tunnels. The boys, and coach Ekkapol Chantawong, endured 17 days underground before they were brought to safely into the daylight. Join Dr Sarita Robinson as she explores the psychology behind this remarkable story of survival and discusses other cases where children have survived against the odds.
Bushcraft For Health & Wellbeing
In today’s world people seem to stressed and unhappy. One reason could be that we have become disconnected from nature as we live in an increasing urban environment. Join Dr Sarita Robinson has she explores how escaping to the countryside can be beneficial for your mental health. Sarita will examine how nature exposure can have a positive impact on our sleep patterns, our stress levels and our sense of wellbeing. She will also discuss how we can reconnect with nature even when we can’t get outdoors.
James is a Ph.D. student at the University of Southampton, and one of the UK’s most well-known prehistoric craftspeople and reenactors. He founded AncientCraft in 2009, which is dedicated to the archaeology of primitive crafts and technologies during prehistory – mainly focused on the Stone Age and Bronze Age. His replica artifacts produced using authentic techniques and materials are on display at Stonehenge, The British Museum and many other heritage sites. He also frequently appears on TV displaying his ancient skills via the BBC, Channel 4, The Discovery Channel, National Geographic and The Smithsonian Channel. We are delighted that James has also agreed to talk on the main stage at The Bushcraft Show 2021.
Ötzi the iceman or the Hauslabjoch mummy was one of the most important archaeological discoveries of the 20th century. New archaeological discoveries about him and appearances in film and media keep Ötzi firmly in the public interest. Found in 1991 by German tourists, the remains of a man were seen emerging from the ice close to the Italian – Austrian border. Over the following decades, Ötzi has given archaeologists a unique view into the life of a person at the very end of the Stone Age. The Iceman was found with his clothes and equipment which have been studied and replicated to test their effectiveness. As an experimental archaeologist, James has himself made replicas of Ötzi’s equipment to understand more about life 5300 years ago.
This talk will cover the background story to the discovery of Ötzi as well as current archaeological knowledge.
JoJo Wood is a spoon carver, clog maker and a teacher. As the daughter of Robin Wood, who was awarded an MBE for his services to heritage crafts, JoJo has been making almost since she could walk. She’s one of the worlds leading spoon carvers and is training under the last of the English clog makers, Jeremy Atkinson.
She hopes to inspire more women and younger people to get into woodworking, teaching that technique wins over physical strength every time. Passionate about the benefits of craft for our mental wellbeing, JoJo founded Pathcarvers, a social enterprise based in Birmingham.
JoJo runs a tool making company with her father, Wood Tools, which aims to make high quality and affordable tools accessible to a wider audience. JoJo has appeared on national and international television and in the press, and travelled around the world teaching and speaking about her work.
JoJo will discuss her journey into woodworking, what it’s like being a woman in craft, and the benefits of craftwork for mental well-being. JoJo will also be giving an interactive demonstration of her carving skills!
Ski to the Edge - a Wilderness Ski Expedition in the Yukon Surviving in minus 70 Below
Richard Harpham is no stranger to adventure having completed over 10,000 miles of human-powered expeditions by canoe, kayak, bike and on ski. His adventures have including London to Marrakech by bike and kayak, sea kayaking 1000 miles from Vancouver to Alaska on the Inside Passage and canoeing the Yukon River on numerous occasions.
In 2014 Richard was introduced to Canadian wilderness icon Alex Van Bibber, who led the 520-mile Canoe expedition across the Mackensie Mountain range in 1943. Rich spent 4 years training, developing winter skills and preparing to follow in Alex’s footsteps retracing the route. In Jan 2018 Rich and the ski to the edge team arrived in Mayo to break trail in the harsh winter conditions. Temperatures dropped to minus 70 below as the team man-hauled their own body weight in pulks through the frozen wilderness.
Rich is a natural storyteller, and this promises to be an extraordinary tale of battling frostbite, temperatures of minus 70 below, wolverines, being tracked by wolves, and a skidoo micro adventure!
Irene is a passionate advocate for connecting people and the natural world. Co-founder of Nearly Wild Camping and Nearly Wild, she uses her background as a geographer and her experience of working with communities to support individuals, businesses, groups and organisations to bring about positive change for people and nature. Through Nearly Wild Weaving, she works with the creative medium of tapestry weaving to make her own art inspired by nature and to connect others with nature through weaving outdoors. And in her spare time, she’s an enthusiastic – but very slow – trail runner, which is a wonderful way to explore nature on her doorstep and further afield.
Dave Watson has devoted his life to bushcraft skills, using these to help develop, train or mentor people from all walks of life. He spent ten years working for outdoor activity centres, before deciding to set up in business for himself in 1995. In 2007 Dave instigated the development with the IOL of the Bushcraft and Survival Special Interest Group. This has resulted in the development of training and assessment for outdoor practitioners in the key skills to promote safe practice and understanding.
Dave’s ability to light fire with both bow drill and hand drill has become something of his trademark. But perhaps more importantly is how he trains others to confidently do the same. We look forward to what will be an engaging talk at The Bushcraft Show 2021.
Steve is an eco-preneur with a passion for wild places and exploring our relationship with the natural world. Founder of Nearly Wild Camping and Nearly Wild, he works to encourage people to join the journey of exploration of the natural world and understanding how to live with nature. Over the last 10 years or so, he has tried hard to diversify the nature on his own smallholding on the Shropshire-Powys border, as well as supporting several large-scale nature recovery initiatives around the UK. He is a natural explorer, with travel and work locations including southern and east Africa, central America, Nepal and Alaska. Throughout all of this, he’s used art to deepen his observation and understanding of nature and wildlife in the world around him.
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