Each month, we host adventurers from around the world to share their stories of adventure and exploration. There’s a different speaker each month as well as an awesome film to leave you in awe as people seek out to achieve what seems impossible.
Join us on the first Wednesday of every month at Workshop17 in Johannesburg for a drink and be inspired by epic stories and interesting people.
Wednesday 6 November, 2019
Speaker: Matt Boynton - MAD4Waves
A team of 4 university friends take on one of the toughest endurance challenges on the planet: rowing unaided across the Atlantic Ocean! Fewer people have rowed across the Atlantic Ocean than have reached the summit of Everest or journeyed to the North Pole. Hear Matt’s story about how the foursome would be the youngest in history to set off from the Canary Islands on this 5,500 km journey.
Film: The Road From Karakol
In the summer of 2011, alpinist Kyle Dempster set out across Kyrgyzstan’s back roads on his bike. His goal – ride across the country via old Soviet roads while climbing as many of the region’s impressive peaks as possible. He was alone and carried only a minimalist’s ration of climbing gear. Ten Kyrgyz words rounded out his vocabulary. This is the story of a unique spirit who pedalled to the road’s end and decided to keep going.
Time 18:00 for 18:30
Venue: Workshop17, 138 West Street, Sandton
Speaker: Peter Van Kets
Professional adventurer and inspirational speaker Peter van Kets has rowed across the Atlantic Ocean. Twice. He also represented SA in the Scott-Amundsen Centenary Race to the South Pole, one of the most gruelling endurance events ever staged. His expedition stories are about survival, courage, perseverance, passion, loneliness, tenacity, team work and the will to win. Peter is an amazing testament to the power of the human spirit and shows us what’s possible when ordinary people set out to do extraordinary things.
Film: The Hard Way
An uplifting and inspirational story about the human drive to continue doing what we love late into life. Bob Hayes is 89 and still runs nearly every day. And when he’s not running, he’s cutting firewood, hauling hay or tapping maple syrup, “doing things the hard way to remain active and alive”. The film follows Bob as he trains for the Bighorn 50km ultramarathon, the last race he ran with his wife before she passed away nine years ago. This film that takes us on a journey that’s about more than just running. It teaches us about living a life with purpose and momentum.
#Joburg2Kili A 4,650km journey from Jo’burg to Kilimanjaro. Warrick and Camilla, together with their cousin Gareth and friend Derrick left Jo’burg on single speed Qhubeka bikes and peddled north through Botswana, Zambia, Malawi and then into Tanzania, before hiking up Africa's tallest mountain!
A small expedition party crossing from Australia mainland to Tasmania in sea kayaks. Chafing, storms, bad cooking and emerging friendships between men that barley know each other.
Speaker: Ryan Stramrood
A dip into Ryan Stramrood's swimming CV is impressive, and cold. Amongst many swimming feats, Ryan has completed 100 Robben Island-to-mainland crossings and swum across the notorious English Channel. He also swam the first official "Ice Mile" in -1C water in Antarctica and was the first South African male to swim from Europe to Africa across the Gibraltar Strait. All of this in only a Speedo!
Film: Eastern Rises
Russia's Kamchatka Peninsula may as well be the end of the earth. Its enormously wild landscape is swarming with bugs and bears and threaded with rivers full of massive mouse-eating trout. In this movie, fishing is poetry, Bigfoot lurks in the fog and fishermen hitch rides in Cold War helicopters to explore rivers never fished before.
Speaker: Mike Blyth
Mike Blyth and Olivier Aubert embark on a record breaking microlight flight from Cape Town to Norway. The flying expedition tested the two adventurers and their microlight aircraft to the limit as they battled weather, technical challenges and bureaucracy. The pair soared with the birds, marvelling in the view of the world from above, as they flew over jungles, deserts and oceans. This is a story of adventure, courage and friendship.
Film: Claim Freedom
From climbing to kayaking to cave diving, four adventurers are given the opportunity to take on once-in-a-lifetime challenges. They’ll push themselves physically mentally, and spiritually to conquer what once seemed impossible.
Speaker: Jess Cleland
3,000km through the remotest regions of West Africa. Senegal, Guinea, Sierra Leone, Côte d’Ivoire and Ghana: countries plagued by civil war, poverty and disease. But seen from the vantage point of a bicycle seat, the landscapes, villages and people unfold in a mesmerizing perspective on life: the beauty of simplicity and the power of resilience.
With a secret application process, unknown start time, and treacherous terrain, the Barkley has gained cult-like status with ultra-runners and amateurs alike. This award-winning, oddly inspiring, and wildly funny documentary invites you to the sports world’s most guarded secret; where pain has value, failure is spectacular, and it only costs $1.60.
Speaker: Naomi Brand
In 2018, Naomi and Xavier Briel ran around Lake Malawi. 33 days, 3 countries and 1,500km later, it was “one of the hardest things we’d ever done in our lives”.
Film: Into Twin Galaxies
Using kite skis, three adventurers towed their whitewater kayaks over 1,000km across Greenland to reach the most northern river ever paddled.
Speaker: Alex Harris
In 2008, Alex and Sibusiso Vilane became the first South Africans to reach the South Pole unsupported and unassisted. The journey took 65 days and was in Alex’s words, quite simply the hardest thing he has ever done.
Film: The Frozen Road
A self-filmed account of cycling through the Canadian Arctic in winter, Ben discovers the wonders, terrors and frustrations of travelling alone through one of the world’s ‘last great wildernesses’.