The 2013 festival featured an awe-inspiring band of adventure speakers. We’ll be back next year with more inspiring folk like this lot…
Michael has filmed expeditions ranging from Sir Edmund Hillary’s Ganges jetboat expedition, Tim Macartney-Snape’s Everest Sea-to-Summit expedition, five Antarctic expeditions, parts of Tim Cope’s horse journey from Mongolia to Hungary, Christopher Harris’ attempts to climb the highest mountain on each continent by the age of 15, and many other extreme climbs, walks, swims, basejumps… and even taxi rides! In 2004 Michael was made a Member of the Order of Australia for his services to adventure filming.
Colin has over 30 years of experience in the professional outdoor recreation industry. Colin is a co-founder of www.AdventurePro.com.au – a website dedicated to serving the Australian & New Zealand outdoors and adventure industries by promoting Australasian outdoors and adventure products, information and services both locally and internationally.
On August 16th 2010, Kate became the first person in history to cycle in a continuous line from Africa’s most westerly to its most easterly point. She became the first woman to cycle across the new Russia in 1993. Kate’s 25,000 km Great Australian Cycle Expedition (2004/05) included the first bicycle crossing of the Canning Stock Route by a woman. Kate is a fellow of the Royal Geographic Society.
Australia’s most widely experienced adventurer. He made the first Sherpa-less ascent of the south side of Everest in 1988. In 1998/99, he established a new route to the South Pole and in 2002 completed an unsupported trek to the North Pole. The highlights of his career thus far are his history-making unsupported Australian walks, including his traverse of Australia from the Spencer Gulf to the Gulf of Carpentaria (2001) and his march to the geographic centre of Australia (2007), which far exceeded the challenges of any of his previous expeditions. He has also travelled over 6,000 km by sea kayak.
Eric is Australia’s foremost polar adventurer. For over twenty years he has been undertaking pioneering expeditions to the Arctic and Antarctica and in 2002, together with friend Jon Muir, became the first Australian to ski to both the North and South Poles. His passion for ice and cold has also taken him to Greenland, Ellesmere Island, Iceland, Svalbard, the South Patagonian Icecap, Macquarie and Heard Islands and the Antarctic Peninsula.
On leaving school, Colin started a career in supermarket management but very soon realised there had to be much more to the world than four weeks annual holiday and working Saturdays! So he quit and planned to take a year to travel around the world. Five years and many countries and experiences later, he found himself living in Australia working in the travel industry.
It was while Geoff was on a cycling tour in China during the mid 80s that he began to wonder why the group needed to be staying in luxurious hotels and having organised banquets at every meal. Surely there must be another way to travel, having the advantages of a group, but travelling more like backpackers do? Thus the first seed of Intrepid Travel was sown. Since that time, Intrepid has grown exponentially to become one of the largest adventure travel companies in the world.
Brian was born in England, but he didn’t like the weather so he immigrated to Melbourne, Australia, when he was six. Not long after finishing an advertising course at university, Brian took the first of many trips overseas, hitch-hiking 10,000 kilometres around Europe. He later went off back to Europe to work as a tour leader for Top Deck, an 18 to 35 tour company where he escorted bus-loads of drunk Aussies and Kiwis from Paris to St. Petersburg to Budapest and beyond. In 2003 Brian left full-time employment to become a very poor full-time author.
Beau began his overseas traveling whilst studying WW2 history in the Middle East at age 17. His first attempt at filmmaking was a solo walk to Mt. Everest. In winter, he walked the old expedition route of the early mountaineers. Sick with fatigue, he celebrated his 20th birthday alone, illegally on a flank of Everest at 18,000 feet. In 2007, Beau attempted to paddle a kayak from one side of Africa to the other. The ensuing documentary ‘Africa by Kayak’ aired on the Outside TV network in the U.S throughout 2010. In March 2011, Beau turned his attention to the Australian Alps, where he became the first person to run the Australian Alps Walking Track.
Gaby Schrott is a business coach and management consultant with many years of leadership experience in Local Government, Information Technolgoy, Travel and Aviation. Middle aged, unfit and preferring a good book and a glass of red over exercise Gaby embarked on the Camino Frances, a walk across Spain and discovered much more than only a passion for long distance walking.
Mal Leyland MBE is one half of the iconic Leyland brothers – through their documentary films, Mal and Mike inspired a generation of Australians to go exploring. Best known for their popular television show, Ask The Leyland Brothers. The show ran on Australian television from 1976 until 1984.
Simon and Lisa Thomas
Lisa and Simon had talked for many years about quitting their jobs and leaving everything behind to explore the horizon. One Monday morning, they sold their house, cloths, cars and furniture and set off for a planned 18-month trip. After a decade of continuous bike travel the two have now ridden over 400,000 km, explored 77 countries, traversed 6 continents and surpassed 4 world records on their two GS motorbikes. As of late 2012 they estimate another 2-3 years on the road before reaching their goal of 122 countries. www.2ridetheworld.com
Clay Baird grew up in Tawonga with his brother Lin, riding onto Mt Bogong at the tender age of six and thereby proving he had the resilience needed for a future in the saddle. He studied Film and Television and then left on his adventures, filming his travels, riding the High Sierras and bicycling across Cuba.
Tim Cope -National Geographic Adventure Honoree 2007, Australian Adventurer of the year 2006 – is a 30 year old from Gippsland, Victoria (Australia), who is pursuing a life of adventure, writing, and film. Tim, who speaks fluent Russian, and guides in Antarctica, Siberia, and Mongolia, has spent around five years travelling in regions of Russia, Mongolia, Kazakhstan, and Ukraine by bicycle, row boat, skis, horse, camel and many other means. Most of all Tim enjoys coming to know people in their home environments by travelling in traditional and local ways.
Ron & Viv Moon
Ron & Viv Moon have spent much of their lives exploring and writing about Australia’s wild and remote areas. They are recognised as travel writers specialising in out of the way places. Ron was the long time editor of the 4WD magazine, 4×4 Australia, and now has more of a roving and exciting role as 4×4’s Editor-at-Large. In all Ron & Viv have contributed to or written 13 guide books on Outback Australia, including books for Lonely Planet, Hema Maps and Global Publications.
Travel Photography Competition
- Bring along an A4 print of your best travel photo with your contact details on the back
- Hang it on the boards in the information centre outside the cinema
- There will be a variety of prizes on the day including best entry under 18
- Photos should not have been used commercially in any way
Kids’ Short Film Competition
- An opportunity for aspiring young film-makers to show off their adventure travel movies
- Films must be no longer than 5 mins
- The film-maker must be there to introduce it
- Film should not have been used commercially in anyway
- The entrant must be under 18 years of age on 17 Feb 2013
- Films must be submitted on USB/DVD and be in a common video format
- All films must be submitted to ‘Eibhlin Fletcher’ at registration desk desk between 11 and 12 am on Saturday morning unless arranged otherwise.
Adventure Pro‘s cooking competition – ‘My Camp Stove Rules!’
Can you cook up a storm? Fancy yourself as a bit of a camp stove gourmet? Here is your chance at glory and great prizes – enter ‘My Camp Stove Rules’ for FREE!
Good food can make or break your expeditions in the great outdoors. The coming together to share a meal and reflect on the days adventures is an important part of the overall experience. Finally, here is your chance to cook off against your peers and to find out whose lightweight camping stove rules!
A lightweight outdoor Trangia stove or $100 worth of books from the AdventurePro Bookshop.
Entry is FREE! However you must register at ‘My Camp Stove Rules’ on the AdventurePro website or on Saturday 16th February at the Adventure Travel Film Festival. ‘My Camp Stove Rules’ will be conducted Sunday morning on the 17th February 2013 at the festival.
- You have a time limit of 1 hour to prepare, cook and serve your dish.
- Contestants can cook a main meal or dessert
- All ingredients must be rucksack friendly. (e.g. ingredients you could take on an overnight bushwalk)
- All dishes should be made with base ingredients where possible. (e.g. pancakes made with flour, milk powder, egg powder etc. – not a pre-mixed shaker pack from the supermarket)
- All dishes must be prepared on a lightweight outdoor camping stove (e.g. Trangia, MSR or similar)
Points out of 10 will be given for the following — Taste, Presentation & Originality.
Judging example – Taste 6/10 – Presentation 7/10 – Originality 5/10 – Total 18/30
Judging will be conducted by AdventurePro staff & Adventure Travel Film Festival celebrities!
Example of recipes you may want to try!
There are some lightweight camping stove cooking examples on the AdventurePro Video Channel that may inspire you to create the winning dish!
- How to make savoury pancake stacks on a Trangia stove
- How to cook chocolate bananas on a Trangia Stove
- How to make chapatis on a Trangia stove
- How to cook dumplings on a Trangia stove
- How to smoke trout on a Trangia stove
- How to cook pizza on a Trangia stove