Ash Dykes is a 3x world first record-setter, author, speaker, extreme athlete, explorer and has appeared on the biggest platforms in the world, to include: The Joe Rogan Experience, BBC World News, The One Show, Fox News, Good Morning Britain, Forbes, High Performance podcast and many more.
He is a 2 times TEDx speaker: ‘Life lessons learnt from the extremes’ and ‘The Difference Between Failure and Success’
He has recently returned from filming his latest 6×1 international TV show following the 21,000km along the Great Wall of China.
Ash head-lined global news by becoming the first person to hike the entire length of the Yangtze River in China. A 4,000-mile journey that took him 352 days to complete, he faced bears, altitude, wolves, landslides, blizzards and had to send 10 of the 16 team members (that joined him for short stints at different locations) home, due to altitude sickness, fear of wildlife and/or injury.
Not only a Guinness approved World First, the trip was also one of the world’s most interactive firsts, with Ash sharing updates via blogs, vlogs and live streams along the way. Often Ash opened the mission up to the public and at times was joined by Chinese celebrities and members of the public.
In 2014, Ash became the first ever recorded person to hike across Mongolia solo and unsupported, covering over 1,500 miles in 78 days. He trekked over the Altai Mountains, through the Gobi Desert and the Mongolian Steppe, all whilst pulling a wheeled trailer weighing 120kg, carrying everything needed to survive. Sir Ranulph Fiennes described it as being “an example of great determination, to achieve something that’s becoming harder all the time, an adventuring ‘first’, which would have proved both physically and mentally challenging”.
Below: Ash delivering ‘Life lessons learnt from the extremes’ at TEDx HangzhouSalon
In 2016, Ash achieved his second world record by becoming the first person to walk the entire length of Madagascar’s interior, whilst summiting its eight highest Mountains. An expedition of over 1,600 miles, taking 155 days to complete and faced many challenges, from being held up by the military, avoiding bandits, contracting the deadliest form of Malaria, crossing croc infested rivers, hacking through near impenetrable jungle during the cyclone season and much more.
Ash was invited back to Madagascar and named as the UK Ambassador for Madagascar Tourism; his promotion of the island reached over 350,000,000 people worldwide. Ash also became Special Ambassador of Malaria No More UK, an organisation working to eradicate malaria within our lifetime, an organisation also supported by David Beckham and Sir Andy Murray.
Ash also partnered up with organisations like the WWF, Yibin Fishery Department, Water-To-Go, the British Consulate General and the Green Development Foundation. Doing this, he was able to share positive news of all the great work being done to help protect and preserve the natural environment, making this one of the focus points of the mission.
Ash’s achievements have seen him invited to 10 Downing Street on two occasions, and receive awards such as the 2015 UK Adventurer of the Year Award and the 2016 Welsh Adventurer of the Year Award.
Ash has taken two speaking tours across the UK, and toured across Asia, speaking in Singapore, Myanmar, Korea and across China. He has delivered three TEDx Talks, as well as presented in schools, colleges, and universities, and spoken in parliament alongside Annie Lennox.
Below: The Difference Between Failure and Success at TEDx Cardiff
Mindset and Motivation
Adventure, Breaking Boundaries and Facing the Extremes
Resilience and Overcoming Adversity – Inspirational stories of survival against all the odds
Leadership & Teamwork
Doing the Impossible – going the route ‘less travelled’
Tourism & Travel
Ash’s book, Mission Possible, is an Amazon Best Seller and is sold in every English-speaking market around the world, and has been translated into Mandarin and Vietnamese
Ash’s talk was really interesting and engaging – I learnt a lot from how he went about dealing with the challenges he faced on many of his trips. He was a great story teller and key note speaker to end our conference – thank you!
Clarke Willmott LLP
We were delighted to host Ash at our customer event in Athens this winter. His talk on walking the Yangtze brought a real dose of adventure to proceedings and our audience were thrilled to hear about his remarkable accomplishments. I can highly recommend him as an inspiration to all, especially to young people who are looking to push the boundaries of what they can do, be the best and never quit.
Ash Dykes is one of the most exciting speakers I have worked with, who impressed me with his high efficiency! I saw from him, his passion for environmental protection and for breaking new ground of potential. His passion is reflected in his speech, for the full 18 minutes he had the whole crowed silently listening at the TEDxHangzhouSalon 2019 stage. Many of the audience couldn’t wait to ask our organising committee whether his speech scripts can be shared with them. Thanks again Ash Dykes!!
At one of the busiest evening events hosted by London’s Science Museum – a special Science Lates in conjunction with the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation – Ash spoke to a full house about his travels, adventures and own experience of getting malaria. With standing room only, Ash’s talk was a chance for a new audience to hear about malaria, a disease that still kills a child every two minutes.
Science Museum London