Ash Dykes

Adventurer & Extreme Athlete

Ash has been invited to 10 Downing Street on two occasions after his feats, was shown social support by Bear Grylls, Sir Ranulph Fiennes, Duncan Bannatyne and won the 2015 UK Adventurer of the Year Award and the 2016 Welsh Adventurer of the Year Award. Ash is making a name for himself in China, from speaking in Shenzhen and Shanghai at the biggest Adventure film festival and being approached to model for the third biggest outdoor company in China.

He was featured in The Times, Forbes, The Guardian, Mail Online, BBC World News, ITV, Arise TV, Discovery Channel, Channel 5, FHM etc. Both expeditions gained a global reach of more than 350,000,000. He has recently completed his second UK Theatre Tour with Speakers from the Edge, presenting to 23 theatres across England, Scotland and Wales. His 2015 UK Tour named Breaking Mongolia and 2017 UK Tour named Surviving Madagascar went down really well.

Ash’s book, named Mission Possible goes into retail world wide this September. In 2014 – Ash became the first person ever to complete a solo and 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 and became known to the locals as The Lonely Snow Leopard, due to the wolves keeping a respectful distance from him, as they do the snow leopard.

Ash filmed & blogged his expedition & had people following his journey from all over the world, he hit major news, BBC World News, ITV News etc & the news articles were shared globally and translated into a number of different languages. On completion of his expedition, he was also interviewed on seven different T.V channels within Mongolia & was in the magazines & news papers before his return to the U.K. This secured him to be the youngest member within Speakers from the Edge and he was soon out on his first UK Theatre Tour as well as his footage being featured on Discovery Channel and Channel 5 which spread to a number of different countries.

Sir Ranulph Fiennes: “I applaud every endeavour to achieve an adventuring ‘first’, a feat which is becoming harder all the time. This young man’s completion of a ‘first’ solo trek across Mongolia, from the Altai to the Steppe, will have proved both physically & mentally challenging & is an example of great determination”.

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 and preserve Madagascar’s unique biodiversity.

To book Ash Dykes as the motivational speaker for your corporate event, function or conference, simply contact the Champions Speakers agency by emailing or by calling a booking agent directly on 0207 1010 553.

Find a little bit more about Ash’s background, by watching the video below:

See what feedback Ash received from the corporate events in which he has spoken at, below:

“Ash delivered a powerful speech at an event in the UK Parliament to help explain the devastation of malaria, and how the UK is playing a huge role in the astonishing progress we’ve made over the last 15 years, saving more than 6 million lives. His personal story helped put a spotlight on the impact of malaria for an audience of MPs, the private sector and scientific community.”– UK Parliamentary Reception, June 2016

“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 Lates, Science Museum, October 2016

“Ash’s speech at the Conwy Sports Awards 2016 was a hypnotising mix of mental strength, personal endeavour and survival. His story is guaranteed to captivate audiences of all ages, who will be inspired by his energy and enthusiasm.” – Conwy Sports Awards

“Ash is a great public speaker. The feedback after the conference where he spoke was fantastic. He spoke to a corporate group of over 200 healthcare staff on the importance of keeping going, setting your sights on your goals and not giving up. His talk was really inspiring” – NHS

“Ash was a pleasure to work with. He showed great enthusiasm and worked hard to produce an amazing TEDx Talk. Ash as a great presenter and captivated the whole audience, inspiring all attendees. He was very keen to interact with the audience and spent time before and after his talk taking questions and talking to attendees.
Ash really helped in making our event a huge success.” –  TEDx, University Of Manchester