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About Ash

The man behind the action.
Explorer / Extreme Athlete
2x World First Record Holder
Motivational Speaker
FHM “One of the world’s most fearless outdoorsmen”
Wales Online “Named 7/50 coolest person in Wales”
2015 UK Adventurer of the Year
2016 Welsh Adventurer of the Year
Ash is known for his infectious enthusiasm, passion yet dangerous approach to life!

He 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 has featured in The Times, Forbes Magazine, The Guardian, Mail Online, BBC World News, BBC World Service ITV, Arise TV, Discovery Channel, Channel 5, FHM, Capital FM, Radio 5 Live and many more articles including translations worldwide. Two of Ash's expeditions gained a global reach of more than 350,000,000.

He toured the UK, visiting 10 different theatres in Scotland, England and Wales, speaking of his world first expedition across Mongolia and will go on Tour again in March 2017 with Speakers from the Edge and present to 13 venues. Check out the tour: “Ash Dykes – Surviving Madagascar”.

Ash has delivered talks at schools, colleges, universities, has spoken in parliament alongside Annie Lennox, is a TEDx speaker and what he is most popular for; is corporate talks.

Ash is currently in the process of publishing his first book, more details on this to follow soon.

In 2014, Ash became the first ever recorded person to walk across Mongolia solo and unsupported, covering a distance of 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”.

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, contracting the deadliest form of Malaria, crossing croc infested rivers amongst much more and one that Bear Grylls wished him luck on.

Although aged only 26, Ash is far from new to extreme endeavours and from the age of 19, he set off to explore what was out there, this lead him to undertake the following exploits, to name a few:
  • Cycling Cambodia & the length of Vietnam (1130 miles – 15 days, on £10 bikes)
  • Trekking the Himalayas in North India
  • Cycling a part of Australia (700 miles – 13 days)
  • Escaping the outback’s of Australia after a nasty break down in the wild
  • He learnt how to survive in the jungle with a Burmese Hill Tribe
  • Cycled the length of Britain for charity (985 miles – 7days)
  • Walked 200 miles across Wales in the dead of winter
  • Trekked alone through the Alps during winter & was just missed by a landslide
  • Worked as a scuba diving instructor for two years in Thailand
  • Trained & competed against the locals, in the local martial art of Muay Thai (Thai Kickboxing)

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