Ash Dykes is an explorer, extreme athlete, motivational speaker and 3x World First Record Holder.
Ash recently 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.
Yangtze 2018 – 2019:
The longest river in the world to flow through a single country. Its length had never been walked before.
In 2018 Ash attempted, and succeeded his greatest expedition yet, as he walked from the Yangtze’s source in the melt waters of the Jianggendiru Glacier on the Tibetan Plateau to its delta near Shanghai, where it meets the East China Sea.
Ash faced many trials, starting with freezing temperatures in the West, which broke into a more tropical environment to the East.
The severity of this 6,437km challenge was not to be underestimated.
Throughout Ash’s estimated 8 million step exploration, he came across some of natures most intimidating experiences. From being in close proximity to snakes and bears, wolves to asian hornets – the isolating weather-ranging and isolating challenge pushed all of Ash’s strengths to the limit.
Examining the sheer length, difficulty of terrain, isolation, climate, and multitude of dangers made this concept for a mission highly intense and engaging to follow.
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.
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”.
You can find out more about Ash and his future adventures on his website https://www.ashdykes.com/
Ash can be followed on Instagram @ash_dykes
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