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Motivational Speaker

Ben began public speaking in 2002 and has now given almost 600 talks throughout the UK, as well as in Ireland, Jersey, Denmark, Italy, Slovenia, Switzerland, South Africa, Australia, Hong Kong, Vietnam and Thailand. With experience of speaking to a wide range of audiences - from Key Note Speeches at corporate conferences, to Primary and Secondary School pupils, to Adventure Festivals or Climbing Clubs, Ben adapts his approach to ensure that everyone is entertained and gains greatly from his inspirational, enthusiastic and humorous anecdotes.

One of the UK’s leading climbers, Ben has been climbing full-time for about 20 years. He is world-renowned for his bold climbing on routes at the cutting edge of the sport, including his impressive exploits on big wall expeditions around the globe. In 2005 Ben was part of an International Expedition to climb the world’s highest waterfall, deep in the heart of the Venezuela jungle. The team's successful expedition, with climbing at the highest level in an incredibly remote region of the planet, has been praised as 'one of the finest achievements by British rock climbers on foreign soil'.

 Angel Falls Expedition - Venezuela - 2005

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Angel Falls
The team's 'home' for 14 consecutive days and nights

An obvious lure to extreme climbers, Angel Falls has attracted adventurous climbers for decades, but all previous attempts to free-climb the main wall of the World’s highest waterfall had met with failure. Situated in the heart of the Venezuelan jungle, this is not merely a story about an audacious rock climb on one of the Natural Wonders of the World, but the emotions and experiences encountered along the way.

Ben's presentation covers the whole adventure, including the 6 day journey to their base camp, the amazing flora and fauna found in the unique Tepuis (the area that inspired Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's novel 'The Lost World'), as well as a look at 'life on the edge’ - they spent 14 consecutive nights sleeping on portaledges suspended from the overhanging wall!

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  Day 16 on Angel Falls...  

As well as illustrating a lust for adventurous travel, and a keen interest for the diverse cultures along the way, Ben focuses on the excitement and apprehension experienced, as well as the planning, preparation, teamwork, and determined approach that were required to succeed on such a demanding climb.

Together, the story, stunning photography, insightful video clips and, above all, Ben’s enthusiastic delivery, the presentation is sure to captivate any audience. It demonstrates that, with hard work, focus and planning, positive thinking and a determination to succeed, any goal is attainable, encouraging others to live their own lives to their potential.

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