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Award Winners 2018

Alfred Stephenson Award Two Alfred Stephenson Awards were given out this year. Annabell Harris, with the British Exploring Society, developed her leadership and mountaineering skills in the Indian Himalayas. And to Flora Bagwell, who undertook trekking and scientific research in Pacaya Samiria National Park in the Peruvian Amazon. Derbyshire Joe McDermot – self organised 168km…
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Dick Phillips

Dick became an authority on all things Icelandic, though he never learned to speak the language I first met Dick in Iceland in 1964 when I was a leader on a Derbyshire Schools’ Expedition to Mérdalsjökull, a glacier in the south of the country.  A south Londoner who had been involved in the tour guide…
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Anthony Stanbury in South Africa

It has now been a few weeks that I have been home following the amazing trip to South Africa, arranged between Ellen Tinkham School and Outposts Expeditions, that you so kindly donated some money to. We all had such a fantastic time and saw and learnt such a lot. We stayed in a lodge and…
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Marie Purrmann-Charles in Tanzania

Who I am and why I wanted to go Since I was eleven I have wanted to go to developing countries and help them gain access to safe water and sanitation facilities. Raleigh International run 5-, 7-, or 10-week expeditions to Nepal, Costa Rica and Nicaragua, and Tanzania, with many different projects, but focusing on…
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Iseabail Michie in Uzbekistan

Following 12 months fundraising and working in two jobs almost every weekend, and a two-day expedition preparation trip to Cumbria in September, on Monday 15th October, I left home to join my group and tour leaders to travel to Uzbekistan. Where? Uzbekistan, a landlocked country on the old Silk Road, in Central Asia, near China,…
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Kate Culverwell kayaking the continent

Twelve months of planning, six months of knowing my team mate, and a five month expedition ahead of us. Anna, my kayaking partner, and I had both stared up at the large cheering crowd on Westminster Bridge where friends and family had come to wave us off before we were swept along with the fast…
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Thomas Brittlebank in Laos and Vietnam

On the 10th of July, 19 of us arrived at Manchester Airport with around 100 litres of rucksack space filled with the next months’ worth of clothes and equipment. We travelled from Manchester to Dubai, Dubai to Bangkok and finally Bangkok to Luang Prabang. We had a day or two to acclimatise and sort out…
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Joe McDermott around Mont Blanc

Over June and July 2018 the three-man team completed the 168km trek around Western Europe’s highest peak, achieving their key objectives: Mountaineering – Advancing existing skills to meet the demands of an alpine environment Scientific – Successfully carrying out research into expedition cohesion, leadership and fitness to produce findings useful for planning and managing future…
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James Dryden in Lesotho and South Africa

During the first two days of the expedition there were many activities, including visiting Rorke’s Drift, which was very interesting, as well as archery and an assault course. Our first project was at the Gwahumbe game reserve, where as well as seeing wildlife we also helped the park rangers by chopping down invasive plant species…
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Billy Stockwell in Peru

From May – August 2018 I was based at the Manu Learning Centre in Southeastern Peru, which is located in the buffer zone of Manu National Park. This region (Madre de Dios) is a hugely unique environment, known to be one of the most biodiverse places in the world. However, for me it acts as…
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