RENOWNED adventurer-explorer Benedict Allen has embarked on his first UK tour following an unforgettable expedition to Papua New Guinea.
Telling tales from his extraordinary career, Benedict will reminisce with never-before-seen material from his travels across the globe from deserts to jungles, and even icefields. As part of his Ultimate Explorer tour, he is appearing at Clair Hall in Haywards Heath on October 5.
Last year, Benedict was on a solo expedition to Papua New Guinea, filming his journey to visit a community he had befriended 30 years earlier. He hit the headlines when he failed to turn up to Port Moresby for a scheduled flight to Hong Kong, prompting his friends and family, and eventually the world media, to become concerned for his wellbeing.
Travelling with no mobile phone for contact or GPS, Benedict was eventually located and brought back from the tribal warzone by helicopter, when it was discovered that Benedict had been battling malaria and dengue fever. Benedict plans to show extracts from this astonishing expedition in this new talk, and will release the full film later this year.
Benedict said: “This is a hugely exciting venture for me. I can’t wait to travel the UK and share my experiences of some of the most testing but also wonderfully inspiring corners of the globe.”
In his show, Benedict – famous for ingratiating himself with indigenous communities during his journeys – will tell the whole unvarnished truth of his most recent adventure, recalling the highs and lows of this awe-inspiring trip as well as his life as an explorer using his trademark good humour.
He will talk about his earliest influences, including his father flying a Vulcan bomber as a test pilot, comparing this to his own experiences and discussing the role of the explorer in the 21st century.
Often cited as the last of the classical explorers, Benedict is the only person known to have crossed the Amazon Basin at its widest. He believes passionately that we all have an inner adventurer and that the Golden Age of exploration lies not behind us, but ahead.
In this latest, his most revealing, Benedict encourages people of all ages to look for adventure near and far from home. He talks passionately about the nature of risk-taking – both in our lives and in our own minds, urging us all to take up the most impossible-seeming challenges in our lives.
Above: Benedict Allen with his friend with friend Howard, from the Hewa people
Above: Benedict Allen on his travels
Above: Benedict Allen in a jungle/picture: Martin Hartley
Below: ultimate traveller Benedict Allen will reveal all on his new tour
Regularly filming his intrepid expeditions, Benedict’s most recent television series was last year’s Birds Of Paradise: The Ultimate Quest on BBC2, in which he was joined by BBC Security Correspondent and avid birdwatcher Frank Gardner. Benedict’s goal was to help Frank, a wheelchair user, fulfil his lifelong dream of seeing birds-of-paradise.
His six series for the BBC include Travellers’ Century, Skeleton Coast, Edge of Blue Heaven, Last of the Medicine Men and Ice Dogs. He also recently presented Adventures for Boys: The Lost World of Ryder Haggard and was a contributor for BBC Two’s Extreme Dreams.
Among the 10 books he has published, two were bestsellers: The Faber Book of Exploration and Into the Abyss. He has been a trustee and member of council of the Royal Geographical Society since 2010.
Benedict Allen: Ultimate Explorer is at Clair Hall Perrymount Road, Haywards Heath, at 7.30pm on Friday October 5. Tickets £18. Phone 01444 455440 or visit clairhall.org.