Stage Speakers -

August 6th-8th 2021

Throughout the festival, we will have talks and presentations as well as Q&A sessions with many survival experts and TV show personalities, here you will be able to listen to their tales of travel around the world and learn about the experiences they have had on their journeys and time spent outdoors, and get the opportunity to meet them in person.    

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Paul Kirtley 

Paul is a world-renowned Bushcraft and wilderness living skills instructor who has an extensive portfolio of places he has travelled to, both studying his craft but also teaching and guiding at the highest levels. He is no stranger to connecting with the natural world and he and the team at his bushcraft school 'Frontier Bushcraft' go out of their ways to pass those skills on to the students.     

Chaz Powell

After exploring and hiking the globe for the past 17 years. Chaz now lives his life as an Explorer, Expedition Leader and Survival Guide.

His ongoing project 'The Wildest Journey' is all about his remote explorations by foot along Africa's wildest rivers. With a main focus and objective behind the journeys being to raise funds and awareness for wildlife conservation and anti poaching.

During 2016/17 Chaz spent 137 days walking over 3000km from source to sea along the Zambezi River and in 2019 spent 47 days walking 1120km from source to sea along the Gambia river and 29 days walking 800km from east to west across Madagascar whilst walking source to sea along the country's longest river, The Mangoky.

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Jason Ingamells

Jason has a skills base that has been called upon on many occasions to work with mainstream media; including the BBC, and many educational production companies. He gets regular invitations to undertake talks and demonstrations at leading establishments throughout the UK, including The Royal Geographical Society which in 2015 he was nominated as an honorary fellow.

He runs his bushcraft and wilderness skills company 'Woodland Ways' out of the UK and continues to take his students around the world, teaching them the skills they need to survive safely for longer.

Theresa Kamper

TV show star and Worldwide educator Theresa Kamper will be on our stage hosting a live Q&A session talking about her experiences in the wild and being on hit TV shows.

Theresa is a world leader in traditional living skills and primitive technology of all kinds. 

 

Theresa has been tanning skins using traditional technologies for over twenty-five years. Coming originally from the state of Wyoming in the United States, she was lucky enough to grow up as part of a family of outdoor enthusiasts.

This enthusiasm extended to hunting, fishing and tracking in the vast tracks of wilderness surrounding her home town.

 

Theresa has also taught and demonstrated a wide range of traditional living skills including; the construction and use of traditional weapons, the use of plant and animal fibres, patterning and clothing construction, basketry, clay processing, pottery manufacture and firing, shelter construction and use, friction fire lighting and basic flint knapping and stone tool construction and use.

All these phenomenal skills have come together in her achieving her PhD and now being involved in several Television shows including Chanel 4's - Surviving The Stone Age, most recently History Channels global hit TV show - Alone! 

Both of these show involved Theresa LIVING the skills that she teaches across the world. 

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The Main Stage is brought to you in partnership with The Bushcraft Store

Tristan Gooley

Tristan will be doing a main stage talk and also be able to answer questions and also sign books.

Tristan Gooley is an author and natural navigator.

Tristan set up his natural navigation school in 2008 and is the author of award-winning and internationally bestselling books, including The Natural Navigator (2010) The Lost Art of Reading Nature’s Signs (2014), How to Read Water (2016) and The Secret World of Weather (2021), some of the world’s only books covering natural navigation.

He has spent decades hunting for clues and signs in nature, across the globe.

He has written for the Sunday Times, the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, the BBC and many magazines.

Tristan has led expeditions in five continents, climbed mountains in Europe, Africa and Asia, sailed small boats across oceans and piloted small aircraft to Africa and the Arctic. 

He is the only living person to have both flown solo and sailed singlehanded across the Atlantic and is a Fellow of the Royal Institute of Navigation and the Royal Geographical Society.

In 2020 he was awarded the Harold Spencer-Jones Gold Medal by the Royal Institute of Navigation. It is the Institute’s highest award, given in recognition of an outstanding contribution to navigation.

Tristan has appeared on TV and radio programmes in the UK and internationally, including The Today Programme, Night Waves, Countryfile, BBC Stargazing Live, Country Tracks, Ramblings, Open Country, Shipwrecks, The One Show and All Roads Lead Home. He has given talks across the world.

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