Transglobe Events 2021 – Where Was I?

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Where Was I?

Date: Wednesday, 17 November 2021

Venue: Royal Geographical Society (with IBG), London

Time: Doors open at 6pm for a 7pm start

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The title for this year’s event was chosen to reflect the missing months that have interrupted our annual event and left us picking up from where we left off in 2019. It also provides our speakers with a theme that gives plenty of scope for them to entertain us with stories of their travels and discoveries from around the world. As always we are extremely grateful to our speakers for sharing with us their adventures, especially as we emerge from a period of isolation and limited vision. This evening is a joyous return to the good old days which were so popular. We very much look forward to seeing familiar faces and friends, both old and new. Let’s celebrate! 

Toby Nowlan is a wildlife artist, photographer and journalist with a particular passion for birding and diving. He has led many expeditions in search of the world’s rarest and most endangered animals, from the Critically Endangered vaquita porpoise in the Sea of Cortez, to the spoon-billed sandpiper in South Korea. In 2009 Toby was the BBC’s Young Environmental Journalist of the Year and a Rolex Young Laureates finalist for his Indonesian coral reef conservation plans. Toby is a television producer, currently making natural history films for the BBC and Netflix. For the last 10 years Toby has directed film shoots for major series including the BBC’s Planet Earth II and A Perfect Planet and he is now co-producing a new global series for Netflix due for release in 2023. In 2019 TET supported Toby in his search for one of the rarest mammals on Earth, the Critically Endangered Javan rhino.

Sacha DenchUPDATE – Many of you may have heard the news of the tragic paramotoring accident that recently left Sacha Dench badly injured, and killed her cameraman Dan Burton. Regretfully, although completely understandably, Sacha is not going to be able to join us at our evening as originally planned on the 17th November. We have held off commenting on this firstly because we wanted to give Sacha time, but also because, we wanted to be sure to provide you with an update as to the effects of this on our evening, and we can confirm that Ed Stafford will kindly be stepping in to fill Sacha’s slot. Ours thoughts remain with Sacha and Dan’s family, and I am sure you will join us in wishing her well during her recovery.

Rebecca Stephens is an author, journalist, lecturer, and coach, and the first British woman to climb Mount Everest and the Seven Summits.  Other expeditions include sailing the Southern Seas to the South Magnetic Pole and Antarctica and skiing across the South Atlantic island of South Georgia in the footsteps of Shackleton.  She also leads treks, mostly in the Himalayas and East Africa – the last in the Simien Mountains, Ethiopia, just before lockdown in November 2019. In 2007, she established a company Seven Summits Performance Ltd to deliver effective professional and leadership development, and is an adjunct at Hult Ashridge Business School and a consultant for strategy execution firm Skarbek Associates. When permitted, she takes her master classes to the mountains where people have the opportunity to learn experientially. She has written several books: The Seven Summits of Success, a leadership book co-authored with business writer Robert Heller; On Top of the World, an account of her climbing Everest; Everest Eyewitness Guide; and Due South, a pole-to-pole helicopter odyssey. This autumn her latest book, written with Skarbek Associates, entitled Making it Happen, is published by Bloomsbury. She is a long-standing trustee for The Himalayan Trust UK.

Ranulph Fiennes is a household name. His achievements (including occasional misdemeanours, in his younger days) are the colourful and sometimes scarcely credible subject of a biopic film being produced by Universal Pictures Content Group together with the British Film Institute and due for general release next year. Producer George Chignall and Director, Matt Dyas, with the generous agreement from Universal Pictures Content Group will show exclusive footage captured during the making of the documentary and join Ranulph on the stage to discuss the project and answer questions.

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Current Grant Winners

  • Sarah Outen’s expedition London to London via the World. After setting out from London on 1st April 2011, Sarah has been kayaking, rowing and cycling her way around the world   Although a solo expedition, this is to be a shared adventure – bringing the expedition to classrooms, offices and homes right around the world.
  • In October 2016 Olly Hicks intends to complete his original goal and will set out from Tasmania to row solo around the world. Follow his preparations and epic journey here at

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  • 5000 Mile Project – Katharine and David Lowrie completed an epic expedition to run the length of South America in a year for the continent’s wild lands and wildlife. They ran without support, whilst pulling a trailer they made from recycled materials.  As well as running, the 5000mileproject helped to connect people from around the world to South America’s precious remaining wildernesses, to illustrate how daily choices affect these areas and how with small steps everyone can conserve them. They have created the “Big Toe Classroom”, which is full of information on the continent and provides a real-life expedition for schools in the UK and around the world to get involved in. In between arduous running sessions, they present to schools in South America about the project, the local habitats and importance of functioning ecosystems. They also carry out a daily bird census and collect data on the wildlife and habitats they pass, reporting their findings to local and international conservationists.
  • Huautla Expedition  – In 2012, Chris Jewell and his team of Cavers and Cave Divers began a two year project to explore further than anyone has before in the Huautla Cave System in Mexico.  Using state of the art technology the team spent many weeks underground, diving through flooded cave passages, camping in the dry passage beyond and exploring the unknown cave. An expedition like this is a fantastic example of ingenuity, perseverance, determination, team-work and triumph over physical elements.
  • Kaspersky One Trans-Antarctic Expedition – Felicity Aston embarked on a 1700km, 70-day ski in order to become the first woman in the world to cross Antarctica alone. By completing the journey Felicity also became the first British woman to traverse Antarctica. Felicity set out from her start point on the Ronne Ice Shelf on 12th November 2011 and arrived on the Ross Ice Shelf (via the Pole) on 31st January 2012. Follow her story here
  • Stewart McPherson’s project, Conservation in Britain’s most remote Overseas Territories, aims to raise public awareness of Britain’s Overseas Territories (initially Montserrat, Ascension Island, Saint Helena, Tristan da Cunha and the Falkland Islands) and through detailed investigations, provide management solutions for the unique conservation challenges they face today. The findings of this research have identified conservation priorities and common strategies for local governing bodies to help secure a sustainable future.
  • The Trans-Papua Expedition went to explore the historic inter-tribal trade connection between the Papuan interior and its coastlines. In the first complete crossing of Papua’s width – from the River Noordoost to the mighty Mamberamo River – the 2 man team travelled on-foot and by kayak. They will map and uncover the sources of the island’s greatest rivers and answer one of Papua’s enduring mysteries: How, long before European exploration, did Papuan products make it out of the highland interior to mainland Asia?
  • The Derewo Descent – a kayaking expedition with a primary aim of exploring previously unvisited upland gorges of Papua’s remote river system. The 3 man team descended the rivers in an expedition that tested both physical skill and determination while encountering new landscapes and people.
  • The Wild Camel Protection Foundation for survey of the critically endangered Bactrian Camel and their 2011 expedition to the Taklamakan Desert, Xinjiang Province, China. John Hare and Chinese scientists went in search of these elusive animals which were previously not known to exist in this region.
  • Adrian McCallum,Tristam Kaye and Hugh Bowring for their parts in assisting in the organisation and operations of The Coldest Journey, the first attempt at crossing the Antarctic continent during the southern winter.
  • Endure Greenland Crossing – Ben Thackwray and Ian Couch’s attempt at a record-breaking ultra-lightweight crossing of Greenland on skis.
  • Walking The Amazon Ed Stafford’s remarkable 2 year expedition to walk from the Peruvian Pacific coast, over the Andes and along a tributary to the Amazon estuary and the Atlantic coast.

The Scientific Exploration Society for a biodiversity research expedition in Ethopia to the Beschillo and Blue Nile gorges which included the first descent of the Beschillo River.