Ash Dykes is an explorer, extreme athlete and motivational speaker. He achieved three world-first records, trekking across Mongolia and Madagascar. He is known for his infectious enthusiasm, passion and dangerous approach to life.
In 2019, Ash became the first person to walk the full length of the Yangtze River, covering a distance of 4,000 miles.
In 2014, Ash became the first ever-recorded person to walk across Mongolia solo and unsupported, covering a distance of over 1,500 miles in 78 days. He trekked over the Altai Mountains, through the Gobi Desert and the Mongolian Steppe, all whilst pulling a wheeled trailer weighing 120kg, carrying everything needed to survive. Sir Ranulph Fiennes described it as being ‘an example of great determination, to achieve something that’s becoming harder all the time, an adventuring ‘first’, which would have proved both physically and mentally challenging’.
In 2016, Ash achieved his second world record by becoming the first person to walk the entire length of Madagascar’s interior, whilst summiting its eight highest Mountains. The expedition was over 1,600 miles and took 155 days to complete. He faced many challenges, from being held up by the military, contracting the deadliest form of Malaria, crossing crocodile infested rivers and more.
Ash has delivered talks at schools, colleges and universities about his experiences, and has spoken in parliament alongside Annie Lennox.