Dahl & adventure

As hundreds of events are taking place to celebrate the life and work of Roald Dahl (1916 – 1990) I was interested to discover that over 60 years prior to my own expedition to Iceland with British Exploring in 2000, Dahl had also completed an expedition with this same organisation.

In 1934, after Dahl finished school he crossed the Atlantic on the RMS Nova Scotia travelling to Newfoundland with other school boys from across the UK to complete scientific research & adventurous activities.

screen-shot-2016-09-19-at-18-27-14British Exploring is the longest running youth expedition charity in the UK. Founded by Surgeon Commander Murray Levick, a member of Scott’s Antarctic Expedition (who was also on the 1934 expedition) it has delivered youth expeditions for over 80 years.

British Exploring still exists today and they’ve found some brilliant old footage of Roald Dahl on his expedition in their archive (no sound).



Wales Year of Adventure & DofE Diamond Challenge 2016

It’s the Year of Adventure here in Wales and now that we’re over half way through the year I thought I’d share a few of my adventures to date. My main challenge in 2016 is the DofE Diamond Challenge, a chance for everyone to experience a bit of the DofE, celebrate its 60th Anniversary and raise money to support disadvantaged young people to do the DofE. So naturally, I set myself the challenge of completing 60 days of adventure, via as many different outdoor activities as possible. I’m not breaking or setting records or attempting anything new, but simply getting outdoors in ways that are accessible to anyone with a sense of adventure and a can-do attitude.

So far I have been swimming, skiing, mountain biking, road cycling, sailing, trail running, hill walking and slept out in a bothy. Still to come will be coasteering, climbing, SUP Boarding, canoeing, kayaking, adventure racing and more.
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To see the full list of my adventures and to make a donation to the DofE visit: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/60-adventures-for-60-years-of-the-DofE

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To see the full list of my adventures and to make a donation to the DofE visit: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/60-adventures-for-60-years-of-the-DofE

Forthcoming Talks 2016

The following talks are open to the general public so please follow the relevant links to book your tickets:

MAY 2016

Wednesday 4th May – 400th Anniversary Lecture for Perse School, Cambridge at 7.30pm

Tuesday 10th May – Adventures in Wales and the World – A talk at the National Library of Wales at 7.30pm

Friday 20th May 2016 – Friends of the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park 20th Anniversary Dinner – Allt-Yr-Afon Country Hotel, Pembrokeshire – 7pm £30 per head.

InspirationBallLibertyStadium2JUNE 2016

Friday 10th June – Four Seasons Business Lunch in Pembrokeshire in association with JCP Solicitors, 12 0’clock, Trefloyne Manor.

Saturday 25th June – MNDA Inspiration Summer Ball, Liberty Stadium, Swansea 7pm Tickets: KAYAK4MND@gmail.com

Great Weekend of Adventure – 2nd/3rd April 2016

It’s the Year of Adventure here in Wales and there are lots of exciting events taking place. On 2nd & 3rd April it’s the Great Weekend of Adventure so wherever you are in Wales there’s likely to be something happening nearby.

On Saturday 2nd April, I’ll be at Margam Park in south Wales for the Burn Series. The main events are two Burn Series adventure races. These are run, bike, kayak challenges that are suitable for teams, individuals and all the family. You can choose from the miniBurn (3km run, 1km kayak, 10km bike) or the more challenge BURN (10km run, 1km kayak, 40km mountain bike). So go on, set yourself a challenge, no excuses!

For supporters and spectators, there will also be a whole host of events and activities celebrating adventure, including Josh Briars the pro Flatland BMX Rider performing his tricks, a talk by Adventure Racing World Champion Nick Gracie, bushcraft demonstrations with Dryad Bushcraft and musical entertainment from local band, The Broadcasts.

Closing Date for race entries is: 26 March 2016. Visit www.burnseries.co.uk

See you there


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National Adventure Awards 2016

I’ve been nominated in the ‘Adventurer of the Year’ category in the National Adventure Awards 2016. I have no idea who nominated me so I’d like to say a huge thank you to whoever put my name forward. There’s a public vote too so if you’ve heard me speak, followed any of my adventures and enjoyed what you’ve seen it would be fantastic if you could spare a minute to vote for me. It will literally take you a few clicks, visit the Public Voting page and click on Tori James. Voting ends 28 February 2016.
Thanks, Tori.


Happy New Year 2016

2016 is going to be an exciting year. Are you up for a challenge? An adventure? I have some ideas….

Poster - KayakThe Duke of Edinburgh’s Award celebrates its 60th Anniversary in 2016 and everyone is invited to take part in the Diamond Challenge. Yes, anyone can take part, whatever your age. I’ve set myself the challenge to complete 60 days of adventure, using as many different modes of travel as possible, to mark 60 years of the DofE. Now more than ever I appreciate what the DofE has to offer to young people and I am raising funds for the DofE so that more and more young people can have the chance to participate https://www.justgiving.com/60-adventures-for-60-years-of-the-DofE  I’m also the Diamond Challenge Champion for DofE Wales so please get in touch if you want more information or if you have a group of people who want to participate. Whether it’s an adventure, skill or personal challenge we’d love to hear from you.

I can’t think of anywhere better to start these adventures than right here in Wales in its Year of Adventure. I’m excited to be an ambassador for the Visit Wales campaign and my involvement starts on New Year’s Day in my home county of Pembrokeshire when I’ll be opening the Saundersfoot New Year’s Day Swim. This annual event which started in 1984 sees over 1,000 crazy individuals dash into the sea for a bracing start to the New Year. Watch the video here.

ITV LogoFor some extra adventure inspiration look out for the ITV Wales television programmes I’m presenting called ‘Big Welsh Adventure’. The first of four episodes begins on Thursday 21st January 2016.


Tori James - Professional SpeakerI’ll also be celebrating a professional milestone this year as I will have been speaking about my record-breaking adventures for 10 years and I’ll deliver my 250th talk.

Some of my upcoming talks include:
Saturday 9th January 2016 – Cotswold Cardiff, 6pm – Everest & Antarctica: Tales from two Welsh record holders. This is a FREE event but please book your place at http://www.eventbrite.com/e/everest-antarctica-tales-from-two-welsh-record-holders-tickets-306654211

Thursday 3rd March 2016, 7pm – Boulders Climbing Centre, Cardiff – Winter Tales: Reaching Your Everest. This is a FREE event with a suggested donation to charity. Details at http://bouldersuk.com/event/winter-tales-tori-james-reaching-your-everest-believing-you-can-do-it/

Friday 20th May 2016 – Friends of the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park 20th Anniversary Dinner – Allt-Yr-Afon Country Hotel, Pembrokeshire – 7pm £30 per head. Contact www.fpcnp.org.uk

NationalAdventureAwardsAnd finally, I have been nominated in the ‘Adventurer of the Year’ category of the National Adventure Awards 2016. I have no idea who nominated me so I’d like to say a huge thank you to whoever put my name forward. The winners will be announced at a ceremony in Glasgow on 16th March 2016.

Please could you spare literally 2 seconds to vote for ‘Tori James’ at http://www.scottishadventureawards.com/the-public-vote/

What adventures are on your list for 2016? I’d love to hear them. Tweet @torijtweets

100 days to go until

100 days to go until……

…..find out later!

March Talks & Events

March is definitely the month to see “As The Crow Flies” the award-winning hour long film about my record-breaking Beeline Britain journey and I’ll also be talking about the journey in Crickhowell on Thursday 5th March, and taking part in the ‘Inspirational Women’s Evening’ at the Llanberis Film Festival on Saturday 7th March.

Thursday 5th March – Crickhowell Walking Festival – Talk by Beeline Britain team member Tori James at 7pm, Clarence Hall, Crickhowell.

Saturday 7th March – Screening of the Beeline Britain film As The Crow Flies at 6pm at LLAMFF (Llanberis Mountain Film Festival) AND Inspirational Women’s Evening at 7.30pm with Elin Haf Davies, Rebecca Coles, Emma Twyford, Becky Shuttleworth, Heather Geluk and myself!

20-22nd March – ShAFF – Sheffield Adventure Film Festival – Screening of As The Crow Flies. 

Saturday 28th March – Screening of the Beeline Britain film As The Crow Flies at 7pm at Ysgol Dewi Sant, St Davids, Pembrokeshire. Tickets on sale from TYF, Ysgol Dewi Sant and available on the door (£4).

If you attend any of these events and enjoy what you see please consider making a donation to Blesma, the British Limbless Ex-servicemen’s Association at http://www.justgiving.com/beelinebritain.

If you can’t get to these locations you can watch the film online at https://www.reelhouse.org/imageimpossible/as-the-crow-flies/as-the-crow-flies-reelhouse

Renewed motivation to go outside, get fit and feel good

I’ve known for a while that getting some new sports kit or outdoor gear boosts my motivation to keep fit, but I’ve just found out that so does using lovely new sports skincare products.

There’s every excuse to go for a muddy trail run now that I have some of activbod’s body scrub and cooling lotion. And I haven’t even tried the Mind Over Matter Balm Oil yet…….







Tori is an ambassador for activbod which is available to buy in Boots.

Wrap up 2014 & forthcoming talks

Presents are wrapped, bags are packed and I’m nearly ready to drive to Pembrokeshire for Christmas with my family. It’s been a brilliant year, I’ve worked with some fantastic people and achieved a few things I’ll remember for the rest of my life.

Highlights of 2014 include:
12 months of 2014Another record-breaking challenge! Beeline Britain made the first ever straight line journey between Land’s End and John O’Groats and set two new sea kayaking records, raised over £20k for Blesma and culminated in the production of the film As The Crow Flies which was voted People’s Choice at the Kendal Mountain Festival.

Awarded a ‘Points of Light’ Award by the Prime Minister in recognition of outstanding volunteering over the last 10 years.

Featured in the ‘Top 35 Under 35’ a list of 35 women making their mark in Wales.

Published articles in Geographical Magazine and Guardian Travel. Depicted as a cartoon image for Student Farmer magazine. Featured as a panelist on BBC Radio Wales with Eleri Sion.

Participated in the BBC’s University Challenge – Alumni Special with Royal Holloway (and Bedford New College) alumni Valerie Vaz MP, Norman Baker MP and Francis Wheen.

Delivered the first DofE Wales ExpedFest, a residential training weekend for expedition leaders and the annual Burn Series multisport events.

Highlights of my speaking engagements include speaking to the GB Women’s Rowing team, addressing Gold DofE Recipients at St James’ Palace, helping to launch the new brand for Inspiring Learning and returning to my old school as guest speaker for Christ College Brecon Prize Day.

Next year I’ll be speaking at the following public events:

21 January 2015 – Royal Scottish Geographical Society Lectures in Edinburgh (2.15pm) and in Glasgow (7.30pm)

5 March 2015 – Crickhowell Walking Festival, Clarence Hall, Crickhowell, 7pm

Thank you to everyone who has been a part of these achievements and events.

Season’s greetings to you all.