Risk, resilience & realising your potential

At Tori’s next public engagement she’ll be speaking about risk, resilience & realising your potential at an afternoon tea in aid of Velindre Cancer Care. Guests will also be entertained by BBC rugby analyst and former Wales and Ospreys coach, Sean Holley.

“An Afternoon Tea With Two Extraordinary Welsh Successes”

Thursday 13th February 2020 at Bryngarw House, Bridgend

12 – 5pm

Tickets: £30.50

Tickets via Eventbrite

Here come the girls….a date for your diary

I’d never met Giorgia Rescigno before but after a few exchanges on Twitter and having read a little about her current projects and growing business Letzshare I suggested we do a ‘walk & talk’ to climb a small hill together. That hill was The Garth, just to the north of Cardiff. It’s a short but steep climb to the top where you are rewarded with some amazing views over the Wales’ capital city and the Bristol Channel in the distance. I love it up there (it’s actually where my husband proposed to me!).


and so…….as a result of our chat that day I’m excited to be on the lineup of speakers for Georgia’s first ‘SheTalks’ event taking place at 7pm on Thursday 10th October at Kin + Ilk on Cathedral Road, Cardiff.

Check out all the details here: http://letzshare.co.uk/event/shetalks-adventure/

Tickets: £16.76 (includes a glass of Prosecco)

Not Just For Girls

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I am super excited to feature in these two new children’s books which showcase women with notable achievements both in the adventure world and beyond: Fantastic Female Adventurers by Lily Dyu (due out Oct 2019) and Genod Gwych a Merched Medrus by Medi Jones-Jackson (published May 2019) – about 12 inspirational Welsh women.

Fantastic Female Adventurers (£12.99) – Lily Dyu – due out October 2019

Fantastic Female Adventurers by Lily Dyu is a collection of fourteen exciting and inspirational stories about the women that do. Follow them on their incredible journeys around the globe – taking you from Everest to the South Pole and all the places in between. Illustrated by Chellie Carroll.


Genod Gwych a Merched Medrus (£5.99) – Medi Jones-Jackson (May 2019)

Llyfr am 12 o ferched ysbrydoledig o Gymru e.e. Tori James, Laura Ashley, Eileen Beasley, Amy Dillwyn, Haley Gomez. Mae’r merched yn arbenigwyr yn eu meysydd penodol ac yn dod o bob rhan o Gymru. Mae’r llyfr yn llawn hwyl, ffeithiau, posau, gweithgareddau, cartwnau a lluniau lliwgar, wedi ei ddylunio gan Dyfan Williams a’r testun gan Medi Jones-Jackson.

A book about 12 inspirational Welsh women e.g. Tori James, Laura Ashley, Eileen Beasley, Amy Dillwyn, Haley Gomez. The women are experts in their particular fields and come from all over Wales. The book is full of fun, facts, puzzles, activities, cartoons and colorful pictures, designed by Dyfan Williams and written by Medi Jones-Jackson.

Buy Here


Upcoming events 2019

12th February 2019 – Beeline Britain – Keswick Lecture Society Event, 7.30pm Queen’s Hall, Keswick, CA12 5QB

Have you ever considered what it would be like to travel between two of the UK’s most iconic landmarks in a straight line? Or even where that line goes? Ever since the brothers John & Robert Naylor made the first recorded journey between Land’s End and John O’Groats in 1871, thousands of teams and individuals have completed the journey in a variety of ways, but never in a straight line. Beeline Britain team member Tori James will take you on a fascinating 1,100km journey from south to north revealing just exactly what it takes to journey by sea kayak, road bike, mountain bike and on foot through some of the UK’s most extreme urban and rural environments. Tickets: £6

22nd February 2019 – IOD Wales International Women’s Day Lunch – Hilton Hotel, Cardiff 12 – 3pm

A special question time event to celebrate International Women’s Day. In the Chair’s seat will be ITV’s Business and Brexit Correspondent Carole Green and our panel will comprise Everest summiteer Tori James; Maria Leijerstam who was the first person in the world to cycle to the South Pole; IoD Wales Chair, Jean Church; and Eluned Morgan, Minister for International Relations and the Welsh language. Tickets: £35 +VAT

28th February – 13th March – Brecon Women’s Festival 2019 – Celebrating Women in the Outdoors

Check out the full details of events taking place in Brecon at www.brycheiniog.co.uk

Thursday 28th February – opening of the exhibition in the gallery. ‘Celebrating Women in the Outdoors’. Opening party 6pm (free).

Monday 4th  March – all day workshop: A Journey Inside Outside with artist Fi Latus (free)

Thursday 7th March – Juliet Parker Smith & Linda Windham will run a canoeing session from the canal basin . 11am. All equipment provided (free)

Friday 8th March International Women’s Day

World Donkey Day – Julia Blazer of Good Day Out will be leading her Dinky Donkeys on a Donkey walk down the canal tow path supporting Brecon Food Bank. 11am (suggested donation £2)

Evening event – Extraordinary Women Talking – introduced by Juliet Parker Smith with Sian Sykes talking about her 1,000KM paddle board adventure around Wales and Ruth Pickvance of Element-Active discussing adventure in a different way. Tickets £10

Saturday 9th March:
Welsh Women Walking will be leading a 5 mile walk from the theatre up to the Iron Age hill fort,  Pen y Crug outside Brecon. 9.30am (free)

Live @ The Waterfront – Genevieve (live music) 1pm – 3pm (free)

Tuesday 12th March – Ruth Pickvance of Element Active will be running a workshop entitled Re-Framing Fear. 6.30pm (free)

Wednesday 13th March – Banff Film night including a film on mother daughter duo skiing from Vancouver to Alaska (£13.50)


Celebrating 10th Anniversary of Everest Summit

It’s exactly 10 years to the day that I stood on the summit of Mount Everest together with Anna Shekhdar & Rob Casserley and our Sherpas Thundu & Namgyel. It was summit success all round for my immediate team who, led by Kenton Cool was made up of Ben Stephens, Omar Samra and Greg Maud, all students at the London Business School and members of the Rock & Mountain Club.

The memories are as vivid as ever and the experience has affected my life in positive ways every single day since. I am overwhelmed when I think of all the people that supported me and my team to get there, it’s absolutely impossible to list you all but you know who you are, from providing sponsorship (Investec Asset Management & Defaqto and many others), technical advice, words of encouragement, leadership on the mountain, media coverage, kit & equipment, help with packing and so much more. Thank you again.

People often ask me “where did it all begin?”, “did your mum and dad take you camping?

Growing up on my family farm certainly instilled a love of the outdoors in me, but there are three organisations to thank for developing that interest and drawing me to cold places and snow-capped mountains. It was as a Brownie & Girl Guide that I bought my first sleeping bag, camped under canvas and completed my ‘Camp Permit’ badge. This led me to do the DofE, starting with Bronze and working up to Gold. And from there, the ultimate leap, to join the British Exploring Expedition to Iceland in 2000.

Read about my Icelandic adventure with British Exploring here.

It’s the people I met during that expedition to Iceland and subsequently when I worked in the British Exploring office at the Royal Geographical Society that sparked an ambition to explore more of the world and more of what I was capable of. I never dreamt that each subsequent adventure would lead me to the summit of Mount Everest where I became the first Welsh woman to reach the top and the youngest British female (at the time, aged 25).

Take a look at this video which captures my reaction having descended from the summit to the South Col at 7,950m. My breathing is a great reminder of what it’s like to be in hypoxic conditions at 7,950m.

Next public talk: 22nd April 2017 near Brecon

This year I’m celebrating 10 years since I stood on top of the world. Join me for this fundraising talk in aid of Velindre Cancer Care near Brecon on Saturday 22nd April 2017 and enjoy a delicious Nepalese Curry too. Tickets available from Joyce (see poster).

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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.

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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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