London Meeting, Saturday, November 2nd 2019

This month we have:

AGM : The clubs AGM starts at 1:00 pm (card carrying members only), then at 2.30 the meeting begins

Speaking this month we have:

1st Richard Harpham – Exploring and Mapping the North Seal River, Manitoba

Richard Harpham FRGS is no stranger to adventure having completed over 10,000 miles of human powered expeditions by canoe, kayak, bike and on ski. His adventures have including London to Marrakech by bike and kayak, sea kayaking 1000 miles from Vancouver to Alaska on the Inside Passage and canoeing the Yukon River on numerous occasions.

This proved to be a good warm up for the North Seal River project in Northern Manitoba. Rich, his wife Ashley and Canadian explorers Hap and Andrea Wilson spent two weeks exploring and mapping the river system of Lakes and Class II/III rapids. This remote wilderness nestled in between the eskers and lakes of the Boreal Forest is almost 300 miles from the nearest road and certainly far from help. The team battled large rapids, heavy snow fall and freezing temperatures on their journey mapping the river.

They witnessed nature up close and raw with wolves, bears and moose for company. This area is the traditional hunting grounds of the Dene people who  used the giant eskers from the glacial retreat as their highways through the region.

Rich writes for many different magazines and also speaks about his adventures and social entrepreneurship as an inspirational speaker.  In the UK Rich works as a professional instructor and coach in their family run business Canoe Trail which offers canoeing, kayaking, stand up paddle boarding just one hour of London and has been voted Top 52 things to do in the world by Lonely Planet and No. 3 best place in the UK to stand up paddle board by Red Bull Magazine.  They run Duke of Edinburgh Programmes, corporate events and adventure school youth programmes as well as canoeing expeditions to Scotland and Canada.  

Rich is a born storyteller with plenty of amusing tales and inspiring accounts of authentic adventure.  He is a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society.  Come and hear first hand about their incredible adventure in this remote wilderness, the highs and lows and getting stranded when the float plane hit a rock. 

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2nd: Victor Murineanu – A journey across the Atlantic Ocean

“Every November since Christopher Columbus first discovered the Trade Winds, yachts of various sizes set sail from the Canary Islands on a 2,700 nautical miles westward journey across the Atlantic to the Caribbean. This is the story of my experience crossing the pond, a 3 week long adventure.

Victor’s Instagram handles:

  • @odyseasailing – sailing related                                                     
  • @victorius000 – personal profile.

Admission costs, we charge a small cash fee of £3 for Globetrotters members and £6 for non-members on the door to cover our expenses, tea/coffee and biscuits are included free in the interval between the talks.

You do not need to be a member to attend, and we do not sell advanced tickets, please just come on the day, the doors open at 2:15pm and the program starts around 2:30pm with each talk lasting between 45 – 60 minutes.

London branch meetings are held at The Church of Scotland, Crown Court, behind the Fortune Theatre in Covent Garden the first Saturday of each month, unless there is a UK public holiday that weekend.

There is no London meeting in August, but we start afresh each September. If you would like to keep up to date with what’s happening at the Globetrotters London meetings and to be sent email reminders prior to the meeting, please sign up here

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