Michael J. Waterford

He is currently participating in the Indiana Land Trust Trek. Where is he hiking over 200 miles, across the state of Indiana to raise funds and awareness for local land trusts. Follow his progress at www.WaterfordExplores.com

Bio: Adventurer, Philanthropist, Expedition Manager, Gear Expert and Outfitter, 2013 Source to Sea paddler of the Mississippi River, 2011 Mongol Rally Participant, Founder/Owner of the Mountain Folk Adventure Series, mountaineer who's summit climbs include mountains on 6 of 7 continents, backpacker and traveller who lived and worked in 43 different countries and four U.S. States from 2008-2012. His travels have raised over $10,000 for various charity organizations and non-profit groups.

Contact him at: Info@TheMountainFolk.com or on Facebook at: Mike Waterford

Ash Dykes

Ash is currently traversing Madagascar. Follow his progress at www.AshDykes.com.

Bio: Ash Dykes, age 23 from Wales U.K, became the first known person to complete a solo and unsupported walk across Mongolia, the second largest landlocked country in the world. He pulled all of his provisions on a wheeled cart weighing 120kg, from West to East, covering 1,500 miles in just 78 days, knocking a staggering 22 days off his predicted time. Sir Ranulph Fiennes described it as being “an example of great determination, which would have proved both physically & mentally challenging to achieve what is becoming harder all the time – an adventuring world’s first”. 

Ash is no newbie to adventure and pushing his limits, from the age of 19, Ash left to explore the world first hand, worked as a scuba diving instructor in Thailand, whilst learning the deadly martial art of Muay Thai & competing against the locals.

Ash’s exploits lead him to undertake cycling 1,130 miles through Cambodia and the length of Vietnam, Trekking the Himalayas, Cycling 700 miles through Australia, Escaping the outback’s of Australia after a nasty break down in the wild, Survival skills learned in the jungle with a Burmese Hill Tribe, Cycled the length of Britain for charity (985 miles – 7days), Walking 200 miles across Wales in the dead of winter, and Trekking alone through the Alps.

See more on Ash at: www.AshDykes.com

Lonnie R. Bedwell

Blind adventurer, white-water kayaker, climber, skier, veteran, educator, and National Geographic Adventurer of the Year Honoree.

 Lonnie was the first blind person to white-water kayak the Grand Canyon portion of the Colorado River, travelling 226 miles over 16 days, Navy/National Guard Veteran, Served from 1985-1997,  Featured on NBC Today Show as the “American Story” Feature, One of the first blind veterans to bicycle 450 miles across the Colorado Rockies, Accented the 14,000 foot Humboldt Peak in Colorado, Lennie Howard Spirit Award 2012 recipient, Check-6 Heroism Award recipient 2013,  Accented three peaks in the San Juan Mountain Range with a disabled Marine veteran guide, In 2014, white-water kayaked the Grand Canyon for the second time with fellow blind adventurer Erik Weihenmayer, travelling 277 miles in 20 days, Lonnie often paddled alone, Lewis Braille Award recipient for 2015, Honored on Steve Harvey Show for both his personal and adventure accomplishments, 

Lonnie was a 2015 National Geographic Adventurer of the Year Honoree with Erik Weihenmayer for second journey through the Grand Canyon.

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