South African Adventurers To Be Celebrated At FEAT!


South Africa is home to some of the most accomplished explorers and adventurers on the planet. The country has more than its fair share of mountaineers, polar explorers, sailors, and more. To celebrate these amazing men and women, a new adventure symposium will take place later this year in Johannesburg that will offers an intriguing mix of the Banff Film Festival and TED Talks.

FEAT, which stands for Fascinating Expeditions & Adventure Talks,  promises to be the ultimate armchair adventure experience.  Billed as: “1 Night, 12 Adventurers, 7 Minutes Each”, that is an apt description of the format for the evening as well. 

Each of the 12 speakers will have exactly 7 minutes to, no more and no less, to share a specific aspect of one of their recent expeditions. They’ll use photos and their own words to tell the story of the challenges they had to overcome to discover something about people, places, or even themselves. 

Amongst the featured speakers are Alex Harris, who has climbed the Seven Summits and Peter van Kets, who has rowed solo across the Atlantic, twice no less, as part of the Atlantic Rowing Race. Others include climber Marianne Schwankhart, who recently started the Seven Summits, Seven Flights expedition, and Riann Manser, who quite literally rode around Africa on his bicycle. 

Tickets for the event go on sale on Monday, August 2nd at Computicket, with the inaugural event taking place at the Wit Theater in Braamfontein on October 7th. 

This looks like it’s going to be a really great event. I love the format and the line-up of speakers is excellent. If I were in or around, Jo’burg in early October, I’d certainly try to find away to attend this event. Looks like a fun evening. 

Kraig Becker