Leon McCarron, Adventurer
Leon McCarron is a Northern Irish adventurer and filmmaker. He is a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society and specialises in long distance, human-powered expeditions.
His latest film, Karun, has just been released! Read more and see it here.
Leon's first book - The Road Headed West - about his bicycle journey across North America was released in July 2014. It is now an Amazon Top 10 Bestseller and is available here.
At the end of 2012 Leon crossed 1000 miles of the Empty Quarter desert, roughly following the route of explorer Wilfred Thesiger and pulling a cart loaded with supplies. In May 2012 he concluded a 6-month, 3000 mile expedition walking the length of China, from the Gobi desert in Mongolia to South China Sea in Hong Kong. National Geographic produced a 4-part TV series of the journey.
Other journeys include 14,000 miles solo and unsupported on a bicycle from New York to Hong Kong, a folding bike trip around the British Isles to climb the Six Peaks, a human-powered descent of the longest river in Iran, the Karun, and a crossing of Argentine Patagonia on horseback.
Visit Leon's Website to find out more
Dave Cornthwaite, Support Team
Although Dave started this journey with Leon, a broken foot meant he had to pull out. Dave now supports the expedition from afar, ensuring the education programme and Leon's messages reach the wider public.
Since quitting his job as a really bad graphic designer in 2005, Dave Cornthwaite has developed a successful career based around his passions.
At the core, he is a record-breaking adventurer who has travelled over 19,000 miles as part of the groundbreaking Expedition1000 project: 25 journeys of 1000 miles or more, each using a different form of non-motorised transport.
Dave's mission revolves around a simple philosophy: to ensure our potential as both a race and individuals isn't wasted, to motivate people to break down their fears and not be afraid to challenge themselves. To consume less, enjoy Mondays and for us all to look after our own little corner of the planet, because if we're all happy the world will be a much better place.