Having received the stamp of approval from Bear Grylls (world renowned adventurer from reality show Man vs Wild) himself, Ash Dykes has made his mark as a true adventurer. Unfazed by the perils of the journeys he undertakes, Ash has completed some of the most difficult expeditions on land and water.
“From a young age, I was always curious about the world, travel and adventure. I’d hear stories, and this would fuel me to create my own.”
Bitten by the adventure bug, Ash has been exploring the world one treacherous trip at a time since he was 19 years old. He says, “From a young age, I was always curious about the world, travel and adventure. I’d hear stories, and this would fuel me to create my own.” And with that dream in mind and heart, Ash toiled hard to get the resources to begin a lifetime of grand expeditions. “It was when I was in college, studying an outdoor education course that I started focussing more on making something happen. I found work as a lifeguard, sold my car, bought a bicycle and cycled to work every day (16 miles), working 240 hours per month. I was saving a lot of money at this point, whilst planning my travel. At 19, I had made it, I set off to China with a friend.” And this was the trip that paved the way for all the others: Cycling Cambodia and the length of Vietnam. Speaking of the feeling this first unplanned and thrilling journey brought on, Ash says, “This was the catalyst to all the adventures to come. I was hooked and didn’t want to stop. So I didn’t!”
Since then Ash has undertaken several trips across the world, each one a serious test of his physical and mental capacity. One of his most popular expeditions was his solo and unsupported walk across Mongolia in 2014, over dangerous terrain, and in extreme weather conditions. This journey of 1,500 miles was completed by Ash in 78 days, and he was the first person to accomplish such a feat. This genuine passion for exploring the unknown, and staying true to the spirit of adventure gained him the title of ‘UK Adventurer of the Year in 2015’, among many others.
Challenges are part of everyone’s story, it’s what sets the determined apart from the quitters. As Ash says, “I’ve always stayed focussed, realised I can’t always be motivated, but I can be disciplined, and as long as I take the right steps and actions that move me closer to achieving what I’m passionate about – then eventually I’ll get there.”
For Ash adventure means exhilarating trips in the great outdoors, something hardcore and extreme. However, he doesn’t impose this meaning on others, and says, “Adventure is and can be everything and anything. It doesn’t have to be in the outdoors, everyone has their own adventure in life and it comes in all sorts of different ‘shapes and sizes’.” An inspiring thought to get us out there and do something exciting, even if it’s small.
Adventure is and can be everything and anything. It doesn’t have to be in the outdoors, everyone has their own adventure in life and it comes in all sorts of different ‘shapes and sizes’.”
With something big and exciting planned ahead, Ash speaks of his goal for the future, “I eventually want my brand to represent not just adventure, but to inspire, motivate and promote the fitness, health side, as well as promote causes.”
Ash’s dream might have seemed unachievable and crazy to others, but he didn’t lose motivation. He dares to do the unbelievable, and he succeeds because he isn’t afraid of the work it takes to get there. Ash Dyke epitomizes Boldness, for more than his wild adventures.