Who’s up for the challenge?
Ben Southall is an Adventurer and Digital Journalist and is no stranger to completing expeditions. In 2008 Ben circumnavigated Africa alone in his Land Rover for his self-managed charity expedition – Afritrex; climbing the five highest mountains and running five marathons during the year running a website, writing a blog and documenting the adventure along the way. In 2009 Ben won the Best Job in the World campaign run by Tourism Queensland and spent a year exploring the islands of the Great Barrier Reef, again writing for a number of websites about the experiences the journey produced, presenting a six-part series for NatGeo Adventure and working with media and film crews from around the world. 2011 saw Ben embark on a four month, 1600kms kayaking expedition along the Great Barrier Reef with the Best Expedition in the World which delivered an ‘achievable adventure’, highlighting the fragility of this World Heritage Site to the world through global media and his websites. Ben continues to work with a number of television companies and tourism organisations to promote Australia and the Great Outdoors to a wide audience.
Fitness and adventure sports have been a big part of Ben’s life for the last decade with 13 marathons and 2 ultra marathons successfully completed in the last six years.
Ben has extensive television experience having worked with the BBC, CNN, Oprah Winfrey, ABC, Ch7/9/10, NatGeo and many other production companies from around the world. He regularly writes for a number of online blogs and websites, and has written articles for Time Magazine, Conde Naste and National Geographic magazine amongst others. Ben runs his own production company creating content for digital platforms in the form of video and photos for state and national tourism organisations, as well as Nikon, one of his sponsors.
10 days after he tied the knot with the love of his life Luke set off on the Aussie 8 adventure, so that kind of sums the bloke up.
Full of life, the eternal optimist his passion for life, adventure, family and pushing the boundaries is contagious. Luke has played soccer in Japan, is a licensed Skydiver, has run 5 marathons, countless half marathons and and many ultra marathons including one of the most recognised the Australian North Face 100 and now is focused on the Aussie 8 Expedition, oh an becoming a husband. Luke is passionate about getting people out and about through running, getting fit and living a healthy and fulling life.
Luke has worked in the world of Tourism Destination Marketing on both an international and national scale for over 10 years, writing scripts, presenting briefs, running multi million dollar campaigns is part of his daily corporate life.
Pat is a writer, photographer and editor who specialises in adventure journalism. As well as playing a full and active part in the expedition as a team member, he will be the media correspondent for the Aussie Eight Project. A keen trail runner, paddler and mountain biker, Pat favours taking a gonzo-style approach to his subject matter when writing and has covered many adventure races as both participant and correspondent, including the Swisse Tasmania Mark Webber Challenge, several XPDs (including the Adventure Racing World Championships), the Cairns Adventure Festival, the Magnetic Island Adventurethon and a multitude of mountain biking events. After working for many years at Lonely Planet publications Pat founded the adventure title Outer Edge in 2006 and was the managing editor of Outer Edge, Wild and Rockmagazines until 2011, when he founded the specialist media company Adventure Types. Through Adventure Types he publishes a stable of outdoor-focussed e-zines including Paddlemag, Trail Run Magand Vertical Life. Currently he is also the editor of the international adventure-travel magazine Get Lost, a senior contributor for Australian Geographic Outdoor magazine,Australian Mountain Bike Magazine and Flow MTB, and his writing can be regularly found in newspapers and magazines from theAge and the Sydney Morning Herald through to Men’s Fitness and Voyeur.