Edinburgh ‘Spirit of John Muir’ event to be live-streamed

Adventurer, author and film-maker Alastair Humphreys keynote address live online on 8 November

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In association with the Edinburgh-based outdoor retailer Tiso, the John Muir Trust will be live-streaming the second annual Spirit of John Muir event on Tuesday 8 November, featuring keynote speaker Alastair Humphreys.

All tickets have already been sold for the gathering, which will be addressed by explorer and author Alastair Humphreys.  This follows the inaugural Spirit of John Muir event in London, where the keynote speaker was naturalist and TV presenter Chris Packham.

Kevin Lelland of the John Muir Trust said: “We are delighted to be able to bring what promises to be a great night out to a wider audience. Alastair Humphreys embodies the spirit of John Muir.

“His adventures have included a 46,000-mile cycle journey round the globe, a 500-mile walk across Southern India, and a 3000-mile rowing expedition across the Atlantic, and his extensive writings include the best-selling Microadventures, which has inspired a new generation of would-be explorers to take to the wild places on their own doorsteps.

“We want to thank our corporate partner Tiso – long-time stalwart supporters of the Trust – who have made the live-streaming initiative possible.”

Alastair Humphreys was named National Geographic Adventurer of the Year in 2012 for his pioneering work on the concept of microadventures – exciting explorations which are short, simple, cheap and local. He has written nine books about his exploits, while his story-telling skills have won him a global following.

He said:  “It’s a real honour to be invited to speak at the second Spirit of John Muir event. Muir is someone I’ve long admired – not only as a pioneering conservationist, but as an adventurer and a communicator.

“I’m also delighted to continue my links with the John Muir Trust, an organisation that cares for some amazing areas of wild land and gets thousands of people from all walks of life involved with wild places through the John Muir Award.”

People can connect to the live stream via the Trust’s homepage from 7pm on Tuesday 8 November.