World famous adventurers, daredevils and outright vagabonds are gathering

Adventurers unite: Explorer Alastair Humphrey's is hosting a night of adventure.
Adventurers unite: Explorer Alastair Humphrey's is hosting a night of adventure.

If Indiana Jones, Tintin and Dora the explorer were to combine their best efforts, they still could not match Alastair Humphrey's cv of adventure.

Chosen as one of this years National Geographic Adventurers of the Year, Alastair has cycled around the world, raced a yacht across the Atlantic Ocean, canoed 500 miles down the Yukon River, rowed to France and was named one of the fastest British runners in the Marathon des Sables - despite breaking his foot during the race.

He's cycled from Pakistan to China, Land’s End to John O’Groats, Turkey to Italy, Mexico to Panama and across South America.

At the tender age of eight, he completed the 26 mile Yorkshire 3 Peaks challenge and the National 3 Peaks in 24 hours aged just 13. At 14 he cycled off-road across England and two years ago he completed an unsupported crossing of Iceland by foot.

But a powerpoint slideshow, it seems, may be the challenge that finally overwhelms our intrepid explorer.

In a lecture night with a twist, Alistair and an eclectic collection of other explorers will be gathering for an altogether different adventure.

Some of the world's most famous adventurers, daredevils and outright vagabonds will be in Edinburgh to tell their stories in a 'Nights of Adventure' series - but each speaker will be limited to just 20 slides.

Each slide will be set to scroll forward automatically after just 20 seconds making it a verbal race against the clock to tell not just their adventure story but to tell it well in front of a live audience. And you're invited to be the judge of how well they do.

Once the talk begins there is no stopping or going back: it is fast and furious race all the way to the 'happily ever after'.

They can run, race, cycle, climb and survive in the harshest of natures elements, but can they survive an Edinburgh stage?

An evening that promises to sweep you from adventure to adventure organisers hope that the 'spirit' of adventure will be celebrated in all it's guises but it will also involve the 'spirit of giving' too.

The lectures were set up by Alastair after a visit to Sierra Leone in 2001 with the Hope and Homes for Children charity.

Inspired by the work and stories he saw there, Alastair became a strong patron of the charity and has been using his Night of Adventure talks to raise support for the charity ever since.

Hope and Homes for children work with some of the poorest children in the world to help provide them with the security of a home and a future.

There are an estimated eight million children living in orphanages across the world today with around 626,000 children currently orphaned in Central and Eastern Europe alone.

A massive 80 per cent of the children are not actually 'orphans' however as nearly all have at least one living parent who - unable to cope though poverty, conflict or disease, have had to give up their children.

The charity aims to fight this and where possible re-unite children with their families. When they began work in Romania in 1999 there were 100,000 children trapped in institutional care.

Today the figure is less than 11,000 and the Romanian Government has continued to commit to closing every state run institution by 2020. So your time and your generosity really can change a child's life.

Alastair and his adventurers will be at the Vue Cinema in Edinburgh on June, 18, if you would like to join them. Doors open at 6.30pm and tickets are available online now for £14.

This years line-up includes a stellar cast of adventurers who have all given up their time for free in support of the charity:

Mark Cooper – took up running in 2007 and hasn’t stopped since, including a 56 day run across Europe covering the equivalent of 50 marathons.

Dave Cornthwaite – has broken five world records, crossed Australia on a skateboard and descended the Mississippi River by Stand Up Paddleboard!

Mark Beaumont – smashed the world record for cycling around the world by 81 days and recently attempted to row the Atlantic in under 30 days - ocean rowing's very own four minute mile.

Paula Constant – since 2004 has walked over 12,500km through eight countries and produced two bestselling books.

Helen Leigh – an ocean rower who has recently achieved two world records.

Sean Newell – his current challenge is to visit all 72 nations that are competing at the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth games by a challenging method of transport.

Ariel Body – a former desert dwelling photographer and designer, currently self employed as a freelance visual communicator.

Patrick Winterton – heads Snowsport England’s Nordic coaching team and has made inspiring films of unprecedented sea kayaking expeditions.

Charlie Paton – in May 2000, Charlie succeeded in becoming the first Brit to walk unsupported from the Canadian coastline to the Geographical North Pole.

Nick Thorpe - award-winning writer and journalist. His books include a year-long quest to find balance and fulfilment by sampling everything from naturism to monasticism, Buddhism to ballooning and his 2500-mile journey around Scotland on other people’s boats.

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