Tarka L’Herpiniere

EXPLORER, ENDURANCE ATHLETE & FILMMAKER

Tarka L’Herpiniere is a British explorer, ultra-endurance athlete, motivational speaker and film maker who holds several endurance records.

He spent much of his childhood growing up in the Savoie region of the French Alps where he developed a passion for adventurous activities including rock and ice climbing, mountaineering, touring, cross-country skiing, mountain biking, road cycling, paragliding, skydiving and BASE jumping to name a few.

At the age of 16, Tarka took a bicycle out of a skip, put it back together in the school design labs and began a 1000km journey to the South of France. Although the journey was a logistical disaster it added to his love of challenging sports and wild environments.

He began with mountaineering expeditions before moving on to the Arctic, and in 2004 he attempted to become the youngest person ever to reach the North and South Poles, unaided and in succession, but due to sponsorship withdrawal the project could not be completed.

In 2006 Tarka attempted to summit Mt Everest without oxygen, but past the 7,000m mark he developed HACE and had to be evacuated, but a year later he and partner Katie-Jane became the first people to walk the entire length of the Great Wall of China.

In 2008 he cycled over 8,000 km through Africa on a 30-year-old bicycle with no brakes or gears to promote the charity Re-Cycle, while a year later he completed the longest crossing of the Southern Patagonian Ice Cap by a British team.

In his role as a speaker, Tarka highlights just what is necessary to achieve high levels of peak performance, including overcoming adversity and mental conditioning. Alongside now-wife Katie-Jane, their remarkable story of joint achievement motivates and inspires audiences to maximize success in their lives.

To book the inspirational Tarka L’Herpiniere as a speaker for your corporate or adventuring event with the Champions Motivational Speakers agency, please fill in our online form or call us on +44 1509 85 29 27 today.

  • Follow Your Dreams
  • Persevere Despite Difficulties and Set-Backs
  • Courage & Conquering the Fear of Failure
  • Achieve Your Goals – Achieve Your Potential
  • Co-Operation in Adversity

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