Meet the Team


 
Expedition Leader and Consultant Sam McConnell

Expedition Leader and Consultant Sam McConnell

Sam McConnell  FRGS, BES, TEC, EGS, EDA

 
Deputy Expedition Leader Tim Davies

Deputy Expedition Leader Tim Davies

      Tim Davies       BES, EGS

 

Since 1996 Sam has led over a hundred teams in deserts across Africa, from the Namib & Kalahari to the Sinai in the Eastern Sahara. In 2002 he walked solo and unsupported across the Dune Sea of the Namib Desert for which he was given a fellowship at the Royal Geographical Society.

In 2011 he found himself back in Namibia and the coast of wrecks and bones, leading a group of nine people 500km on foot and unsupported up the Skeleton Coast to the Kunene River and across the dune sea to Serra Kafema - a world first!

Sam is a fellow of the Royal Geographical Society, a member of the British Exploring Society, the Explorers Club and the Egyptian Desert Association.

 

Tim’s passion for expeditions began in 2013 while enrolled with the British Exploring Society on the Trainee Leader Programme in Namibia. It was here that he met Sam and got his first taste of deserts. Since then he has spent his time broadening his experience in places such as Svalbard, Norway, the French Alps and the Sierra Nevada in Spain, where he is qualifying as a mountain guide.

In 2014 he was selected for the Land Rover Next Generation Explorer Challenge, and teamed up with Sir Ranulph Fiennes, Ben Saunders, Kenton Cool, Hannah White and Eric Loizeau to complete various winter survival challenges in a snowy mountainous environment.

Since 2015 he has focused on developing the Badlands programme, now a fully operational expedition location. Tim is a member of the British Exploring Society.

 
 

Lost in an Ocean of Sand 

 
 
"You have undoubtedly enriched the lives of more than 180 young explorers and raised the profile of BES"

Flt Lt Nigel Painter - The British Exploring Society

 

 
 

Associations


A Tecnico Deportivo in Escalada y Media Montaña with the Centro de Estudios de Deportes de Invierno

A Tecnico Deportivo in Escalada y Media Montaña with the Centro de Estudios de Deportes de Invierno

Vice Chair of the Explorer's Club British Chapter

Vice Chair of the Explorer's Club British Chapter

Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society

Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society

Chief leader and technical adviser to the British Exploring Society

Chief leader and technical adviser to the British Exploring Society

Member of the Egyptian Desert Association

Members of the the Egyptian Geographic Society

Members of the the Egyptian Geographic Society

 

Awards


 
Awarded the Shackleton Trophy for Best Cadet Expedition of 2014
 

The Ulysses Trust Award

World Travel Awards, nominated for the fifth year

The Shackleton Trophy for the Best Cadet Expedition 2014

National Adventure Awards, Nominated 2015

 
 

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