Jamie Maddison is a British explorer, equestrian Long Rider and distance runner. He is best known for his exploration of the Central Asia region.
Jamie has mounted numerous expeditions including: spending one month living and working with Kirghiz hunters in South East Tajikistan, a 100 mile, multi-day, camel supported run across the Red Sands Desert in Uzbekistan, chronicling the lives of Kazakh eagle hunters in Western Mongolia and Winter pack rafting down the Khovd River, Mongolia (temperatures down to -20 °C) in retrofitted and homemade pack rafts.
In 2013, Jamie, alongside friend and colleague Matthew Traver, completed a 750 mile, 63-day-long, horse ride from Ust-Kamenogorsk to Almaty, in honour of the centenary of a historical journey through the region by the Anglo-Irish explorer Sir Charles Howard-Bury.
In the Autumn of 2014, he lead the first expedition ever to cross the Betpak-Dala or the ‘Steppe of Misfortune’ from its easternmost extremity on the shores of Lake Balkash to its western edge on the Sarysu River. He also ran 190 miles, nearly eight marathons, back to back over the course of eight days within the region.
Jamie is an established adventure journalist and former Editor of Sidetracked Magazine, and last year’s presenter for Kendal Mountain Festival. A keen ultra marathon runner and pole vaulter, his talks are funny, engaging and cover a variety of topics. His motivational talks are ideally suited for audiences after some much needed inspiration particularly younger people seeking direction.
“The Outdoor Writers and Photographers Guild promoted a workshop on “The Outdoor Professional in the Digital Age”, for which Jamie delivered a talk on the development of “Sidetracked” magazine. His talk was beautifully illustrated and Jamie matched it with words that were clear, engaging and right to the point. Just as important when you’re only one of a busy lineup of speakers, he was neither too brief nor too longwinded, but packed plenty of food for thought into just the right amount of time. Audience feedback was overwhelmingly positive.”
“Jamie is a confident, engaging speaker whose original stories captivate his audience. He brings to life unusual places and experiences with ease and humour and he answers questions eloquently and succinctly.”
“A great talk by a inspirational young adventurer”
“Jamie Maddison's talk last night was a great illustration of why we like giving out our Wilderness Award each year. He described a journey with lots of laughs, surprises, struggles, satisfactions, challenges, successes and even the occasional survivable failure. Thanks Jamie.”
"Jamie’s expeditions represent part of Great Britain’s continued tradition of exploration and adventure across some of the planet’s most under-visited regions.”