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  • History

    FEAT Jo’burg: Thursday, 8 October 2015

    For the first time we had two FEAT events with our first FEAT Kids in the afternoon and the annual FEAT event at night. The events were held at the Linder Auditorium. While FEAT Kids saw low attendance, FEAT welcomed around 800 audience adventurers.

    Speakers at FEAT Kids included: Bernie Theron (trekking across Iceland), JeanJacques Wallis (B.A.S.E. jumping & wingsuit flying), Kai Fitchen (adventure travel & mountaineering), Keegan Longueira (world record, across-Africa cycling), Paige Raw (travel and adventure in China), Robyn Zimmerman (scouting skills) and Samantha Stainton (sport climbing).

    Speakers at FEAT included: Andrew Porter (mind games on solo adventures), Bernie Theron (trekking across Iceland), Colin & Bianca Cooper (back-to-basics Qhubeka expeditions), Duncan Paul (Yukon 1000 kayak race), Hazel Moller (ultra-ultrarunning), Jean Craven (intercontinental swimming), Keegan Longueira (world-record, across Africa cycling), Nic Good (adventuretainment), Peter van Kets (Svalbard Arctic adventure), Tim Biggs (river expeditions in the Amazon).

    Peter van Kets was the MC for both events.

    FEAT Jo’burg: Thursday, 2 October 2014

    The 6th edition of FEAT South Africa took place at the Linder Auditorium in Johannesburg on Thursday, 2 October 2014. The 1060-seater theatre was almost full.

    Speakers featured included: Alistair Moodie & Patrick Chappel (Cape2Rio), Clyde Barendse & Steve Black (run-surfski race), Cobus van Zyl & Ryno Griesel (Drakensberg Grand Traverse), David Grier (running across India), Guy Jennings (fat biking), Jacques Homan (adventure in Lesotho), Sean Disney & Vaughan de la Harpe (mountaineering), Squash Falconer (UK; adventures), Tracy Rankin (parkrun) and Vasti Geldenhuys (ocean rowing). Simon Gear was our wonderful MC again.

    FEAT Jo’burg: Thursday, 10 October 2013

    The 5th edition of FEAT included Chris Bertish (SUP), Dave Joyce and Marco Broccardo (Empty Quarter crossing), David Waddilove (Freedom Challenge organiser), Gavin Moffat and Ingrid Lotze (technical diving), Karen Hauptfleisch (climbing Africa’s highest peaks), Kevin Davie (following William Burchell’s 200 year old route on mtb), Nikki Candy (Space Camp), Ray Chaplin (riverboarding the Orange River), Ricky Goodhead (expedition running) and Richard Kohler (paddling South Africa’s coastline).

    FEAT regular June Fabian writes, “It’s one of the best FEATs I have been to – each one is different, I agree, but last night was very special. As I get older, it’s such an inspiration to see older peeps getting out there, exploring, engaging with our beautiful country and LIVING – and to have a platform to share it.”

    This FEAT event was held in Johannesburg, at the Victory Theatre on Thursday, 10 October 2013.

    FEAT Jo’burg: Thursday, 4 October 2012

    Speakers at the fourth South African FEAT event included Christo Smeda, Ed February, Elizabeth de Speville, Elsie Bezuidenhout, James Lea-Cox, James Pitman, Keith Jones, Martin Dreyer and Rob Thomas. They spoke on the topics of Stand-up Paddleboarding expedition, mountaineering, expedition walking, thru-Africa cycling, flying around the world in a home-built plane, sailing the coast of South America – the wrong way, a career of adventuring to changing lives and mountain rescue. Davey du Plessis was a surprise guest. He arrived back home to South Africa a week before FEAT after spending a month in ICU in Peru after being shot on his Amazon source-to-sea adventure. This FEAT event was held in Johannesburg on Thursday, 4 October 2012.

    FEAT Jo’burg: Thursday, 6 October 2011

    Speakers at this third edition of FEAT were Andy de Klerk, Craig Egberink, Gerard Finnemore, Grant Baker, Kim van Kets, Kobus Bresler, Marian Penso, Ross Tucker and Simon Gear. They spoke on the topics of opening climbing routes, endurance horse racing, post-expedition psychology, big-wave surfing, multidiscipline circumnavigation, microadventures, mountain bike expedition, endurance sports science and Earth appreciation. This FEAT event was held in Jo’burg on Thursday, 6 October 2011.

    FEAT Cape Town: Saturday, 12 February 2011

    Speakers at FEAT Cape Town were Allyson Towle, Marc Booysen, Benita de Witt, Braam Malherbe, Hanli Prinsloo, Johnny Cronje, Monde Sitole, Nick Bennett, Peter van Kets and Tatum Prins. Disciplines represented in this second edition of FEAT included long-distance running, tall ship sailing, sea-to-summit expeditions, ocean rowing, unicycling, survivor-style experiences and adventure racing. Related topics also featured included social initiatives, barefoot running and freediving. MC extraordinaire, Max Cluer, was the MC for the night. This FEAT event was held at Artscape Theatre in Cape Town on Saturday, 12 February 2011.

    FEAT Jo’burg: Thursday, 7 October 2010

    The very first edition of FEAT took place at Wits Theatre in Braamfontein, Jo’burg. The event was sold out two weeks before! The speaker roster included Alex Harris, Andrew Kellet, Cobus van Zyl, Darron Raw, Julian Dallamore, Kyle Meenehan, Mandy Ramsden, Marianne Schwankhart, Mike Blyth, Peter van Kets, Pierre Carter and Ray Chaplin. Disciplines represented by the speakers included mountaineering, polar travel, river kayaking, long distance running & walking, rock climbing, mountain running, paragliding, sea kayaking and ocean rowing. Related topics covered communication technology, sponsorships and the making of adventure films. Legendary ultra runner, Bruce Fordyce, was the MC for the night.