David Pickford is a writer, photographer and entrepreneur. He is an experienced adventurer and has climbed and travelled in more than sixty countries across six continents. He was editor-in-chief of Climb magazine for seven years and is the author of two books.
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David has been giving lectures to school students and business audiences for the past fifteen years. He often speaks around his key areas of expertise in adventure sports, approaches to risk, and personal development through the experience of adventure in wild environments. However, he can deliver a bespoke lecture to the requirements of any audience, from shorter after-dinner events to full length motivational speeches geared either for school students or for businesses.
David is an extremely experienced, accomplished and widely travelled climber and mountaineer. He has rock climbed to a very high standard and his climbing experience covers more than sixty countries worldwide. He has climbed many 6000+ metre peaks in the Greater Ranges, and has led commercial expeditions in the high mountain regions of India, Nepal, and Africa. David is also an accomplished skier, trail runner, mountain biker and waterman. He recently undertook a solo, unsupported expedition from the Bristol Channel to the English Channel by SUP.
David was editor-in-chief of Climb magazine, Britain’s leading climbing and mountaineering publication, from 2010 to 2017. He contributes to dozens of publications across the English speaking world as a writer and photographer. He is the author of two books: a photography book, The Light Elsewhere, and collection of short fiction, After the Crash and other stories.
Some of the key subjects covered in David’s lectures include better decision making, the importance of experiencing real risk (and what we can learn from it), optimising teamwork skills, the value of experiencing survival situations in wild environments, optimising team and organisation structure, and the way in which going ‘outside the comfort zone’ is vital to personal development.