Tarke L’Herpiniere – Bio
At just 16 years of age, Tarka L’Herpiniere took a bicycle out of a skip rebuilt it in the design lab at school and set off on a 1000km journey to the south of France. Inspired to test his limits he later ran 8 marathons in 8 consecutive days. With successful expeditions to the Arctic in 2001, 2002 and 2003, he attempted to become the youngest person ever to reach the North and South Poles, unaided and in succession. Regretfully funding was insufficient and Tarka was unable to complete the project. As an experienced mountaineer, in 2006, Tarka attempted to summit Mt Everest without oxygen as part of the EverestMax team. Dramatically, at 7km above sea level, Tarka developed HACE and had to be evacuated after loosing the use of his legs. After a full recovery, in 2007, Tarka along with wife Katie-Jane completed a world first, walking the Great Wall of China from West to East. He has recently returned from cycling the length of Africa and a two months expedition on the Arctic Ocean working as the support team for the Catlin Arctic Survey. On return from Patagonia he is hoping to break a rowing speed record across the Atlantic Ocean.