On all his extreme treks, through Tanzania, Peru, Nepal, Oman, Laos, Papua New Guinea and many more, as well as his exploration of the Seven Summits, the highest mountains on each continent, Mr Pyle was accompanied by a film crew to televise his adventures. The multi-part television series Extreme Treks, which is currently airing on BBC Earth, covers his exploration of some of the most extreme environments and trekking locations in the world. Mr Pyle’s talk draws on the television series, which combines adventure, exploration and education. He gives a fascinating look behind the scenes of shooting a high-profile television series while trekking in some of the world’s most extreme environments.
Mr Pyle takes his audience through some of his most challenging trekking experiences and reflects on lessons learned on his many adventures. He argues that the best way to connect with and to understand nature is to “put yourself right in the path of it” and he speaks of the importance of unplugging from his daily life and embarking on adventures for himself and his audience.
Ryan Pyle was born and raised in Toronto, Canada. He obtained a degree in International Politics at the University of Toronto in 2001, and then travelled to China on an exploratory mission. In 2002, Mr Pyle moved to China permanently and in 2004 he became a regular contributor to the New York Times. PDN Magazine listed him as one of the 30 emerging photographers in the world in 2009. In 2010, Mr Pyle began working on television and documentary film production. He obtained the Guiness World Record for Adventure Motorcycle Riding in 2012, was awarded the Gold Medallion by the Governor General of Canada in 2013 and titled Explorer of the Year by the Geographical Society of Philadelphia in 2014. Since 2013, he has published six books, two of which are photography books and he has presented and produced 9 large television series for major broadcasters in Canada, the US, the UK, China and Europe. His series were filmed in 18 countries globally, including Tanzania, Oman, Iceland and Peru.
Members, guests and others are most welcome to attend this talk, which is HK$150 for Members and HK$200 for guests and others including a glass of red or white wine. This event is free of charge for Student Members.
The Royal Geographical Society - Hong Kong wishes to express its thanks to UBS for its generous assistance with this lecture.