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Lucy Rivers Bulkeley

Lucy Rivers Bulkeley

Explorer, Record Breaker and Adventurer; Female Everest Climber and Desert Ultra Runner

Lucy began her adventures with a supposedly one off 250km race across the Sahara in memory of her father in 2008, raising funds for Macmillan Cancer Support. Alongside raising thousands of pounds this also ignited a passion for travel, adventure, sport and adventure.

Lucy is the first woman to complete the 4 Desert Grand slam (250km self supported across the Atacama, Gobi, Sahara and Antarctica) and climb the 7 Summits (highest peak on each continent). She has also successfully skied to the South Pole in 2021.

Lucy will talk about her adventures and encourage all students to push themselves to follow their dream, however big or small. How to over come any obstacle in their way, embrace resilience, push themselves and live their life to the fullest.

Lucy is a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society and has currently raised over £70k for Macmillan which continues to support.

Testimonials from Teachers

“The talk that Lucy gave to the children and staff here at Blundell's Prep was nothing short of inspirational. The audience hung on her every word as she shared her remarkable story; brought to life in such a way that we could all imagine being there with her. Everest is the most iconic of mountains and the children were fascinated to learn of the different equipment that Lucy needed during her expedition, much of which she brought with her for the children to see and touch. Invariably, there were questions galore and Lucy answered them all with wonderful warmth and a genuine passion, truly inspiring the next generation of adventurers.”

– Andy Southgate, Head Master, Blundell's Preparatory School​

“Lucy recently came to give an "after dinner talk" to a group of colleagues and invited local guests after I was lucky enough to see her speak at a private event. We asked Lucy to focus upon what it was like to be on Everest, and her honest and passionate approach was refreshing and incredibly well received. If you want an entertaining evening with an inspirational female adventurer you won't be disappointed. As a company we look forward to welcoming her again to hear about more of her climbing and Grand Slam adventures, invite her to your workplace or school and you will have inspired colleagues and young adults leaving the room.”

– Moray Neame, Communications Executive, Shepherd Neame​

“Lucy recently spoke at our Women's Networking Breakfast at The Ritz Hotel, and what an inspirational and motivational speaker she was! Her passion for both the challenge and cause is undeniable, and her talk captivated the whole audience - I would highly recommend Lucy if you want to hear an honest approach to the challenges of climbing mountains such as Everest.”

– Samantha Adams, Head of Events, Royal Warrant Holders Association​

Lucy was fantastic; her talk was witty, pitched well and full of excellent anecdotes which the pupils really related to. In fact, the talk lasted about 40 minutes and the questions lasted for 45 minutes solid! We would definitely have Lucy back for another talk in the future.

– Scott Newson, Head of Upper School, Cheltenham College Preparatory School

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