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Tarka L’Herpiniere & Kate-Jane Cooper

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Tarka L’Herpiniere and Katie-Jane Cooper have an excellent motivational message for conference delegates. Their presentation tells the story of their spectacular and inspiring journey from exhibitionist to expeditionist.

In 2007 an unforeseeable sequence of events led a commercial model from Devon Katie-Jane Cooper (28), to forsake her makeup, acrylic nails and high heels to join her partner Tarka L’Herpiniere (26), already an experienced expeditionist with Polar and Everest Expeditions under his belt, on an epic 4500km, 6 month and world first journey along the Great Wall of China. How did Katie-Jane achieve the colossal change from working as a commercial model in a world of diets and vanity, to hardened adventurer; surviving blizzards, temperatures of -35°C, frost bite, starvation, exhaustion and dehydration?

‘Both Sides of the Story’ is a unique opportunity to be captivated and entertained by two perspectives of one of the greatest journeys along the Great Wall of China ever undertaken. This sensationally acclaimed inspirational talk not only paints a vivid picture of Tarka and Katie’s journeys across China but also lays bare the ordeals they faced from their vastly opposing vantage points. This unique combination of speakers goes right to the heart and uncovers people’s true ability of achieving their potential, overcoming adversity, teamwork and above all, that ordinary people can achieve extra-ordinary accomplishments.

“I would like to thank you for the absolutely fantastic talk that you gave. Everyone I spoke to after the event found your story captivating and very inspirational. People have been talking about it ever since.” EUI Ltd, Admiral Group

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