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Ash Dykes

@ash_dykes

Explorer/Extreme Athlete🇬🇧 Speaker, Author: Mission Possible Two World Firsts: Mongolia🇲🇳Madagascar🇲🇬 Currently attempting the 3rd #MissionYangtze 🇨🇳

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TEAM!!! I left Yichang a few days ago now and was joined by good friends. Unfortunately two from Dali (Yunnan), left after the first day, due to the pain and lack of energy - but they joined and that deserves respect alone 💪🏽 💥 Myself, @mickeysiller and @tanwal793 push forwards and we’ve been covering around 40km daily (60,000 steps) 🙌🏽 I’ve seen an amazing transition here and that’s with the terrain. It’s the first time I’ve been able to see the horizon for 360 degrees, I’m officially now out of the mountains (after 9 months 😅). Let’s go ✊🏽👊🏽 #missionyangtze

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Huck Cartoons

Gan de hao🙌🏻🙌🏻😁🇨🇳🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿

Cameron

You in Yunnan province?

Three Gorges Dam. The biggest dam in the world at 1.4 miles in length and 185 meters in height - around five times larger than the Hoover Dam in the US. 🇨🇳 Said to power almost 10% of China’s energy needs via hydroelectricity. A hundred lives were lost during the building process, billions of dollars spent and over a million people displaced/relocated to higher ground, as over a thousand towns and villagers were flooded. 🇨🇳 Mainly built for flood control, in the 20th century, an estimated 300,000 people were killed due to floods and its said the dam will now protect around 15 million people and 1.5 million acres of farm land from such deadly waters. 🇨🇳 Up to the year of 2006 (unable to get access to latest info on this), the dam had blocked an estimated ten million tons of plastic bags, bottles, animal corpses, trees, and other detritus that otherwise would have flowed out to sea. 🇨🇳 Quite a controversial project, with many pros and cons it seems. It’s impressively big up close, the picture doesn’t do it justice with the angle not being too great - but an insane construction for sure. #missionyangtze

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Ash Dykes

@sophia__nana__ yeah 🙌🏽

Ash Dykes

@clairbear7606 Thank you 😃🙌🏽

Yichang (Hubei province) has been a wicked experience 🔥 I’ve been so quiet on social media as it’s just been mad busy with late finishes with the camera crew, capturing footage for the documentary. 💥 We first hit up Xilingxia valley and took on various activities from the canyon swing, zip lining and the bungy jumping. I managed to get Leah (the translator), to eventually jump - but strapped to me, something she said she’d never do. Love motivating and then watching others unlock their personal potential ❣ respect to her. Video soon to be posted. 💥 I met with @watertogo China @health_happiness_ag_schweiz as they flew into the city to catch up, the last time I saw these guys was the expedition media launch on the cruise ship sailing the Shanghai bund (11 months ago!!). 💥 We then ate at an over hanging restaurant (last photo) over looking the valley 😍 very impressive structure, not far from a hanging tomb from the 1600’s. 💥 I’ve now been joined by friends from China and Mexico 🇲🇽 @mickeysiller @tanwal793 But first - a quick visit to the Three Gorges Dam, are you familiar with this yourselves?🔥 #missionyangtze

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Ash Dykes

@sophia__nana__ Haha yeah - let’s go 😁😃

Ash Dykes

@danimal295 Thanks Dan 🤙🏽

Work harder than you think you did yesterday. What’s worse - mental or physical exhaustion? 😅 I love what I do so much, that I sleep, eat and consume it everyday, often over thinking it so much, that sometimes I won’t be able to sleep, as my mind will be locked into overdrive. 💥 I’m not just talking about the mission, I mean the whole business around it, there are so many angles to it, that it can be overwhelming and I should be satisfied - but whilst I’m happy, I’m never content. 💥 I’m obsessed and believe there is always more I can be doing, but I believe it’s a healthy obsession, where I feel I can look outside and beyond it. But when I find myself doing this, it’s for the shortest time possible, before I’m back chasing people, answering emails, making calls, organising shoots, mapping, planning, training, re-arranging, working on the documentary, book, social media (in both markets), sponsors, new partners, trying to dedicate myself to learning a new language whilst on the go covering 30miles daily, the list goes on and on. 💥 I do face many stresses and there are so many plates spinning that I’m running to each and every single one trying to keep them spinning, whilst looking for new ones to spin 🤦🏼‍♂️ I sometimes have to sit back, look at the team and support I have - and can only ever appreciate it, because it’s also their hard work, passion and enthusiasm, that helps move things forward. Especially my dad who is also my business partner and co-director of Ash Dykes Ltd, I love that and am fortunate to have the support of my family and friends. 💥 This is bigger than me, it’s unlocking human potential, it’s showing the world it can be done, it’s being a role model for the younger generation, promoting the protection of the environment amongst much more. That drives me! 💥 We all have our down days, where we feel things could be going better and growing faster, but as long as you feel you’re doing your best and continue to ride the waves of persistence, your time will come, your break will arrive. Keep your chin raised high and keep ploughing on forwards like an unbreakable force - and your day will come. #missionyangtze

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Ash Dykes

@chris.gladwin Thanks Chris, I think it’s important to realise the difficult and low times, if I can share and help people climb back up with me, then it makes the journey all that more meaningful.

Mickey Siller

What was the name of the hotel? Haha? 😅

This isn’t an ad, this is a reflection, a proud one too 😃 @watertogomy number one item on all expeditions. I’ve hiked through the Gobi-Desert solo and unsupported, hacked my way through dense jungle, faced HALO and survived sub-zero temperatures. 💦 Through all of this, I’ve never had to worry about water, as long as there is a water source near by, this bottle makes it instantly drinkable. I’ve even scooped up mud puddle water in Madagascar and was able to drink it straight away due to the 3 in 1 built in water filtration technology. 💦 If you’re interested in eradicating single use plastics, protecting our planet and having access to fresh drinking water no matter where you are, even on holidays where you can drink straight from tap water using the bottle, then get yours (link in bio). 💦 Proud to say that during two world first records and currently on my third - I’ve not needed to buy plastics bottles 😍 #missionyangtze #watertogo

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Ash Dykes

@tullochdavid 🤜🏼💥🤛🏼

Trisha Neill

Pride for sure ♥️🔥♥️🔥

I’m now nearing the 3,000 mile mark of this 4,000 mile expedition! I know 1,000 miles is still a heck of a distance to walk, but it feels damn good to be this far through already. 🇨🇳 Despite the fact, I’m not only focussing on ‘walking the Yangtze’ but also trying to interact with people along the way, giving interviews or speeches in order to share all aspects of the journey, so far - I’m still one month ahead of schedule 🤩 🇨🇳 Today is day 257 and on a daily basis, I’m covering around 25 to 35 miles (my most being a 46.6 mile day!). At this rate, I think I’m looking to complete the world first around the very end of July or early August, meaning I would have completed it in a total of 11 months, knocking 1 month off our predicted time!! 🇨🇳 However, there are still cities where events and activities are being planned, where I can continue to get involved and plunge into the local way of life even more. All of this is being captured on video and soon - I really hope to start sharing snippets on my social media. #missionyangtze

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Ash Dykes

@heather_mcavoy 🙌🏽🙌🏽😃

Ash Dykes

@thezaragroves 😃✌🏽

Day 255 of #MissionYangtze 🇨🇳 The mountains - although not to the scale as Qinghai and west Sichuan, they still present challenges with their cliff drops and dense forests. 🇨🇳 This means the only way is around the ranges or up over the top. However, this weather is now perfect, rainy and windy but throws me right back to the training days on Mt Snowdon, my home - Wales 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿 You cant lose if you can’t be broken.

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Natasha Dykes

Lush ❤️❤️

Ash Dykes

@natasha_f_dykes 😃✌🏽

These pictures really capture the terrain and are the reason why by at the end of this mission, I would have done over 4,000 miles.🥵 🇨🇳 Sometimes it’s not physically possible to follow the river by its bank and often I’m forced to either trek on the nearest mountainous ridge - or within the valley on the opposite side to the ridges. 🇨🇳 Today I took a day out to soak up the local culture of Wushan and experience the gorge by boat, in order to capture extra footage for the documentary - what a breeze 😍 🇨🇳 Here is where you can find hanging coffins, which are an ancient funeral custom of some ethnic groups. It was said that the hanging coffins could prevent bodies from being taken by “beasts” and also bless the soul eternally. Spiritually, the Bo people viewed the mountain cliffs as a stairway to heaven and believed that by placing the coffins up high, the deceased would be closer to heaven. #missionyangtze

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Ash Dykes

@tan.siewngo.5 Thank you 🙏🏼

Ash Dykes

@pendantmania Much appreciated! 🙏🏼 I’ll keep them coming 🤩

The view of the Yangtze at Chijia mountain, after climbing to the 1,400m peak. To think I’ve come from the source where I physically stepped over this river, zoom in and you’ll now see cruise ships! 🤯 #missionyangtze #perspective

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YiNa Cha

@ash_dykes 🤟🏻🤟🏻🤟🏻

Welcome to Qutang Gorge (瞿塘峽). This is the shortest (5miles long), but the most beautiful of China’s three gorges, just downstream of the ancient village Baidicheng (白帝城). 🐒 The point where the river passes between these mountains is called the Kuimen Gate (夔門) and it is the entrance to the Qutang Gorge - the first of the three Yangtze gorges. The narrowest point is 150m, yet its sandwiched between two mountains reaching around 1,200m! 🐒 I was interviewed by the local TV station at this location, really wasn’t expecting it - but this is the image that first pops up on google when you type in “Yangtze River”, it threw me right back to the planning stages and sent me into a deep thinking process, of how far I’ve come! Meanwhile, the wild monkeys dropped by 🐒❣ #missionyangtze

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Ash Dykes

@jiserranon Indeed 😃

Marie Tester

Great pics😍

94,000 steps today, 75km (46.6miles), in 15.5 hours, my biggest day yet. Check out the last photo with the step count and tag a friend to challenge them 😜 Nonetheless, it was an awesome day, I set off at 5:30am and ventured up, over and around the hills, the zigzagging was insane, with so much elevation and the sun was energy draining, but I stayed persistent. It was also nice to get away from the roads for a while and back into nature, where I saw snakes, spiders, lizards, caterpillars and plenty more. Call me Mowgli - I love it 😆 #MissionYangtze

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Ash Dykes

@misakitt 😃🙏🏼🙌🏽

Ash Dykes

@de_scc Insane 😆

Being able to adapt and understanding your surroundings is the key to survival. #MissionYangtze

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Ash Dykes

@syilmaz03 Thank you 😃

Ash Dykes

@sophia__nana__ 100%! Thank you 😃

Beautiful views as I left Wanzhou yesterday morning, following the Yangtze River bank until I was met by a major tributary, forcing me to walk upstream until crossable. ☀️ The heat was unbearable yesterday and during the last 10km of the 50km day, I was pretty exhausted and dehydrated- even though my fluid intake was fine. Anyway, I suffered pretty bad and was forced to take today off to recoup and get set ready for tomorrow. Can’t win every battle - but I can try 😈 #missionyangtze

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Ash Dykes

@tullochdavid Thanks bud - Visa run getting in the way 🙄😆

Clair Herbert

@ash_dykes think it will have to be!

Wanzhou Roast Fish, the most famous dish in the city, with a big reputation across the country. A privilege to be invited by the man who made this dish BOOM and experience the process from fishing to cooking and serving in the most famous restaurant (whilst he keeps the exact recipe a secret 🤫). 🐟 Yes - I was a waiter yet again 😆 but can confirm it was the tastiest fish I’ve ever tried - I had two dishes 😋 🐟 If I was to stick to walking everyday, I’d miss out on the true adventure, which is integrating and learning from the locals, as much about China as I can - this documentary is going to be lit! 🔥 Tomorrow, I continue 😎 #missionyangtze

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Ash Dykes

@tullochdavid for sure!😃

Joseph Bennetts

😁🌎🙌🏼🙏🙏🙏

So cool, absolutely loving the interactivity of this mission - far exceeding my expectations. Great chat with the China Adventure Association. Now heading back to Wanzhou to get involved with the cities finest delicacy - “Wanzhou roast fish” at 1am 😴 and then on with #MissionYangtze 🔥 Happy Easter everyone, where you spending it?

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Ash Dykes

@de_scc 🤜🏼💥🤛🏼

Ash Dykes

@roomandwild 😁🤙🏽

YOU can stand naked and still have the tools to succeed! You know, as strange as it sounds, training is something I miss most. I’m currently leaving Dali as I write this and I feel so refreshed due to dedicating that weeks visa run to refuelling my body with all the good stuff and working on body mobility, agility and flexibility (picture four - slightly skinnier, but happy and strong). 💥 Especially after being stuck in such a fixed position for a long time (trekking with a weighted rucksack constantly strapped to my back). 💥 I’ve always taken my training serious and actually realised my passion for fitness long before exploration. It helps that I enjoy it, but whilst training, what keeps me motivated is trying to picture the toughest scenarios I’ll face when out in the wild and often - the toughest has come true, where I’ve relied on my training to survive. 💥 Whether that’s grasping my photographers hand in Madagascar during a night time river crossing in the cyclone season, as she hangs in the balance of being washed away. Or getting back up from underneath my desert cart and taking one agonising step after the other, whilst suffering immensely with dehydration. Or crossing the most terrifying landslides (balance and agility), hacking through the densest and most demanding jungles (muscular endurance) or fighting and hanging on in there during a bout with malaria, for just long enough to make it to medical services. 💥 Mindset is a whole different ball game that I won’t go into on this post - this does play the bigger part. But never be mistaken - with how important training and fitness is, most who have joined me on my missions have learnt the hard way. I say this as motivation, your body is a tool and you can teach it unthinkable things, I don’t come with a military mind, I come self taught, I’ve learnt from people I’ve met and I’ve learnt through making mistakes, falling and standing back up again with no brotherhood support, just my very own mind and body. 💥 This - YOU can do too, whatever your vision, understand that you can be stripped of everything, stand completely naked and still have everything you need to make it happen. #MissionYangtze

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Ash Dykes

@sophia__nana__ 😁🙏🏼😉

YiNa Cha

@ash_dykes I just noticed My grammar is wrong this sentence. I should say you look so lusty.😝😝. Not looks.😊😊

Mission Possible. At the age of 23, Ash Dykes became the first person to walk, solo and unsupported, across Mongolia. His journey took 78 days and saw him trek over the Altai Mountains, the Gobi Desert and the Mongolian Steppe. It was an expedition filled with danger and extreme conditions. He almost didn't make it. 📖 A year later, Ash spent more than five months traversing the length of Madagascar via its eight highest peaks and through the civil unrest that was brewing in the south. It was another world first. 📖 In Mission: Possible, Ash reveals the spirit, planning, training and sheer determination that went into these two record-breaking feats. Along the way, we discover how a young man from Wales transformed himself into one of the world's most acclaimed and exciting young adventurers. It is an inspirational story. 📖 @beargrylls “Epic adventures by an inspiring man”. 📖 Sir Ranulph Fiennes: “I applaud every endeavour to achieve an adventuring ‘first’, a feat which is becoming harder all the time. This young man’s completion of a ‘first’ solo trek across Mongolia, from the Altai to the Steppe, will have proved both physically & mentally challenging & is an example of great determination”. 📖 FHM “One of the worlds most fearless outdoorsman”. 📖 Get your copy of Ash’ book from Amazon, the link is in his Bio. #AshDykes #MissionPossible #MissionYangtze

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David Tulloch

@ash_dykes without a doubt brother 🤙

Ex Guards Mountaineering

Awesome mate. Well done.. true inspiration too all young men and women around the world. Keep.pushing sir👍👌🇬🇧🇬🇧🇬🇧

Ash Dykes approached by Adidas for a GQ photo shoot with action movie and martial art star 向佐 Jacky Heung. 🥋 On 23rd March, Ash was flown to Shanghai by WUJI, which is a cobranded clothing range between Adidas and international Movie Star Jet Li. 🥋 WUJI has a very strong message, (WU) short for WUSHU, is one of the many fighting styles under the Kung-Fu umbrella, which has developed over the centuries in China. (JI) means many things, from boundless, limitless, improving, developing and what Ash is used to... accomplishing new feats and breaking records. 🥋 Read the full blog (link in bio). 🥋 Ash is now getting set for the next section of Mission Yangtze after collecting an extension visa in Dali. Subscribe to his website and follow the journey. #teamash #missionyangtze #wuji

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Ash Dykes

@tullochdavid 100% 🙌🏽 cheers dude!

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Awesome👌

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