About Colonel John Blashford-Snell
On Tuesday 18th January 12:00-13:00, Rosie Stancer will speak live with renowned explorer and founder of the Scientific Exploration Society: Colonel John Blashford-Snell. Col. Blashford-Snell is one of the world’s most well-known and respected explorers. He has organized and led over 70 expeditions, including the exploration and first navigation of the hazardous Blue Nile; making the first vehicle crossing of the previously impenetrable Darien Gap that blocks the Pan-American highway between Colombia and Panama; and navigating all 2,700 miles of the Zaire (Congo) River, every expedition having environmental, medical and scientific objectives.
In 1969, Col. Blashford-Snell helped to found the Scientific Exploration Society, which became the parent body for several worldwide ventures, with the support and involvement of the Prince of Wales. He then raised funds and selected a team to run Operation Drake, which involved 400 young explorers from 27 countries, on a two-year circumnavigation.
Ultimately, a much larger global youth programme was organised when, in 1984, Operation Raleigh was formed. By 1992, Operation Raleigh had enabled 10,000 young people from 50 countries to take part in challenges and expeditions around the world. It is now known as Raleigh International, and to date over 40,000 young men and women have benefited from a ‘tour’ on this unique programme.