Alex Harris – The Dirty Thirsty – the first unsupported crossing of the Arabian DesertAlex Harris is an athlete whose interests are as varied as they are unique. He has been climbingmountains for two decades and has led more than 20 expeditions to some of the furthest corners of the planet. In 1996, Alex resigned from a career in sales and followed his passion for exploration. Alex finally succeeded. Within the year he led his first expedition to Mount Everest. He has climbed the seven summits, the highest mountains on all seven continents, and has led expeditions to both the north and the south side of Everest. He is also a multiple South African track cycling champion and in 2006 won a silver medal at the World Masters track cycling champs. On the 17th of January 2008, Alex became the first African to walk unsupported to the South Pole, a journey that took 65 days and covered almost 1200km.One of the last great adventure problems was to cross the Rub Al Khali, or Empty Quarter as the Arabs call it, unsupported and on foot. Known commonly as the Arabian Desert, it is the hottest and most hostile of all the worlds deserts, and splits the Arabian Peninsula in two. While virtually everyone said this project would be impossible, Alex and a small team set out to prove them wrong. In February and March of 2013, Alex finally succeed after three years of planning to cross the Rub unsupported. The journey took 40 days and covered 1210kms.This is the story of overcoming impossible odds. Specifically, how to plan and strategize when the goal is complex, challenging in every sense and has never been done before. This talk highlights the importance of ruthless discipline in an environment that takes no prisoners. Finally, Alex relates how critical it was to be positive and encouraging as a leader when things were taking a turn for the worse.
Myrtle Clark – Fields Of Green For All
Myrtle Clarke is Managing Director of Fields of Green for ALL, South Africa’s first cannabis
legalisation non-profit company. She is also one half of The Dagga Couple. Myrtle works at local and
international level to promote a smooth transition to legal cannabis for ALL South Africans.
She graduated BA(Fine Arts) Hons HDipEd, University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg in
1989. She was a High School Art Teacher at Parktown Boys’ High School, a Lecturer & Sous Chef
at Prue Leith College of Food & Wine, Pretoria and a Freelance Art Director in Film and Television.
Since being arrested on cannabis charges in 2010, Myrtle, together with her partner Julian Stobbs,
has been passionate about creating awareness around the vital role that Cannabis Culture can play
within South African society and is active in campaigning for an end to the arrest of hundreds of
citizens every day.
“Fields of Green for ALL” is a platform that serves as a clearing house for information in the cannabis
constituency in South Africa. It serves as an information and activity exchange and as such is an
evidence provider for the Trial of the Plant. As the members and affiliates of our Non-Profit Company
go about their various responsibilities on the road to legal cannabis in South Africa, I work with our
amazing team to consolidate and manage the process. We are working towards a change in public
policy with regard to Cannabis Laws in South Africa. As The Dagga Couple we use our public profile
to spread awareness and education around our favourite plant. We are suing 7 SA government
departments in our personal capacity and campaign for all others arrested for their use, cultivation
and trade in this plant to join us in court.