Spike is a photographer, adventurer, public speaker and designer. He grew up on the edge of Dartmoor having many adventures up on the hills, with Scouts, Naval Cadets, Ten Tors and climbing. He studied BA Design for Industry at Northumbria University in Newcastle, before being elected President of the Students’ Union. He held this post for two years after graduation, representing 30,000 students. In Newcastle he was also an active member of the Officer Training Corps, undertaking adventurous training with them in the Yukon, the Alps, Picos de Europa and East Africa. In 2008, with two friends, Spike won the first-ever Land Rover/Royal Geographical Society ‘Go Beyond’ bursary, and spent seven months circumnavigating the globe along the line of 50° north, investigating the human impact of climate change. On his return he worked for three years at the Royal Geographical Society (with IBG), coordinating a huge range of complex, high-profile events. He has organised and led an independent climbing and trekking expedition to Afghanistan and Tajikistan. The expedition summited unclimbed peaks and set out to pave the way for more travellers to visit the peaceful Wakhan Corridor in northeast Afghanistan. Spike recently led a group of 16-18 year olds on a British Exploring expedition to Svalbard, Norwegian Arctic, with several pioneering science projects.
Follow Spike at @spikereid.