Ben Major, BBC TV presenter
4 July 1971 |
|Occupation||Expedition Leader and TV presenter|
|Website||Serious Ocean website|
Major was selected as expedition leader for the BBC Serious Arctic adventure in January 2004 and went on to set up and lead both the Serious Amazon and Serious Andes expeditions in 2005 and 2006 and Serious Ocean 
He comes from a military background having served with the British Army for 9 years. He is an experienced sailor, competing in two Fastnet races, and organising several round-the-world yacht races.
He is also an accomplished climber having climbed extensively in the world's great mountain ranges including ascents of Nanga Parbat, at 8125m the world's sixth highest mountain, Rakaposhi (7788m) in the Western Himalaya, Mt Elbrus in The Caucasus and The Matterhorn in The Alps.
Having left the Services, Ben was also based in Uganda where he was responsible for training game wardens in anti-poaching tactics and leading patrols against professional poaching units.
More recently he worked with Trekforce delivering jungle conservation projects in Borneo, Belize, Guatemala and Venezuela. He has also provided travel and security advice in hostile environments such as Iraq, Jordan, Oman and Darfur.
He has led over 25 expeditions worldwide in differing environments including countries as diverse as: Guyana, Norway, Indonesia, Yemen, Canada, Chad and Papua New Guinea.