Land Rover Ambassador Sir Ranulph Fiennes and Bear Grylls Crown Next Generation Explorer

Land Rover Ambassador Sir Ranulph Fiennes and Bear Grylls Crown Next Generation Explorer

  • Young explorer Alex Woodford, 22, triumphs in snow laden adventure challenge which celebrates 25 years of Land Rover Discovery 
  • As Land Rover’s first Next Generation Explorer, young British winner to be mentored by daredevil adventurer Bear Grylls 

After 24 hours of snow, sweat and tears in the five-part Discovery Adventure Challenge, Sir Ranulph Fiennes hands over the baton of exploration to Alex Woodford, 22, from Leicestershire, as she is crowned Land Rover’s Next Generation Explorer.

Seasoned adventurer Bear Grylls will now mentor Alex, a member of the British Exploring Society, as her prize.  As the winner she will participate in an epic adventure where she will experience first-hand the survival skills made famous by Bear. 

Winner Alex showed true skill, stamina and determination as she battled through the epic competition which was held in the mountains of Megève, France and overseen by Ben Saunders, fresh from completing The Scott Expedition. Testing challenges included a technically demanding slalom drive on the slopes, a test of strength and technique with a 180kg sled pull, and a fast and furious kayak race across Lake Geneva.

Sir Ranulph Fiennes, Ben Saunders, Hannah White, Kenton Cool and Eric Loizeau all experienced the skills of each young explorer as they rotated amongst them during the Challenge. After a nail-biting finish, the ambassadors voted for the winner and crowned Land Rover’s Next Generation Explorer.

Alex was chosen unanimously by the judges after displaying strength, technique and courage throughout the challenges. 

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