There are 8 Key Funding Streams available to you as an adventurer. Some are available upfront to help you get the adventure off the ground, others come into play after your return - assuming the adventure had some measure of success. Almost all of them are interconnected, you may focus on one or two, but probably need to be using several others in support.
None of them are a 'prize' for being the 'best' adventurer or the 'most deserving'. All are based on exchanges of value with business partners and you need to treat them with the pragmatism of a business deal.
Dive into the stream that is of most interest to you via the links below, but also take the time to browse through the other possibilities. Your adventure funding will be a jigsaw puzzle, pulling together many elements from the funding streams most appropriate to your current position on your lifelong adventure journey.
Below are the blog posts that give an overview of Adventure Funding, looking at how the 8 Streams fit together, and how different Streams become available at different times.
8 Key Funding Streams
Tegan Phillips, winner of the 2016 Altum Adventure Challenge grant, reflects on what it takes to make it as a professional adventurer, and why it’s not for everyone.
Digging through recent events from the (mostly) British world of (mostly) climbing adventure to see what works for sponsorship, adventure grants, media attention, record setting and charity fund-raising.
Everest remains a public icon of adventurous achievement. It is never just climbed, it is ‘scaled’ or ‘conquered’. In 2017 claiming the record of first X to climb Everest, on the standard route in spring as a client on a commercial expedition, will have much of the climbing community rolling their eyes in disdain. It won’t get you any of the climbing grants, or win any of that peer respect.
But even in the UK - who claimed that first Everest ascent back in 1953 - you can get both corporate sponsorship and national media attention for an Everest ascent.
How do you work out what adventure is possible for you while also worthy of funding and of sharing? You need to work through three key questions
- What do you want to do?
- Who do you want to reach?
- What sort of funding do you want to raise?
Why does it just seem to come so easily for some people?
Assuming that you’ve paid attention to the 15 Hidden Privileges that Make Adventure Easier, and acknowledged Bonus No. 16 - they’ve been at it for a decade or more already, there are three talents that will let you surge ahead of the pack.
- World-class athletic ability (& training)
- Shameless, charismatic self-promotion
- Original, engaging story-telling
15 things holding you back from Adventure that have nothing to do with you
The adventure world is awash with advice saying you should face your fears, throw caution to the wind and just do it! It’s not as simple as that. Hopeful adventurers start from very different places. Those who are successful may believe that it is entirely self-earned, being genuinely unaware of the various advantages that are baked into their lives through no effort of their own.
An adventure career ebbs and flows in ways that can make both your cash flow and your business availability unpredictable. There are four main stages where you have to consider your needs and your opportunities, and tailor your business plan appropriately. Different funding streams are relevant at these different stages.
One of the great joys of adventure is that it is what you want it to be. You find your challenge and tackle it on your own terms. But that freedom means it lacks the career paths and funding structures that support conventional sport. You can pick any goal you like but it is then up to you to convince other people that your goal is worth their interest, let alone their money.