Interview with adventurer Laura Bingham

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Meet Laura Bingham!

Laura is a British explorer with a stamp-packed passport. In 2014, with zero experience, she sailed across the Atlantic Ocean in a 38ft Trimaran with two men and a cat. Then in 2016, she crossed South America by bike and with no money, relying on the kindness of strangers and rubbish bins. Laura recently married fellow adventurer and Amazon walker Ed Stafford.

Here, Laura talks about the call of adventure and her resolute belief that everything will work out OK. Continue reading

Interview with British polar explorer Felicity Aston MBE

The Commonwealth Woman's Antarctic Expedition (CWAE) selection and training camp in Norway, March '09.

Meet Felicity Aston!

 Felicity is an author, speaker, expedition leader, former Antarctic scientist and general lover of cold environments. In 2012, she became the first woman to ski 1,744km alone across Antarctica, taking 59 days. Her expeditions have also included the first British women’s crossing of Greenland, a 6000km drive to the South Pole, a 36,000km drive to the Pole of Cold, and leading the largest and most international team of women ever to ski to the South Pole. She has written three books and made several documentaries. In 2015, she was awarded The Queen’s Polar Medal and was appointed MBE for services to polar exploration.

 Here, Felicity talks about taking risks and discusses how experience is a teacher. Continue reading

These are the goals (not resolutions) I’m setting myself for 2017

So, the first day of the new year has come and gone. I can’t help but wonder how many people made New Year’s Resolutions and have already broken them?

By all accounts, according to the experts, the better term to use is goals, not resolutions, which can be defined as more specific, and which are therefore easier to keep than a waffly ‘lose weight’ resolution. They also say that focusing on small and easy changes, and avoiding absolutes like ‘giving up smoking cold turkey tomorrow’ will help ensure the resolutions stick. And supposedly the other trick to keeping a New Year’s Resolution is to not have too many or too many complex ones that require multiple behaviour changes.

Hmmm, I may have failed here as my hand-written list came to nearly the length of an A4 page!

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These were my highlights from 2016

In my last blog, I listed all the mishaps, lows and hilarious misadventures I had experienced in 2016. Now I turn to the highlights and good times. At this time of year, with a spangly new year full of promise on the horizon, it’s good to remember the positives and to be grateful for the good things, experiences and people present in our lives. 2016 will be a year to remember for many reasons. Importantly though, 2016 has set the scene for 2017 and the experiences, adventures and joy (and certain mishaps) yet to come. Here are my top highlights from the year. Continue reading

The mishaps, lows and hilarious misadventures of 2016

It’s that time of year when I can’t help but do some navel gazing, looking back at the year that was. And boy has 2016 been an interesting one (I leave the interpretation of the word “interesting” up to you). There has been a mixture of highs and lows but here are the top mishaps and hilarious misadventures I experienced in 2016. Continue reading

Interview with adventurer and OS #GetOutside Champion Jason Rawles

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Jason quit his corporate job, ended a toxic relationship, sold his house and moved to Wales – all to follow his passion for the outdoors. He now balances his time between climbing mountains and working in sales for a tech company in North Wales. He is a #GetOutside Champion for Ordnance Survey, promoting the outdoors, and brand ambassador for Keen Footwear, and is a qualified adventure guide.

Here, Jason talks about why he chucked in the high paying job and luxury lifestyle and what he has learnt along the way.   Continue reading

Interview with adventurer Russell Smith

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Meet Russell Smith!

Russell quit his job and became the first person to scoot LEJOG (Land’s End to John O’Groats) in the UK on a 16” wheeled kick scooter. He has been adventuring for 20 years, taking on space hopping and kayaking, long-distance endurance journeys and altitude mountaineering. He is currently learning to swim (having never learnt before) giving himself a year to become an endurance swimmer, with the aim to swim the 24 miles of Loch Ness in September 2017.

Here, Russell talks about his love of the outdoors.
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Interview with adventurer Ash Dykes

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Meet Ash Dykes!

Ash is a British adventurer and extreme athlete. In 2014, he became the first person to walk across Mongolia solo and unsupported. Then in 2016 he became the first person to traverse the length of Madagascar, taking on eight mountains and intense jungle over 155 days. He won the UK Adventurer of the Year Award in 2015 and the Welsh Adventurer of the Year award in 2016.   

Here, Ash talks about his curiosity about the world and how he mentally prepared for his adventures. Continue reading

Interview with adventurer and adventure business entrepreneur Adelaide Goodeve

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Meet Adelaide Goodeve!

Adelaide has travelled to far flung places before quitting uni and embarking down the entrepreneurial route to start up a European outdoor lifestyle brand that focused on women. Lilly Wild was born. It’s turned into a guide to apparel, gear and urban escapes for the courageous explorer and forum for adventure lovers.

 Here, Adelaide talks about rediscovering adventure. Continue reading

Interview with extreme runner Laura Maisey

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Meet Laura Maisey!

Laura is a Brit who originally wasn’t big on exercise but then fell in love with running – particularly running that involved long distances. She has just returned home to London after running 1,249 miles all the way from Rome along the Via Francigena pilgrim’s route to raise funds and awareness for brain cancer. 

 Here, Laura talks inspiration, advice and what she would have with her on a desert island.

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