Tough Girl Podcast

Tough Girl Podcast

United Kingdom

The Tough Girl Podcast is all about inspiring and motivating YOU! I will be interviewing inspirational women from around the world, who’ve faced and overcome difficult challenges and situations, they will share their story, their knowledge and provide advice and essential tips for you to overcome your own personal challenges. Please check out the Tough Girl Challenges website - www.toughgirlchallenges.com and follow on twitter @_TOUGH_GIRL

Episodes

Sarah Williams - Thru hiking the Appalachian Trail (2,190 miles) in 100 days!  

On the 3rd June I started my thru-hike of the Appalachian Trail, 2,190 miles in 100 days.  This was a dream I had last year, and if you've been following my daily podcast you'll know the challenges I've faced to get to the start line. 

 

During this podcast I’m being interviewed by my awesome sister, Caroline Wellingham. We discuss in detail the challenge, what it was like every day, how I dealt with the high points & low points, what I loved, what I learned and why I won’t be doing the trail again!

Show notes

Starting at the beginning  - why did I want to walk the Appalachian Trail? Learn more about my preparation  How I was feeling at the start Day 1 of the trail - 3rd June Getting into routines How I coped physically at the start Key milestones The kindness of strangers Meeting members of the Tough Girl Tribe Meeting Stan the Man Reaching the half way point at Harpers Ferry Dealing with the pressure of the challenge Emotional vlogs! How I kept myself motivated during the challenge Mantras Thinking about life A quick fire round of questions! Food on the trail…. Being inspired by the women on the trail Crossing state lines Being miserable on the trail Sleeping at high altitude Embracing the suck Highlights from the trail Trail magic & animals on the trail Dealing with bears and snakes on the trail Mental preparation and training - “what if” One of my best decisions I’d made on the trail Bad decisions.. Blister watch! The final week! Meeting Jo Jo at the finish Not quite believing it’s done Missing the trail?

 

 

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✩ Pinterest - https://uk.pinterest.com/Tough101/   

✩ Patreon - https://www.patreon.com/ToughGirlPodcast?ty=h 

✩ YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCaIVCwNIUk6qE5MnewKDCrQ 

 

Caroline Elliott - French Search and Rescue - Mountain rescue with avalanche dog 'Fjord'  

Caroline has spent over 10 years working in ski  patrol rescue and most recently as a SAR  (Search and Rescue) dog handler. She is passionate about ski touring and generally being outside in nature.  She enjoys sharing her professional experience with others, helping to train adults and youngsters in snow awareness so they can go out and enjoy the mountains to the full.

During this podcast we will learn more about Caroline and how her love for skiing grew and what path she choose to get to where she is now, from training over in the Southern Hemisphere in Australia, to following a man to France where she is now based, and doing what she loves. 

Caroline talks about her passion for the mountains, and what her role is like on a day to day basis, as well as the emotional toll working search and rescue can have. Caroline is also working on getting the message out regarding health and safety on the mountains and provides tips and advice to help you when you’re over there. 

Show notes

Being based in the Pyrenees Her job titles Her dog Fjord How she got to France Spending time in an Australian Ski Resort Having to get re-qualified in France Learning to ski when she was 10 years old Her love of skiing Going to study Germany and being a freestyle skier Breaking her leg in Austria and not being put off Working in Austria as a ski instructor Dealing with her fear of going skiing again What she loves about skiing Why she wanted to become part of the ski rescue team What it’s like on a day to day basis Being trained in snow observations Bombing the slopes Dealign with avalanches Being caught in an avalanche Working with her dog Fjord Why she decided to call her do Fjord What they will do, if there is an avalanche  How she stayed focused while working in high stress situations Dealing with the emotions both positive and negative and why sometimes you need to take a step back Her pet hates on the mountains Advice and tips for the mountains Why it’s important to know your own level Follow your gut instinct Working in a male dominated environment Why she is moving into the educational side  Teaching children safety in the mountains How she has developed her own mental resilience Taking her ski test What she has leant over the past 10 years being a female and a foreigner  French men…

 

Social Media 

Website - www.fjordsar.weebly.com

Twitter - @FjordSar 

Twitter - @Caroline64SAR

 

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Sam Taylor - trying 100 sports and fitness classes in a year and now helping women to find their Get Up and Go in their community!  

At 35, Sam Taylor struggled to leave the sofa in the evenings and prioritised a wine over a walk. Working full time and running around after three children, she was facing a sedentary future. And then she decided to try something different.

One hundred different things in a year, in fact. 

As a self-confessed gymphobe, with a fear of heights and a questionable pelvic floor, she experienced challenges within challenges as she set about trying 100 different sports and fitness classes in a year. Her quest took her over 10,000 miles, as she tried everything from American Football to Archery and Boxing to Underwater hockey. She faced Olympic hopefuls, World Champions, European Champions and participated with people from 8 to 80, in all shapes and sizes.

During this podcast we learn more about her story, the challenges she faced, what she leant about sport, herself and others. 

This episode will encourage you to get out there and to try new things!

Show notes

Who Sam it How the idea came about  Being into hockey and what community sports can do for you Coming from a sporty background Growing the junior section of her hockey club Why sports are so good for you Her family  How she got back into sports after having children Getting the t-shirt and not thinking about the practicalities Coming up to her 36th birthday Telling people, putting it out on twitter and making yourself accountable to other people Being determined and not giving herself time to think Compiling the list of sporting activities Doing the things she was scared of Writing a blog about her experiences Her first challenge Which challenges pushed her outside of her comfort zone The challenge she had the most difficulty with  Why heights were an issue Getting injured playing croquet The challenges that were the most fun! Trampolining as a mother of three…. an extreme sport!! Life savings with the little nippers Challenge 66 and why she didn’t care what people thought anymore Hating the gym and feeling terrified  Being intimidated by the instructors and how she became friends with many of them How what she has leaned has impacted on her life The dark side of the challenge Getting to the end of the challenge Getting her back fixed Feeling emotional at the last channel - wake boarding Taking up squash and playing golf Her book The work she is doing in primary schools to help children HerMoJo Advice for women who want to get back to health and fitness

 

Social Media

 

Twitter - @SofaDodgerUK 

Website - http://www.hermojo.co.uk

 

HerMojo

HerMojo is a joint initiative between two of the leading UK activity finders ( SofaDodger and ACTIVEMapX ). Our focus is identifying #FemaleFriendly locations where women can get ACTIVE together. HerMojo is the largest UK activity finder and the only one in the world focusing on getting more women, more ACTIVE.

 

Buy her book!

 

 

Laura Maisey -  In September 2016, she ran from Rome to London, a journey of 1,249 miles.  

Show notes

Starting running 2 and half years ago A mid life crisis? How she came to be a runner Hearing about Project Awesome! Being persuaded to give it a go! Showing up and giving it ago Her running journey  Making running part of her life, by running to work (9 miles) Saving money by running Not being a fast runner Running a marathon tomorrow with 3 weeks training Why it’s easier than you think it is Running home from Rome - where the idea came from Reading a book by Andrew P. Sykes and being inspired by the route Not having the belief that she could do it Letting the idea grow Why not do it all!! Being inspired by Anna McNuff! Wanting to feel popular at the end Why long distance running is mental Her mental preparation for her run Taking an accidental lift Her main struggle in France The mental difficulty with having no mental stimulation What she learnt from the experience Why you don't know who you’ll be in the future Why going to Project Awesome changed her Her highlight from running home from Rome Her life plan… Why she decided to stop flaffing and plans to move to Italy Her final words of advice and tips for you Just do it! Where she blogs:- Love Her Wild, Etch Rock, Huffington Post

 

Blog/Website

www.lazylauramaisey.wordpress.com

New- twitter handle!!- @Maisey24

 

My Links!

 

Twitter - https://twitter.com/_tough_girl

Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/toughgirlchallenges/ 

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Catherine Edsell - Expedition Leader for 20 years  

Professionally; Catherine has worked on the beaches of Costa Rica protecting leatherback sea turtles and their nests, and as a jungle guide in the Corcovado rainforest… She held the position of Forest Operations manager for Operation Wallacea, running jungle training courses, and organising logistics for extremely remote scientific biodiversity studies in the forests, mountains and coral islands of Buton, Kabaena, and Wakatobi national park, South East Sulawesi, Indonesia... 

She has trekked for 700km down the ephemeral rivers of Namibia, tracking, (and being charged by), desert elephants, whilst leading groups of 17-25 year olds... 

She’s built harpy eagle hack boxes in the jungles of Belize, explored hidden sinkholes, crystal caves and Mayan ruins, performed reconnaissance trips and developed a new county project for Operation Wallacea in the cloud forests of Honduras, Central America... 

Most recently, she led The Matriarch Adventure, an all-women expedition to Namibia to track desert elephants and experience true wilderness. 

Show notes

Being based in Kingston Upon Thames How Catherine would describe herself Growing up in London with 4 younger brothers Being good at school, and being misguided with careers advice Going to university to do humanitarians and deciding to change subject Following her first passion, and starting a theatre company Buying a one way ticket to Costa Rica! Being caught in a landslide Training to be an expedition leader Why she loves being in the Jungle Coming home after expeditions Her first expedition heading out to Indonesia working as a jungle trainer Deciding to move onto the next adventure and challenge Meeting her future partner and having her first daughter Underestimated the impact of having children Deciding to take her children with her on adventures Heading out to Thailand to work with elephants Training as a Dive Master Why she thinks the adventure world has opened up Why she has moved into leading expeditions for women The Matriarch Adventure, how it came about and what it was Building a website! Wanting to head back to Africa Her family trip to Everest Preparing the children for the trip What she found most challenging about Nepal Her plans for the future, which include heading off to the Maldives Taking another group of women out into the wilderness in November (The Matriarch Adventure) Ted Talk and a potential TV documentary Working with Bex Band from www.loveherwild.com Going on a BIG family reunion What coral bleaching is and what the impact is on the reef What’s on her bucket list Final words of advice and why you should go and run with your idea

 

Social Media

Facebook @matriarchadventure

Twitter  @cathadventure 

Website- https://www.cathadventure.com

The Matriarch Adventure - https://www.cathadventure.com/the-matriarch-adventure Next date November

 

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Pip Hare - Professional ocean racing sailor who was part of the all female team who won the 3 Peaks Yacht Race in 2016  

Tough Girl - Pip Hare - Professional ocean racing sailor who was part of the all female team who won the 3 Peaks Yacht Race in 2016

Pip Hare is a professional ocean racing sailor, with a wealth of experience over the past 16 years in the marine industry, clocking up over 120,000 miles across the worlds’ oceans, including the Pacific, the Atlantic and as far south as Patagonia.

With steely determination and a high ambition, Pip achieved has taken part in a major short handed Ocean Racing campaign every year since her first OSTAR in 2009.

Since this first race Pip has become the Only British Sailor to every finish the coveted international mini transat race twice as well as winning the 2010 Two Handed Round Britain and Ireland Race overall with co-skipper Phil Stubbs.

In 2016 Pip was part of Team Aperito, for the 3 Peaks Yacht Race, which was led by Elin Haf Davies – (Who has also been on the Tough Girl Podcast)– the sailors on the team were Pip and Nikki Curwen, – and the runners were TV presenter and Ultra racer Lowri Morgan and Jo Jackson.

 

Show notes

Suffering from the cold Being based in Poole Racing in the Caribbean  Getting Pip to introduce herself Growing up in London before moving over to East Anglia Sailing from a young age, but not really enjoying it Developing a passion for sailing while doing her A’level Taking a year out after A’levels and getting her Yacht Master & sailing on tall ships Starting to become aware of single handed ocean racing Making a decision about university and telling her family Could she have a career in the sailing industry Remembering back to the first time she was out of site of land The big difference between being isolation and being lonely Dealing with a lack of confidence and not going after her dreams until she was 35 Her first single handed ocean race from Uruguay to the UK which took 58 days Finding a sponsor and why she decided to try How to plan for sailing across the Atlantic! Physical fitness and how she gets herself ready for a crossing How sleeping works while out on the ocean, and why she has learnt how to capnap Training her body over the years to cope with the conditions on the ocean The race which stands out as the most memorable How to qualify for the Mini Transat  Taking the next step up Winning the 2010 Round Britain & Ireland Race Planning and strategy for racing  What she loves about ocean racing The Three Peaks Yacht Race  - one of the most epic endurance races the world has to offer How the team came together in a very short time period The sailing and the transitions Doing the Three Peaks Yacht Race in July 2017 as a pair! Top tips and advice for you! 

 

“The greatest adventure is what lies ahead”

 

Social Media

Website - http://www.pipoceanracing.com

 

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Suzy Favour Hamilton - Olympian x3, NYT Best Selling Author - “Fast Girl – A Life Spent Running From Madness”, & Mental Health Advocate  

Suzy was the US Junior Record Holder at 1500m and won 3 National Junior Titles in High School.

Competing professionally, Suzy won seven USA National titles, set two American Records, was a three-time Olympian, ran her specialty 1500m under 4:00 five times and at the time was the second fastest American Woman in history. In 2000, Suzy was the fastest woman in the world, but came last in her race at the Sydney Olympics.

Triggered by feelings of inadequacy, Suzy slipped further into darkness and was eventually misdiagnosed with depression. The prescribed drug made her high, too high in fact, and soon, she was working as an escort in Las Vegas.

Only being outed to the world and an eventual diagnosis of bipolar disorder led her to begin the slow process of recovery. Years later, she is sharing her story about her experiences with bipolar disorder as well as her struggles with life during and after running. 

 

Show notes

Growing up and wanting to be perfect, the reasons behind it and what drove her to this level of perfection Her older brother and how his illness impacted on her life Finding running at 11 years old Dealing with the pressure from a young age Loving running, and when it all started to change Being ranked number 1 in the country  How she used food to help manage the pressure  Dealing with an eating disorder  When she started to think about the Olympics Feeling carefree while running Her first Olympics - 1992 Barcelona  Not getting the support from her coaches that she needed Competing against athletes who were doing drugs No focus on the mental side of racing while competing at the Olympics The highlight from her running career - making the US Olympic Team and beating her idol Her downfall Going into the 2000 Olympics after having run the fastest time in the world in Oslo Losing her brother to suicide before the Olympics The 1,500 Olympic race - What happened with 100 metres to go The fall out and what happened afterwards Falling out of love with running Being diagnosed at 42 years old Her rock bottom… Having her daughter in 2005 Being given drugs for depression Deciding to jump out of a plane and heading to Vegas to celebrate 20 years of marriage The spiral into destruction and how she started to cope Sex was becoming her escape and dealing with hyper sexuality Fast Girl  - A Life Spend Running From Madness  Working as an escort in Vegas - Kelly Your power as a women Hiring a male escort The escorting world… What is hyper sexuality? Being exposed via the Smoking Gun Website and the impact it had on her life, her husband and her marriage The journey of how she got from where she was to where she is now Taking baby steps and how life is not perfect How she recovered thanks to her husband Being bi-polar and the relief that came from the diagnosis Being able to share her story and be an advocate for mental health Dealing with shame Running for fun now! Loving yoga and how it brought out all of the pain Her final words of advice 

 

Social Media

Website - http://suzyfavorhamilton.com

Twitter - @favorhamilton 

Instagram - @favourhamilton

Facebook  - @favourhamilton

 

Book - “Fast Girl – A Life Spent Running From Madness”

 

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Nayla Tawa - Producer. Director. Adventurer. Humanitarian.  

Return to Kyrgyzstan is focused on raising awareness about the local community and a Kyrgyz man named Hayat Tarikov who is dramatically changing Kyrgyz children’s lives through skiing. It also tells the compelling story of Nayla’s own return back to Kyrgyzstan 4 years after a catastrophic accident there left her on the brink of death. She organises adventure travel trips with a focus on filming stories of interest in far corners of the world.

Nayla was born in the French Alps to an Egyptian father and French mother and has been a devout traveler for her entire life. She is an avid skier and snowboarder with a true passion for the outdoors, adventure and global travel.

 “To me snowboarding is not just an obsession, it is an insatiable craving that has lead me to discover new cultures, speak new languages, and form irreplaceable friendships.”

Show notes

Moving out to Costa Rica for 4 months How Nayla would introduce herself Being born in France, moving to the states when she was 2 years old Loving to travel from a young age Being a student at UCLA  How the opportunity came about to go to Kyrgyzstan and make a film The type of film she wanted to make Getting equipment together to take Putting the project together in 2 months When the problems started… The accident in the middle of nowhere Remembering everything and being the only person not to have a head injury Living in slow motion Trying to get out of the car Being the only one who could get help Breaking her back in 3 places, breaking her sternum… Doing what she needed to do, to survive Getting help and being focused The danger of catching AIDS Managing to contact her friends  Being as nice as possible Speaking to her dad, who is a doctor Getting back to the States, worrying about a spinal cord injury Reaching Dubai and it was getting time critical Getting misdiagnosed in Dubai The recovery process… 2 years before she’d be able to snowboard again The mental recovery… how she got through it Why she needed to focus on the stuff that she could do Dealing with PTSD, having nightmares, not being able to control her thoughts Deciding to go back to Kyrgyzstan Developing a relationship with the village Becoming part of the story Travelling back with Lexie Having her dad join the team! Heading back to the village Being able to teach the girls! Working with the men Being in post production of the documentary  Feeling blocked while trying to exit the movie Planning her next trip back! Having the opportunity to go to the Arctic! Creating a documentary from the footage Wanting to start a non profit Following her passion to do some good girlgonepolar.com Final words of advice

 

Social Media

Twitter - @NaylaTawa 

Instagram - @NaylaTawa

Learn more about her return to Kyrgyzstan  www.returntokg.com 

 

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Naomi Kutin - The strongest girl in the world. Naomi “Supergirl” can lift 3x her body weight and holds multiple world records in powerlifting!  

At just 15 years old, Naomi Kutin has already established herself in the world of powerlifting gaining her first world record at nine. While powerlifting may not seem the typical sport of choice for a young girl, Naomi has grown up with it. Naomi’s father is an accomplished powerlifter himself and now, after watching Naomi’s success, her younger brother Ari has also taken up the sport, making it a family affair.

Being an Orthodox Jew, Naomi sometimes encounters difficulties with her training and competition, as she can only eat certain foods and cannot travel or compete on Shabbat. Yet, despite these cultural barriers, Naomi has become known as arguably one of the strongest girl’s in the world and gained the nickname ‘Supergirl.’. Naomi can lift nearly three-times her weight and is a force to be reckoned with in her sport of powerlifting.

Naomi holds multiple records and gold medals from competitions. In addition to her academic and powerlifting pursuits, Naomi runs track and works weekly with special needs students. She also loves to spend time with her family and friends.

 

Show notes

Being from Jersey How she got her nickname - “Super Girl” Her family - siblings and her parents Competing in competitions with her dad and brother Being active and sporty since a young age - playing soccer, basketball, track and basketball What she liked about powerlifting Her first competition - August 2010 - 8 years old… having to lift with all the men Dealing with stage fright before the competition Breaking world records and going on talk shows Dealing with negativity and the haters Breaking her first world record - at 9 years old Whats going on inside her head when she goes to do a lift Why she tries to keep her mind empty Using visualisation before the competitions Not getting the lifts and finding it difficult to handle What a typical training week looks like Her nutrition… being vegetarian and eating Kosher The documentary and how it came about What should have taken 6 months took 3 years  Filming her from 11 to 14 Seeing the movie for the first time What her friends think about it all Her role models The biggest challenges she’s had to face in life How her religion impacts on powerlifting Dealing with injury while powerlifting and the recovery from that The olympics? Her plans for the next few years? Why it’s not all about the records? Where does she get her drive from? Final words of advice and why you should lift!

 

Social Media

Movie Website 

Facebook @SuperGirlNaomi

Instagram  - @Naomi.supergirl

 

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Tina Muir - is a 2:36 marathoner and GB runner who has not had a period for 9 years.  

Tina Muir is a 2:36 marathoner and Great Britain runner who recently shocked the running world by taking a hiatus to focus on starting a family and overcoming amenorrhea.

Tina created the Running for Real Community to foster a healthy mindset around running. This is a space where runners can explore, embrace, and get better from setbacks through inspiring podcasts, videos, and blog posts, and most importantly, sharing thoughts and experiences.

Behind every personal best, there are plenty of personal not-so-bests, from beating ourselves up about just-missed PRs to the injury blues to embarrassing falls.

Running can really hurt, but we don’t have to go through it alone. 

 

Show notes

Moving over to America at 18 in 2007 Meeting her husband in the States Running when she was younger Doing cross country at school and hiding in the toilets Making the school team and coming 4th in a competition  Deciding she wanted to win Joining a running club Being coached by Brad Plummer in the UK Deciding to leave her family and friends to go to America, but knowing it was the right thing to do How training in America is very different to training in the UK Loving the routine and living the running lifestyle  Running 7 days a week  quantity verses quality in running Training for different race distances from 800m to 10K on the track Learning how to run on tired training Loving the 5k race distance Being emotionally drained while running Where she gets her drive and determination from Wanting to wear the GB Vest How to qualify for the GB Team and the stress behind trying to qualify Achieving her lifetime goals of representing Great Britain  Running 2.36 mins  Running by feel and not looking at her watch  Trying to break the 2.40 barrier  Her favourite part of London Marathon - crossing Tower Bridge Time to Say Goodbye: When You Have Grown Apart From What You Love the Most Falling out of love with running Not having a period for 9 years Her identity and how it was/is tied into being a runner Talking to her husband about her decision and having to make her own decision  Speaking to doctors and experts about her period and not being able to get an answer  Book - No Period Now What Telling the world and being honest with the world Her plan for the future Freedom to decide what she wants to do and looking for joy Deciding to start a podcast and the reasons behind it - Live from April 14th The Running for Real Community It’s not about comparison - it’s about you! Being real about running!

 

Social Media

Facebook Running for Real

Twitter @tinamuir

Instagram @tinamuir88

Blog TinaMuir.com

 

Book - No period - Now what 

 

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Shu Pillinger - 1st British woman to complete RAAM Solo in 2015 after broken clavicle in 2014.  

Achievements

2013 - Ladies British National Champion at Double Ironman!

2015 - RAAM - 12 days 9 hours and 12 mins to become the first British Women to do so and the 37th women ever! 

 

Show notes

Growing up on a farm and not being sporty or outdoorsy, but getting use to cycling as she had to cycle everywhere Taking up football when she went to university Moving to London and trying to fit in health and fitness at the same time Jumping straight into triathlon from football Liking to challenge herself What she liked about triathlon The Double Ironman! With ENDUROMAN Times for Ironman Becoming the Ladies’ British National Champion in 2013 Dealing with sleep deprivation  The finish of Enduroman and why it’s special The 24 hour time trail and not realising the significance of the event Why she would never do it again Qualifying for RAAM - Race Across America Why her strength is endurance and not speed Her mental strength to just keep on going Growing up knowing there was nothing she couldn’t do and why she doesn’t believe in “can’t” Being inspired by her dad Still dealing with doubts RAAM - 2014 - time trail - Racing from the West coast to the East coast of America The worlds toughest supported cycle race 3,000 miles in 12 days and 21 hours for women  - 232 mile a day for women Preparing herself for RAAM and why only 5% of the race is to do with cycling  Sleeping less than 2 hours a day for 12 days Falling asleep on her bike, coming off her bike and breaking her collar bone  What she learned from the 2014 race and how she applied it to her 2015 race Preparing for the trans continental race in Europe for 2017 Being able to emotionally detach while cycling Listening to music, podcasts and listening to audio books (The millennium Trilogy) Being inspired by stories from climbing mountains  Swimming from the UK to the US!! (The 3k Virgin Island swim) Loving running when she should be cycling Running in Cyprus and why she loves trail running Liking sleep and going for 8 hours a night Feeling drained, which she think is linked to her diet Making the change from vegetarian to vegan  Her final words of advice and why you should go an crew for someone doing a challenge Being Crew Chief for Jasminjn Muller LEJOG attempt How she met Jasmijn!

 

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Website - http://shupillinger.info 

 

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Tashi and Nungshi Malik -  1st siblings and twins to climb the 7 Summits and reach the North and South Poles and complete the Explorers Grand Slam.  

Despite roots in one of India’s most conservative rural Haryana state notorious for its skewed sex ratio in favour of boys, Nungshi and Tashi Malik, by 23 years old had achieved several global gender iconic milestones. 

They are the world’s first siblings and twins as well as youngest persons and the first South Asians to complete the ‘Adventurers Grand Slam’ (scaling highest peaks in all continents including Everest, and skiing to North and South Poles). Guinness World Records has already featured them for several of these including ‘first female twins to scale Everest, first twins and siblings to scale the Seven Summits and youngest person to complete Explorers Grand Slam’.

Popularly known as ‘Everest twins’, Nungshi and Tashi dedicated their adventure mission to Indian girl child with the motto ‘Gender Equality Now: Fight Female Feticide’. They use their climbing as metaphor for the ‘invisible’ mountains of gender discrimination, exclusion and denial of basic rights that millions of girls in India have to climb daily.

Last year they started ‘NungshiTashi Foundation’ with the twin objectives of promoting Outdoors Leadership and girl empowerment through Outdoors.

 

World Records

•First female twins to scale Mt Everest (Climbed at 21 years of age)

•First siblings & twins to climb ‘Seven Summits’ (highest peaks in all continents)

•First siblings & twins to complete Adventurers Grand Slam & the Three Pole Challenge

•Youngest persons ever to complete Adventurers Grand Slam & the Three Pole Challenge

•First twins to reach South Pole on Skis (last degree)

•First twins to reach North Pole on Skis, (last degree)

 

National/Regional Records

•First South Asians to complete Adventurers Grand Slam & the Three Pole Challenge

•Youngest and Fastest South Asians to complete Adventurers Grand Slam & the Three Pole Challenge (two years and a month)

•Youngest South Asians to scale the ‘Seven Summits’

•First Indian women to climb all ‘Seven Summits’ in first attempt (overall 2nd Indian women and third Indians)

•Youngest and fastest South Asians to reach North & South Pole on Skis (completed in less than 4 months)

 

Show notes

Where they are based at the moment Where they were brought up Travelling a lot when they were younger,  Growing up as girls in India Being trend setters and where it came from How their mum helped to support them with their goals Their 3rd sister Dealing with fears and what drove them Not understanding the desire to fit in within the group Why they wanted to be the best version of themselves Where the love for the outdoors came from Developing leadership attributes and self awareness through mountaineering When mountaineering turned into a passion Planning and climbing their first 19,000 ft mountain Who first mentioned Everest and why it was a calling from the mountain How they made their dream a reality Why to achieve your goals it comes down to commitment The struggles to achieve their goal over 4.5 years Getting the go ahead from their mum! Being labelled as fragile! The challenges and struggles they faced to achieve their Everest dream Funding the challenge How they trained to get in the best physical condition possible before the challenge The historic moment on the summit The journey back to basecamp  Deciding to do the 7 summits! Getting home and taking the time to celebrate Dealing with the adventure blues.. Losing friends in the mountains mission2for7 Completing the explorers grand slam at 23 years old What they’ve learned from doing these challenges Why exploration has become a spiritual journey  Why they strike a steel plate on the summit of every mountain Nungshi and Tashi Foundation which aims to empower girls Heading to study in New Zealand Final words of advice to motivate and inspire you

“With passion and commitment, miracles do happen”

 

Other Everest Episodes you can listen to on the Tough Girl Podcast

 

Cathy O’Dowd Masha Gordon Squash Falconer Jo Bradshaw Tori James

 

Social Media

Website - http://nungshitashi.org

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Instagram @twinclimbers

Twitter - @NungshiTashi

 

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Guin Batten, a former professional rower who won an Olympic silver medal in Sydney in 2000  

Guin was introduced to rowing by her sister at 19 whilst at Southampton University. In her early years Guin excelled in a variety of school sports, playing county hockey and athletics.

During this podcast we learn more about the set backs that Guin faced trying to follower her dream, from being told she would never make it as a rower, to being so broke she was sleeping on changing room floors.

This is a story of courage and conviction and how by work hard, using everything you have you can achieve your goals.

Guin provides lots of top tips to help you face your own challenges, and also shares more knowledge on how you can take up rowing and maybe one day row an ocean!

Show notes

When she started rowing Loving sport at school and how she learnt the rules of life through sport Rowing in the novice pot and taking 3 years to win it What she loved about rowing Growing up in West Africa and going to boarding school when she was 9 Being expelled from school at 11 Deciding she wanted to go to the Olympics Making the GB Team Having to work hard at her technique Not making the team and being told she was too small and that she would never be an international rower Being ranked 8th in the world in the single scull 5’7 tall Having no money and not being able to afford to go to her first World Championships Sleeping on floors and trying to cut her outgoings How she get’s over disappointment Her first World Championships rowing in the single scull The challenges she has faced throughout her international rowing career Dealing with injury before the 2000 Olympics The 2000 Olympics, the challenges, the race, the day, the experience Having to change the crew 5 weeks before the race Being coached by Mike Spracklen Having a race off for the last place in the boat Team makers & Drivers Dealing with the pressure when the world is watching you Being able to turn on the raw emotion at the right time 4 cms….. What it was like afterwards Getting back into rowing and stroked the women 8 at the World Championships Struggling with overtraining Deciding to retire from rowing at 34 Deciding to row the English Channel Waiting 4 months for the right weather to row the channel The start of her expedition career Not letting people erode your belief Surround yourself with people who believe in you  The Youth Sport Trust  Turning the BIG 50! Her rowing plan for the summer - Outrigger Canoeing… Advice if you want to get into rowing 

 

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Kim Constantinesco - Editor-in-Chief of @Purpose2Play, Big mountain snowboarder, Stunt Woman who is addicted to storytelling & living boldly  

Kim broke her neck while doing a backflip on her snowboard. After making a complete recovery, she reinserted adventure back into her life with things like competing in big mountain snowboarding and even going to school to learn how to become a stunt woman. 

She is the Editor-in-Chief of Purpose2Play.com, a U.S. based digital publication that tells the positive and inspiring stories in sports. She routinely explores how and why athletes are able to overcome great physical and mental challenges. She believes that the talent she has for telling others' stories is rooted in her own desire to challenge herself physically and mentally and live her life at full throttle.

 

Show notes

Where she is now and where she grew up Why she is a story teller first Being fearless since a young age Snowboarding off the roof when she was 8 years old Loving spending time outside Not knowing what she wanted to do Having to change career direction Becoming a sports writer and being willing to try something new Being in a major snowboarding accident when she was 28 years old Dealing with recovery Her identity and how it was tied to being an athlete Using writing to help her recovery and reflect on what had happened Wanting to get back to snowboarding and eventually getting back to the snow Doing another backflip and reclaiming herself as an athlete Where the idea for Purpose2Play came from and why they focus on the positive stories Why play is an important component in life Being inspired by Juliana Buhring Her vision for Purpose2Play Still competing in big mountain snowboarding What’s going through her head before she starts a competition 11, 11, 11, Going to stunt school and how it all came about What her parents think! Her plans for the coming year Writing a children's book Why she wants to focus more on mental health  Nikki Kimble and how she deals with her depression Dealing with the adventure blues 14,000 ft mountains and her goals to climb 58 by the time she turns 48! Wanting to go bungy jumping!

 

Social Media

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Instagram @KimCon14

Website http://www.purpose2play.com/

 

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Laura Bingham is an English adventurer best known for completing a cross-continent cycle of South America in July 2016.  

Show notes

Being a free spirit Growing up with 3 older sisters Being a spoiled brat while growing up Leaving home at 18 to travel Hopping around for 4 years, changing countries and jobs Dealing with anxiety at college Living on her own, working on her own and doing it all on her own Every step took her further and further away from home Dealing with a broken heart and trying to fill the empty void Arriving in Mexico - sorting out a job and a place to live within 3 days Doing Jaguar conservation work Leaving Mexico after 4 months Duolingo for learning languages Deciding to sail home across the Atlantic Crewbay.com  The cow scull Trying to get to the boat with no money  Sailing to England  Surviving on four hour sleeps Having an argument and not being able to get out  Sailing to Ireland and not England! Getting itch feet and wanting to get travelling again Cycling Ecuador to Argentina with no money Operation South America Getting her plans in place and dealing with the negativity Why you should smile at strangers The mental and emotional challenges of her trip Asking for help, asking for food How she coped when her fiancé was in an accident Having Ness Knight come out to join the trip What she learn’t from the South American cycle Being emotional once she was back at home What’s on her bucket list Her message that she advocates - “follow your dreams” Why you’ll learn from failure

 

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Instagram @laurabingham 

 

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Ness Knight - Accidental adventurer & explorer, whose cycled solo + unsupported 2000 miles across the USA, & first female in history to swim the length of the Thames River!  

EXPEDITIONS:

 •First female to stand up paddleboard 1000 miles (Missouri river, USA)

•Cycled solo + unsupported 2000 miles across the USA

•First female in history to swim the length of the Thames River (UK)

•400 mile run – 15 marathons back-to-back (London to Land’s End, UK)

•Namib Desert solo fatbike expedition (2016)

•Upcoming: Record attempt – first female to row the Pacific Ocean solo and non-stop

 

Show notes

Not being a natural adventurer Coming to exploring later on in life Being an accidental adventurer  Deciding to change her life Looking for her passion in life Losing her best friend at university Deciding she no longer wanted to be an introvert and what she did to change it What would you do, if you could not fail Her conservative family and growing up in South Africa Why we need more females in endurance sports getting the spot light  Her list of how to live rather than things to do Her fear of failure Losing her best friend at 20 years old Deciding to live her life her way Deciding to do SUP - Missouri River - 1,000 miles Being inspired by Roz Savage - (Listen to Roz on the Tough Girl Podcast) Enjoying the solo journey  Courage & confidence  Her fears before her first solo cycle Trusting her gut instincts and how it improved her confidence How she’s been building her career and what she’s been focusing on Having her vision of what she wants to do with her life How she decides on what to do Swimming the Thames and the challenges she faced; the cold, dealing with Raynaud’s Disease, spending 10 hours in the water, dealing with the isolation and the pressure What’s going on in her head while she's doing these challenges and why she ends up writing books in her head What she’s learnt about her mindset and her mental resilience  Why her strength in life is to see everything positively Why you need to smile! Watch an Amy Cuddy TED Talk - Your body language shapes who you are 2016 challenges - Joining Laura Bingham in Bolivia for her cycle (with no money) challenge Heading to Namibia - to be the first person ever to solo cycle across the world’s oldest desert, the Namib. The worst decision she has ever made while being on an adventure Being humble and making smart decisions The Pacific Row and why it’s been 7 years in the making Planning for the challenge and wanting to build her own boat Costs of the challenge Working with a performance coach The power of visualisation Final words of advice and top tips for you Watch TED Talk- The power of vulnerability By Brené Brown

 

“My expeditions and work have taken me to some amazing corners of the world, but there is still so much more to discover.”

 

Social Media

 

Twitter - @Ness_Knight

Instagram  - @Ness_Knight

Facebook  - @explorernessknight

Website - http://www.nessknight.com 

 

Next Week

Laura Bingham will be coming on the Tough Girl Podcast  to share more about her life and cycle throughout South America

 

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Elspeth Beard - in 1982 at age 22 Elspeth set off on a solo motorbike trip around the world! Taking 2.5 years, covering a distance of 48,000 miles!  

In 1982 at age 22 Elspeth set off on a solo motorbike trip around the world. The journey took her 2.5 years and she covered a distance of 48,000 miles taking in the sites of North America, Australasia, Asia & Europe. 

 

This was all done in the age before mobile phones and internet. During her travels Elspeth rode through post-revolutionary Iran during the war with Iraq. She survived life threatening illnesses and numerous accidents. She witnessed civil uprisings that delayed her journey and forced her to fake documents to cross brokers.

 

This is one hell of a story not to be missed!

 

Show notes

 

How would Elspeth introduce herself Understanding more about her childhood Being encouraged to explore and push the boundaries Going to boarding school at a young age and being expelled at 16 How she found her love of motorcycles Buying her first bike and understanding the travel potential of having a motorbike Doing what she wanted to do Going on a 10 week trip with her brother, riding across America What she feels when she rides her bike and why she loves it Finding out in 2006 that she was the first woman to ride around the world Having a painful breakup, feeling lost and needing a distraction Working in a pub to save £2,500 for her round the world trip Feeling nervous and not having a clue what she was doing The challenge of the unknown and why she liked it What her friends were saying when she told people about her trip The fears she had to deal with before she left Highlights from America and why she loved New Orleans Flying to Hawaii and then on to New Zealand hitchhiking around the North & South Island Arriving in Sydney with $50 in her pocket Having nothing to fall back on and having to rely on herself Her trip around Australia and heading over to Asia Feeling separate from other travellers and never feeling like she belonged Going for weeks without speaking English Being followed and started at while travelling around India Crossing the borders into Iran and Pakistan Getting Hepatitis  Coping with the stress of daily travel and the, not knowing what was going to happen next Being ready to head home and the reality of getting back to London What happened with Robert after they came back to the UK Why you should just go on that trip and do that challenge

 

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PART 4! 7 Women - 7 Challenges  

7 Women - 7 Challenges PART 4

At the start of 2017 after feedback from the Tough Girl Tribe. I started 7 Women - 7 Challenges.

Throughout the year I will be interviewing 7 women as we follow them on their journey of going after their own personal challenges.

We will learn what really has to happen for people to achieve their goals, we will hear about their frustrations, disappointments, set backs, as well as their successes and achievements. 

It is real stories, from real women, living real lives.

 

Schedule of future episodes

Part 1 - 1st January LIVE

Part 2 - 12th February LIVE

Part 3 - 2nd April LIVE

Part 4 - 28th May LIVE

Part 5 - 1st October

Part 6 - 19th November

Part 7 - 31st December

 

Show notes

Rae Red

Feeling a bit weird in January Finding out she was pregnant! Knackered, dealing with morning sickness Stopping training Going on a mental roller coaster Not being able to tell people Moving house & being surrounded by boxes Processing the news Being angry Going through a grieving process BREAK Struggling with mental health  Walking everyday Publishing her blog posts Feeling lonely while pregnant Making her pregnancy her own experience The first 3 months Round ligament pain Pregnancy Yoga via Youtube Not fighting against it The elephant in the room! Heartburn The London Marathon Ballot! Being due early October Plans for the future.. new business idea Ice climbing in February? How her diabetes has been affected by being pregnant Having a starvation test Eating a banana a day.. Trying to stay positive Why you need to reach out to people Starting with her blog - howdoesshedoit.com

 

 

Laura Try

 

Listening back to part 3 of the podcast and crying about it Being on the edge of nearly giving up How it has all changed…. Getting a main sponsor! Going to a business networking meeting every week #BNI Asking for a dream referral and wanting to speak to Russell Quirk 6 week later being told he will be at the meeting Should she mention the rowing trip? Doing her research.. taking a deep breath and saying hello! Going for it! £2,000 to go Becoming numb to emotion and not being able to feel anything Why the challenge is not about rowing GB Getting excited!! Give some love to www.emoo.co.uk Why it’s more than just the money Getting physical and emotional support Being a New World Record Holder!!! Being a member of the Sub 7 Rowing Club  Saying “YES” The world record row! Fitness before the challenge…. & not being able to train properly for the past few months £150 club? Still an option? The plan to get the final £2k Donations have stopped since she got a main sponsor Guest speaking gigs - which is ticking a few boxes Exhausted, scatter brain, forgetting things, never being so tired in her life! Taking time off…. Moving house on Monday - 5 days before she goes rowing! Having a job for when she comes back! Starting her row on the 3rd June! Mental skills coaching Why it’s all about imagery! Getting excited!! 8 weeks - follow along with Laura via her social media channels It’s so easy!!

 

Jen Dykhoorn

 

What’s been happening since we last spoke! Moving countries and living in Stockholm Getting to travel more Experiencing Spring twice! What she loves about Stockholm Signing up for an Ultra Marathon in July (Eco Trail Ultra Marathon) Doing long runs at the weekend and cycling to work everyday Tips for running on new trails, using iPhones and having a back up plan MapMyRun.com Getting the balance right between running and cycling while training Using the ultra as a training exercise Doing what she can do Being prepared as much as she can while maintaining everything else in her life Structured Reflection from using the Passion Planner Having fewer obligations in Stockholm and being able to choose what she wants to do Struggling with anxiety and why her tools helps her to create space Dealing with the stress and pressure from work Everyday magic goals! Making music once a week! Taking up the harmonica The 100 Day Challenge! Tips for meditation  Planning for LEJOG - mapping and accommodation Getting excited for her challenge! Her goals for the coming weeks Heading off to Budapest for a weekend getaway 

 

 

Jo Jo Rogers

 

Dealing with injury Focusing on recovery Being angry with her injury Getting a new rescue dog and training her to get use to cars The frustration of not being able to run Being able to get out to Texas to race! Not pushing on her running, until race day Heading down to Dallas, and getting to see her son as well Running on cement in the heat! Carrying her own hydration and not needing to stop at the aid stations 3 loop course of 10.33 mile course Not having a time goal or a place goals Assessing the other runners on the start line Her goal for the race and wanting to run even laps 1 hr 30 mins for each loop - finishing 2nd women!! Women placed - 1st, 2nd, 3rd, & 4th! “Go the Girls!!”  The challenges during the race…  Running the last 3 miles faster and making an effort to stay over pace Feeling fully recovered Plans for the summer months Sleep & nutrition Meeting Jo Jo in Maine Her B Goal - To run the fastest 50K for women over 50 Being the 2nd fastest female in the US for running 50K in 2016 Her C Goal - To get a PB in a 50K Her 50k PB - 4 hr 5mins

 

Georgie Akin-Smith

2 challenges done Injury update… Not being able to run London Marathon (but being able to defer it to next year) Focus on cycling and 2 cycling challenges completed What was going through her head before Mallorca 312 The pressure of having a cut off time of 14 hours and trying to do the distance in that time The start line Not sleeping well the night before and having a 5 am wake up call Dealing with mountains from the start of the course Eating every half an hour - which became harder and harder as the time went on Getting to 290K  Dealing with the nerves and excitement at the start of the race Race tactics The hills! Deciding to carry on and not stop at the 220 The final 2 hours of the race and why they were so hard - mentally Having not choice but to carry on (having a few tears) What she’s learnt from the Mallorca experience Going to the extremes of her mental and physical fitness Pushing herself and gaining confidence from the experience 2 week rest and then cycling from London to Paris Cycling with Laura Kennington Meeting10 new people and having a lose plan for the cycle Having a MRI scan on her hip and being able to start running again Racing to the finish line to make it in 24hrs! Making changes to her 12 challenges Doing a Tough Mudder with her parents in August Having more of a focus on running and cycling Getting to a good place with cycling and training for her next 100 mile race in July Is she still enjoying herself? Making the challenges work for her and her lifestyle Why you can achieve more than you think

 

Gemma Smith - Adventures of a Novice Mountaineer

 

What’s Gemma has been up to Climbing the Cosmiques Arête, how it came about and what it is Why she decided to do it Taking advantage of the weather and managing to get some skiing in Fitness while climbing at altitude  What she’s learnt from climbing the Cosmiques Arête and how she will be able to apply it to future challenges Building her confidence and gaining reassurance from the experience Getting a new climbing partner Climbing with a para climber and how it’s made her think differently Getting half way up a 7a London Ladies Climb - FB Group How her personal training is coming along What she’s focusing on with her training  Getting tickets for the ARC’TERYX CLIMBING ACADEMY Going on a mountain clean up Having to give up on May as a training month Working brutal hours and struggling to get the balance Feeling guilt about not training Having to speak to her boss about her work Plans for the coming months Bullet Journal…. Trying to get a routine back in her life Not managing to make it to Scotland The Sandstone Trail…on the list for July to test her endurance Making a commitment and learning when to step back Making more time for herself Blogging… having more stuff to publish

 

Rachel Wise

 

Summary from the last 2 months The big things have been done A family will be able to take the house furnished A home has been found for the dog Sorting out her job and speaking to her boss Having the difficult conversation Feeling relief that people now know Running the Geneva Marathon! Being ready for the next one! Running her own race, and running at a steady pace Pushing the dark throughs aside How the children are coping with the upcoming changes How Rachel is feeling about the trip Not being super excited and more focused on getting things organised Trying to save money and make money Her experience with Air BnB Dealing with back to back bookings Renting the whole house out for July Prices  Trying to fit it all in Money and the budget.. Heading off in August! The girls education for while on the road The jobs that have to be done before they head off The website - slowtravelfamily.com Wanting to write more and share more blogs What she hopes will have happened by October

 

 

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Bex Band - The Ordinary Adventurer who has walked 1,000 km across Israel, as well as being the first person to Kick Scoot the 240km London Loop trail!  

After 6 years of living a 9-5 lifestyle, she had had enough. She was fed up of being stressed and overworked and had a mountain of baggage to contend with. She was burnt out, didn’t sleep well, was over-thinking all the time and had bouts of depression. She didn’t feel healthy.

So, she decided to make a change. She quit her job, signed up to do a few challenges and…..here she is! Adventuring, travelling and living her absolute dream life.

Since leaving her job she has completed the 240km London Loop on an adult kick scooter, sailed across the North Sea and hiked 1000km the full length of Israel. 

 

Show notes

Where Bex is at the moment Going to Africa at 18 where she got the travel bug Settling into adult life and getting a regular job as a teacher Making the decision to quit her life and go travelling full time Making another big change in her life for the second time Having a small amount of savings  Making money while on the go Deciding to head off to hike 1,000km the full length of Israel Getting herself sorted before she headed off Logistics and planning for the trail Having her honeymoon at Burning Man Festival The challenges of her hike 2 months hiking with her husband and hiking separately What Scoop the Loop is! Not spending any money on the challenge Winning the Next Challenge Grant!  Wild Camping in a residential urban environment Sailing back from Sweden with Tall Ships Getting sea sick for the first 24 hrs How she decides where she will go travelling The struggles she has to face being a nomad and travelling all the time Working longer hours than she would in a normal job Living with uncertainty and not knowing when your next going to be making money Starting - “Love Her Wild” with her friend Alex Being inspired by Beth Rodden - climbing when pregnant  The Mentor Scheme and why it came about What challenge is on her bucket list! Looking for her next big adventure How she decides what to do next Planning and working with her husband Japan highlights! Advice if you do want to quit your job Why you should listen to your gut and your instincts! Why I got rid of my stuff  #minimalism Her top piece of adventuring kit - good boots and good socks! Getting a good night sleep! Get in contact with Bex via her blog Why you should go and visit loveherwild.com 

 

Social Media

Website - The Ordinary Adventurer & loveherwild.com

 

Facebook

Twitter - @Bex_Band 

Instagram - @_theordinaryadventurer

 

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Phoebe Smith - extreme sleeping outdoors adventurer who thrives on heading off to the wildest locations she can find to sleep in the strangest places she can seek out!  

Phoebe Smith is an adventurer, author, editor, presenter, speaker and filmmaker.

By day she is award-winning editor of Wanderlust Travel Magazine, travel writer and presenter, by night she’s an extreme sleeping outdoors adventurer who thrives on heading off to the wildest locations she can find to sleep in the strangest places she can seek out.

She was the first person to sleep at all the extreme points of mainland Britain – including the centremost point – which she did solo, on consecutive nights in 2014. 

She has completed the Three Peaks Sleeps Challenge – in which she overnighted on the summits of the highest mountains in Wales, England and Scotland. She is also the author of 7 books including the bestselling Extreme Sleeps: Adventures of a Wild Camper,Wilderness Weekends: Wild Adventures in Britain's Rugged Corners  and the first ever guidebook to Britain’s free-to-stay-in mountain shelters –Book of the Bothy.

 

Show Notes

 

Backpacks & her favourite Lowe Alpine pack How Phoebe would introduce herself and why she lives something of a double life… Inspiring people to travel to new places  Doing a feature on the Appalachian trail and how you can fit in the best bits of the trail in 2 weeks Being a tourist in her own backyard the UK Why adventure doesn’t have to be extreme Growing up close to Snowdonia National Park and taking it for granted Not knowing what she wanted to do with her life Working in Australia for a year and how sleeping in a swag bag in the “red centre” change her perspective on the outdoors Finding strange places to sleep throughout the world Trying wild camping Her fist solo wild camping experience  Dealing with the naysayers Having adventures in the UK 2014 - The sleeping challenge! Seeing a cloud inversion  Dealing with the rubbish on the top of the Ben Nevis  Getting people to appreciate their local beauty spots The history of the bothy and becoming a bothy bagger! The Book of the Bothy - 26 of her favourite shelters spread out through Britain Her first book - The Camper’s Friend and how it came about via twitter! Practical tips for people going camping “Enjoy not endure” Creating a hot water bottle Tentertainment…. Why it ok to just stop and “just allowing yourself to be” Wild Camping in Scotland and the changes to the by-laws and how it can impact you Take your rubbish with you and leave no trace What people should do, to help support this campaign Ordnance Survey 2016 and 2017 - Get Outside Champion #GetOutside Why you should learn to map read How she’s applied what she’s learned from the outdoors to her own life Getting angry with herself whilst facing a dangerous river crossing Her 8th book!! Britons Best Small Hills  - ***Coming 1st September*** Final words of wisdom  “You don’t find the time, you make the time” Creating your own go bag!!

 

Social Media

 

Twitter @PhoebeRSmith

Instagram @phoebersmith

Website: www.phoebe-smith.com

YouTube: www.youtube.com/user/ExtremeSleeps

 

Check out her latest books at: 

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Phoebe-Smith/e/B0070LP2N2

 

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