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51 minutes | 7 days ago
No 531 - Grandma Gatewood - Pt2
This is a part two of a two part interview with the author of Grandma Gatewood’s Walk. The book is a New York Times best seller and writer Ben Montgomery was a Pulitzer Prize finalist in 2010.Part one covers her younger history, the life and times she lived through in the early 1950’s, the abuse she suffered for 30 years and her discovery of the Appalachian Trail, before setting foot in it initially in 1954.We all know the basic story, that in 1955 67 year old Grandma Gatewood set off on a remarkable journey, to accidentally become the first woman to walk the entire 2050 miles in 145 days of the Appalachian Trail.Today her name is iconic within the lightweight backpacking community, as she carried only 15 pounds of supplies and a tiny amount of food in a simple knapsack, hiking in sneakers, sleeping under a shower curtain and living off the land.Not only that, she did again 2 years later, followed by the Oregon Trail then aged 71.This audio is an extract from the video live stream (which can be found on YouTube) I broadcast recently with the author Ben Montgomery who found that Grandma Gatewood was his Mother’s Great Aunt.In it you’ll hear previously unearthed stories about this amazing woman, her diaries, her gritty life and what led her to set off on the trail all of which can be found in his fascinating biography - Grandma Gatewoods Walk.Part two concludes with a few stories from the trail, her subsequent fame and celebrity status and how she became the iconic ambassador for walking with her name and legacy living on.
52 minutes | 14 days ago
No 530 - Grandma Gatewood - Pt1
This is a part one of a two part interview with the author of Grandma Gatewood’s Walk. The book is a New York Times best seller and writer Ben Montgomery was a Pulitzer Prize finalist in 2010.We all know the basic story, that in 1955 67 year old Grandma Gatewood set off on a remarkable journey, to accidentally become the first woman to walk the entire 2050 miles in 145 days of the Appalachian Trail.Today her name is iconic within the lightweight backpacking community, as she carried only 15 pounds of supplies and a tiny amount of food in a simple knapsack, hiking in sneakers, sleeping under a shower curtain and living off the land.Not only that, she did again 2 years later, followed by the Oregon Trail then aged 71.This audio is an extract from the video live stream (which can be found on YouTube) I broadcast recently with the author Ben Montgomery who found that Grandma Gatewood was his Mother’s Great Aunt.In it you’ll hear previously unearthed stories about this amazing woman, her diaries, her gritty life and what led her to set off on the trail all of which can be found in his fascinating biography - Grandma Gatewood's Walk.Part one covers her younger history, the life and times she lived through in the early 1950’s, the abuse she suffered for 30 years and her discovery of the Appalachian Trail, before setting foot in it initially in 1954.Part two concludes with a few stories from the trail, her subsequent fame and celebrity status and how she became the iconic ambassador for walking with her name and legacy living on.
38 minutes | 2 months ago
No 528 - The Cape Wrath Documentary
Kevin Augello is a documentary film maker who in October 2020 has just set off with a group of relative strangers to make a film of the Cape Wrath Trail.He has made films for BBC, National Geographic and the Discovery Channel to name but a few and this project, which was supposed to start in March 2020, has been delayed and now possibly enhanced by the Covid outbreak.The film is predominantly about Mental Health and how being alive in the great outdoors can become a real helper. Under the current circumstances it is also a reflection of the importance and value wild places can have following lockdown. The project is to follow a team (found on social media) undertaking one of the hardest trails, certainly in Europe. The Cape Wrath Trail in Scotland.They are following all the Covid related advice provided by Scottish Mountaineering and Sport Scotland and have been advised that they can proceed in a group of six by following Covid Risk Assessments and Test & Protect Measures and half of the team work in front line Emergency Services.
46 minutes | 4 months ago
No 527 - Her Odyssey - Pt2
This is the concluding conversation with Lauren (Neon) Reed and Bethany (Fidget) Hughes from Her Odyssey regarding their current expedition to travel by self powered means from the southern tip of the Americas to the most northern point.Currently they are 8000 miles into the 20,000 mile total and so I was seeking to know about how they cope with family pressures and expectations, the financial tightrope they walk and the good and bad traits they have discovered about each other.But first we start with the US Hiker preoccupation with Trail names. A curious occupation solely promoted by this niche sector of the hiking community.
70 minutes | 5 months ago
No 526 - Her Odyssey - Pt1
Traversing the length of the Americas by non-motorized means, connecting stories of the land and its inhabitants.Part one of a fascinating interview with Bethany ‘Fidgit’ Hughes and Lauren ‘Neon’ Reed who are traveling the length of the Americas by non-motorized means, gathering stories of people along the way, inspiring others to pursue their own audacious dreams.An epic journey which began at the southern most tip of Argentina in November 2015 and was originally envisioned to be completed in Alaska late 2020, however life, Covid and other things seem to happen when you are making plans.This isn’t an interview about travelling detail, but one which touches on all kinds of aspects, the original plan, the changes and the sacrifices in an effort to dig deeper than a simple trip report and hear more in depth about the people undertaking the journey, the reasons why and the changes it has made to them.
70 minutes | 6 months ago
No 525 - The Big Rounds
Cicerone Press have just released the book The Big Rounds by David Lintern.A guide to Britain’s three most challenging long distance mountain rounds in the Lake District, Snowdonia and Lochaber. Not just for the fell runner, but the day walker and backpacker too.The Bob Graham Round, the Paddy Buckley Round and the Charlie Ramsay Round.Designed to inform and inspire, this book is for both runners and walkers to discover these extremely challenging routes.The history, the technical detail and everything you need to help with planning and preparation.
61 minutes | 6 months ago
No 524 - Sophie Rooney - Rundinavia
In 2016 Sophie Rooney set off with the bold intention of becoming the first woman to run the length of Scandinavia. From Nordkapp (the northernmost point of mainland Europe) to the German border with Denmark (3000 km south) carrying everything she needed on her back. Initially accompanied by a fellow trail runner, Sophie finds herself thrown into a solo adventure running through some of the most rugged scenery Europe has to offer.This is the audio from a recent video live stream interview with Sophie detailing her adventure, her emergency hospital treatment and subsequent reaching of her goal. A gutsy gal!
69 minutes | 7 months ago
No 523 - Foraging with Edulis Wild Foods
This is the audio only from my recent Live Stream interview with Lisa Cutcliffe from Edulis Wild Foods.As Spring bursts forth in abundance around us in the countryside we witness new life in the form of fresh shoots, leaves and herbs.We pass them by often wondering if they are edible, or safe to eat, what they taste like or how to use them to experience natures splendour.Lisa Cutcliffe from Edulis Wild Foods a wild food specialist and foraging instructor based in Leeds, UK. With 18 years’ experience picking wild fungi, fruits, flowers and foliage from nature’s larder.
55 minutes | 8 months ago
No 522 - Philip Carcia - The Single Year Grid - Pt2
This is part two of my fascinating conversation with Philip Carcia who completed the Single Year Grid last year in New Hampshire.Do have a listen to part one if you haven’t made the time to put this into perspective.In this episode we cover lots of topics, including the changes he noticed in himself, attitude of other hikers, his gear choices and why, plus the many sacrifices he had to commit to in order to achieve this goal.In total though it was an enjoyable 2 hours conversation with someone who has a love and a passion for the mountains and this project in particular. I’m sure whatever he puts his mind to for the next project will be equally rewarding.
66 minutes | 8 months ago
No 521 - Philip Carcia - The Single Year Grid - Pt1
This interviewee was suggested by long term listener Keith Foskett who met Philip on a mountain one day while hiking in the states.His story and the target he set himself is pretty incredible and shows a massive amount of dedication, sacrifice and commitment to achieve it.Philip J. Carcia is a hiker, runner, and media creator who has logged over 15,000 miles on some of the most iconic trail networks in North America. Growing up in Massachusetts and cutting my teeth in New Hampshire, he fostered a deep love affair with the mountains of the Northeast at an early age. Almost two-decades later, that love continues to widen, and has become an anchor in both his personal and professional narrative.This podcast relates to last year when he climbed all 48 4,000-footers in the White Mountains of New Hampshire, start to finish, in every month, for 12 consecutive months, completing one of the most grueling and obscure peak-bagging projects in the United States - the Single Year Grid.
53 minutes | 8 months ago
No 520 - Making The Unseen Seen
Before all the Covid-19 hit the news and somewhere after the fire in Australia I had the pleasure to speak with Emily Penn about a topic that was in the news at the time, the impact single use plastics were having in our lives and more importantly how plastic was now in our food chain and no doubt, within us too.As you’ll hear she was lovely to talk to and her knowledge and the factual evidence she had to hand on the subject matter has certainly made me think in more detail about the consequences and responsibilities we have as consumers.
49 minutes | 8 months ago
No 519 - Ben James - Winter Iceland Crossing
I’ve spoken with Dermot and Katie in previous Podcasts about crossing Iceland in the better weather. However Ben James along with Neil Cox Having completed a summer crossing in 2017 unsupported, set themselves the ultimate goal to complete this in winter unsupported. Many attempted crossings in Winter have failed due to the extreme conditions, the -20 temperatures mixed with 100 mph winds and driving rain have beaten most peoples kit and resolve! Add to that only around 4 hours day light, it's certainly going to be a test of will power and motivation. As you’ll hear it wasn’t easy going with numerous challenges they had to overcome during the month they set themselves. Sickness, weather and a little memory loss all made this an epic adventure.
48 minutes | 8 months ago
No 518 - Adventure Supping
22 minutes | 9 months ago
No 517 - I've Got The Power
Finally the electrician showed up to wire up and connect the new building, the office and more importantly the studio.Don’t you just love it when ‘yeah tomorrow or day after’ turns into 2 weeks?But we are in and these last few days have been one of humping and shifting stuff in the pouring rain and wind, in and out of containers, lofts and garages to install into the place and make it look efficient.One of the reasons for getting it tidy was the impending visit by the Queen! Well not THE Queen exactly, but Russ Hepton from The Trail Hunter who is visiting us before he heads out on the PCT next week. So it felt like we had to get the place looking spick and span and super slick for his arrival.The first visitor to the new studio!
41 minutes | 9 months ago
No 516 - Cam Hikes The PCT
It has been a while since we spoke with a guest regarding either starting or finishing the PCT. To delve into their preparation or their conclusions.So it is good timing that my guest today Camile Mateos willingly discusses her thorough preparation in all aspects related to the PCT which she will be starting this Spring.The most important being the financial and time challenge most of us would face away from a busy job, plus of course fitness, skill level, confidence and gear.You may be interested to hear that Cam from Cam-Hikes is approaching the 2600 mile trail as light as possible with a 35lt pack. However she is also going stoveless to save weight and relying on what she can find to eat at the trail heads between the long sections.
36 minutes | 9 months ago
No 515 - The Trail Of Tears - Pt2
This is the concluding part of my conversation with two British adventurers who in 2019 followed a route which consisted of a 900 mile paddle and 400 miles walk in the footsteps of a piece of shameful American history now known as The Trail Of Tears.Although it is a story and a piece of history we in Europe know nothing about, it has similarities to some of our own shameful activities which also took place in the 1830's, the Highland Clearances where villages were cleared, homes burned and thousands evicted to survive how best they could.Ian Finch and Jamie Barnes traced the Trail of Tears and crossed from East United States to the West Mississippi over some of the harshest lands and dangerous waterways in the world.
32 minutes | 9 months ago
No 514 - The Trail Of Tears - Pt1
This is part one of a fascinating story about two British adventurers who in 2019 followed a route which consisted of a 900 mile paddle and 400 miles walk in the footsteps of a piece of shameful American history.Although it is a story and a piece of history we in Europe know nothing about, it has similarities to some of our own shameful activities which also took place in the 1830's.Ian Finch and Jamie Barnes traced the Trail of Tears and crossed from East United States to the West Mississippi over some of the harshest lands and dangerous waterways in the world.The weather wasn't kind to them however as the story unfolds you will see that they at least were prepared and aware of their choices, whereas the original American Indians, in particular the Cherokee, were forcefully repatriated at gunpoint in the harshest of winters.
37 minutes | 10 months ago
No 513 - Ready Steady Slow - Pt2
This is the second part of my interview with Nikki Ray regarding her solo cycle trip to Ghana on a bike she built herself.In it we touch on the the different kind of travellers you meet on the road, how it feels to knock on a strangers door and seek shelter and how much it cost to build her own bike for the trip.She wanted to arrive in Ghana before her 30th birthday using her own leg power…and she did!
34 minutes | 10 months ago
No 512 - Ready Steady Slow - Pt1
Let me introduce you to Nikki Ray who between August 2018 and May 2019 cycled solo, carrying all her belongings (including a ukulele), from Santander in Spain to Accra in Ghana covering 10,000km in total.She wanted to arrive in Ghana before her 30th birthday using her own leg power…and she did!The last few years before starting this trip she had been working as a cycling instructor in London. She did her first solo cycle tour in the Scottish Highlands in 2015.As an adult she had long been interested in travelling overland, rather than flying, because you get to experience how the landscape and people change, in a significantly less polluting way than flying. She often combined cycling and trains/coaches to travel around in Europe.Before this trip she had cycled in England, Scotland, France and Switzerland as short trips so this was to be her biggest adventure yet.She decided to refer to this journey as Ready Steady Slow as she didn’t want to rush to Ghana without taking in everything that was happening around her on the way.
43 minutes | 10 months ago
No 511 - The Wild Fires In Australia
The bushfires in Australia are now reaching biblical proportions and even though the news media has already moved on to the Corona Virus, the fires are still increasing. Lives are being lost, homes reduced to dust and the environmental bill becomes incalculable.Today’s news (28/1/20) is that southern Canberra is under attack after the spotlight from a rescue helicopter accidentally started a fire in the Tharwa region just outside of the city.I reached out to Tim Savage a fellow podcaster from the Australian Hiker Podcast for a balanced report on the current situation, the short to medium term impact and an overall look at the environmental damage to nature and the economy the fire this year were having.
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