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22 minutes | Oct 13, 2021
No 539 - Farewell Old Friend
I know it has been some 8 months since my last podcast and this latest release will fill you in with some of the reasons for the silence.It has been a strange 8 months. I’m not sure if it is the result of the third Covid lock down which I found harder than the previous 2 or the subjects I mention in the podcast, but the effect was the same and silence the result.In August following some enthusiastic support and supportive comments I was beginning to get new plans together for the next series and have been contacting potential contributors to add their spin.However I had some shattering news this week that Andy Howell a close friend, outdoor companion and supportive shoulder for all my podcasting efforts had suddenly passed away from an undiagnosed cancer. You will have heard him in many of my podcasts and he is well known in the outdoor community.So this podcast is raw and open and dedicated to him. A friendship I’ve cherished and meant more to me than my humble words can describe.
63 minutes | Feb 24, 2021
No 538 - Arms Of Andes
Meli and Rensso Hinostroza, are the sister and brother team behind Arms Of Andes. Their Peruvian parents were raised in small, mountain towns in the highlands of Peru and family vacations have always been to their ancestral home.Following a lot of research they discovered that Alpaca has similar properties to merino wool and the potential to perform even better.But they didn’t want to just make outdoor apparel, they also wanted to lead the way in sustainable manufacturing practices. Manufacture of most clothing involves shipping materials to different countries for each part of the production process; but they realised that by keeping production in one place – Peru – they could greatly reduce the company’s carbon footprint.Furthermore, alpaca wool is natural, renewable, and sustainably produced, so by including additional sustainable practices, such as using other natural materials (like natural dyes and cotton for labels and stitching) and reducing packaging they could make the most sustainable outdoor clothing. In fact, their naturally coloured shirts, beanies and neck gaiters are now 100% biodegradable, leaving no trace when composted!Family and where you come from are major cornerstones of the Peruvian culture, and who they are as a company. This is even reflected in their name: “Arms” is a combination of the first name initials of us four siblings and our roots are “of the Andes”.Join us in this podcast to hear the full story, or watch the reply now on YouTube. There is a limited time discount code at the end of this podcast.
60 minutes | Feb 5, 2021
No 537 - Seize Your Adventure
After she walked the Camino de Santiago, solo, in 2017, Fran Turauskis became uncomfortable with descriptions such as 'brave' and 'inspirational' when people learned about her epilepsy diagnosis. She created Seize Your Adventure to normalise the idea of epilepsy in adventure. As host, editor and producer, she collates all audio and visual content on the podcast, website and social media. her co-host Frankie York is a passionate surfer, who for six years, had suffered frequent and debilitating seizures that stopped her from surfing entirely until the success of recent treatment that allows her to enjoy her water based passion once more.In this interview we discuss the art of balancing the condition with ambition in the outdoors and the perceptions of epilepsy in society and the adventure community.
49 minutes | Jan 29, 2021
No 536 - Clear Access Clear Waters
For those who enjoy the freedom and rights to walk in or on our National Parks, Footpaths and rural byways in fact anywhere which is recognised as a national Right Of Way you are probably unaware of the historic nature of how this came into being following the Kinder Scout Trespass of 1932.Kinder Scout was a turning point in outdoor history. Without it we would be excluded from all wild places which would be fenced off and under strict private control of landowners through the UK.Currently access to the inland waterways in the UK is restricted to 4%. Imagine if we only had access to 4% of the the land and parks and open places we take for granted. We would be outraged and yet the water based enthusiasts have to accept this, or do they?There is currently a campaign gaining momentum for all water based enthusiasts, paddlers, wild swimmers, SUP users to gain Clear Access Clear Waters and work in harmony with other respective organisations to find a path through this confusing legislation.The waterways are no different to our other land based highways. Everyone from walkers to lorry drivers have to work with all the other users to maximise use and pleasure and functionality from the highways. Be it walkers, cyclists, equestrian, motorbikes, cars through to heavy good vehicles.This interview is with Ben Seal, Places To Paddle Manager at British Canoeing who are a main instigator in this campaign for all water enthusiasts. if you feel strongly about what you hear place sign the petition and support their efforts.
37 minutes | Jan 15, 2021
No 535 - Coming Soon On The Outdoors Station
Here it is the first podcast of 2021 where we go through the diverse range of guests we are speaking with over the next few weeks.This year I’m looking to widen my horizons and talk with people associated with the outdoors who have influence on the direction outdoor life and education is taking.There comes a time when repeatedly talking with adventurers starts to wain a little and when you step back and take a look at the bigger picture, one realises there are more avenues to explore.I could talk about gear all the time, but that aspect is now dominated by countless groups on social media who all seem to ask the same question ‘what’s the best and cheapest X?’I do hope this gives you a flavour of what is coming and you find it interesting and hopefully educational. If you too have suggesting for guests who may fit the same profile please do drop me an email and let me know.
24 minutes | Dec 31, 2020
No 534 - Thanks For Nothing 2020
This is it. We are finally at the end of 2020 and we all know what a terrible year it has been on every level.This podcast covers some of what has happened this year here and what I hope to put into place for 2021.Everything is still very fluid until we are all vaccinated and ‘normal’, whatever that may be.I can’t wait be free again to choose where I can go, who with and what I can do. The limitations we now find ourselves under make you realise the freedom to live, travel and have choice we take for granted.Thanks to everyone who has supported me in whatever way this year, my Patreons, Ko-Fi supporters, you the listener and viewers of my live streams.The more conversation we have the more I can keep creating content for you to enjoy.All the very best for 2021, keep safe, stay well and keep being positive. Thangs can only get better.
64 minutes | Dec 18, 2020
No 533 - The Perimeter - Quintin Lake
On the 15th September this year photographer Quintin Lake strode up the steps of St Paul’s Cathedral and quietly finished his 5 year photography project of walking 11,000kms around the perimeter of the England, Wales and Scotland taking photographs virtually every step of the way. I spoke with him in 2016 on Podcast No 410 (well worth listening to again) when he was 25% of the way round. So much have happened in the intervening years, not least the challenge of Covid, but he still achieved his goal and now has one of the most unique catalogues of evidence which records all aspects of our country and its coastal heritage. He has become famous in the meantime, popping up on countless TV news shows for a short news clip. However on Wednesday we will have an hour to discuss all the various challenges, practicalities, joys and despair that a 5 years adventure like this encapsulates. Once again there will be a Q&A at the end of the show. If you listen to the podcast first you’ll get a flavour of what’s to come. Check out the YouTube video to see the images and video which go with the conversation.
65 minutes | Dec 4, 2020
No 532 - Wanderlust Europe - The Great European Hike
Although this podcast goes into the background detail of what is involved in compiling a compendium like this which contains some of the best hikes in Europe, there is much else we discuss.Including the Cape Wrath Trail and the story of meeting Skye MacGregor, the 16-year-old lad hiking LEJOG via the CWT in winter through February.The Tour of Monte Rosa: benighted on the Europaweg. Hear how this was his first Alpine long-distance hike where he felt like he vaguely knew what he was doing, but still very much a learning curve, and what went wrong!How the Lochaber Traverse became his obsession over many years and several attempts, starting with a friend's broken ankle back in 2006.Finally the Mercantour Traverse: thunderstorm at altitude. Spark flying everywhere. It was his first real ultralight trip in a highly technical Alpine environment, going fast and light and pushing close to the limits of my comfort zone.Plus loads more ... enjoy ;)
51 minutes | Nov 27, 2020
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 | Nov 20, 2020
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.
86 minutes | Nov 14, 2020
No 529 - Fungi and Foraging with Edulis Wild Food
Join us as we welcome back forager Lisa Cutcliffe from Edulis Wild Food to delve into all things autumn, discussing edible delights from gluts of berries in the hedgerows to fantastic fungi on the forest floor, as well as touching on how getting outdoors can positively affect our mental health & that having meditative activities such as foraging to enjoy as we wander can be even more beneficial to our wellbeing.Lisa introduces us to cauliflower fungus, hedgehog mushrooms, hen of the woods, trumpets of death, aniseed funnels and velvet shanks for the table, sloe gin and seabuckthorn juice for foraged cocktails, umami seasoning hits from truffles and seaweeds, and also powerful medicinals for the wild medicine cabinet such as elderberry, hawthorn, chaga, turkeytail fungus and rosehips.You can still enjoy Lisa’s inaugural appearance on the show back in April in the archive, chatting all things springtime, greenery and vitality heading into the warmer months of the year.Topics include identification, eating and the mental health benefits she enjoys from foraging while learning more about nature’s bountiful larder.So join as we seek to help make your lockdown walks more entertaining and informative plus of course, there’s a Q&A session at the end.
38 minutes | Oct 15, 2020
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 | Jul 24, 2020
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 | Jul 17, 2020
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 | Jun 11, 2020
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 | May 19, 2020
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 | May 1, 2020
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 | Apr 17, 2020
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 | Apr 10, 2020
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 | Apr 3, 2020
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.
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