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Tough Girl Podcast

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
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Apr 13, 2021
Ann Raiho and Natalie Warren are childhood friends who in 2011 became the first women to paddle from Minneapolis to Hudson Bay following the 2,000-mile route made famous by Eric Sevareid in his 1935 classic Canoeing with the Cree. 
 
Natalie has gone on to write a book about this journey - Hudson Bay Bound - Two Women, One Dog, Two Thousand Miles to the Arctic. 
 
Today we hear the story from Ann’s perspective. 
 
Ann in her own words:
 
I grew up outside of St. Paul, Minnesota. While I was in high school, I went to a canoeing camp in the summer called YMCA Camp Menogyn. Natalie and I met the summer of 2007 on a 50-day canoe trip in Nunavut, Canada. Then, by coincidence, we went to college together at St. Olaf College in southern Minnesota. 
 
I majored in mathematics with a minor in environmental studies. But, mostly I was interested in playing a lot of ultimate frisbee and worrying about climate change. Natalie and I were having trouble finding jobs after college. We decided that this would be the perfect time to go on a longer canoe trip. 
 
In the summer of 2011, we paddled 2,000 miles in 85 days to Hudson Bay. During the trip, we both had a lot of time to think about what we wanted to do next. I decided to pursue a career as an ecologist and after the trip got my master's in ecology from Colorado State followed by my Ph.D. in Biology from Notre Dame. 
 
My dissertation work focuses on connecting field-collected paleoecological data with predictive models. Currently, I am a postdoctoral researcher at Colorado State working for the National Park Service in Alaska. I use my skills in mathematics and statistics to understand nature's complexities. Specifically, I identify landscape types in Alaska that may be robust to accelerating climate changes. 
 
My early experiences with long-distance canoeing have given me the ability to persist through hard research tasks and a passion for preserving the wilderness by improving our knowledge of the importance of nature.
 
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Show notes
  • Who is Ann
  • Family life and growing up
  • Spending time outdoors 
  • Having access to a cabin in the wilderness
  • Her dreams as a little girl and wanting to go on crazy adventures
  • Getting into canoeing 
  • Being inspired at YMCA Camp Menogyn
  • Deciding to go on a big adventure and challenge
  • January 2011 and graduating from college
  • Planning and preparation for the trip
  • Equipment and paying for the trip
  • Building a website 
  • Spending 85 days together on the river
  • The biggest challenge on the expedition
  • Resolving disagreements 
  • Figuring out how to make decisions
  • The plan for writing a book after the journey
  • Sending the journals from the trip…
  • Picking up a stray dog for the trip
  • 2011 and recreating the journey and meeting people along the way
  • Lessons learned from the adventure 
  • How canoeing is still a part of her life
  • Advice for other women who want to get into canoeing
  • The power of believing in yourself
 
Social Media 
 
Twitter @annraiho 
 
Instagram @annraiho
 
Myhan The Canoe Dog @myhan_the_canoe_dog
 
Apr 8, 2021
Alina “Abstract” Drufovka is a Colombian-American painter and illustrator based out of Philadelphia, PA. 
Alina has hiked the Appalachian Trail (2015 & 2017), the Pacific Crest Trail (2019) and the Israel National Trail (2018). Alina is an outdoor professional and hopes to inspire more women and people of colour to get outside and explore the trails!
 
Her Mission: 
  • Help people reconnect with their journeys in wilderness through art. 
  • Commemorate life on trail and the culture of long distance backpacking.
  • Promote diversity in the outdoors. 
 
“One of the most beautiful parts of creation is that an Artist has the freedom to not just recreate the world as we know it, but to craft a portal to a new world. Perhaps a better and more equitable one. And that is exactly my intention. “ — Alina “Abstract” Drufovka
 
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Show notes
  • Growing up as a city girl
  • Going to a summer camp in New Jersey
  • How her life changed
  • Stepping foot on the Appalachian Trail
  • Knowing that she wanted a life of hiking and adventure
  • Getting into the book and the movie of “Into the Wild”
  • Growing up artistic
  • Not wanting to put herself out there in case she failed
  • Heading to college in Colorado
  • Getting injured on her fist attempted thru hike of the Appalachian Trail in 2015
  • Planning for the trip and taking a semester off college
  • Her first trail name “Swol” 
  • Walking 1200 mils and having to leave the trail
  • Dealing with knee injuries 
  • Getting through the tough time period of recovery
  • Heading back to the trail in 2017 and feeling nervous
  • Meeting her boyfriend of day 1 of the trail
  • Wanting to hike solo
  • Self reflection on the trail
  • Having 6 months of freedom
  • Getting though the not so good days
  • Living the dream and feeling very fortunate to be out there
  • Feeling gratitude
  • Doing art on the trail
  • The end of the trail
  • Heading to hike The Israel National Trail in 2018
  • Needing another goal in the diary
  • Working for 6 months to save up the money
  • Resupply, accommodation and water on The Israel National Trail
  • The amazing network of trail angels
  • Magical moments
  • Hiking the PCT with her boyfriend
  • The differences between the AT and the PCT
  • Flip & flopping on the PCT and the frustrations
  • Taking a step away from thru-hiking to focus on her art
  • Blogging and sharing on social media 
  • Wanting to be present on the trail 
  • Nutrition on the trail
  • Packing only 1 snickers!
  • Finishing a hike and what happens next
  • Writing a book!
  • Wanting to share her experiences from trail
  • The judgement on social media
  • Becoming a full time artist
  • Being stuck in Costa Rica at the start of the pandemic
  • Building up her on-line business
  • Connect with Alina and order her artwork
  • Looking at a new stage of life
  • Thinking about starting a family
  • Motherhood and settling down
  • Having a different dream to others
  • Live your own life
  • Accidental Van Life!
  • Figuring out where home is going to be
  • Wanting a simple life
  • Final words of advice - “being one choice away from living a different life”
  • The sliding doors moment by listening to a podcast and how it could change your life
 
 
Social Media
 
Website - www.thrudesigns.com 
 
Instagram @abstract.hikes 
 
Facebook @abstract.hikes 
 
 
Apr 6, 2021
Sacha Dench (aka ‘the human swan’) is attempting something that has never been done before – a 3,000+ mile circumnavigation of Britain in a specially adapted, green electricity powered paramotor. Because she can take off and land almost anywhere, she and the team will be landing to recharge and rest with the interesting and inspirational people around the country, the ones can show us exactly how climate change is changing our country, but also show us what we can do about it.
 
The aim is to set and beat TWO official Guinness World Records 
 
  1. The first and fastest flight around Britain in a paramotor powered only by renewable energy. This is a record with real purpose. It shows Sacha is prepared to put skin in the game and push green technology to its limits, and proves that rethinking what is possible can be really exciting.
  2. The most pledges to act on climate change in 1 month via our global alliance with Count Us In. We need all ages involved, and this record helps us reach new audiences and provides another, clear, media hook. The global target for pledges is 1 billion people this decade and we want to get this off to a flying start! 
 
Learn more about Sacha and the Round Britain Climate Challenge by listening to her story on the Tough Girl Podcast. 
 
New episodes of the Tough Girl Podcast go live every Tuesday and Thursday at 7am UK time - Make sure you hit the subscribe button so you don’t miss out. 
 
The Tough Girl Podcast is sponsorship and ad free thanks to the monthly financial support of patrons. To find out more about supporting your favourite podcast and becoming a patron please check out www.patreon.com/toughgirlpodcast.
 
 
Show notes
  • Who is Sacha 
  • Why she is known as the “Human Swan”
  • What Sacha has been unto since 2018
  • Setting up a charity in November 2019
  • Having a model of conservation and wanting to do more
  • Becoming a UN Ambassador for Migratory Species
  • Thinking about the issues the migratory species face
  • The impact of climate change and its impact on the birds
  • Being in Australia during the bush fires in 2020
  • How her mum lost her home and is now living in a caravan
  • The Round Britain Climate Challenge 
  • Coming up with the idea in September 2020
  • Count us In 
  • How people are turned off by the message of doom and fear
  • Being excited by the challenge message
  • Flying a paramotor with a petrol engine - could it be powered by batteries?
  • Wanting to speak with people on the journey around Great Britain
  • Getting the project off the ground to start in May
  • The challenges of the project
  • Not earning an income for 20 months
  • Needing self belief to continue
  • Being supported by volunteers and supporters 
  • The challenges of fund-raising 
  • Collaborating with numerous organisations
  • Struggling to get hold of the batteries needed
  • Joanna Lumley
  • Feeling excited about the challenge and starting in a few weeks
  • The challenges of electric power - Charing the battery and waiting for it to cool down
  • Starting in Glasgow and going anti-clockwise around the country
  • G7 Summit Cornwall, from 11-13th June 2021 
  • How individuals can get involved and support the campaign 
  • Race to Zero 
  • Planning a safe expedition with Covid
  • Engaging with people while they are at home
  • Starting on May 17th 2021 (maybe!)
  • Planning for the expedition to take 6 weeks (maybe 8 weeks)
  • The plan for the next 10 years
  • The 2030 Global Challenge 
  • What would success look like?
  • Wanting to change the narrative around the climate challenge
  • The Green Revolution led by the UK?
  • Being inspired by the Orkney Islands 
  • Advice and tips to encourage people to get involved with climate change
  • The power of local solutions
 
Social Media
 
Website 
 
www.sachadench.com 
www.conservation-without-borders.org
 
Instagram 
 
@sachadench 
@conservation_without_borders  
 
Facebook
 
@sacha.dench 
 
Twitter
 
@sachadench 
@C_no_borders 
 
Crowdfunder Campaign for Round Britain Climate Challenge 
 
Apr 3, 2021
This episode was filmed live (via Zoom) on the 31st March 2021 at 8pm and was live on the Tough Girl Challenges Youtube Channel.
 
Thank you to all that attended the live event and to those who supported the 1000 Tough Women appeal!
 
This event has been organised to support PHASE Worldwide’s Start Strong UK Aid Match Appeal to support 1000 tough women in Nepal. The great news is that this means that any donations made to this page (until 25th June 2021) will be automatically matched by the UK government to support the Start Strong project!
 
The Start Strong appeal will fund a three-year project, starting in October 2021, which will improve maternal healthcare and increase the availability of high value foods. Through improving access to maternal healthcare and nutritional foods, whilst providing agricultural training for mothers, we can aim to ensure that children in Far West Nepal are given a strong start to life. 
 
To make your donation to the Start Strong Appeal, please visit this page
 
If you would like to find out more about the PHASE Worldwide Start Strong Appeal, you can do so via the Phase Worldwide website.
 
Show Notes
  • Introducing Rosie
  • Why Rosie is planning on going to Nepal
  • Heading back to the UK 
  • Running LEJOG
  • Being inspired by her family
  • Running 20,000 miles around the world
  • Being heartbroken and struggling
  • Being inspired by total strangers
  • The amazing people
  • “The impossible is possible”
  • Speaking with Rosie in November 2019
  • Meeting Rosie in Turkey
  • Slick Chick
  • Wanting to run from Lands End to John O’Groats
  • Running North
  • The kindness of strangers! Getting a cheese boards at midnight!
  • “You can always do something”
  • Sleeping out at night
  • Being inspired by England and Scotland!
  • Her plans to reach Nepal
  • The old planned route to Nepal
  • Going back to Istanbul to run the marathon in 2023
  • Being a patron of Phase Worldwide
  • Helping people to help themselves
  • Maintaining her positivity 
  • Being all alone and having to save herself
  • Struggling to find food
  • Almost drowning in a flash flood
  • The power of thinking of lovely people
  • Thinking of Clive
  • Meeting the Guardians of the Road
  • Wolves…..
  • Thinking about her perspective on life
  • 40 shades of silence…..
  • Wanting to write a book from the heart
  • Nepalese women
  • Small beginnings….
  • Dealing with extreme cold temperatures 
  • PHD designs  
  • Breaking her hip a few years ago!
  • Making sure you look after yourself 
  • Shout out to members of the Tough Girl Tribe
  • The biggest lesson that Rosie has learned 
  • Feelings are not the same as facts
  • NEVER GIVE UP
  • Being worried about doing the podcast today
  • Wanting to have fun for Clive
  • Questions
  • Loving Wales
  • Getting through tough moments
  • The power of stopping to breath and think
  • My plans to visit Rosie in Nepal
  • Final words of advice from Rosie
  • Why 2021 is going to be a great year
  • Only do things you love!!!
 
 
Social Media
 
Rosie Swale Pope
 
Website rosieswalepope.co.uk 
Instagram @rosieswalepope 
Twitter @RosieSwalePope  
Facebook Rosie Swale Pope 
 
Phase Worldwide - Changing lives in Nepal 
 
Instagram @phaseworldwide 
 
Donate https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/1000ToughWomen 
 
Apr 1, 2021
Mariam is known as the @hijabi.hiker on instagram her bio reads - A hijabi hiking around the UK to be inspired and inspire. Part time writer, wannabe runner, coffee addict #DiversifyOutdoors
 
Mariam in her own words:
 
“I’m a hobbyist writer, avid hiker and tutor in my spare time, and work full time in Oncology research. A proud woman of colour, I’m excited about sharing my journey into the outdoors to encourage more diversity and healing from the world we all share.”
 
During this podcast Mariam shares more about her childhood and growing up, and how she got interested in the outdoors. Mariam talks about the challenges she has faced and how her confidence has increased by taking on new challenges from running her first 5k race to completing her longest hike to-date -30km through the Shropshire Hills. 
 
Mariam shares more about how she took her first steps into the outdoors and gives top tips and advice to inspire you to take your first step. 
 
On the 1st April Mariam is starting the #BeBraveChallenge. Listen to the Tough Girl Podcast to find out how you can get involved! 
 
New episodes of the Tough Girl Podcast go live every Tuesday and Thursday at 7am UK time - Make sure you hit the subscribe button so you don’t miss out. 
 
The Tough Girl Podcast is sponsorship and ad free thanks to the monthly financial support of patrons. To find out more about supporting your favourite podcast and becoming a patron please check out www.patreon.com/toughgirlpodcast.
 
 
Show notes
  • Who is Mariam
  • Her childhood and growing up being active
  • Being the youngest of 4
  • Getting into hiking
  • Doing stuff with the Scouts and the Duke of Edinburgh Award
  • Her role models
  • Wanting to encourage more Muslim women to get into hiking
  • Hiking solo at the start
  • Feeling unsafe and scared
  • Barriers to getting into the outdoors
  • Not seeing women who looked like her
  • The benefits of getting in the outdoors
  • Feeling a sense of freedom when outside
  • Being able to get perspective
  • Feeling a sense of achievement when reaching the top
  • Friends and family and what they think
  • Building confidence in other areas of her life
  • Taking on a 5k running challenge
  • Advice for other runners
  • Why it’s important to enjoy it
  • The journey and the progression 
  • 30km hike through the Shropshire Hills
  • Strive - Spring Charity Challenge 
  • Not having much time to plan or prepare
  • Concerns before the challenge
  • Slowing down and enjoying the time out on the hills
  • Magical moments from the hike
  • Talking about gear when you start out hiking
  • Looking after her feet and dealing with blisters
  • April Challenge…
  • #BeBraveChallenge 
  • Final words of advice

 

Social Media
 
 
Instagram - @hijabi.hiker  
 
Facebook - @aHijabiHiker  
 
Mar 30, 2021
In May 1985, when Tania was 18 years old, she cast off from the docks of South Street Seaport in lower Manhattan and sailed 27,000 miles around the world—alone—on her Contessa 26, Varuna. 
 
Concerned about her lack of ambition, her father offered her this opportunity as an alternative to a college education, and she took him up on it. With just a cat for company, she crossed the Caribbean, the South Pacific and Indian Oceans, the Red Sea, the Mediterranean, and the North Atlantic, stopping in 23 countries along the way. In November 1987, at 21, Tania Aebi returned to New York City, a solo-circumnavigator.
 
She spent the following year reliving the trip in words, writing her bestselling book, Maiden Voyage, a personal account describing her coming of age odyssey and dramatic childhood.
 
Nowadays, as her boys turn into young men, she continues to write, runs her businesses, and is working on her next book—in between keeping the paths shovelled and wood fires stoked in the winter, the gardens planted, weeded and productive in the summers.
 
New episodes of the Tough Girl Podcast go live every Tuesday and Thursday at 7am UK time - Make sure you hit the subscribe button so you don’t miss out. 
 
The Tough Girl Podcast is sponsorship and ad free thanks to the monthly financial support of patrons. To find out more about supporting your favourite podcast and becoming a patron please check out www.patreon.com/toughgirlpodcast.
 
Show notes
  • Sailing solo around the world when she was 18
  • Living in the countryside 
  • Getting into sailing when she was a teenager
  • Sailing across the Atlantic Ocean with her dad
  • How she gained her sailing skills
  • Reflecting back on her teenage years
  • How the opportunity came up to sail around the world
  • Leaning new skills along the way
  • Sailing to Bermuda
  • Trying to figure out how to fix the engine and how to navigate
  • Figuring out that she was ok being alone on the ocean 
  • Having to learn how to sail better
  • Being sad that the adventure was over
  • What happened next after arriving back in NYC
  • Sitting down to write the book
  • Going back to university 10 years later
  • Figuring stuff out while writing about her experience of sailing around the world
  • Having a cat on the boat
  • Introducing her 2 sons to the world of sailing
  • Romance while sailing!
  • Doing a big sailing trip with her boys
  • Feeling protected and looked after while being a solo female sailor
  • Being fuelled by the negative comments
  • Being inspired by Laura Dekker 
  • Ignore the negativity and do it
  • Not being active on social media
 
Social Media 
 
Website www.taniaaebi.com
 
Mar 25, 2021
Shadi is co-founder of a community interest company SHAPE Hampshire which provides Mind, Body and Education support to Hampshire Schools. 
 
Shadi is the founder of Team GC, leading expeditions and challenge experiences which have enabled her to raise thousands of pounds for charitable causes. 
 
Shadi has a passion for education and loves working with children, sharing tales of her remote adventures. 
 
She runs a series of inspirational talks to schools, communities and businesses. Shadi is a fellow of the Royal Geographic Society. 
 
Future challenge - The BIG North Pole Sea Ice Research expedition 2022 
 
“Every experience provides us with an opportunity to grow and make a difference”. — Shadi Ganjavian-Connor 
 
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The Tough Girl Podcast is sponsorship and ad free thanks to the monthly financial support of patrons. To find out more about supporting your favourite podcast and becoming a patron please check out www.patreon.com/toughgirlpodcast.
 
Show notes
  • Living in the South Coast of England
  • Her former life
  • Wanting to make a change in her life
  • Discovering her passion for the outdoors
  • Living with the Bedouin for 6 years
  • Having 2 children 
  • Undertaking personal challenges which push her limits
  • Growing up and being a rule breaker
  • Living in multiple countries while growing up
  • Being able to make friends easily and learning how to fit in and adapt to new situations 
  • Having a supportive family and a safety net
  • Being encouraged to go for it
  • Wanting to take more risks in her life
  • Being scared of the ocean and facing her fear
  • Learning how to scuba dive in Egypt
  • Starting a family and having to re-evaluate life
  • How having children impacted on her desire to go on adventures
  • Wanting to be a role model for the children
  • Doing expeditions for charity 
  • Getting into mountaineering
  • Climbing Mount Blanc
  • Figuring out what to do next
  • Loving the mental side of the challenge
  • Her routines and habits and setting herself up each day
  • Working with a sports psychologist
  • Being vulnerable and relying on other people
  • Needing to know what is going on
  • Dealing with exhaustion 
  • The BIG North Pole Sea Ice Research expedition 2022
  • Her plans for dealing with the cold weather
  • The cost of the expedition and finalising the funding
  • Training and getting physical ready for the challenge
  • Role models and being inspired by her friends
  • Going with the flow….
  • Why the first step is saying YES!!
  • Final words of advice to motivate and inspire you
     
Social Media
 
TeamGC - Educate, Collaborate and Dare to be Different. Collaborating with schools, charities and ethical partners. Inspiring others to push their personal safety barometer a few degrees and living on the edge of their comfort zone.
 
Website www.teamgc.co.uk
 
Instagram @ganjavianconnor 
 
Facebook @teamgc.co.uk 
 
Mar 23, 2021
Liv (pronounced ‘leave’) is a Norwegian educator, cross-country skier, adventurer, guide, and motivational speaker. Liv led the first unsupported women’s crossing of the Greenland Ice Cap in 1992. In 1994, she made international headlines becoming the first woman in the world to ski solo and unsupported to the South pole – a 50-day expedition of 745 miles (1,200 km).
 
A self-proclaimed “keen” but not fanatical outdoors enthusiast, Liv is most interested in the development of adults and children. Through her diverse roles as a polar explorer, educator and motivational leader, Liv ignites passion in others to reach beyond their normal boundaries and achieve their dreams by sharing her own stories about exploring some of the most remote places on earth.
 
MAJOR ACCOMPLISHMENTS
  • February 2001 — Arnesen and American polar explorer Ann Bancroft become the first women in history to sail and ski across Antarctica’s landmass — completing a 94-day, 1,717-mile (2,747 km) trek.
  • 1996— Arnesen climbs the north side of Mount Everest, getting to within 6,200 ft (1,900 m) of the summit before altitude sickness forces her to descend.
  • 1994 — Arnesen makes international headlines by becoming the first woman in the world to ski solo and unsupported to the South Pole — a 50-day expedition of 745 miles (1,200 km)
  • 1992 — Arnesen leads the first unsupported women’s crossing of the Greenland Ice Cap.
Take a listen to Liv as she shares more about her life and adventures on the Tough Girl Podcast.
 
New episodes of the Tough Girl Podcast go live every Tuesday and Thursday at 7am UK time - Make sure you hit the subscribe button so you don’t miss out. 
 
The Tough Girl Podcast is sponsorship and ad free thanks to the monthly financial support of patrons. To find out more about supporting your favourite podcast and becoming a patron please check out www.patreon.com/toughgirlpodcast.
 
Show notes
  • Who is Liv
  • What Liv is up to at the moment
  • Her childhood dream of skiing to the South Pole
  • Growing up in the outskirts of Oslo and loving the outdoors
  • Their religion was Mother Nature
  • Being divorced with 3 girls and 6 grandchildren 
  • Her dreams when she was younger
  • “That’s a boy’s dream”
  • Being inspired by other women in the world 
  • Doing the first unsupported women’s crossing of Greenland Ice Cap
  • Getting the funding together for the South Pole crossing 
  • Not being able to get any Norwegian sponsorship
  • Having to take out a personal loan to pay for the trip
  • When her dream became a reality 
  • Why it felt like a holiday!
  • Being scared of the crevasses 
  • Staying for an extra 10 days in the South Pole and working washing dishes
  • Adventure blues?
  • Wanting to combine adventure and education 
  • Doing a Master of Management
  • Teaming up with Ann Bancroft
  • Creating a program called ‘Dare to Dream’
  • Visiting Ann in the USA
  • Finding her ‘Sister Soul’
  • Risk management in extreme situations 
  • How the world of adventure has changed over the past 30 years
  • Feeling very privileged
  • What adventure means to Liv
  • The Access water project 
  • Mental resilience 
  • Mastering patience
  • Wanting to paddle down one river on each continent 
  • Being a Wings Fellow 
  • Quick Fire Questions
  • Final words of advice
 
Social Media 
 
Website - www.livarnesen.com 
 
Facebook  - Bancroft Arnesen Explore @BancroftArnesen 
 
Instagram  @livarnesen_com 
 
Twitter @LivArnesen 
 
Mar 18, 2021
Winnie shares her story in such a joyful and happy way, you can’t help but smile listening to her talk. You can hear the passion she has for getting outside and getting in the water. 
 
Winnie starts by taking us back to her childhood in Pointe noire, in the Republic of Congo, where she was the second eldest child of eight. Winnie talks about spending her early years playing outdoors, however, she was not allowed to swim in the sea which was seen as a taboo by her family and the local community. 
 
During this episode Winnie goes into more detail about her life, and how she ended up living in the Lake District, 10 mis from Lake Windermere. You will hear how she learned to swim and how it has helped her to mange her mental health. Winnie, provides great advice and top tips which will inspire you to step outside your comfort zone and to give open water swimming a try. 
 
New episodes of the Tough Girl Podcast go live every Tuesday and Thursday at 7am UK time - Make sure you hit the subscribe button so you don’t miss out. 
 
The Tough Girl Podcast is sponsorship and ad free thanks to the monthly financial support of patrons. To find out more about supporting your favourite podcast and becoming a patron please check out www.patreon.com/toughgirlpodcast.
 
* Please note during this episode we talk about depression and mental health
 
Show notes
  • Growing up in a big family
  • Living by the sea
  • Spending a lot of time in the outdoors
  • Not being allowed to swim in the sea
  • Why the sea was taboo
  • Black people not being able to swim
  • Growing up in a close community 
  • Not being academic
  • Not knowing what to do with her life
  • Being bullied at school
  • Going to college and learning English
  • Being send to South Africa to study in 1997
  • Moving to Manchester, England with her partner
  • Deciding to move to the Lake District
  • Suffering with deep depression
  • Ensuring her daughters could swim
  • Being taught by her girls
  • Being scared to go in the deep end at the swimming pool
  • Wanting to jump in!
  • All you have to do is blow bubbles
  • Wanting to go and swim in the lake
  • Going through a tough time in 2018
  • Deciding to go swimming in winter!
  • Thinking she was going to die
  • Finding peace in the lake
  • Being part of a friendly and supportive community
  • Advice for women who want to get into outdoor swimming
  • Wanting to inspire other Black women to get into swimming
  • Not getting hung up on hair
  • Her journey of self care and self love
  • Putting herself first
  • What she does to make herself feel better
  • The benefits of swimming
  • Encouraging other women to love themselves
  • Sharing a happy memory - going Ice swimming
  • Her role model in swimming
  • The power of a hello
  • Coping during Covid
  • Meeting awesome women swimming 
  • Meeting Eden - The Transgender Swimmer & Rhiane from Black Girls Hike
  • Let’s do a Swim meet!
  • Final words of advice to encourage other women to get into swimming 
  • Top tip - "Once you are in, it’s a Win”
 
 
Social Media
 
Instagram @winniepoaty  
 
Business ILOVEMEMOST
 
Website - www.iluvmemost.com 
 
Instagram @iluvmemost  
 
Facebook @iluvmemostboutique 
 
Mar 16, 2021
Marie in her own words:
 
Hi there, my name is Marie and I'm based in the North of England in Sheffield after moving from London in November 2019.  Having spent most of my working life as a Consultant in the big smoke, I decided after 15 years it was time for a change.  Whilst I still work as a Client Relationship Manager for a Sheffield SME 4 days a week, the move has allowed me to be much closer to the hills (timely with the current Covid pandemic) giving me the opportunity to spend so much more of my time getting outdoors and enabling me to achieve the sense of work-life balance that I was craving in the City.
 
I describe myself on my Instagram bio as a skier, hiker and runner, but perhaps it would be more accurate to describe me as an avid outdoor and adventure enthusiast!  I have been incredibly lucky to be able to ski and go on expeditions around the world.  But I am conscious that not everyone has necessarily had that opportunity.  I am also acutely aware that the outdoor sports and adventure world has typically struggled with a lack of diversity and whilst it's been great to see moves in a positive direction to redress the balance, it has been really great in the last year to be working with a team of others from Kit Collective, all passionate to be working on initiatives to help reduce some of the barriers facing people getting into the outdoors.
 
After years of excitement of being on expeditions - searching locations, planning them, packing for them and then eventually going on them - this has led me to set up my own adventure expedition company, Three Peaks Adventures.  We started in 2017 so are still in the early and growth stages of the company, and have like others in the travel industry, been particularly hit by Covid.  But we're busy planning for the end of 2021 and going forwards so watch this space!
 
I think it's incredibly important for people to be able to see other normal people, people with normal jobs and who try to squeeze getting outdoors into every available spare minute that they have, going out and doing lots of different things.  Things from their doorstep but equally things that push them outside of their comfort zone.  And that is what I hope to try to strive for in my roles as a Salomon Ambassador, Ordnance Survey #getoutside champion, Duke of Edinburgh supervisor and trainee assessor as well as part of my training to be a mountain leader.  If people can see ordinary people like myself getting out there, hopefully it can give someone a bit of encouragement to just get out there and go for it!
 
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Show notes
  • Who is Marie
  • Growing up and not spending time in the outdoors
  • Her first charity challenge
  • Climbing Kilimanjaro 
  • The slow burn of the outdoors
  • Reaching Gilman’s Point
  • Wanting to do more hiking
  • Signing up to do the Inca Trail in Peru
  • Deciding to go and climb Mount Blanc
  • Doing courses at Glenmoore Lodge in Scotland  
  • The importance of having the right group
  • Having a back up plan in place
  • Starting to hike more in the UK
  • Learning more about the UK Mountain Leader Award (ML)  
  • Starting to make decisions about what she wanted to do
  • Liking her job…..
  • Escape the City  
  • Deciding to run her own expedition company
  • 3 peaks in Tanzania 
  • Creating a film with Iona Rendall
  • Doing courses
  • Learning how to navigate
  • The importance of logging everything in your log book for the ML
  • Being an Ordnance Survey Get Outside champion  
  • Final words of advice to encourage you to spend more time in the outdoors
 
Social Media
 
Website threepeaksadventures.com 
 
Instagram
 
@mariecheng27 
@threepeaksadventures
 
 
Mar 14, 2021
Sue is a passionate trail runner, cyclist and hiker. 
 
During this episode Sue shares more about her life, the challenges she has faced as she entered her 50th decade as well as her goal to remain fit, active and healthy for the next 30 years. Sue is a lover of the outdoors and the natural world. She enjoys taking part in a variety of different adventures and challenges; from learning how to swim, taking on her first triathlon, running her first marathon and ultra marathon. 
 
During this podcast, Sue shares more about her role models, her motivation and why she decided to apply for the Adventure Queen Grant in 2017.  Sue talks in details about her fears, and dreams and what she learnt from taking on a 1,300 mile human powered journey through the mountains along the spine of the Alps.
 
There are lots of top tips and advice which will motivate and inspire you, to get fit and active and to spend more time outdoors. 
 
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Show notes
  • Who is Sue and what she loves
  • The challenges of her 50th decade
  • Her current focus for mid lift
  • Wanting to keep active and healthy, and age well
  • Growing up in the 1960s
  • Building resilience at a young age
  • Being inspired by teacher and her parents
  • Playing hockey for over 40 years
  • Having the freedom to play and explore
  • Team GB winning the gold medal in hockey
  • Motherhood and having 2 daughters
  • Wanting to give her children opportunities
  • Reading about Rosie Swale Pope - A little run around the world 
  • Turning 50
  • Needing to put herself first 
  • Taking on a new challenge every year
  • Going to the SW Outdoors Festival 
  • Meeting - Anna McNuff 
  • Winning the Adventure Queens Grant in 2017
  • Advice for how to priorities yourself
  • Committing the idea down to paper
  • The mother daughter relationship
  • The plan…
  • Adapting the trails to suit their plan and abilities
  • Spending quality time with your mum
  • Creating magical memories
  • Fears and concerns before heading out to the Alps
  • Meeting armed police in the mountains
  • What a typical week of fitness looks like
  • The Tough Girl - March Daily Mile Challenge with Inov-8
  • Trial Running Magazine - Run 1,000 miles Community 
  • Country Walking Magazine - Walk 1000 miles throughout the year
  • Struggling for motivation in February
  • Month long challenges….
  • Training her family…
  • The importance of a community 
  • Find Sue on line and follow along with her journey
  • Find words of advice   
 
Social Media
 
Blog - supersuebarrett.wordpress.com 
 
Instagram @adventurequeenmother  
 
Twitter @runnyhunny  
 
Adventure Queens - A UK based, not-for-profit women’s adventure community – set up with the aim of delicately bringing down the barriers that prevent women from going on outdoor adventures and realising their full potential. Free to join, highly accessible and completely inclusive for anyone that identifies as a womxn.
 
Website - adventurequeens.co.uk 
 
Listen To Anna McNuff on the Tough Girl Podcast
 
Anna McNuff - Running 2,300+ miles through Great Britain barefoot! 
 
Anna McNuff - Racing in the Kathmandu Coast to Coast, New Zealand & her next challenge - Barefoot Britain! 
 
Anna McNuff - Adventurer, Speaker & Mischief Maker!
 
Mar 12, 2021
On Thursday 25th February myself and Laura Kennington hosted a live event for mountain sports retailer Ellis Brigham focusing on endurance and mental resilience. 
 
You can now listen to the audio from the live event via the Tough Girl Podcast. 
 
Laura Kennington - is a British adventure athlete, author and speaker with a passion for the endurance capability of the human body. Previous adventures include cycling all 1600 miles of the world's longest coastal route in Ireland, cycling Scotland’s North Coast 500 route, running the length of Fuerteventura (100 miles) in 4 days and circumnavigating three of the Channel Islands using three different sporting disciplines. 
 
Her most notable adventure (so far!) has been solo cycling 3700 miles along the North Sea-facing coasts of 8 countries, from Scotland to Norway. Laura is a strong believer in the positive impact that adventure and sport can have on children and adults alike, Laura uses her human powered journeys as a platform to inspire and encourage others.
 
Sarah Williams - is the creator of the award winning Tough Girl Podcasts and the founder of Tough Girl Challenges which is all about motivating and inspiring women and girls to get fit and active, travel and explore, and to encourage women and girls to have big dreams and to step outside their comfort zone. 
 
Sarah completed the Marathon des Sables in April 2016 (6 marathons in 6 days across the Sahara Desert), in 2017 she thru hiked the Appalachian Trail solo and unsupported (2,190 miles) in 100 days. In 2018 Sarah cycled over 4,000 km from Vancouver, Canada via the Pacific Coast Highway to Cabo San Lucas in Mexico. Most recently  Sarah was in Australia walking the Overland Track in Tasmania. 
 
Social Media 
 
Ellis Brigham -  www.ellis-brigham.com 
 
Laura Kennington - https://laurakairos.com 
 
Watch the Live Event on Youtube - https://youtu.be/MzpkpGNCxEg  
Mar 11, 2021
Gerlinde Kaltenbrunner's interest in mountain climbing developed while she was growing up in Spital am Pyhrn, Austria.
 
Her greatest dream—climbing an 8,000-meter peak—came true at the age of 23, when she succeeded in climbing the fore-summit of Broad Peak in Pakistan, at a height of 8,027 meters. She then put the money she earned as a nurse into different trekking and climbing expeditions to the Himalaya.
 
After climbing the Nanga Parbat—her fifth 8,000-meter peak—in 2003, she decided to become a professional mountain climber.
 
Today, Kaltenbrunner has climbed all 14 main peaks in the 8,000-meter series. 
 
When she reached the summit of K2 (8,611 meters), she became the first woman to scale all 8,000-meter peaks without the use of supplementary oxygen. During this episode Gerlinde shares more about her journey into mountaineering and takes us up on K2, she shares lessons learned and how she moved forward after dealing with a friends death on the mountain.
 
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Show notes
  • Where her love of the mountains came from
  • Being inspired at 8 years old by her priest
  • Loving nature from a young age
  • Watching a lecture on K2 and being inspired at 16 years old
  • Going to Pakistan at 23 to climb her first 8,000m peak
  • Telling her parents about her mountaineering dreams
  • Wanting to climb without oxygen
  • Working as a nurse and doing as much endurance training as possible
  • Cycling 40km to work and back again
  • Spending as much time as possible in the mountains
  • Finding the right people to climb with 
  • Female role models in mountaineering 
  • How her grandmother inspired her passion
  • Climbing Broad Peak (8,027m) in Pakistan
  • Spending 6 days in Islamabad 
  • Trying to save a life on the mountain
  • The importance of drinking water at high altitude
  • The importance of routine in high altitude climbing 
  • Being very focused and not being able to enjoy the summit of Broad Peak
  • Getting addicted to the high mountains
  • Having a break of 4 years to save money and holiday time
  • Why the learning should never end
  • Being discriminated against and deciding to go in small teams
  • Changing her strategy on climbing mountains 
  • Being more selective on who she climbed mountains with 
  • Climbing Nanga Parbat - the ninth highest mountain in the world at 8,126 metres (26,660 ft) above sea level
  • Being ignored on the mountain by other climbers
  • Not being allowed to break trail
  • Making life long friends on the mountains
  • Making 7 attempts on K2
  • Evaluating risks while on the mountain
  • Walking for 39 hours to get back to base camp and away from the oncoming storm
  • Losing a friend on the mountain
  • Dealing with the aftermath of a death on the mountain and figuring out whether to keep climbing or not
  • Accepting the accident 
  • Deciding to change the route on K2 and go from the Chinese side
  • Being very disciplined at high altitude
  • Drinking at least 6 litre of water to help with blood circulation
  • Being trapped in a snowstorm for 3 nights at over 7,950m
  • The importance of staying calm and maintaining a positive attitude in tough situations
  • Accept the situation and keep your mind positive and strong 
  • The importance of team work and tolerance
  • Deciding to continue with the K2 climb when others decided to turn back
  • Having to accept the power of nature
  • Getting another chance to summit 
  • Being on the summit of K2
  • Sitting in silence for 50 mins to take it all in
  • Having a life long dream come true
 
 
Social Media
 
Website - www.gerlindekaltenbrunner.at 
 
Instagram - @gerlinde_kaltenbrunner
 
 
Mar 9, 2021
Yui is an educator, writer, and accomplished traveller who has been to more than 200 countries and territories, including Antarctica and the Arctic.
 
In 2017 she made history by becoming the first Asian woman to visit every sovereign country in the world. She also holds the record for being the first Singaporean to have visited all United Nations member states.
 
Her work centers around the use of language and she has a particular interest in world language families and comparative linguistics. She has knowledge of over twenty world languages, many of which are written in a non-Latin script.
 
A keen advocate of education as a means of empowerment, Yui is also the founder of a non-profit that supports education and other causes in developing countries.
 
Listen to Yui as she shares her story on the Tough Girl Podcast.
 
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Show notes
  • Who is Yui
  • Her early life and family travel trips
  • Being encouraged to try adventure sports
  • Having a desire to explore the world
  • Working with languages
  • Gap years….
  • Starting to travel while at University 
  • The goal of travelling to every country in the world
  • Wanting to see as much of the world as possible
  • Being motivated by curiosity 
  • Planning trips around time and budget
  • Being self funded
  • Making travel a priority
  • Travelling solo and the lessons learned
  • The more challenging countries to travel to 
  • Being mindful of the more high risk countries and taking appropriate precautions 
  • Visiting Afghanistan
  • Wanting to spend more time in Iceland
  • visiting the DRC - the Democratic Republic of Congo
  • The issues of getting a visa
  • Travelling on a Singapore passport
  • Finishing the challenge
  • Starting a non-profit
  • Travel post covid
  • Future travel goals
  • Follow on social media
  • Words of advice for future travellers
 
 
Social Media
 
 
Instagram 
 
 
Twitter @travelyus1
Mar 4, 2021
Ashley is a lover of the outdoors and is passionate about whitewater rafting and hiking. 
 
Ashley has been dreaming about hiking the Appalachian Trail ever since she was a little girl when her and her father would pick up thru-hikers and give them lifts into town. After graduating college in 2018, it was the right time to commit to taking on this challenge. Ashley was sponsored by the Thru Hiking Syndicate which is where she got her gear from. After a false start on the AT, and forgetting her pants! Ashley soon got into the rhythm of daily hiking, gaining a trail name and a trail family, she completed just shy of 1,000 miles before having to leave the trail. 
 
During this episode Ashley shares more about her dream, the challenges she faced getting to the start line, what it was like being plus size on trail, and providing lots of top tips on how to spend more time in the outdoors. 
 
Ashley has made it her mission to help enlighten and encourage folks from every walk of like to enter the world of nature in a safe and fun way.
 
“Do not let anyone’s words stop you from enjoying what you love” - Ashley Manning.
 
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Show notes
  • Who is Ash
  • Coming from a sporty family
  • Getting into the outdoors
  • Being inspired by her Dad and Uncle
  • Pollywog hunting
  • Growing up in a small town in the Appalachian Mountains
  • Chasing frogs and tadpoles
  • Outdoorsy, dirty, romantic lifestyle
  • Raft guiding in the summers 
  • Hiking for weight loss
  • Reclaiming the word ‘fat’
  • Appalachian or Appalachian Trail? How to pronounce it….
  • Hiking on the AT
  • Where the dream came from 
  • Being inspired by her cousin 
  • How the dream fell into place
  • Feelings of shame
  • Dealing with a lot of stress
  • “Nothing will really prepare you for the Appalachian Trail, like doing the Appalachian Trail”
  • Self reflection before the trail
  • Being able to start with a friend
  • Starting on a cold, wet, muddy day!
  • Dealing with the challenges of the AT
  • Being ok with type 2, type 3 and type 4 fun!
  • Dealing with her mental health and emotions while on the trail
  • Keeping going when times got tough
  • The encouragement of other is a huge factor
  • Trail names
  • Being ‘othered’ while on the AT
  • Trail family life
  • An average day hiking on the Appalachian Trail
  • Getting gear together for the hike
  • Being part of the Thru Hike Syndicate (People who are doing big thru hikes in the USA) 
  • Being collected from Virginia by her mum
  • Feeling defeated 
  • Feeling sad about leaving the trail
  • Tearing her ACL and the recovery process
  • Top tips for you to spend more time in the outdoors
  • How to follow Ash on social media
 
Social Media
 
Instagram @ashleysadventure 
 
Unlikely Hikers @unlikelyhikers 
 
You can also listen to Ash on the Unlikely Hikers Podcast - Episode 8 
 
Mar 2, 2021
Dani is a storyteller, strategist, advocate, and professional big mountain athlete redefining who plays outside and how we build community with others on this planet.
 
Originally from Southern California, she has traveled through Argentina, Chile, Mexico, Peru, Andorra, Canada, and the USA building her craft as a split board mountaineer (plus climber, surfer, and runner) since 2014, when she graduated from corporate life with a one-way ticket to South America.
 
Ever since then, she's worked to build a life AND career she loves, in spite of setbacks, naysayers, and building everything from scratch.
 
Her goal? 
 
To inspire individual action and collective communion through self-care and self-determination found in the outdoors.
 
“I want to find the limits of my possible—whether in the mountains, my creative work, or as a strategist—and travel into the higher reaches of the world that vests me with this power. To grow as individuals, communities, and a society, I think we need to embrace discomfort. This is how we evolve.” - Dani Reyes-Acosta
 
 
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Show notes
  • Who is Dani
  • Growing into adventure
  • Not taking the typical path
  • Her dreams as a little girl
  • Going to college and combing her love of the sea with her desire to give back to the world
  • Studying Marine Biology
  • Growing up in a strict catholic family 
  • Wanting to connect with the bigger world around her
  • How her career evolved
  • Deep dive into how she got to where she is now
  • Wanting to start a non profit in South America
  • Being burnt out from university 
  • Getting into marketing 
  • Dealing with the economic crash of 2008
  • Starting to work for Nike in 2012
  • Having to make a decision about adventure 
  • Deciding to become a mountain person
  • Work hard and play hard
  • Using meet-up.com to connect with people
  • Not knowing anyone in Oregon
  • How her life got consumed by work in her late 20s
  • Exiting an unhealthy relationship in 2013
  • Turning her life upside down in 2014
  • Buying a one way ticket to South America
  • Buying a car
  • Spending 9 months driving around 
  • Why deciding on South America
  • Setting new goals and new priorities 
  • The life that everyone else is impressed with
  • Putting pen to paper
  • Setting new goals 
  • Making goals apart of her process
  • Talking money and making money from your passions
  • Having a broken knee
  • Van life realities 
  • Follow along with the journey 
  • Final words of advice
 
Social Media 
 
Website danireyesacosta.com 
 
Instagram @notlostjustdiscovering
 
Facebook @notlostjustdiscovering
 
Feb 25, 2021
Helen Mort has published two poetry collections with Chatto & Windus, ‘Division Street’ (2013) and ‘No Map Could Show Them’ (2015). 
 
She won the Fenton Aldeburgh Prize for best first collection. Her novel ‘Black Car Burning’ was published in 2019. 
 
She teaches creative writing at Manchester Metropolitan University and she is also the author of ‘Lake District Trail Running’ (Vertebrate). 
 
Her new book is ‘Never Leave The Dog Behind’. Inspired by the story of Missy, a German Shepherd who was abandoned by two hikers in the Canadian Rockies, the book explores the relationship between people, dogs and the great outdoors, comprising interviews with dog owners and experiences with a variety of dogs as well as Helen's own observations as a runner and pet owner herself. This is a book for anyone who loves dogs or has ever been dogged by loneliness and found solace in animals and landscapes. 
 
Helen in her own words:
 
“I’m a mum to a toddler, a step parent, a trail runner, climber and all round outdoor enthusiast. I love the Peak District and get out whenever I can. I grew up in Chesterfield. I love dogs, books, dancing and real ale.”
 
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Show notes
  • Getting into fell running as a teenager
  • Spending a lot of time in her own company
  • Not looking like a runner
  • Having a lot of stamina at a young age
  • Doing the beep test at school
  • Dealing with a foot injury and having a break from running
  • Exploring different types of running
  • Running for the experience of running
  • Getting into climbing in Derbyshire 
  • What does adventure mean to Helen and how it’s changed over the years
  • Sharing adventure with someone else
  • Her dreams as a little girl
  • Always been a writer and getting interested in poetry 
  • Connecting with other writers and poets
  • Being able to make a living as a writer
  • Becoming a poet in residence 
  • Book - Waymaking - An anthology of women’s adventure writing, poetry and art. 
  • Heather Dawe - Adventures in Mind 
  • Telling stories from a female point of view
  • Book - Never Leave the Dog Behind 
  • The personal narrative behind the book and being scared of dogs 
  • Getting over her fear of dogs
  • How her relationship with the mountains changed after getting a dog
  • Exploring the relationship between people and dogs in the mountains in a non fiction book
  • #NeverLeaveTheDogBehind
  • What does it mean if you invite the black dog into your home
  • Having a reason to get out everyday 
  • Dealing with challenging moments
  • Being present in the moment
  • What a perfect day in the mountains looks like
  • Getting back into the mountains with a toddler
  • Setting more manageable fitness challenges
  • Motherhood and mental health challenges
  • Getting back to fitness after having a baby
  • Knowing that running clubs are not the right choice for her
  • Running as and when
  • Managing during Covid 
  • Book - Trail Running Guide  
  • Final words of advice to spending more time outdoors 
 
 
Social Media
 
Website - www.helenmort.com
 
Twitter @HelenMort
 
 
Feb 23, 2021
Lee Vue is a creative professional with deep knowledge in communications and digital strategy committed to social impact. She graduated from the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities with a degree in political science. Her professional career spans across multiple industries that include startups, academia, small businesses and nonprofit organizations. 
 
As a current board member of Camp Menogyn, Friends of the Boundary Waters Wilderness and Building More Philanthropy with Purpose (BMPP) Giving Circle, she’s passionate about bringing the voices of underserved communities and communities of color to the climate, philanthropy and social justice movements.
 
When she’s not immersed in creative work and creating content, she’s exploring wild places. 
 
Through YMCA Camp Mengoyn (2007), she spent 50 days paddling the Kazan River and Kunwak River in the arctic tundra of Canada. 
 
In 2013, she paddled the entire Mississippi River (2,300+ miles) and then the following year, she paddled the Illinois River (200+ miles). 
 
In 2016, her team won first place in the Women’s Voyageur Division in the Yukon River Quest, paddling 444 miles in 53 hours.
 
New episodes of the Tough Girl Podcast go live every Tuesday and Thursday at 7am UK time - Make sure you hit the subscribe button so you don’t miss out. 
 
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Show notes
  • Her cultural background 
  • Being a Hmong American
  • Working as a creative in the communication space
  • A personal family history 
  • Not growing up with the outdoors
  • Going at a summer camp at 13 years old
  • Starting to love the outdoors
  • Sharmanism and how being in the woods can make you vulnerable to evil spirits 
  • Managing suspicions while in the woods
  • Having 8 sisters and 4 brothers
  • Studying political science in college and going to explore South East Asia
  • Balancing the two cultures 
  • Wanting to move the needle with regards to climate action
  • How the outdoors is dominated by white people
  • Being the only person of colour at summer camp
  • The flow to nature and how it does not discriminate 
  • Paddling the Kazan River and Kunwak River in the arctic tundra of Canada. 
  • Being dropped of in the middle of nowhere to start the adventure!
  • The magical moment on the river
  • Going on a once in a lifetime experience
  • Being young and reckless and feeling invincible
  • The possibility of youth
  • Taking on the Mississippi River in 2013
  • The North South divide in America 
  • Feeling unsafe as a person of colour paddling on the river
  • The disconnect in environmental education
  • Spending 70 days on the water
  • Feeling unsafe and vulnerable
  • The team dynamics and only meeting people on the start day
  • Being the peace maker and being good in large groups
  • Handling stressful situations 
  • Finding the positive twist on challenging situations
  • Getting into photography
  • The power of capturing imagery
  • Being fascinated with change and transformation
  • The Yukon River Quest, paddling 444 miles in 53 hours
  • To poop in the canoe or not?
  • Feeling angry and miserable during the Yukon River Quest
  • Reaching a low point on the trip
  • Ending up in hospital, not being able to breath
  • Paddling through the night and dealing with sleep hallucinations 
  • Eating a lot of boiled eggs…
  • What adventure means to Lee
  • Words of advice to motivate and inspire women of colour to get outdoors
  • Privilege and sacrifice
  • Why you should create your own opportunities
 
Social Media 
 
Website https://www.lumielumie.com/ 
 
Instagram  @lkvue https://www.instagram.com/lkvue/ 
 
Twitter @leevue https://twitter.com/leevue
 
 
 
Feb 18, 2021
EmmaLucy Cole is a UK-based speaker, writer, explorer and researcher. She is a fellow of the Royal Geographical Society, Associate Fellow of Higher Education Academy as a lecturer and co-director of the Vicarious Festival of Travel Storytelling. EmmaLucy is currently studying towards a PhD at the University of Bristol, researching how travel writers represent Arabic and Middle Eastern (SWANA) cultures.
 
After over two decades spent studying and representing North African and Middle Eastern cultures, in 2011 EmmaLucy decided to sell everything she owned in order to spend six weeks with a Bedouin tribe in Sinai, learning Arabic and researching local culture. Two years later she finally left, not only having gained a ginger Bedouin cat (called Bryan) and a myriad of stories, but also witnessing first-hand some of the ways in which marginalised groups can be misrepresented.
 
With this habit of visiting places and forgetting to leave, she has developed the concept of Downward Exploration: rather than travelling long distances and seeing many places superficially, this type of exploration allows us to focus in-depth on communities and local environments, learning about the cultures, habits, food and history – and forming connections which allow for deeper understanding and more ethical representations.
 
In 2018 EmmaLucy attended the Adventure Travel Film Festival in London and decided that motorcycles could be a powerful tool for connecting with people in marginalised cultures; crossing gender divides and enabling mobility and independence whilst on the road researching. She passed her test within a few months, bought a Triumph, and began exploring. She has presented talks at events such as the Overland Event UK about the joys and challenges of being a solo woman researcher, explorer and biker.
 
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Show notes
  • Who is EmmaLucy and what does she do
  • Her early life growing up and spending time in the outdoors
  • Not being sporty 
  • Doing a degree in Fine Art and a Masters in English Literature 
  • Being interested in Nomadic Groups
  • Being inspired by the English Patient book
  • Being invited to spend time in Egypt 
  • Bedouin culture
  • Her passion for learning languages 
  • Learning Arabic for the past 12 years
  • Going for 6 weeks and ending up staying for 2 years
  • Not being able to earn money in 2008 in the UK
  • Selling everything she owned and doing some basic teaching to earn money
  • Living in Sinai and what day to day life was like
  • Living in a hut by the edge of the red sea
  • Wifi
  • Deciding to move back to the UK
  • Studying for her PhD at the University of Bristol 
  • The concept of downward exploration 
  • Wanting to learn more by going back to the same places
  • Writing (reflective and observational) while travelling 
  • Film and photography
  • What adventure means to EmmaLucy
  • Learning how to ride a motorbike before her 40th birthday
  • Handling challenging situations 
  • Vicarious Festival - Celebrating cultural diversity through travel literature and photography. 
  • Getting into sports, health and fitness
  • Figuring out what she enjoyed and what felt good
  • Food and culture
  • Becoming a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society (RGS)
  • Coping during Covid and not being able to travel
  • Funding this lifestyle
  • Final words of advice and learning how to say no
  • Refine and create your own story
  • Don’t judge yourself 
 
Social Media
 
Website: emmalucycole.com
 
Twitter: @emmalucycole
 
Instagram: @emmalucycole 
 
Patreon @emmalucycole
Feb 16, 2021
Monisha Rajesh is a British journalist and travel writer whose writing has appeared in Time magazine, The New York Times, The Guardian, Vanity Fair and The Sunday Telegraph in which she wrote a monthly column about travelling the world by train. 
 
Her first book Around India in 80 Trains (2012) was named one of The Independent’s top ten books on India, and her second book Around the World in 80 Trains was published in 2019 to great acclaim. 
 
Monisha was born in Norfolk and mostly raised in Yorkshire – with a brief stint in Madras. She currently lives in London with her husband and two daughters.
 
Show notes
  • Who is Monisha
  • Moving to India when she was 9 years old
  • Doing a French Degree at Leeds
  • Moving to London
  • Where her love of travel comes from
  • Moving around a lot when she was younger
  • Wanting to travel around India via trains
  • F28
  • The cultural aspects of travelling
  • The magical moments from India
  • Her writing process
  • Using a paste board
  • Fitting writing into her life
  • Writing her second book being 8 months pregnant
  • Feeling happiest when writing 
  • Planning an around the world train adventure
  • The route
  • Day to day life on the trains
  • The community on the trains
  • The epic train journeys
  • The Qinghai–Tibet railway 
  • Being ready to head home
  • The challenges of travel in North Korea
  • Arriving back into London
  • Sending 7 months on trains around the world
  • The 3rd Book!
  • The importance of sustainable travel
  • The challenges and stresses of air travel 
  • Buy from an independent book shop!
  • Buy signed copies of her books from - Queen’s Park Books 
 
 
Social Media
 
Website - www.80trains.com 
 
Twitter @monisha_rajesh 
 
Instagram @monisha_rajesh
 
Feb 11, 2021
Kat is a climate change consultant based in Oxfordshire. Striving for a healthy work-life balance Kat spends as much time as possible outdoors, mostly walking and cycling, with a splash of paddle boarding. 
 
Kat also spends a lot of the time with grease on her face as a volunteer mechanic for Broken Spoke, a community bike project in Oxford.
 
Listen to Kat on the Tough Girl Podcast!! 
 
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Show notes
  • Early childhood and being an active family
  • Having a passion for the environment 
  • Having a work life balance 
  • Starting her blog ‘Attitude over Ability’
  • Writing about her experiences 
  • What does Adventure mean to Kat?
  • Why you don’t need to suffer to have adventure 
  • Why it’s ok to have a nice time and to have fun
  • Deciding to walk across Switzerland solo
  • The Alpine Pass Route, Switzerland
  • Training and fitness for the challenge
  • Doing a 2 day Mountain Training course 
  • Having an infinity for crossing countries on foot
  • Deciding to hike the South Island of New Zealand 
  • Planning for a 3month trip on the other side of the world
  • Money and budgets
  • Concerns before the challenge
  • The challenging weather in New Zealand
  • The safety of crossing the rivers 
  • Dealing with wet feet day after day 
  • Being social or wanting solitude 
  • Being ill with heatstroke 
  • Dealing with the adventure blues after time away on an adventure 
  • Attitude to life and adventure 
  • Final words of advice 
  • Separate her self worth from her achievements 
 
Social Media
 
Twitter: @KEYoung29 
 
Blog: attitude-over-ability.com 
 
Instagram: @kattheyoung
 
 
Feb 9, 2021
The Queen Of Abs, Santia Deck, is a history-making Female Professional American Footballer and Social Media Influencer with over 700,000 loyal and engaged followers.
 
Santia Marie Deck was born in South Carolina and raised in Houston, Texas. She now resides in Atlanta and travels often. Since childhood, Santia has been running full speed after her dream of success. Now, she works tirelessly to inspire and empower young people and women around the world with her passion and determination.
 
Santia, 28, recently made history by becoming the highest-paid woman to play the sport, signing a multi-million-dollar deal with the WFLA. Recently, Santia made history again - becoming the first female athlete to own her own sneaker company, TRONUS. 
 
Santia’s talents are by no means limited to the pitch: she is also a published author, a fitness model, TV personality, and a TV host. She has kept her fitness trainer certification and offers a variety of services to celebrity clients worldwide and her wide-ranging community of online supporters.
 
She became a published author whilst studying at school in 2016 with ‘The Struggle’. Whilst Santia gained a degree in English, she felt her passions lay elsewhere and set out to fight against the stigma of women competing in popular male sports. She has often expressed her desire to give young aspiring sports women a platform of strength and courage. Even after becoming a worldwide phenomenon, she claims to still receive negative comments across social media from men such as “you belong in the kitchen” and “leave real sports to men”. These comments have only fuelled her determination and resilience as her star has grown. 
 
She has 3 brothers who all play running back. Growing up, she trained religiously with them, unaware that she was moulding herself to become the highest-paid female American Footballer. Santia started as a track star before moving onto rugby and then flag football. Now, she is the first woman in history to sign a multi-million-dollar deal with the WFLA. She has made headlines around the world as a powerful role model to young budding female athletes.
 
"Remember, nothing is impossible. If you want it, go get it."
- Santia Deck
 
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Show notes
  • Who is Santia and what she does
  • Growing up and how sports played a massive part in her life
  • Playing tennis at 4years old
  • Dreaming of becoming an Olympian
  • Getting a full ride scholarship to college
  • How American Football works for women
  • WFLA - who is owned by Lupe Rose
  • Getting paid to play sport
  • What’s changed
  • Training and fitness
  • Working with 4 coaches 
  • What a typical week looks like
  • Training 3/4 times a week for 1.5hrs each day
  • Nutrition and figuring out what is best for her body
  • Trying to maintain wight and muscle mass
  • Recovery after training and matches
  • The challenges while playing
  • Being hard on herself and striving for perfection 
  • Getting back up again after a big hit or when a play hasn’t gone right
  • Building business and being an entrepreneur 
  • Building followers on Instagram 
  • Being inspired by her mum
  • Staying focused on her dream when other people don’t believe in you
  • Proving a point to others
  • The 5 year plan/vision
  • Not being able to play American Football at school or college
  • The sisterhood and playing as part of a team
  • American Football and head injuries
  • Advice for other women who want to play American Football
  • The start of the season in May
  • Role models in American Football
  • Advice for the little girls growing up
  • Being known as - Queen of Abs!
  • Why be a Princess when you can be a Queen!
  • Starting her own story 
  • Quick Fire Questions 
 
Social Media 
 
Website www.queenofabs.com/about 
 
 https://tronusofficial.com 
 
Instagram  @trackbaby001 
 
Twitter @santia_deck 
 
Facebook @queenofabs
 
 
 
Feb 4, 2021
Kim in her own words
 
I'm Kim Ingleby, Multi Award Winning Mind Body Coach, Author and TEDx Speaker.  With a passion and purpose to help you sharpen your mind, define your body, awaken your soul and lead the life you hope and wish for.  
 
I am passionate about helping people embrace fear, grow their confidence, commit to themselves and take action. I coach incredible people from all walks of life around the World, including Team GB Athletes, Strictly Come Dancing Pro's and Media Personalities. 
 
I founded Energised Performance in 2004, offering complete mind body management to help unlock your potential in life, sport and work.   
 
I have a passion for helping others and making a difference, raising over £85,000 for charities through community events & running 10 wild world marathons, 1 ultra & 1 Ironman, and volunteering on aid projects in Sierra LeoneNepal, India & Belize. 
 
I'm currently healing post Weil’s Encephalitis, and trauma -  these experiences have added value to my professional coaching and public speaking. Whatever your hopes or fears are, I believe in you and have the tools, empathy and support to help you ignite the spark and take action today.
 
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Show notes
  • Growing up
  • Being bullied
  • How her life changed at 14
  • Her dreams when she was younger
  • Not enjoying sport
  • How riding horses was her passion
  • Getting into running and starting to enjoy it more
  • Working with other coaches
  • Running the Sierra Leone Marathon and raising money for charity
  • What Weil’s Encephalitis is and it’s impact
  • What Kim does at the moment
  • The “What if goal”
  • The journey to running 100 miles in the Himalayas 
  • Dealing with setbacks 
  • What the race was like day to day 
  • Dealing with loss 
  • Wanting something positive to come out of the year
  • Dealing with PTSD and trauma
  • Embracing adversity and overcoming it 
  • Habits and having a purpose
  • Being adaptable 
  • Not putting pressure on ourselves
  • Having a morning routine
  • The Hound of Happiness - 52 ways to feel good 
  • Being helpful to yourself and valuing yourself
  • The 3 peaks Adventure Challenge in 2018 with Adventurous Ewe 
  • Taking the first step
  • What is the most important thing you would like to do over the next year?
  • Feeling nervous and unsure before an adventure 
  • Being known as the “Mind Body Ninja” and Kimpossible
  • Dealing with voices in your head
  • The power of writing things down and using a journal
 
Social Media
 
 
Instagram @kimingleby 
 
Twitter @kimingleby 
 
 
 
 
Feb 2, 2021
In 2006 Sophia became the first African American and first Black woman to climb Mount Everest in the Himalayas.
 
Sophia first major climb was at Mt Rainier in Washington State in 2002.  Over the next two years she climbed Mt. Kilimanjaro, Mt Baker, and Mt Kenya.  
 
In 2005 she scaled five peaks: Grand Teton, Mount Katahdin, Mount Denali, Mount Tasman, and Ama Dablam.
 
During this episode Sophia shares more about her passion for mountaineering and how her climbing evolved. Sophia talks about her Mt. Everest experience and what it was like on the mountain for summit day. She shares advice and top tips to help you achieve your goals.
 
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Show notes
  • Having an unusual childhood and growing up between Japan and the USA
  • Not being sporty but spending time in the outdoors
  • Not growing up with indoor plumbing
  • Moving to Chicago in the middle of winter at age 6
  • The culture shock of moving countries
  • Going back to visit Japan after college and living there for 4 years
  • Her passion for the mountains 
  • Learning to climb outdoors 
  • Being inspired by her friend to go and climb Mt. Rainier in Washington State
  • Using all her holidays to climb
  • Why she loves spending time in the mountains
  • 4 years before climbing Mt. Everest
  • Feeling free to fail 
  • The challenges faced while climbing
  • Going to climb Cho Oyo (sixth-highest mountain in the world at 8,188 metres (26,864 ft) above sea level)
  • How the Mt. Everest climb came about
  • Making the decision to climb…
  • Giving herself permission to fail
  • The reactions of friends and family 
  • Dealing with the paperwork for Mt, Everest
  • The Body Disposal Form
  • What happens if you die on the mountain
  • Fears….. or feeling scared?
  • What summit night was like
  • Reaching the summit of Mt. Everest! 
  • Moving at pace on the mountain and using the smaller oxygen tanks
  • Breaking trail through the snow 
  • Climbing with International Mountain Guides (IMG) 
  • Doing yoga and meditation 
  • Dealing with a few back problems
  • Advice for women and girls who want to get into mountain climbing 
 
Social Media 
 
Website www.danenberg.org 
 
Instagram @sophiaclimbs
 
Jan 28, 2021
In 2019, Lauren Woodwiss, alongside her friend Jemma Rix, set the World Record for the fastest female pair to row across the Atlantic Ocean. 8 weeks after stepping on to dry land, she then went on to finish 4th female at the infamous Marathon des Sables.
 
Currently living on the island of Borneo, she's also recently set up Frontier Sapiens; a UK-based film and live events company celebrating human spirit and the untold stories of inspirational people from around the globe.
 
Although her real passion lies in mountain running and mountain sports, Lauren discusses what led to her rowing across the Atlantic Ocean with zero rowing experience, and how the crossing encouraged her to set-up Frontier Sapiens.
 
 
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Show notes
  • Who is Lauren and what she does
  • What her childhood was like
  • Getting into the mountains 
  • How the mountain running evolved 
  • Doing the Mount Blanc Marathon in 2014
  • Wanting to row across the Atlantic Ocean….
  • 18 months to plan and prepare for the row
  • The steps that needed to be taken
  • Figuring it out as they went
  • Not thinking big picture
  • Splitting the responsibility 
  • Both working full time while preparing for the row
  • Paying for the race and figuring out funding
  • Taking out a loan on the boat
  • Sticking to a tight budget
  • Saving money on food
  • Dehydrating their own food - https://activeatfoods.com 
  • Comparing progress with other teams
  • Handling the stress and pressure before the row
  • The reasons for doing the row
  • FOMO
  • The strategy for the race
  • What do you want to achieve
  • Having 3 goals….
  • Building up rowing endurance
  • Making yourself strong and stopping injury
  • Chafing and salt blisters
  • The magical moments on the row across the Atlantic 
  • Then mental side of the race
  • "You before me”
  • Reaching the finish line and feeling overwhelmed
  • Beating the record by 1hr 7 mins…
  • Being signed up for the Marathon des Sables while on the row
  • Making the transition from rower to runner
  • Not training massive miles
  • Having the attitude of ‘what will be, will be’
  • Running with her husband
  • Dealing with injury 
  • Running MDS again
  • Starting Frontier Sapiens 
  • Connect with Lauren online 
  • Final words of advice to motivate and inspire you
 
Social Media
 
Instagram @laurenwoodwiss 
 
Frontier Sapiens - Celebrating stories of human spirit through film & live events 
 
 
Facebook - @frontiersapiens 
 
Instagram - @frontiersapiens 
 
Jemma  - Activeatfoods
 
 
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