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  • Patricia Alcivar (Patty Boom Boom) was born on December 12, 1983 from parents who emigrated from Barranquilla, Colombia. She is one of four sisters who grew up in a small two bedroom apartment in Woodside, Queens, N.Y. Her father was removed from their home when she was 10 years old leaving her mother to take care of four girls. Patty left an abusive home at the age of 16 after completing her first NYC Marathon. She knew that if she could complete 26.2 miles on her own, she could do anything! She completed High School with honours while working after school to support herself. Patty is a 2-time NYC Golden Gloves Champion, USA Nationals Champion, NY Metro Champion, Western States Champion and the first Female ever to be voted and win “Athlete of the Year,” as voted by the United States Olympic Committee. As a Professional Boxer, she captured the New York State title. Patty’s passion is Alpine/Mountain Climbing and one of her goals is to be the first Latina from Queens, New York to climb the 7 Summits of the World. She has already successfully summited 3 of the 7 thus far: Kilimanjaro-the highest peak in Africa (in 2 days!), Aconcagua-the highest peak in South America and in the Western & Southern Hemispheres and Mount Elbrus in Russia-Highest Peak in Europe. When Patty is not out climbing, running or boxing, she supports herself by working in a variety of ways which include being Spanish Interpreter/ Translator, EMT, Event Manager, Group Fitness Instructor & Print Ad & Commercial fitness model. In Patty’s free time, she is an animal activist and is also active in Fighting Hunger & Poverty through NYCARES, Meals on Wheels and NYC Harvest which provide Food to homebound elderly or New Yorkers in need. Patty hopes to go back to school in the near future for a Nursing degree and continue giving back and be a positive role model to athletes and women of all ages around the world. Upon completion of her project " Climbing for a Dream-7 Summits" she would like to help build a foundation to educate people around the world about the great outdoors and how to use the challenge and beauty of nature to heal physically, mentally and spiritually. CONTENT WARNING - we discuss leaving an abusive situation. 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 Her nickname and professional boxing name Who Patty is and what she does Her goal to climb the 7 summits 3 done, with 4 more to go Living in NYC on her own Running her first marathon at 16 Being 1 of 4 sisters Being inspired by the Boston Marathon and knowing she would run it one day Coming from Colombia in South America Being laughed at for her dream of running a marathon Going for her first run at 5am Joining the NYC Road Runners Living in a bad situation at home How running helped her leave an abusive situation Being diagnosed with ADD - Attention Deficit Disorder Being enrolled in sports at a young age Getting into martial arts Winning a world title in martial arts Deciding what to do next Lying about her age to get her first job How she got into Boxing Not being able to support herself through boxing Taking the opportunity to focus on mountaineering Falling in love with the mountains Climbing in Ecuador Wanting to take climbing to the highest level Becoming more patient Having to turn back from a summit Her though process while climbing Needing to be fully focused while climbing Climbing Kilimanjaro in 2017 in 2 days! Climbing Aconcagua in South America and why it was so challenging Training for 12 months Carrying all her own equipment at high altitude The power of visualisation Getting back to normal after summiting Aconcagua Money and paying to climb mountains Maintaining her motivation levels The power of praying Living in NYC during the pandemic Making the most out of her time Getting up at 3:30am Her plans to go and climb Denali Documenting and sharing her journey Social Media Website - www.climbingforadream.com Medium - link.medium.com/TqkCgkXDfcb Instagram @pattyboxer12 @climbingforadream

  • A lover of adventure: climbing, hiking, camping and fun, Frankie started biking in lock down and with very little experience took her second hand bike on a squiggly loop of the UK to interview 51outdoorsy folx older than her about how they kept the adventure alive, and showing that you don't have to "do it whilst you're young”. These stories were recorded and the conversations shared via the Extraordinary Ordinary Womxn Podcast* *Extraordinary Ordinary Womxn - has had a rebrand and has changed its name to Extraordinary Ordinary You - this transition is taking place now. The reason for the name change will be discussed during this episode. Listen to Frankie now on the Tough Girl Podcast! You can listen on itunes, Soundcloud, Stitcher, Spotify & iheartradio. New episodes go live every Tuesday and Thursday at 7am UK time - Make sure to 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 visit www.patreon.com/toughgirlpodcast Show notes Who is Frankie What she loves Growing up in the countryside in Devon Moving to rural France when she was young Wanting to live in the city Moving to Brighton, UK at 17/18 years old Living in France Doing an exchange to New Zealand Being broke and living on a tight budget Investing in a pair of hiking boots, sleeping bag and backpack Getting into hiking in New Zealand Having fun on a budget Connecting with awesome people Not planning on going to university Studying childcare in college Working seasons for 2 years as a kids rep Wanting to move up or move on Deciding to go to university to study Tourism Wanting to work and travel! Not having a plan for the future Doing a placement year in Chamonix - Action Outdoors Playing catch up and wanting to do as much as she could Heading back to the UK to finish her degree Having a go with the flow plan for after university Starting working as a freelancer and wanting to work from her van Getting injured at the climbing gym Having a tough few months in rehab in 2019 The start of 2020 and dealing with the UK lockdown Moving to Hastings to stay in a holiday home Having negative thoughts about prioritising adventure When things go wrong, while living an alternative life Wanting to ask people for advice Wanting to do a cycling trip Buying a bike for £70 Wanting to find more role models Deciding to cycle around the UK and interview as many women as possible Taking the first step and putting herself out there Dealing with imposter syndrome and feeling anxious about putting herself out there Was the trip too big and too cool for her? Extraordinary Ordinary Womxn Speaking to 51 amazing women and non-binary folk Judging the success of the podcast Re-branding to Extraordinary Ordinary You Reflection on using the term “Womxn” Reaching out to her community Book: What the T?: The no-nonsense guide to all things trans and/or non-binary for teens Book: Life Isn't Binary: On Being Both, Beyond, and In-Between Womxn Instagram post on @Extraordinaryordinaryyou Moving to Sheffield Plans for 2021 Supporting Frit (@frit_tam) on their 2 month trip doing a zig-zag across the UK - starting on the 15th May 2021 - #glideforpride Rollerblading England tackling the issue of belonging in the LGBTQIA+ community LGBTQIA+ – Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer and/or Questioning, Intersex, and Asexual and/or Ally. Working with RachelSarahM Final words of advice Social Media Personal Website - www.frankiedewar.co Instagram @frankie_dewar Extraordinary Ordinary You Website www.extraordinaryordinarywomxn.co Instagram @extraordinaryyou Facebook @ExtraordinaryOrdinaryYou

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  • Zelzin was born in Mexico city in the Iztapalapa neighborhood in Nov 1993. Since she was a girl, she was passionate about outdoor sports such as rowing, running, mountain biking, a sport in which she excelled in National and International competitions and forged her determination and love for the mountains. Zelzin graduated in Communications and Electronics Engineering from the Instituto Politecnico Nacional. In 2017 she traveled to the USA for the first time alone, without speaking the language to hike the second longest trail in the US the PCT. On April 4 she started the adventure and despite her little knowledge of hiking, being new to the high mountains, and dealing with snow. Zelzin completed her first thru hike in 153 days, covering a distance of 4,277 km. In 2018, Zelzin thru-hiked from Georgia to Maine on the Appalachian Trail in 100 days. In 2019, she completed the Continental Divide Trail in 145 days. Zelzin was the first Mexican person to have thru-hiked the three longest trails in the US. Zelzin goals is to promote thru- hiking in Mexico and her dream is to create the first long-distance trail in Baja, California. 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 Growing up in Mexico City What the triple crown in hiking is Her childhood Being the oldest of two brothers Growing up in a dangerous neighbourhood Starting working at 11 years old Hearing about the PCT for the first time Studying engineering at university How her family reacted to her wanting to go to America and hike Being worried about the snow and black bears Not speaking English Her worries before the hike Getting a visa for America Research and planning for the trail Not being able to find information in Spanish The support of Facebook Groups Going to the mountains in Mexico Learning about the gear and the animals Trail name? What it was like doing her first thru hike The challenging and difficult sections on the PCT Dealing with a lot of snow Facing river crossings Making a few mistakes on the trail Lessons learned from those mistakes Finding someone to walk in the mountains with Having good luck and trying to catch up with other hikers Dealing with the cold Keeping her clothing simple Food on the trail Eating “trash food” Her love of cheese! Hiking the Appalachian Trail 2nd Leaving the Continental Divide Trail to the last The challenges on the CDT What happens when times get tough Has she ever wanted to quit? Learning from her mistakes Feeling passionate about hiking Her favourite hiking trail is the Hayduke Trail Paying for her hikes Struggling to find sponsorship in Mexico Her dream of starting a new thru-hiking trail in Mexico Figuring out the new trail and having support with water and food The goals of the project Finals words of advice for other women who want to get into hiking “Don’t be afraid and live your dreams” Social Media Website www.zelzinaketzalli.com Instagram @zelzin_aketzalli Facebook @unquetzalennorteamerica

  • Cadi in her own words: “Having lost a partner to suicide in 2014 I turned to being active in the outdoors to bring joy back into my life. Challenging myself, whether it's an ultra run, white water raft racing or cycle touring somewhere fabulous bring great sparks to me. I am never happier than when I'm running on the trails with my dog, swimming in a cold lake with friends or just taking in the beauty of nature. My desire to chase positivity and help others find theirs has led me to now become a Life Coach. I plan on using the great outdoors along with my coaching to create positive change in peoples lives.” *please note during this episode we do talk about, mental health, losing someone through suicide & dealing with frightening situations. Show notes Growing up in Nottingham Being passionate about the outdoors Working for British Canoeing - running ShePaddles program Re-training as a life coach What her early years were like Her dreams as a young girl Not being a career person Working to live Going to university Trying to figure out what she wants to do with her life Starting to go travelling more Losing her partner to suicide Wanting to be more of an independent traveller Dealing with the shock of losing someone a partner Making a decision on how it would affect her Wanting to carry on doing adventures Her first trip with Bob to Egypt Getting her first bike Cycling in Cuba Deciding to do the coast to coast challenge in a day Being supported by friends and family The benefits of blogging and how it helped her process her feelings Joining a local group SOBS - Survivors of Bereavement by Suicide Seeking out support and finding people to speak to Going to Nepal in 2015 after the earthquake Spending time in Tibet Mount Kailash Kora Trek The challenges of getting a visa for Tibet How her definition of adventure has changed Blogging at Adventurous Girl and sharing beautiful pictures Dealing with Covid and it’s impact on time outdoors and mental health Focusing on the joys and positives of the situation Summer 2017 and heading up to the Lake District Handling setback when things go wrong on an adventure Dealing with disappointment and feelings of failure Running across Iceland and the lessons learned Why it’s worth trying new things Making the decision to run across Iceland - East to West The lessons learned from the Iceland experience Feelings of disappointment Running around Malta solo Dealing with frightening situations while being solo on an adventure Being followed and flashed at. Taking a knife? Further solo challenges? Being aware of her surroundings Training before trips She Paddles - what it is and what the goals are Funding to coach women and girls in leadership positions Building a positive community for paddlers Making the decision to leave British Canoeing and transition into self employment Losing her mum last year and making changes to her life Training to be a life coach and gaining new skills Turning 40 on the 1st January Wanting to cycle tour in Japan Final words of advice and why you should go with your heart What do you really want to do? Social Media Blog - anadventurousgirl.co.uk Instagram @adventurousgirl Twitter @cadilambert Shine Life Coaching - If you have a change you want to make in your life I’ll help you get there. Person centred coach & NLP Practitioner Website - www.shinelifecoach.co.uk Instagram @shinelifecoach Facebook @CadiShineLifeCoaching

  • Neruja shares more about her Tamil culture and her experiences with the outdoors. How she went from someone who didn’t like being outside and never spending any time outdoors to becoming a passionate outdoor adventurer, hiker and climber. Neruja shares more about her gap year and spending time in Borneo, Australia and New Zealand and what it was like moving from the hustle and bustle of London to the Lake District. Neruja is passionate about diversifying the outdoors and pushing the importance of representation. In April 2020 she started her Instagram page @so_little_a_time to inspire others like her to adventure in the outdoors. Her thoughts: “Hiking can feel never ending, runs can feel relentless and climbing can feel impossible. And yet these are activities I keep going back to. What I’ve realised though... it’s not the discomfort that makes these activities difficult for me but actually my fear of failing. After all it is much easier to put it down to not liking discomfort than admit I might fail.” “My biggest enemy is myself. Giving myself a hard time actually stops me from being the best version of me. So currently I’m on a journey where I embrace the failures and remind myself that at the end of the day I really love doing these things!" "There are times when your mission is clear. You can see it and are overwhelmed by the long journey ahead of you, but what keeps you going? Sometimes it can be as simple as wanting to witness and celebrate the beauty of success at the finish line and to look back at the hard but rewarding journey you have gone through.” “These journeys may not be easy but personal growth during these times, no matter how you do it and how far you get, are almost certain. Every experience makes you grow.” You can listen to Neruja share her story on the Tough Girl Podcast. New episodes 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 becoming a patron please check out www.patreon.com/toughgirlpodcast. Show notes Who is Neruja What being Tamil means Family expectations on her upbringing and what she will do Not being encouraged to spend time outdoors when she was younger Not being able to speak English when she moved to the UK Moving to the Lake District from London Going walking for the first time Deciding to have a year out in 2013 Being a volunteer in Borneo with Raleigh International Living out of a rucksack Spending time in Australia and being ready for anything Going around New Zealand in a camper van Getting into the outdoors with her husband How spending time in Borneo solo changed her Being uncomfortable in that environment Magical moments in Australia Spending time in Sydney and doing house/dog sitting Doing a bungee jump and jumping when she was ready Moving back to the Lake District and hiking all the time Lessons from the Tour de Mont Blanc hike Planning and preparation for the 11 day hike Meeting like minded people A typical day in the mountains Getting through the tough moments Starting her Instagram account - @so_little_a_time Why your holidays don’t just have to be sitting on a beach Advice for other women who want to get outdoors more Try everything once Social Media Instagram - @so_little_a_time Youtube - www.youtube.com/channel/UCxEF7jyILbx81BF_jSxT7yw/featured Tour de Mont Blanc Cicerone Guidebook - www.cicerone.co.uk/trekking-the-tour-of-mont-blanc-fifth

  • Natalie Warren is a Minneapolis-based author, scholar, and public speaker on environmental issues. A lifelong paddler and river lover, she canoed the length of the Mississippi River and won first place in the Yukon River Quest in the women’s voyageur division, paddling 450 miles in fifty-three hours. A contributing writer to outdoor publications, she has worked with Bancroft Arnesen Explore, St. Croix River Association, and River Management Society, and she started a nonprofit to present urban rivers as natural, dynamic classrooms for youth. About - Hudson Bay Bound: Two Women, One Dog, Two Thousand Miles to the Arctic Unrelenting winds, carnivorous polar bears, snake nests, sweltering heat, and constant hunger. Paddling 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 Warren and Ann Raiho faced unexpected trials, some harrowing, some simply odd. But for the two friends—the first women to make this expedition—there was one timeless challenge: the occasional pitfalls that test character and friendship. Warren’s spellbinding account retraces the women’s journey from inspiration to Arctic waters, giving readers an insider view from the practicalities of planning a three-month canoe expedition to the successful accomplishment of the adventure of a lifetime. Along the route we meet the people who live and work on the waterways, including denizens of a resort who supply much-needed sustenance; a solitary resident in the wilderness who helps plug a leak; and the people of the Cree First Nation at Norway House, where the canoeists acquire a furry companion. Describing the tensions that erupt between the women (who at one point communicate with each other only by note) and the natural and human-made phenomena they encounter—from islands of trash to waterfalls and a wolf pack—Warren brings us into her experience, and we join these modern women (and their dog) as they recreate this historic trip, including the pleasures and perils, the sexism, the social and environmental implications, and the enduring wonder of the wilderness. Warren is a great storyteller and she brings readers a very fun, youthful, and adventurous book. But this book is more than just an expedition journal—Warren devotes quite a bit of her focus to reflections on changes in climate, societies, and issues surrounding our most valuable resource: water. You can listen to both Ann and Natalie on the Tough Girl Podcast! New episodes 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 Growing up in an urban area Not coming from an outdoorsy family Being into music Wanting to try new things Falling in love with canoeing Becoming friends with Ann Raiho Heading off to college with Ann Her dreams as young woman Where her appreciation for the environment came from Being inspired by a book called - Canoeing with the Cree 2011 and being in the senior year of college How the expedition evolved Getting sponsorship for the trip Making the decision to go on this trip Saying yes now and asking questions later Thinking about writing a book Wanting to have fun and do something crazy Concerns before the adventure Hearing all the worst case scenarios Telling friends and family about the canoe trip Camping in urban areas and close to big cities Magical moments from the journey Having a baby and what helped her through the birth Handling the daily frustrations Reflecting back on the journey What lessons have been learned Not always wanting to go with the flow Roles in the team and how they changed and evolved during the journey Cooking in the wilderness Deciding to write a book about the adventure Reading Ann’s journal How canoeing is part of her life Advice for other women to take on their own challenge Social Media Website www.natalie-warren.com Instagram @nwarren_writes

  • Jai Bharathi, an avid women motorcyclist, who co-founded the Hyderabad chapter of ‘The Bikerni’ an all-women motorcycle club in 2013. Jai has led motorcycle expeditions to Ladakh, Kanyakumari to Kashmir, cross-country expedition across six nations covering 17,000 kms & Wheels of Will motorcycle expedition covering 10,800 miles across the United States. Jai’s passion for travel took her to visit all the UNESCO world heritage sites in India in 2012 and the first winner of GoUnesco travel challenge. Over the last decade, Jai has worked with several NGO’s in the fields of women's empowerment, children education, solar lighting & relief works during natural disasters. Jai has authored a book about organising & leading all women cross country motorcycle expedition. Jai is now on her entrepreneurial journey with MOWO Social Initiatives which aims to see more number of women in the mobility sector. 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 Jai Growing up in the early 80s Being involved in ‘The Bikerni’ an all-women motorcycle club Falling in love with 2 wheels Learning how to ride a motorbike in the streets Working as an architect Wanting more passion in her life Realising that she wanted to travel more 2012 Go UNESCO Travel Challenge Visiting all 28 UNESCO sites in India Visiting Turkey in 2013 and visiting UNESCO sites Having 2 siblings Being inspired to ride around East Asia on a motorbike Wanting to inspire others to ride bikes Riding from the northern tip of India to the southern tip of India Wondering how she can give back and inspire the rest of the community Starting her journey as a social entrepreneur MOWO - MOving WOmen Writing a book about her experiences Travelling in India What UNESCO is Getting the opportunity and making it a reality Taking 8 months to plan the trip Documenting the journey Being in a leadership position Taking the first step Feeling safe while riding a motorcycle Not riding in the dark Breaking stereotypes Inspiring women Encouraging women to work as tour guides Heading over to the USA Losing sponsorship the day before the flight Going to the USA with $100 in her pocket Riding 11,000 miles across the USA in 35 days Final words of advice to motivate and inspire you Social Media Facebook - www.facebook.com/jai.bharathi Instagram @jaibharathi Twitter @jaibharathi Link to the book: https://amzn.to/31BPrHh A short video on our journey so far https://youtu.be/qQijuiNuZWY MoWo - We promote women empowerment and safety through mobility. #MovingWomen #WomenInMobility Links to our social media handles: Website - www.mowo.in Facebook @mowo.in Instagram @mowo.in Twitter @MOWO__Hyd

  • 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. 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 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

  • 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 New episodes of the Tough Girl Podcast go live every Tuesday and Thursday at 7am UK time - Make sure you subscribe 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 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

  • 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 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. 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

  • 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

  • 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 Website www.hijabihiker.com Instagram - @hijabi.hiker Facebook - @aHijabiHiker

  • 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

  • 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 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 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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! 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 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

  • 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. 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 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!

  • 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

  • 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. 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 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