Episode 058: Matt Sharman, To Humbly Go
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There are many reasons to venture into the mountains. Matt Sharman is the antithesis of the ‘conqueror’. A gentle but accomplished mountaineer, this episode of the podcast details Matt’s life as a mountain guide, and the formative experiences he’s had at high altitude, and how they’ve changed him. He also tells the story of his personal attempt at Mount Everest and his views on the ever-changing mountain.

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The Outdoors Station
The Outdoors Station
Bob Cartwright
No 538 - Arms Of Andes
Meli and Rensso Hinostroza, are the sister and brother team behind Arms Of Andes. Their Peruvian parents were raised in small, mountain towns in the highlands of Peru and family vacations have always been to their ancestral home. Following a lot of research they discovered that Alpaca has similar properties to merino wool and the potential to perform even better. But they didn’t want to just make outdoor apparel, they also wanted to lead the way in sustainable manufacturing practices. Manufacture of most clothing involves shipping materials to different countries for each part of the production process; but they realised that by keeping production in one place – Peru – they could greatly reduce the company’s carbon footprint. Furthermore, alpaca wool is natural, renewable, and sustainably produced, so by including additional sustainable practices, such as using other natural materials (like natural dyes and cotton for labels and stitching) and reducing packaging they could make the most sustainable outdoor clothing. In fact, their naturally coloured shirts, beanies and neck gaiters are now 100% biodegradable, leaving no trace when composted! Family and where you come from are major cornerstones of the Peruvian culture, and who they are as a company. This is even reflected in their name: “Arms” is a combination of the first name initials of us four siblings and our roots are “of the Andes”. Join us in this podcast to hear the full story, or watch the reply now on YouTube. There is a limited time discount code at the end of this podcast.
1 hr 3 min
The Outdoors Fix
The Outdoors Fix
Liv Bolton
Laura Doling: Moving from Essex to be a postwoman in the Lake District
For those of you who have ever dreamt about moving your job and home to the countryside, this one’s for you! My guest in this episode is Laura Doling. She’s a postwoman in the Lake District, as well as a hiker, paddle boarder and wild swimmer. Laura used to live in a town in Essex, work in healthcare and she says she spent many of her weekends getting dressed up and going out. But after a camping trip in the Lake District in May 2018, she made the huge decision of moving her life and job to the countryside. Plans like these can often take years to pull off, but extraordinarily Laura managed to do it all within 2 months and by July 2018 she was working and living there! I met Laura at her new home near the village of Wennington in Lancashire, 20 miles from the Lake District, where she is converting an old barn with her partner Chris. They are hoping to turn it into their own smallholding and complete their countryside dream. I wanted to find out more about why Laura wanted to move from Essex to the Lake District, how she made it happen when moves like these can seem incredibly daunting, her outdoorsy life, and what it’s like doing the postal round in the Langdale Valley! The Outdoors Fix is a podcast produced and hosted by Liv Bolton @liv_outsideuk It is proudly supported by Ellis Brigham Mountain Sports – stores nationwide and online offering everything you need to equip you for the best outdoors experience. The post Laura Doling: Moving from Essex to be a postwoman in the Lake District appeared first on The Outdoors Fix.
44 min
Get Birding
Get Birding
Peanut & Crumb
Series 1: Episode 3 - Dr Amir Khan, Dr Jo Birch, Ian Jelley, Northern Flyway
This episode focuses on the powerful impact of birds on our mental health, particularly during lockdown.   With heartbreaking honesty, TV’s favourite GP Dr Amir Khan reveals how birds have helped him through the daily stress of working on the front line over the pandemic. Dr Amir explains the science behind nature’s effect on the chemicals in our brains; why he is starting to prescribe nature to his patients; and how birds are a quick fix for nature therapy.   Dr Amir joins a call to action for investment in urban green spaces, currently seen as a luxury, not a right, for the most socially deprived.   Mya-Rose talks to the University of Sheffield’s Dr Jo Birch about her research on the importance of accessible nature for the wellbeing of urban and BAME young people, whilst farmers in Warwickshire explain how a Wildlife Trust tree sparrow project has helped them deal with the isolation and pressures of their work.   Get Birding listeners tell emotional stories about birds helping them find solace through personal suffering over the past year.    Shetland based musicians Northern Flyway talk to nature beatboxer Jason Singh about their audio-visual work that explores the connection between people and birds, and Mya-Rose reveals her Bird To Watch over the next fortnight. Host: Dr Mya-Rose Craig Music Host: Jason Singh Guests: Dr Mya-Rose Craig, Dr Amir Khan, GP, Dr Daniel Cox, Uni of Exeter, Dr Jo Birch, Uni of Sheffield, Ian Jelley Warwickshire Wildlife Trust, Nicky Saunders, farmer in Warwckshire, Northern Flyway [Inge Thomson and Jenny Sturgeon] Producer: Tom Bonnett Executive Producers: Jane Gerber & Katie Derham Production Manager: Cara Ghoshal Production Assistant: Louis Facey   Sponsors: Severn Trent Water & Swarovski Optik Music from Awekids Collective - Dendroblum [Jason Singh] Pogington Bear [Chad Crouch] - Pink Gradient Chad Crouch - Marsh Wrens [Instrumental] Chad Crouch - Cove [Instrmental] Podington Bear - Moodswing Chad Crouch - Barefoot Chad Crouch - Negentropy Chad Crouch - Backwater Podington Bear - Jetsam Northern Flyway - Rosefinch, Gannets, Lost Lapwing, Curlew, Loch Carron Flame Field Recordings: Simon Northeast Genghis Attenborough Inchadney Juskiddink Podcast art by Make Productions Follow us: www.twitter.com/getbirdingpod www.facebook.com/getbirdingpod www.instagram.com/getbirdingpod    Find out more about the Warwickshire Wildlife Trust Tree Sparrow Project: https://www.warwickshirewildlifetrust.org.uk/working-farmers-and-landowners/arden-farm-wildlife-network   Find out more about Northern Flyway: https://www.facebook.com/northernflyway/   Discover Jason Singh's music at: http://jasonsinghthing.com/   Find out more about Severn Trent's biodiversity projects: https://www.stwater.co.uk/about-us/environment/biodiversity/ Severn Trent Water is committed to providing a secure supply of clean water across the Midlands. Looking after water means looking after the environment too. As a result, the organisation unveiled ambitious plans to improve biodiversity across the Midlands as part of its Big Green Nature Boost campaign, including reviving 12,000 acres of land (an area bigger than the size of Gloucester), planting 1.3 million trees and restoring 2000km of rivers across the Severn Trent region by 2027.    Find out more about Swarovski Optik: https://www.swarovskioptik.com/gb/en/birding Swarovski Optik, headquartered in Absam, Tyrol, is part of the Swarovski group of companies. Founded in 1949, the Austrian company specialises in the development and manufacturing of long-range optical instruments of the highest precision in the premium segment of the market. The binoculars, spotting scopes and optronic instruments are products of choice for demanding users. The company’s success is based on its innovative strength, the quality and intrinsic value of its products, and their functional and esthetic design. The appreciation of nature is an essential part of its company philosophy and is reflected commendably in its environment-friendly production and its long-term commitment to selected nature conservation projects. In January, Swarovski Optik announced Dr Mya-Rose Craig as a partner opinion leader for 2021; she will aim to inspire people from all backgrounds to learn more about the benefits of enjoying nature activities. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
57 min
The Casual Birder Podcast
The Casual Birder Podcast
Suzy Buttress
#89 Australian Birds - An Offbeat View with Evo Terra
Podcaster and author Evo Terra spent several years travelling and living in various countries. First becoming interested in the natural world as a child, he retains a sense of wonder when travelling to new locations. During his 9 months in Australia he wrote an article sharing his unique view of the birds he saw, entitled “Australian Birds for Dummies”. This episode Includes spoken excerpts from the article Read the full article here. It has been reproduced with Evo’s permission. Timestamps & Links: * 00:00:55 Opening * 00:01:45 Introduction * 00:02:35 Interview begins * * Evo Terra on Twitter * Podcast Pontifications * 00:29:05 Keep in Touch * * Casual Birder Weekly Newsletter Signup * Buy me a virtual coffee on Ko-Fi.com * Tell me about your bird sightings * 00:29:53 Wrap and Close Spoken excerpts from Evo’s article at: * 00:00:00 White ibis * 00:08:50 Australian Magpie * 00:11:55 Kookaburra * 00:30:26 Rainbow Lorikeet Evo’s article reproduced with kind permission here Australian Birds for Dummies Contact Evo here: Evo Terra on Twitter Podcast Pontifications The Casual Birder Podcast https://casualbirder.com/ Don't miss an episode - subscribe to the show (Subscribing is free) Thank you to Randy Braun for designing the artwork for the show. The theme music is Short Sleeved Shirt by The Drones. Thanks to them for letting me use it. Check out their website at www.dronesmusic.net
31 min
Tough Girl Podcast
Tough Girl Podcast
Sarah Williams
Helen Mort - Poet & Author - ‘Never Leave The Dog Behind’ who explores the relationship between people, dogs and the great outdoors.
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.”   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 * 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
48 min
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