CTA 029 - Ben Turner, Personal Trainer, Nutritionist and endurance athlete on becoming fit for life
The Call to Adventure Podcast
by George Beesley
1y ago
Ben Turner is a real-life man of the mountains. Since starting his outdoor career as a Physical Training Instructor in the Army, Ben’s been passionate about physical fitness and exploring the world’s extreme mountain environments. As well as winning international military competitions, he has led mountaineering expeditions in remote and dangerous places including South Africa and the Himalayas. Ben has also completed a series of impressive endurance challenges including a 3373-kilometer solo bikepacking trip around Iceland and 16 marathons in 16 days in all 16 National Parks in the UK. During ..read more
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CTA 028 - Dan Yates – white-water kayaker, environmental campaigner and co-founder of Save Our Rivers
The Call to Adventure Podcast
by George Beesley
1y ago
Dan Yates has been passionate about white-water kayaking for over 30 years. He’s travelled to some of the wildest and remotest landscapes on earth and has had some incredible adventures, including being lost on the Tibetan Plateau with no food or water! He has a boatload of first white-water descents under his belt and kayaking has taken him to some seriously epic places where no human has ever been before. During the last decade, he has become more focused on the environment and the need to protect these beautiful landscapes. A plan to dam and divert the Fairy Glen Gorge in Snowdonia led to h ..read more
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CTA 027 - Laura Owen Sanderson discusses combining her passions for wild swimming and environmental research
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by George Beesley
1y ago
Laura describes herself as a wild swimmer, ‘waterlogger’, adventurer, environmentalist, company director, artist and a mum – sounds like an awesome job description to us! She wasn’t always a passionate advocate of wild swimming though. In her previous life, she worked in a senior position in teacher training in Llandudno. It was a very busy and stressful career that eventually led to burn-out and Laura becoming extremely unwell with fibromyalgia, even needing a full blood transfusion at one point. To help relieve her stiff joints a doctor suggested taking cold baths, which didn’t really appe ..read more
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CTA 026 - Instructor, author and Search and Rescue expert Moose Mutlow talks about a career in the outdoors and the emotional impact of being a First Aid Responder
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by George Beesley
1y ago
From instructing, teaching, Search and Rescue to family liaison with a smattering of street entertaining along the way, Action Man Moose Mutlow has definitely been there and done that! Born in Birmingham, Moose spent some years living in Australia, South Africa and Europe before settling in the United States. Like many future adventurers most of his childhood was spent outdoors in nature exploring and building dens, but it was a trip to Scotland to take part in a survival course that changed the course of his life. Watching the instructors at work was a lightbulb moment as he realised he could ..read more
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CTA 025 - Nick Hounsfield, founder of The Wave, stroke survivor and Blue Health advocate
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by George Beesley
2y ago
Wavemaker’ Nick Hounsfield was introduced to surfing by his father in the 1970s and soon developed a passion for it. He started to see surfing as a tool for having conversations around wellbeing, which led to him founding The Wave – an inland surfing destination for people of all abilities and backgrounds. Nick’s idea was to create a space where people could connect with each other, themselves, and with nature. He champions ‘blue health’ – the physical and mental health benefits of being in and around water. The Wave opened in Bristol in 2019 using ground-breaking technology, and Nick is plan ..read more
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CTA 024 - Keen climbers Charlie and Dale from Climbingvan talk about living and travelling full time in Ringo, their self-built van
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by George Beesley
2y ago
Meet Charlie and Dale, founders of Climbingvan, currently travelling Europe and living full time in their self-built camper van. Fed up with living for evenings and weekends, Charlie and Dale gave up their secure 9-5 office jobs for a life on their road – working remotely from wherever their fancy takes them and waking up to gorgeous mountain views. They started building Ringo, their bright yellow Sprinter van, in January 2019, fully intending to go exploring when they were done. Ringo was finished in March 2020 – just before the first UK lockdown! Undeterred, Charlie and Dale turned their han ..read more
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CTA 007 - Kayaking the Amazon, Walking India, And Film Making With Olie Hunter Smart
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by George Beesley
2y ago
Today we’re chatting with one of my good mates in the adventure scene Olie Hunter Smart.  Olie’s most recent adventure involved him walking the length of India, which is over 4,000km by the way, retracing Ghandi’s steps, exploring the theme of India’s Road to Independence from Britain.  But he’s also travelled the length of the Amazon river, first trekking 400 miles through the Peruvian Andes before hopping in a Kayak for the next 3,600 miles finishing up at the Atlantic Ocean, becoming the first to complete the journey unsupported.  He’s also cycled JOGLE (John O Groats to Land ..read more
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Episode 12 - Jim Davidson (Speaking of Adventure) - Part 1
The Call to Adventure Podcast
by George Beesley
2y ago
In episode 12 we hear from climber, resilience expert, expedition leader, and adventurer Jim Davidson. Through years of experience Jim has undertaken some epic climbs including summiting Mount Everest, alongside many other notable peaks.  Jim specialises in the topic of resilience. He is now a professional speaker and distills the lessons he's learned over 20 years out on the mountain and makes them applicable to everyday life. In this episode he tells the story of losing his best friend in a climbing accident falling into an 80 foot crevasse and what he learned from it. We also cover wha ..read more
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CTA 023 - Adventurer, Conservationist and Regenerative Farmer Ness Knight Digs Deep into the Lessons She's Learned from Years of Exploration
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by George Beesley
2y ago
Long-term adventurer and explorer Ness Knight has not always called her West Yorkshire farm home. Ness has pioneered some of the world's toughest and most intriguing expeditions, such as her trip to the Essequibo River with the Wai Wai tribe and her adventure partners Pip Stewart and Laura Bingham. A quest which led them to discover much more than the previously unknown source of the river. Ness has also crossed the Namib Desert region solo, swum the length of the Thames and made a world-first descent of the third largest river in South America.  It isn't merely firsts and records Ness is ..read more
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CTA 022 - Climate Explorers - The Trio Taking on Eco-Adventures for the UK’s National Parks
The Call to Adventure Podcast
by George Beesley
2y ago
Join Isaac, Lukas and Alex as we discuss the biking adventure that took them from the Orkney Islands in Scotland down to the Isles of Scilly, fitting as many National Parks as they could in between and navigating the water crossings by water bikes. An adventure taken on by this bunch of eco-adventurers, and it must be said eco-optimists, who hoped to spend their trip shining a light on the issues currently facing the UK’s green spaces and what we can do to protect them for the sake of the planet and our own wellbeing.  The team dig into the people they interviewed en route, the most exci ..read more
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