These Adventure Queens are living breathing examples of individuals who have taken their first great leap into adventure and have come careering, most ungraciously, out the other side.
The Adventure Queens have courage, and bags of it. And we mean real courage. Not the pretend ‘everything’s okay’, ‘I’ve got this covered’, ‘look at me’ bravado. But raw, honest and beautifully authentic courage.
So take your time to peruse their profiles, listen to their interviews and immerse yourself in their journeys. If reading their story gets you all inspired – why not let them know directly that they’ve set your world alight. And if you’re thinking of taking that first leap, apply for the Adventure Queen Grant where we’re helping fund one woman’s VERY first adventure.
ELISE DOWNING: Ran 5,000 miles unsupported around the British coast
Anna McNuff caught up with Elise in March 2016 on the Coastal path in Wales. Listen to the interview, and you’ll learn just how much she loves cake, her secret for keeping going when you want to quit, and why an irrational fear of cows is proving an unexpected challenge.
LISTEN TO ELISE’S INTERVIEW (21 minutes):
Email Elise through: firstname.lastname@example.org
EMMA FRAMPTON: Hiked Slovenia and solo cycled Cuba
Emma (aka Framps) hadn’t travelled solo until May 2015, when she decided to bite the adventure bullet by planning a hiking trip to Slovenia and a month of cycling around Cuba. She affirms that adventure is about finding the location, duration and method of exploration that suits you best, and then taking the leap.
LISTEN TO EMMA’S INTERVIEW (20 minutes):
Email Emma through:email@example.com
LAURA MAISEY: Ran 1,249 miles home from Rome
Laura wasn’t really ‘down’ with exercise and she certainly wasn’t a runner. A couple of years ago, she couldn’t run more than 3km. But all that was about to change. A year later she had completed a 90 mile self supported run and last year, ran 1,249 miles from Rome back to her London Home. Running has become a catalyst for Laura to better understand her own mind, and to pursue other passions in life – like writing.
LISTEN TO LAURA’S INTERVIEW (27 minutes):
Laura also blogs for the Huffington Post
Email Laura through: firstname.lastname@example.org
SUSIE PIKE: Cycled 5,000 kms across Australia
Susie had always been a keen traveller, but never an adventurer. She wasn’t an athlete, didn’t own a bike and was petrified of wild camping alone. But an event in Japan changed her outlook . After experiencing the full force of the Fukushima nuclear disaster in 2011, she suffered PTSD and depression. It was a turn of events that taught her that life was to be lived. She gradually recovered, surrounded herself with good people, booked a ticket to Australia and set out to cycle 5,031 kms across it… solo.
LISTEN TO SUSIE’S INTERVIEW (20 minutes):
Email Susie through: Susannapike@hotmail.com