The Community Campfire

A very warm welcome to the Community Campfire.

At Intothesticks.life we have one simple mission: to encourage others to get outside and engage with the wild world around them.

The Community Campfire is an opportunity for you to get involved and help us fulfil our mission. This is a space dedicated entirely to you. It’s where you can share some stories, tips, skills, recipes and experiences. It is the digital version of sitting around a campfire and talking about your passions.

So let’s hear some campfire stories…

Special Feature

In Conversation With…Paul Kirtley

James from intothesticks.life talks with the brilliant bushcraft expert and founder of Frontier Bushcraft, Paul Kirtley about the importance of getting outside, running a business and life based around the great outdoors and so much more!

Special Feature

In Conversation With… Sean ‘Shug’ Emery

James from intothesticks.life has a conversation with backpacker, YouTuber, hammock lover and ex-Ringling Brothers clown, Sean Emery, know as Shug to many and loved by all. They talk about getting outdoors, backpacking, the magic of the woodlands, being introverts, spirituality, UFOs, Big Foot, prison and more…

Steve Upton

A journey to a positive life

The Co-Creator of The Green Prescriptions Podcast and advocate for positive mental health, Steve Upton, shares a bit of a personal insight with us here, giving us an introduction to his internal struggles as he overcomes his fears and takes his first steps along his ‘journey to a positive life’.

For anybody living with anxiety, low-self esteem or any other internal battle, this is for you.

Thanks Steve.

Special Feature

In conversation with…Benedict Allen

James from intothesticks.life has a conversation with explorer, author, film-maker and motivational speaker Benedict Allen about the importance of getting outside to explore and engage with a world that is so close to destruction.

Adam Chambers

Catch your breath… then try and try again

Adam takes us into the exciting but often ‘sketchy’ world of climbing.

In a world where there is so much pressure to ‘go hard or go home’ we need more people like Adam to tell us it’s OK to start at the bottom and learn the ropes first.

Sometimes you just need to take five minutes to catch your breath… then try and try again.

Sophie Green

The Art of Conservation

Helping to protect the natural world one brushstroke at a time – that’s the Art of Conservation!

The incredibly talented Sophie Green tells us about her life as an award winning wildlife and conservation artist.

Sophie is a member of ‘Artists for Conservation’ and a record breaking fundraiser for ‘Explorers Against Extinction’.

Kirsty Hill

Hollie Ivy

Ending the day on a high

The awesome Alaskan-native residing in Scotland and self confessed mountain addict Hollie gives us an insight on her life and a very touching and inspiring view on climbing mountains – both metaphorically and literally.

Dave Roberts

On the Heart of Wales Line Trail

YouTuber, wild camper, adventure taking all round entertaining and nice guy Dave tells us about himself and shares an epic journey he took on the Heart of Wales Line Trail.

Hush Hush Glamping

Spectacular Staycations at Hush Hush Glamping

Featured in The Daily Mail as one of the 5 best farm stay holidays across the UK and The Telegraph as one of the 10 best back-to-nature UK breaks, Hush Hush Glamping provides an ideal setting for that much-needed digital detox.

Charlotte Varela

A Dawn Chorus

‘A nature-loving, book-hoarding writer with a passion for wildlife photography.’

Like so many of her articles in her wide catalogue of work, ‘A Dawn Chorus’ is so poetically written and expresses Charlotte’s experience and emotions beautifully.

Gavin Riggall

Campfire Fish & Chips

We all love some campfire cuisine, don’t we?

Well, Gavin Riggall, the man behind ‘Barney’s Bimbles & Adventures’ is here to take you through his method for making the best campfire fish and chips!

Carving A Kuksa

As if cooking the best campfire fish and chips isn’t enough, the brilliant Gavin Riggall returns to walk you through his attempt at carving a kuksa – a traditional Scandinavian drinking cup.

Mel Preston

Downhill From Here

‘Everything begins with a bit of inspiration’

Our friend Mel Preston talks about her epic passion of downhill mountain biking.

You can join us around the Community Campfire and help us to encourage others to get outside by contacting us below.

Your story might be the one that inspires somebody to get their boots on and venture into the wild world.