The Podcast

The Podcast features conversations with various inspirational people from a whole range of different backgrounds and experiences; discussing the importance of getting outside to explore the wild world we live in.

Episode 8

In Conversation With… Tristan Gooley

The BBC describes him as “The Sherlock Holmes of Nature” and it’s understandable why.

Author of 6 fascinating books about natural navigation, Tristan Gooley (AKA The Natural Navigator) joins James for a chat about reading those subtle signs in nature and being able to identify what it’s trying to tell us about our surrounding environment, predators and impending weather. We also touch upon the fascinating world of human evolution and nature vs nurture.

Don’t forget, you can also find this on our YouTube channel

To find out more about Tristan, his books and his courses, have a look at his website, The Natural Navigator

Episode 7

In Conversation With… Hollie Ivy Community Campfire member and founder of Holls and Valleys, Hollie Ivy, comes back for more and tells us more about her life growing up in Alaska, moving to Scotland and shares her deep passion for everything outdoors – covering topics such as mental health, lockdown, home schooling and solo adventuring as a woman. Fuelled by a few beers, we certainly had some laughs along the way too.

You can read the article Hollie wrote for us over here.

Don’t forget, this conversation is also available as a video on our YouTube channel.

It should also be noted that Hollie was the person who suggested we start a Podcast, so you can blame/thank her for that!

Episode 6

In Conversation With… Mark Davey

In this episode I chat to the CEO of the Youth Adventure Trust, Mark Davey, about all the incredible work they do, some of his own experiences and how we can all help The Youth Adventure Trust create unforgettable experiences for young people – using the great outdoors to help young people fulfil their potential and lead positive lives in the future.

For more information please go to: The Youth Adventure Trust


In Conversation With… Paul Kirtley.

In this episode I chat to Paul Kirtley – the incredibly knowledgeable bushcraft expert, instructor, guide, author and creator of Frontier Bushcraft.

As well as getting to know Paul a little better, we discuss the importance of getting outside, managing a business and life based around the great outdoors, the impact of social media and how it can be a useful tool for encouraging others to get outside and engage with the natural world around them. 

You can also find Paul over here:  

Paul Kirtley Blog / Frontier Bushcraft / Paul Kirtley YouTube Channel

Episode 4

A little bit about the Community Campfire.

I thought I’d tell you a little bit about the Community Campfire. Simple as that!

Episode 3

In Conversation With… Sean ‘Shug’ Emery.

I was lucky enough to speak to Sean Emery (possibly the nicest man ever and my new best friend) in what feels, at times, like a very candid and personal conversation. Almost a therapy session for all involved – this is a long one but totally worth the listen.

I chat with Sean (known as Shug to most) about life outdoors – but we also touch on: being a clown, prison, chocolate bars, faith, spirituality, alcoholism, introverts and extroverts, UFOs, Big Foot and so so so much more. You can catch Shug over on YouTube – just search Shug Emery, you will not be disappointed.

Music featured: John Hardy performed by Sean Emery, Laura Walker and company


A little bit about

I thought I should tell you about the origins of and how getting outdoors helped me. Walk with me and listen to me ramble on:

(due to having to adjust the levels, it’s a little ‘buzzy’ (I’m still learning) just turn it down on your device)

Episode 1

In Conversation With… Benedict Allen

Author, explorer, environmentalist, film-maker, international motivational speaker.
Benedict Allen is the only person known to have crossed the Amazon Basin at its widest and his catalogue of adventures also include the first documented journey of the length of the Namib Desert and being the only person known to have crossed the full width of the Gobi with camels alone. Arguably no one alive has lived so long isolated and alone in so many potentially hostile remote environments

You can also read the accompanying article here

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