15 episodes

Living Adventurously, with Alastair Humphreys, is the story of ordinary people choosing to live extraordinary lives.
Over the course of a month-long cycling journey, Alastair interviewed artists and chefs, students and pensioners, athletes and travellers. He wanted to discover what living adventurously means to different people, what universal obstacles stand in the way, and how each of these people took the first step to overcome them and begin their own fascinating journeys.

Living Adventurously Alastair Humphreys

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Living Adventurously, with Alastair Humphreys, is the story of ordinary people choosing to live extraordinary lives.
Over the course of a month-long cycling journey, Alastair interviewed artists and chefs, students and pensioners, athletes and travellers. He wanted to discover what living adventurously means to different people, what universal obstacles stand in the way, and how each of these people took the first step to overcome them and begin their own fascinating journeys.

    One Thing at a Time, as Beautiful as Possible - Living Adventurously 14

    One Thing at a Time, as Beautiful as Possible - Living Adventurously 14

    Thom Barnett runs Mamnick, a clothing brand passionate about cycling. The tagline is "one thing at a time, as beautiful as possible". I cajoled Thom out of bed at early o'clock and we cycled out of Sheffield together, nipping down the back alleys and cycle paths he knows so well.
    Over breakfast I asked the fine arts graduate about life as a fashion designer, loving what you do, and Thom's love for exploring the hills and lanes of the Peak District.

    • 25 min
    There is a Broken Connection Between Cities and Wildness - Living Adventurously 13

    There is a Broken Connection Between Cities and Wildness - Living Adventurously 13

    Professor Ian Rotherham is an expert on a range of environmental issues, including urban wildlife, extreme weather, flooding and climate change. He has published extensively in academic journals, and has released a number of books on UK wildlife and the environment. Ian is a man positively bursting with enthusiasm and knowledge and ideas.
    Ian poured forth a cheerful stream of lessons on the environment, eco-tourism and rewilding.
    We talked about the cultural severance between cities and wildness, and the reassuring dictum that you can change the world, a little bit at a time: perhaps by beginning with rewilding your back garden.

    • 37 min
    We Need to Reclaim Time to Think in Our Life if we are to Do Meaningful Things - Living Adventurously #12

    We Need to Reclaim Time to Think in Our Life if we are to Do Meaningful Things - Living Adventurously #12

    Sophie Stephenson was living the life she’d always wanted. She had a well-paid dream job in Australia, lived in a beautiful place and felt secure in the knowledge that this could go on, indefinitely. But she was, she realised, unfulfilled. She was not, it turned out, truly happy with this life at all.
    By chance Sophie came across a reference to Nancy Kline’s book Time to Think. She described a way of being with one another that is both incredibly simple, and incredibly rare. We don’t give ourselves, or others, the freedom to think without interruption, or judgment, or time limits, or an obsession with outcomes. We limit our thinking, our conversations, our relationships and our entire lives by confining our minds.
    Sophie began to question the life she had chosen. She began to ask what she really wanted, to explore the ‘authentic’ me, her instinctive mind, and gradually, she began to reclaim what really mattered. Sophie left corporate life, moved back to the UK, and met the man who is now her husband and father to her two children.
    We need to reclaim time to think in our life if we are to do meaningful things with our life.
    I was struck by how deeply Sophie listened and quickly figured me out. It was almost bizarre, in a nice way. I asked her how I could become a better listener, and how to ask better questions - both pretty crucial things for a novice podcaster to get to grips with...

    • 34 min
    On Sunday night I am excited to go back to work on Monday morning - Living Adventurously 11

    On Sunday night I am excited to go back to work on Monday morning - Living Adventurously 11

    Jon Barton is the founder of Vertebrate Publishing. It sits at the very heart of British adventure writing and outdoor sports. Jon says that "we publish books to inspire adventure. It’s our rule that the only books we publish are those that we’d want to read or use ourselves. We endeavour to bring you beautiful books that stand the test of time and that you’ll be proud to have on your bookshelf for years to come."
    I asked Jon about the lessons he's learned from starting a company, the discrepancy between male and female authors in the outdoor world, and his scorn for self-titled 'Adventurers' (like me) who spend a lot of time talking about themselves on the internet...

    • 43 min
    Don't stand on the edge of the diving board with your toes over the edge for hours - Living Adventurously #10

    Don't stand on the edge of the diving board with your toes over the edge for hours - Living Adventurously #10

    Tomo Thompson is Chief Executive of the charity Friends of the Peak District who work to safeguard the landscape of Britain’s first national park. Tomo is a retired Army Officer, with a recent background in business management consultancy. He also enjoys and instructs outdoor pursuits and is an encyclopaedia of knowledge about expeditions, equipment and fine places to unroll your bivvy bag for the night.
    I asked Tomo whether the word 'adventure' was inappropriate for a career in the military. One similarity in our lives was that military life gives you restlessness and an appetite for uncertainty. Now caring for one of the most beautiful corners of Yorkshire, Tomo believes that a small thing which greatly improves life is to go to the top of a hill, sit down, turn off the phone, accept what the weather's doing, and accept both how big and how small you are. Wise words indeed.

    • 32 min
    Living an Authentic Life is One Less Thing to Worry About

    Living an Authentic Life is One Less Thing to Worry About

    Louise McMahon is a climber, caver, diver, occasional photographer and a trans woman she/her. So says her Twitter bio, and I like the order she has chosen to list things in.
    Once Louise had unpicked and identified the problems she faced, the big change of committing to transition was a sudden release and huge relief. Committing was, in the end, easier than hiding. And none of the worries she had beforehand came to pass.
    I began this podcast to ask people about worlds that overlap with my own but are also very different. Louise's open, thoughtful explanations of realising that she was not living the life she wanted to lead - and then summoning the boldness to make a massive change - are the very epitome of what I wanted on this living adventurously podcast.

    • 29 min

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