The Tough Girl Podcast is all about inspiring and motivating YOU!
I will be interviewing inspirational women from around the world, who’ve faced and overcome difficult challenges and situations, they will share their story, their knowledge and provide advice and essential tips for you to overcome your own personal challenges.
Ellen “Magellan” Falterman - full-time professional voyager, currently on her biggest expedition to date: around the world by rowboat. No sail, no motor.
Ellen is a 27-year-old pilot, flight instructor, and adventure traveler, with a background in writing, acting, and modeling. She grew up on a farm in rural Texas. In her short adult life, she’s been on five expeditions by bicycle, paddle, and oars, both domestic and international. Those journeys add up to a total of 18 months and roughly 10,000 miles - nearly all of which were human-powered and half of which were solo.
In 2017, Ellen, then 22, completed a solo descent of the Missouri from Three Forks to St. Louis. Ellen had previously paddled a tributary of the Amazon and cycled from England to Greece. Ellen is the youngest person to solo paddle the Missouri River from Three Forks, Montana to St. Louis.
In September 2022, Ellen Falterman paddled her 18-foot Grumman canoe to her family's Trinity River home in East Texas, completing a full descent of the Mississippi River and then some.
Her motivation and mentor for these trips have always been her brother Patrick, who died suddenly in 2016. She dedicates all of her expeditions to him, and even when she’s traveling by herself, she never feels as if she’s traveling alone.
***This episode was recorded at the end of 2021 to be released in early 2022. Ellen lost her fiancé in 2022 so we decided to delay the release of the episode until now. Our hearts and hugs go out to Ellen.***
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Who is Ellen Her trail name Being based out of East Texas The big challenge - gong around the world by rowboat Being inspired by her brother Her family Wanting to make her own way in life Thinking of becoming an actor Losing her brother suddenly in September 2016 Starting to live life like there is no tomorrow Dealing with the dark and tragic situations that happens in life Going to Brazil with her brother in 2014 Talking about her grief Hitching around Brazil and making money while on the road Learning from her brother while travelling together Doing a river trip after he died Her first solo expedition on the Missouri River, the longest river in North America Planning verses going with the flow Daily life while on travelling on rivers River time and working with tides and rowing in open water Figuring out resupply and knowing what rations you have The lessons from her first solo expedition Why everyone should do a solo challenge at some point Dealing with loneliness Funding and paying for challenges Working as a flight instructor to self fund challenges Learning to fly and getting her pilot license at 17 Deciding to row the length of The Mississippi River How her expeditions have tied together Naming her boat after her grandma Gaining ocean rowing experience Doing a sea school course in the UK and gaining qualifications Handling concerns before the journey Creating a non-profit and how it works Documenting and sharing the challenge Working with UK non-profit IMMAs Keeping stuff in storage Creating a cozy cabin Wanting to be in Panama in 12 months Launching on September 4th 2022 Falling in love and the challenge of leaving Wanting to be the captain of her ship and being alone for the first year How you can support Ellen How to connect with Ellen on the socials Final words advice - The 3Ds - Desire, Decision, Details
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Josephine Collingwood - Middle-Aged Mother of Three. Former Mountain Rescuer, Wilderness Addict, Lover of Nature. Embracing Adventure, Inspiring Others, and Capturing Life's Beauty Through Photography.
Josephine in her own words:
“I’m a middle aged mother of three. Also, adventurer, rock climber, former Mountain Rescuer, wilderness addict, lover of Nature, doer. Oh, and professional author and award-winning photographer.
Many hats, but a common thread of being outdoors, helping people and sharing a love of wild places.
Having moved on from the confines of Mountain Rescue, I am on a journey with Mountain Training Association to get qualified so that I can introduce people, and especially women, to the indescribable benefits of outdoor adventure.
Too many women feel that it is beyond them. I want to show that it is not.
I love polar adventure and have been to Norway many times and skied across Svalbard on a 9 day expedition.
Mountains, moors, wilderness, old mines and rock faces all vie for my time so that it feels there is never enough!
My mantra is: “Do it now. Life is too short.”
I am not one for “ests” the longest/fastest/highest etc. To me, it is all about being there, in that moment.
My work as an author and publisher includes the Dartmoor Tors Compendium, the Official Visitor Guide to Dartmoor National Park and the Geology of Dartmoor. I also design unique infographics and poster art about Dartmoor in particular. My photography, when not illustrating books, is photographing architectural properties and interiors. Mainly though, photography is about showing how beautiful and amazing our world is.”
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Who is Josephine Wearing lots of hats Her love for going out and exploring and spending time in wilderness Studying geo-physics at university down in London Making the move to Devon Deciding to re-train in photography How her career focuses on photography, design and being outdoors Having 3 grown children Her love and passion for the outdoors Growing up in Acton, London Spending more and more time in Dartmoor Age 14, having the opportunity to do an outward bound course (3 week residential) Discovering different possibilities and wanting to live a life outdoors Meeting her husband at the Officer Training Core at University Making the decision to move to Devon to raise her family Asking herself the question - what does she really want to do Buying an old barn to renovate, while raising 3 children and going back to college for 3 years to study photography and media production Why we have to take a risk and make things happen Not doing any adventures for 20 years while raising the kids Starting to do more solo activities at 52 Booking to do a polar training course with Newland Expeditions Spending time walking on Dartmoor Losing her mum to Ovarian Cancer Skiing across Svalbard on a 9 day expedition (being the only woman and one of the oldest there) Camp life, dealing with Polar bears and why it’s so challenging Imposter Syndrome? Feeling like an explorer and an adventurer Cycling the Hebridean Way, Scotland 2022 Being inspired by watching the Reality TV Show Castaway (2000) Dealing with the tough days while on challenges Suffering from covid Challenges with mental health and seeking therapy Dealing with setbacks and failure Spending time in the Cairngorms, Scotland and going exploring Doing her Hill & Moorland Assessment Wanting to train for her Mountain Leader (ML) Award Her healing process and wanting to learn new skills Trying to identify what you want to be Doing what’s achievable first Signing up for the Rock Climbing Instructor Course in 2022 Wanting to share her love for the outdoors and encourage more people to spend time outsid
Fadeelah Kenny - Sharing More about Endurance Running, Motherhood, and Running Comrades Marathon 3x
In this episode of the Tough Girl Podcast, we dive into the incredible journey of Fadeelah Kenny, an endurance runner, cyclist, and hiker. Fadeelah, a hijabi woman, shares her inspiring story of becoming a mother and the challenges she faced along the way.
Fadeelah opens up about her experience as a late starter, having her baby at the age of 38. She candidly discusses the struggles she encountered in adjusting to motherhood and her battle with severe postpartum depression. Despite these obstacles, Fadeelah's determination shines through as she shares her story of recovery and resilience.
As an endurance runner, Fadeelah has completed several ultra marathons, including the renowned Comrades Marathon three times. She reflects on her running journey, from discovering her endurance capabilities to pushing herself in longer distances. Fadeelah recounts the mental challenges of running, emphasising the importance of a positive mindset and self-belief.
The conversation delves into Fadeelah's experience of running the Comrades Marathon, an 89-kilometre race that changes direction every year. She shares the mental and physical obstacles she faced during the race, including the last few kilometres where she needed to dig deep to finish with only minutes to spare.
Fadeelah also discusses her struggles with postpartum depression and anxiety, highlighting the importance of seeking support and opening up about one's struggles. She shares her desire to help others by sharing her own journey and offering advice to women facing similar challenges.
Don't miss this empowering episode filled with insights on endurance running, motherhood, and the strength of the human spirit.
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Who is Fadeelah Working as an electrical engineer while having a love for endurance running Having a new baby 14 months ago age 38 Her early years growing up in South Africa Her older sister Rogeema Kenny (who has also shared her story on the Tough Girl Podcast - 4th August 2023) Not enjoying athletics when she was younger as she wasn’t good at it Learning she had a little bit of endurance while running 1,500m at school Only been competitive with herself Starting running 13 years ago and why she prefers the longer distances How her running journey progressed and what that looked like Being asked to run a 5k race on National Women's Day in South Africa (9th August) Getting the bug for running and starting to enter more races Needing a running licence - through the Athletics Association South Africa Deciding to join a running club and meeting so many like minded people Signing up for longer and longer races Running Comrades Marathon 3x (89 km) Two Oceans Ultra Marathon Why it’s a mental challenge running longer distances Keep on running - don’t stop, even if you think you aren’t going to make the cut off How the Comrades Marathon changes direction every year Needing to convince herself that she could finish the race The importance of having a positive mindset and having belief in herself Needing to understand WHY she was running and WHY she was doing this race Dealing with the physical pain during the race Running with a pacer and not being able to keep up for the final few kms Being encouraged to keep on running by supporters Completing the race with 2mins to spare! Sharing more about motherhood and running Suffering from postpartum depressi
Majka Burhardt - Professional Climber, Mother of Twins and Author of “More: Life on the Edge of Adventure and Motherhood.
Majka Burhardt is a professional climber, certified climbing guide, conservation entrepreneur, author, and filmmaker; she is also the founder and executive director of the international conservation and development organization Legado and the author of More: Life on the Edge of Adventure and Motherhood, released in 2023.
Majka currently lives with her 7 year old twins and her husband, the internationally certified mountain guide Peter Doucette, in Jackson, New Hampshire.
About the Book: More: Life on the Edge of Adventure and Motherhood.
An intense and emotional epistolary memoir by one of the world's top ice climbers, born at the confluence of motherhood, adventure, career, and marriage.
As one of the world’s leading female professional rock and ice climbers, Burhardt and her husband led globe-trotting, adventure-seeking lives. When she learns that she’s pregnant—with twins—Burhardt at first tries to justify her insistence on pursuing extreme risk in the face of responsibility. But she is ultimately forced to grieve the avalanche of emotions that accompanies any major life transitions along with the physical changes in her own body.
Based on the letters and journals Burhardt diligently kept over the course of those six years, More takes the reader on an around-the-world journey as Burhardt explores the transformative, identity-shifting experience of motherhood and its irreversible impact on career, identity, marriage, and self.
In the early weeks of her children's lives, Burhardt immerses herself in adoration for her twins and grappling with the tremendous guilt and struggle around having to return to risk-laden work and that ever elusive balance mothers everywhere seek amidst it all.
As the newness of her twins fades into a permanent reality, Burhardt turns her attention towards her marriage and the collateral damage as she and her husband, Peter, struggle to navigate their new normal. As anger and resentment threaten the foundation of her family, Burhardt courageously looks to her past—and her own mother's tumultuous and confusing history of success, violence, and ragged divorce—to better understand her own way forward. How will she break free from the legacy of her own childhood to start fresh with her own family?
Raw, candid, and galvanizing, More is a passionate and poignant testament to the enduring power of love and our lifelong journey to understand ourselves as we strive to always pursue more.
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Who is Majka Living in Jackson, New Hampshire Her early years growing up Being very sporty and adventurous The toughen up Majka campaign Doing a 45 day canoe expedition in the Arctic Her love for being on trail Mentors and role models Kitty Calhoun - Alpinist & Activist Lynn Hill Getting into climbing at at 15/16 years old and how it started gradually Taking a year off from college to climb full time Feeling drawn to ice climbing Wanting to make climbing her job Writing for climbing magazines to make money and to combine her passions Climbing in Ethiopia, Africa Climbing a first ascent - The Sandstone Towers of Tigray, in northern Ethiopia. Book: Vertical Ethiopia published by Shama Publishing, an Ethiopian Publisher. Legado Brining in scientists to climb around the vertical granite terrain on Mount Namuli in Mozambique Shifting the focus of Legado from being a conservation organisation to one that activates climate justice with indigenous people and local communities throughout the world Working in Mozambique, Kenya and Peru to hel
Lucy Coppack - Getting outside to raise awareness for Breast Cancer. Taking on the Peak District 88 Trig Point Challenge.
In this episode of the Tough Girl Podcast, I speak with Lucy Coppack, a finance manager by day and an outdoors enthusiast by weekend.
Lucy shares her love for the hills, her experiences as a female in the outdoors industry, and her personal challenges including the loss of her mother to breast cancer.
Lucy talks about her decision to raise money for the East Cheshire Hospice by completing the Peak District 88 Trig Point Challenge, and how the outdoors helps her process her emotions and grief. She also shares advice and tips for girls who want to spend more time in the outdoors.
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Who is Lucy Living in Macclesfield, just outside the Peak District, UK Working as a finance manager during the day Her love for the outdoors, the hills and living van life during the weekends Her early years growing up and spending loads of time outdoors Being into climbing, biking and hiking Her teenage years and spending time in Guides and Explorers Cheshire Hike Duke of Edinburgh Award Being the only girl Starting to see more women in the outdoors Female instructors and leaders Studying Adventure Sports at Reaseheath College Getting other basic qualifications for use in the outdoors Struggling after leaving college to find work PGL Summer Camps Doing ski seasons for 3 years Teaching herself how to snowboard Working long shifts, but having the best time of her life Working her summer seasons in Cornwall, UK Wanting a bit more of a normal job Losing her mum at 3 years old to breast cancer Deciding to raise money for Wanting to do a local challenge to raise money and awareness for East Cheshire Hospice Deciding to do the 'Peak District Trig Point Challenge’ Wanting to complete the challenge in 88 days Dislocating her knee and needing to go to hospital The outdoors and how it helps with her mental health Being a mental health first aider Using hiking to help process her emotions and feeling of grief over losing her mum Van life and the realities Pooing and peeing Wanting to hike all 214 Wainwrights Becoming a Boobette with Coppafeel The importance of checking your boobs on a regular basis The BRCA Gene - BReast CAncer Starting to get breast screening at 25 years old Coming to terms with her risks of getting breast cancer Thinking about doing her Mountain Leader Qualification Thoughts on working full time in the outdoors industry full time Wanting to work with outdoor brands as an ambassador/influencer Thinking about the financial side of working in the outdoor industry Advice and tips for girls who want to spend time in the outdoors Starting with local walks to build up your confidence App: All Trails OS Maps Check out FB Groups, Meet ups and connect with people on Instagram How to connect with Lucy online Nicky - IG @nicky.walks Anna Blackwell - @annablackwell
Just Giving: www.justgiving.com/fundraising/lucy-coppack1
Sarah Williams - Planning and Preparation for thru hiking the 3,000 km Te Araroa Trail, New Zealand. #ChallengeWithZOLEO
Today, I'm excited to share a behind-the-scenes look at the planning and preparation for my upcoming adventure on the 3,000km Te Araroa Trail in New Zealand. I recorded this episode, hours before I headed down to London to catch my flight to first Korea and then on to Aukland, New Zealand.
In this podcast, I'll take you through the meticulous planning and preparation that goes into making these epic adventures come to life. From the nitty-gritty details on my to-do list to managing setbacks and equipment challenges.
I share the story behind my sponsorship with ZOLEO and the invaluable benefits I've gained from their products. I'll also break down my approach to planning big adventures. Starting by dividing it down into the mental, physical, logistical, and practical aspects, offering insights that hopefully will add value as you plan your adventures.
Throughout this episode, I'll candidly share the intricacies and hurdles I've encountered and why I take full responsibly for all my decision, even when those decision put me under huge amounts of pressure/stress to deliver.
So, if you're curious about what goes into planning an adventure as massive as the Te Araroa Trail while running a business and keeping that business going while travelling. Then this podcast is a must-listen!
Join me on my journey as I navigate the world of planning, preparation, and ultimately, adventure.
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A massive thank you to ZOLEO for sponsoring the challenge #ChallengeWithZOLEO
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Planning and preparation episode for the Te Araroa hike 10.50pm the day before heading down to London Setting the scene - Working from my bed ‘aka my office’ Why I’m not complaining - I’m just sharing the challenges and loving my life Blessed, lucky and very privileged 9th year of the Tough Girl Podcast in 2025 Why I’m grateful and full of gratitude - This is what I dreamed about Do I complain all the time? Vlog 5/17 Camino Frances Sharing the realities of what it is like while on challenges Why can I do so many challenges in a year? Planing, planning, planning and more planning Pitching for work in 2024/2025 Having to look far ahead Planning to go to New Zealand since April/May time Future adventures and challenges need to be planned quite far in advance The work that goes on behind the scenes Working super far ahead to ensure Tough Girl Podcast episodes go live every week Being home in March and then away on the 1st April National Outdoor Expo 23rd - 24th March Me putting pressure on myself These are my choices Wanting to walk the main 7 camino’s by the end of 2025 Doing the Camino Primitivo as a training hike Total Stats from the hike I should have worked out the average time on feet Planning to do list and using my apple notes while hiking Very specific to do list and really breaking it down into small manageable points Trying to reduce the overwhelm Setbacks and challenges over the past 23 days Having a detailed daily plan of what needs to be done e.g. 4 days to edit 16 days worth of vlogs into 7 vlogs and for them to be uploaded to Youtube. Broken laptop and needing to send it off to be repaired - there were tears Editing and getting caught up with the vlogs Getting my laptop back up and running and setting everything up again from scrat
My motivation to go running
Love this podcast!
I always listen to this when I’m struggling
Always come away feeling positive from listening to this podcast and being kinder to myself. It washes away any of my own and other peoples negative comments from my head.
Listing to these women’s incredible journeys and their profound, powerful emotional experiences helps me find purpose, and reflect upon my own life and gives strength keep a positive mindset through difficult times and set my own mini challenges.
Sarah the interviewer positive, inspirational voice pop into my head “you can do this”, “you are capable”, “you can handle what life throws at you” sometimes when I do my little challenges which is so motivating.
Excellent early episodes Season 1&2 e.g., Rosie Swale-Pope
Love these eps!