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75. Ed Ley-Wilson. Kayaking the Sea Roads
There’s more adventure in this podcast than most. Ed Ley-Wilson talks us through Running the great Wall of China; kayaking Patagonia; and the kayak journey along Scotland’s west coast that promoted his most recent book. Along the way we’ll take a dive into the ethics of fish farming.
Ed’s first book about running the Himalaya is called ‘The Himalayan Shuffle’ and you can find old copies on various websites.
Ed’s new book Kayaking the Sea Roads is out now: https://amzn.to/3HAOiHj
If you want to hear more about kayaking in Patagonia check out Episode 8 with Will Copestake > https://www.buzzsprout.com/954676/3255151
74. Ride to the Sun. Gary Cameron & Fraser Maxwell
Get your 2024 off to an exciting start by planning to cycle 100 miles this summer in Scotland's friendliest, free century ride.
Ride to the Sun is a (semi)-organised, summer solstice 100 mile ride through the night, from the English border city of Carlisle to the village of Cramond just north of Edinburgh in Scotland, aiming to arrive for sunrise around 4:20am.
We’ll hear from organisers Gary Cameron and Fraser Maxwell, plus learn how to organise the logistics of this point-to-point ride. I'll also try to understand why it appeals to a range of cyclists, whether they're tackling their first century or riding it as part of a 300 mile Audax.
I've been at this event three times and it gets better each year.
73. Joe French. Everest avalanche and a barefoot running recovery
This is a story of adventure on the highest of mountains, and also so much more. A young TV camera operator gets his first big break to film on Everest. He then has to come to terms with almost dying in an avalanche and the tragedy of losing friends in two of the biggest disasters ever to hit that mountain.
In this podcast we hear the story of Joe French's recovery from post traumatic stress, barefoot running through the forest above his home in the Scottish Highlands. It's a story he tells in vivid detail in his book Out of Mind.
Out of Mind by Joe French (Amazon affiliate link)
72. Calum Munro. Roam Scotland Rally.
The Roam Scotland Rally is an annual ride, devised by Calum Munro after he cycled the Torino Nice Rally. Each year it takes a different route and spoke to Calum part-way through the 2023 ride. The routes can be tackled at any time.
Roam Scotland Rally website
71. Jamie Aarons. Record breaking Munro round.
In the Spring of 2023 Jamie Aarons set a new record for a self-propelled round of The Munros, Scotland's 282 mountains over 3,000ft in elevation. Here she talks about her background, discovering hill-running, the community that helped her complete the challenge and the problems she overcame along the way.
Jamie's Just Giving page Jamie's Website
70. Lee Craigie. Other Ways To Win - pt 2
Part 2. Former British Mountain Bike champion, Active Nation Commission for Scotland, and now author of an excellent memoir (sort of memoir) Other Ways to Win we'll hear from the inspiring Lee Craigie. Lee and I take a short ride together, chatting about the book and some of its deeper themes. Lee reads passages from the book and these act as springboards for our conversation.
There are too many adventure stories for one podcast, so part two comes soon. I spoke to Lee about many of these adventures a couple of years ago, and that podcast will be re-released to tie into this publication.
There's also a video of part of our conversation - it's in a longer video telling the story of my own two-day cycle ride to visit her, called Other Ways to Lee.
Buy Other Ways To Win on Amazon.
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AAA gets to the point quickly. Simon understands motivation and benefits of staying fit. He challenges the listener with aspirational topics. His videos are terrific too
Really enjoying your podcast as I rehab from ACL replacement. Interesting guests and insightful interviews. I’d love a few more interviews with the old school UK climbers. Merci!