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Hey you… Join author, runner, broadcaster, and traveler Tony Fletcher on this show about positively engaging with the world outside our door.
Whether it’s to hike a local trail or climb a distant mountain, move to a new country or travel somewhere unusual, run a first 5k or tackle an ultra-marathon, One Step Beyond documents people who take a step outside their comfort zone to enrich their life. With interviews, features and field recordings.
Tony Fletcher is the British-born author of ten books, including best-selling biographies of Keith Moon, Wilson Pickett, R.E.M. and The Smiths. In 2016, he backpacked around the world with his wife and then 11-year old younger son. In 2019 he hosted and wrote “It's A Pixies Podcast." A keen runner, with dozens of road and trail marathons to his name, he lives in Kingston, New York.
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Hey you… Join author, runner, broadcaster, and traveler Tony Fletcher on this show about positively engaging with the world outside our door.
Whether it’s to hike a local trail or climb a distant mountain, move to a new country or travel somewhere unusual, run a first 5k or tackle an ultra-marathon, One Step Beyond documents people who take a step outside their comfort zone to enrich their life. With interviews, features and field recordings.
Tony Fletcher is the British-born author of ten books, including best-selling biographies of Keith Moon, Wilson Pickett, R.E.M. and The Smiths. In 2016, he backpacked around the world with his wife and then 11-year old younger son. In 2019 he hosted and wrote “It's A Pixies Podcast." A keen runner, with dozens of road and trail marathons to his name, he lives in Kingston, New York.
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    Ep. 25: The Anniversary Episode

    Ep. 25: The Anniversary Episode

    One Step Beyond is one year old, and to celebrate, we revisit some of our best episodes and catch up with the guests, each of whom was invited to answer four questions about how they coped with this past pandemic year and how they are staying optimistic and motivated moving forwards. A dozen of them responded, sending in their recorded replies from five different continents, and over the course of this episode, you’ll hear from authors, runners, painters, adventurers, film-makers, musicians, skiiers, medical volunteers, zen teachers, walkers, travelers, barefooters, minimalists, entrepreneurs, high school teachers, hikers, vegans and, above all, from people who have taken a step outside their comfort zones to enrich their lives. It's a feast of food for thought.
    Thank you to Tim Kelly, Paula Lucas, Ric Dragon, Navalayo Osembo, Bill Hoffman, Zuisei Goddard, Olie Hunter-Smart, Trevor Warman, Adam Fletcher, David Watts Barton and Julie McGuire for taking part in this special episode. Thanks to all the other guests from the past year, and to all of you, the listeners and supporters, for making this such a successful first 25 shows. This episode runs longer than usual, and it was later than usual in landing, but it’s hopefully worth the wait and should be worth its length, too.
    People, places and entities featured in this Episode:
    Arte Sumapaz
    Carla Rhodes article on the Greater Adjutant in the New York Times
    Enda Sportswear
    Mountain Dog Running
    Vanessa Zuisei Goddard
    Olie Hunter Smart
    The Nomadic Backpacker
    David Watts Barton
    Julie McGuire on Facebook

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    Ep. 24: Saharan Sundown

    Ep. 24: Saharan Sundown

    Following on from Episode 15.5, and the short story "You Don't Believe In God?" I return to our round the world backpacking trip from 2016 and pick up where that last short story left off... In Morocco, disembarking an all-night bus in Merzouga, on the edge of the Sahara.
    If you enjoy this story, and especially if you’d care to hear more like it, please do let me know via e-mail at Onestepbeyond@ijamming.net, where you can also subscribe to the newsletter.
     
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    Incidental music for the short story "Saharan Sundown":
    "Amazigh" "Sidi Rabi" and "Live Improv" by Brahim Frigbane
    "Marhaba" by Lahcen Akil
    "Ismar Kkis" and "Tighoufiwin" by Imdukal'N' El Hussain Safir
    All used under a Creative Commons License via the Free Music Archive
    Noel Fletcher's YouTube Vlog "Sahara Desert" from January 2016
    Noel Fletcher's Extended Placebo EP with artwork from Dar Tafouyte and the Sahara Desert of Erg Chebbi
    The Dar Tafouyte guesthouse in Takoujte, Merzouga.
    Also mentioned in this Episode:
    Greetings from Somewhere podcast
    Aleksander Doba obituary

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    • 38 min
    Ep. 23: The Backcountry Bug

    Ep. 23: The Backcountry Bug

    Three years ago, Julie McGuire, a High School English teacher in the South Bronx, came home from work eager to set off on another weekend in the Catskills, only to find her wife waiting to declare the end of their marriage. The sudden announcement threw Julie into a deep depression fueled by days full of self-loathing and nights full of NyQuil; she admits that she lost the will to live.
    Julie slowly regained her mojo by throwing herself into her love of backcountry skiing - hiking uphill, away from the resorts of the Catskill Mountains, and skiing her own routes back down. To better plan her winter Catskills descents off the beaten paths, she took to hiking the mountains out of ski season, and after completing the region's 35 peaks above 3500ft, plus the four mandated additional hikes in winter, she recently became – by pure coincidence – the 3500th member of the Catskill 3500 Club. She now routinely wears a ‘Queen of the Catskills’ t-shirt and posts colorful pictorial essays about her almost daily adventures hiking and skiing the back country, usually accompanied by a Double IPA (or two).
    In this interview, Julie and I talk openly about divorce, the outcome for 39% of American marriages, and the healing process that takes longer than expected. Julie walks me, an avid if amateur 'on-piste' skiier, through the attractions and technical aspects of backcountry skiing, explains why she endures the challenges of the mountains, and why she is hosting back country clinics limited to women and people of color. To try and match the giddy heights of Julie’s daily achievements, I recorded all my voice overs while hiking Blackhead Mountain in deep snow and ice as I close in on my own 3500 Club badge.
    Find Julie McGuire on Instagram
    and on Facebook
    The full Zoom interview on YouTube.
    Excerpts from Julie McGuire's essay on hiking the 3500s as a way out of divorce.
    The Catskill 3500 Club web site
    Ski Touring for Beginners in Ski magazine
    How to start Backcountry Skiing: A primer video from Mappy Hour.
    An introduction to splitboards.
    Catskill Outpost, for your very own Queen of the Catskills t-shirt.
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    • 54 min
    Ep. 22: Conquering the Unthinkable

    Ep. 22: Conquering the Unthinkable

    In 2009, in the first month of his first tour of Afghanistan with the British Army, James Rose had his legs blown off when he stepped on an IED. He barely survived with his life. Yet in 2019, he became the first double, above-the-knee amputee to climb Mount Kilimanjaro unaided.
    The decade in-between saw James struggle with PTSD, weight gain, alcohol and drug abuse… but also, the unending support of his now wife, who finally convinced him to try the sport of rowing. This inspired a turnaround in physical and mental health, which led in turn to winning medals for Team GB in the 2018 Sydney Invictus Games, in sitting volleyball and wheelchair basketball, and then that unprecedented ascent of the tallest free-standing mountain in the world – a climb James completed in the same number of days as it took me, your host, only a month beforehand.
    In a frank and free-wheeling interview, James shares his life story, talks frankly of the problems he faced after losing his legs, and offers motivation for those encountering similar seemingly insurmountable hurdles. He also talks of his ultimate goal: becoming the first double, above-the-knee amputee to climb Mount Everest.
    Also in this episode: more about Episode 20’s subject matter, Black Travel, and Episode 21’s focus on winter hiking.  
    James Rose on Instagram
    James in the media:
    James featured on ITV news
    James in the Daily Mirror
    James in Republic World
    On video:
    James Rose ascending Kilimanjaro by Zara Tours
    James Rose: A double amputee and his love of the mountains
    James Rose: No excuses
    Invictus Games
    Help for Heroes, the charity James supported on his climb up Kili.
    Been Around The Globe: Rooben Fils website
    Traveling While Black by Rooben Fils
    Authentic Travelers on Facebook
    The Hike Intel app on Apple
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    • 59 min
    Ep. 21: A Winter Day's Hike

    Ep. 21: A Winter Day's Hike

    I live at the gateway to New York’s Catskill Mountains, which I consider my playground. And I’m not the only one. In what seem to be record numbers right now, people run these mountains, they ski these mountains, they bike some of these mountains, they camp out in these mountains, they forage in these mountains, at times they are allowed to hunt in these mountains, but more than anything, they hike these mountains. And on a Sunday in late January, taking on Halcott Mountain for the first time as part of my very long-term plan to merit myself a badge, I did likewise.
    I didn’t achieve anything that nobody else has achieved, even that same day, I didn’t take anybody with me on the adventure for an interview, though I did meet a couple of nice Chris’s along the way. This is just a peaceful episode about a peaceful day out, a hopefully uplifting story to elevate your mood if you’re suffering from the northern hemisphere pandemic winter blues.
    Links from this episode:
    The route and elevation gain from my hike of Halcott Mountain, Jan 24 2021
    Catskills Trails Conditions on Facebook
    Catskill 3500 Club
    When In Spain podcast: Seville and slow, sustainable travel
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    Ep. 20: Black Travel Matters

    Ep. 20: Black Travel Matters

    Ashley Scott is a teacher in Atlanta, GA, who grew up believing that travel was not for people like himself. In his mid-30s, having still never been outside the USA, he established an educational travel program at his school, and began taking female students of color to countries where they could immerse themselves in local culture while having a safe and non-prejudiced experience. Some 40 countries and 5-600 students later, Ashley now also has his own travel company, Abiri Tours, "a Georgia-based travel company striving to make international travel more accessible and affordable for people of color."
    In the first half of this episode, Ashley talks about how and why he embarked on his travels, what his students gain from the experience, his favorite countries to take his female students of color, and why, in a country where barely 40% of the population own passports, black travel matters so much. In the second half, he is joined by three incredibly well-traveled former and current students - Nia, Deja, and Joi - who share their own anecdotes and opinions. They all agree that Guatemala should be top of anyone's destination list.
    This show was edited the day of the US Presidential Inauguration and is dedicated to Amanda Gorman, the 22-year old black female poet whose 'The Hill We Climb' spoke to the struggles and aspirations of an imperfect country that has nonetheless been pulled back from the brink. She serves as an emblem of the USA's potentially bright future, as do the young women on this episode. They also serve as proof of why travel is so important in creating well-rounded individuals - especially when that travel is conducted with a social conscience and an educational purpose.
    Links from this episode:
    Ashley Scott's travel company Abiri Tours. AbiriTours.com
    Ashley Scott's occasional podcast, Traveling Incognegro.
    Abiri Tours on Instagram.
    Info about the Henley Passport Index is here:
    Only 42% of Americans own passports here
    Info on San Pedro, Guatemala
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