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Summit to Talk About

Summit to Talk About is your one stop UK based podcast for all things hiking, walking, trekking, wild camping, hills, mountains and the great outdoors!

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Mike Margeson OBE - Mountain Rescue England & Wales
With over 40 years experience in Mountain Rescue, there's not a lot Mike Margeson hasn't seen with over 1000 rescues under his belt. He is a member of the Duddon and Furness Mountain Rescue Team (MRT) in the Lake District and is also the Operations Director for Mountain Rescue England & Wales - the umbrella body who oversee the 49 volunteer MRT's and 8 regional bodies across England and Wales. Mike has worked in the outdoors most of his life and is also a winter mountaineering and climbing instructor. With his many years of service to mountain rescue, Mike has also been awarded an OBE for his work.In this episode, Mike tells us what it takes to become a MRT member, the sacrifices and dedication the volunteers make 365 days a year in all weathers and the types of call outs they attend. He also gives his top tips for staying safe in the outdoors.MRT's are volunteers and we never know when we;ll need them. If you can, please donate to your local MRT to help them help us.You can find out more about our MRT's HEREStay safe in the outdoors - #BeAdventureSmart by clicking HERE I would like to give special thanks to the following teams for use of their images on the Summit to Talk About platforms -Mountain Rescue England & WalesUpper Wharfedale Fell Rescue AssociationLangdale Ambleside MRTNorthumberland National Park MRTWasdale MRTIf you would like to support the podcast, please follow the link where you can choose from 3 supporters tiers and get your hands on cool Summit to Talk About stickers, badges or 'Summit Else' stickers and bonus content as well as access to the supporters only Facebook group. Every penny from supporters goes towards producing the podcast and enables me to continue to bring great content.You can also follow the podcast and associated pages such as the Summit to Talk About community and all my social media links HERESummit to Talk About is brought to you in association with Hiiker. Hiiker is the best app for planning your hiking adventures with thousands of trails mapped out and packed with information for your hike. The app is free to download! To unlock all of the extra cool features, treat yourself to Hiiker PRO! Click HEREClick HERE for all Summit to Talk About pages and the HERE for the Hiiker app.Remember to leave 5 STAR review and share the podcast with your friends and family. If you have Summit to Talk About or know someone who does and would be a great guest, please get in touch - podcast@summittotalkabout.uk 
69:13 21/11/22
Lisa Outdoors - Finding the work life balance
Lisa grew up with the Yorkshire Moors on her doorstep. She spent a lot of time in the outdoors and loved visiting family in Cumbria too, She got a taste for camping as she rose through the ranks of Brownies and Guides before heading off to University.A few years later, living in the south and realising that she was surrounded by people living to work she had a change of heart and wanted to travel and have more adventure in her life. Lisa went through a break up with her partner and decided this was it. She went to Cornwall in pursuit of becoming an outdoors instructor. But, Lisa missed the mountains and moved back up north where she is today - intentionally unemployed as she takes stock of her options and enjoys the freedom of being in the outdoors as much as she can through hiking and wild swimming.You can follow Lisa here -Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/lisa.outdoors/Blog: https://lisaoutdoors.co.uk/If you would like to support the podcast, please follow the link where you can choose from 3 supporters tiers and get your hands on cool Summit to Talk About stickers, badges or 'Summit Else' stickers and bonus content as well as access to the supporters only Facebook group. Every penny from supporters goes towards producing the podcast and enables me to continue to bring great content.You can also follow the podcast and associated pages such as the Summit to Talk About community and all my social media links HERESummit to Talk About is brought to you in association with Hiiker. Hiiker is the best app for planning your hiking adventures with thousands of trails mapped out and packed with information for your hike. The app is free to download! To unlock all of the extra cool features, treat yourself to Hiiker PRO! Click HEREClick HERE for all Summit to Talk About pages and the HERE for the Hiiker app.Remember to leave 5 STAR review and share the podcast with your friends and family. If you have Summit to Talk About or know someone who does and would be a great guest, please get in touch - podcast@summittotalkabout.uk 
64:00 07/11/22
Damon.A.Cole - Hike yourself positive
Damon found himself without a job, going through a difficult relationship break up and homeless all in a short space of time. He had hit rock bottom and could see no way out. He had to re-frame his thinking and get out of the dark place he's found himself in. When you're living out of your car and showering at the gym there's only one thing for it - make it a car camping adventure! That's what Damon did and spent his free time hiking and clearing his head until he managed to get back on track. Damon has a very positive outlook on life and the everyday struggles we all face. Listen out for some of his great motivational advice as he shares his story.In this episode Damon refers to the following books - First Rate Madness - Uncovering the Links Between Leadership and Mental Illness by Nassir Ghaemi 7 Habits of High Effective People by Stephen CoveyThe Power of Now by Eckhart TolleYou can follow Damon in Instagram - @damon.a.coleIf you would like to support the podcast, please follow the link where you can choose from 3 supporters tiers and get your hands on cool Summit to Talk About stickers, badges or 'Summit Else' stickers and bonus content as well as access to the supporters only Facebook group. Every penny from supporters goes towards producing the podcast and enables me to continue to bring great content.You can also follow the podcast and associated pages such as the Summit to Talk About community and all my social media links HERESummit to Talk About is brought to you in association with Hiiker. Hiiker is the best app for planning your hiking adventures with thousands of trails mapped out and packed with information for your hike. The app is free to download! To unlock all of the extra cool features, treat yourself to Hiiker PRO! Click HEREClick HERE for all Summit to Talk About pages and the HERE for the Hiiker app.Remember to leave 5 STAR review and share the podcast with your friends and family. If you have Summit to Talk About or know someone who does and would be a great guest, please get in touch - podcast@summittotalkabout.uk 
66:57 23/10/22
Matt Le Voi - Lakeland Mountain Guides & Mountain fitness
Matt Le Voi moved to Cumbria and set up his business Lakeland Mountain Guides, guiding people in the mountains to help them get outdoors. His passion for helping others didn't stop there and he also became a personal training, focusing on mountain fitness!Matt's own fitness has been stretched, especially this year having set himself some tough challenges in the great outdoors. Challenges of endurance and mental strength. Listen as Matt tells me what he's been up to and why. If you're thinking of getting into hiking  but you're worried about your own fitness or abilities, Matt can help - listen out for this top tips to kick starting your own mountain fitness!If you would like to support the podcast, please follow the link where you can choose from 3 supporters tiers and get your hands on cool Summit to Talk About stickers, badges or 'Summit Else' stickers and bonus content as well as access to the supporters only Facebook group. Every penny from supporters goes towards producing the podcast and enables me to continue to bring great content.You can also follow the podcast and associated pages such as the Summit to Talk About community and all my social media links HERESummit to Talk About is brought to you in association with Hiiker. Hiiker is the best app for planning your hiking adventures with thousands of trails mapped out and packed with information for your hike. The app is free to download! To unlock all of the extra cool features, treat yourself to Hiiker PRO! Click HEREClick HERE for all Summit to Talk About pages and the HERE for the Hiiker app.Remember to leave 5 STAR review and share the podcast with your friends and family. If you have Summit to Talk About or know someone who does and would be a great guest, please get in touch podcast@summittotalkabout.uk 
59:47 02/10/22
Wild Camping FAQ's
If you're thinking of getting out on your first wild camp or even if you've been wild camping for a while, you've probably asked these questions!I am joined again by Dan Jones from @wildcamping.lifeuk with his expansive knowledge of wild camping and we tackle some of the most frequently asked questions when it comes to wild camping.It's my first time. Where should I go wild camping?Is wild camping illegal?What is the best tent for £100?What is the best budget winter sleep setup?What food can I eat on a wild camp?What type of stove should I use?How do I go to the toilet?Let's dive in together and unravel those niggling questions so you can get out and enjoy a wild camping adventure!If you would like to support the podcast, please follow the link where you can choose from 3 supporters tiers and get your hands on cool Summit to Talk About stickers, badges or 'Summit Else' stickers and bonus content as well as access to the supporters only Facebook group. Every penny from supporters goes towards producing the podcast and enables me to continue to bring great content.This week Ben Tench (@bentench_7780 on instagram) became a supporter. In October, Ben is taking on 7 marathons in 7 days but they're no ordinary marathons - he'll be carrying an 80lb bergen whilst sumitting Ben Nevis, Scafell Pike, Snowdon, Cadair Idris, The Yorkshire 3 peaks, Pen y Fan and the Shropshire hills all for injured veterans and their families through a few different charities. If you can spare some money for this great cause please CLICK HERE to support Ben on this epic challenge!You can also follow the podcast and associated pages such as the Summit to Talk About community and all my social media links HERESummit to Talk About is brought to you in association with Hiiker. Hiiker is the best app for planning your long distance hiking adventures with over 12000 trails mapped out and packed with information for your hike. The app is free to download! To unlock all of the extra cool features, treat yourself to Hiiker PRO! Click HEREClick HERE for all Summit to Talk About pages and the HERE for the Hiiker app.Remember to leave 5 STAR review and share the podcast with your friends and family. If you have Summit to Talk About or know someone who does and would be a great guest, please get in touch podcast@summittotalkabout.uk 
69:05 19/09/22
Alex Foxfield - The Alps are calling
Alex grew up in Cumbria. He left school and moved to Birmingham to attend university before moving to London to become a teacher. In the metropolis of the capital, he fell in love with the outdoors and began to wonder of far away adventurous places and soon found himself frequenting the Alps! This had planted a seed for Alex and he returned on many occasions to be amongst the alpine landscapes.Alex joined the London Mountaineering club and is now the newly appointed president. We chat about the club and the sort of things you can expect from being a member. Alex is now a writer after leaving teaching behind and specialises in the outdoors. He has also recently become a father and we chat about this and the impact it has (or doesn't have) on getting out on adventures.If you would like to support the podcast, please follow the link where you can choose from 3 supporters tiers and get your hands on cool Summit to Talk About stickers, badges or 'Summit Else' stickers and bonus content as well as access to the supporters only Facebook group. Every penny from supporters goes towards producing the podcast and enables me to continue to bring great content. You can also follow the podcast and associated pages such as the Summit to Talk About community and all my social media links HERESummit to Talk About is brought to you in association with Hiiker. Hiiker is the best app for planning your long distance hiking adventures with over 12000 trails mapped out and packed with information for your hike. The app is free to download! To unlock all of the extra cool features, treat yourself to Hiiker PRO! Get on it now as they're currently running their Autumn sale and you could save up to 20%!!! Click HEREClick HERE for all Summit to Talk About pages and the HERE for the Hiiker app.Remember to leave 5 STAR review and share the podcast with your friends and family. If you have Summit to Talk About or know someone who does and would be a great guest, please get in touch podcast@summittotalkabout.uk 
68:05 04/09/22
The Pennine Way - Forty years Sixteen days
In 1979 Chris Priest and Duncan Say were just youngsters with an ambitious idea to hike the Pennine Way. A practice hike over two days soon made them realise this wasn't a walk in the park and shouldn't be attempted with their 40lb packs! They had made all the necessary plans including coloring in their printed out maps and they set off through the peat bogs on their 268 mile adventure.Fast forward to 2019, forty years later. Still good friends and hiking buddies, Chris hatched a plan to do it all again. Although reluctant, Duncan is a loyal friend and the Pennine Way was once more. They spent 16 days reliving their youth and making new memories along the way. Memories they have recorded in their book 'Forty years Sixteen days'.We chat about the PW and all that has changed over the years including the terrain, the paths and their own perceptions. You can order your very own copy of 'Forty years Sixteen days' HEREIf you would like to support the podcast, please follow the link where you can join the Facebook community and 'Buy me a coffee' - a small donation goes a long way to help with the overheads of running the podcast.You can also follow the podcast and associated pages such as the Summit to Talk About community and all my social media links!Summit to Talk About is brought to you in association with Hiiker. Hiiker is the best app for planning your long distance hiking adventures with over 12000 trails mapped out and packed with information for your hike. The app is free to download! To unlock all of the extra cool features, treat yourself to Hiiker PRO!Click HERE for all Summit to Talk About pages and the HERE for the Hiiker app.Remember to leave 5 STAR review :) 
78:40 21/08/22
Louisa Rodriguez - It's quicker coming down on your bum!
Louisa has a great energy about her and that kind of trait will serve her well when she becomes a Mountain Leader. Louisa reevaluated her life in the city and relocated to Cumbria to be where she felt at her best, near the mountains and lakes of The Lake District. This has enabled her to live a more outdoorsy lifestyle and pursue her goal of becoming a Mountain Leader. Living in Cumbria has also got her baking!In this episode we chat about the ML training, getting lost and the importance of good navigation skills, running the West Highland Way and how descending a mountain on your bum is quicker and easier but not the done thing!You can check out Louisa on instagram @louisa.rodriguez and book your tickets to 'Poetry by the water' at https://vereybooks.co.uk/whats-on/If you would like to support the podcast, please follow the link at the bottom where you can join the Facebook community and 'Buy me a coffee' - a small donation goes a long way to help with the overheads of running the podcast.You can also follow the podcast and associated pages such as the Summit to Talk About community and all my social media links!Summit to Talk About is brought to you in association with Hiiker. Hiiker is the best app for planning your long distance hiking adventures with over 12000 trails mapped out and packed with information for your hike. The app is free to download! To unlock all of the extra cool features, treat yourself to Hiiker PRO! Click HERE for all STTA pages and the HERE for the Hiiker app.Remember to leave 5 STAR review :) 
104:40 07/08/22
Alex Brown - BMC Midlands
Series 3 of Summit to Talk About kicks off with Alex Brown, lover of the outdoors in all its forms and the chairman of the BMC (British Mountaineering Council) in the Midlands.We chat about hiking, wild camping, Mountain Leader Training, the important work of the BMC and some of the benefits of being a member and everything in-between.If you would like to support the podcast, please follow the link at the bottom where you can join the Facebook community and 'Buy me a coffee' - a small donation goes a long way to help with the overheads of running the podcast.You can also follow the podcast and associated pages such as the Summit to Talk About community including 'Walk for Your Wellbeing' group walk and YouTube pages below.Summit to Talk About is brought to you in association with Hiiker. Hiiker is the best app for planning your long distance hiking adventures with thousands of trails mapped out and packed with information for your hike. The app is free to download! To unlock all of the extra cool features, treat yourself to Hiiker PRO and use the code 'STTA' at checkout.Click HERE for all STTA pages and the Hiiker app.Remember to leave 5 STAR review :) 
97:45 24/07/22
The Hiking Household
Laura enjoyed running and synchronised swimming. But when she started a family, getting 'that' buzz became difficult. Like many of us, she adapted her lifestyle in order to continue getting outside and to involve all the family. During lockdown, we were all restricted to local walks and this sparked the birth of The Hiking Household and Tikes Hikes - a walking group for parents and their children in Cumbria. Since then, it has grown into a fantastic online resource for family friendly walks in the Lake District.We chat about how having little ones at home doesn't mean you can't get out to enjoy our great outdoors and Laura shares some great ideas for getting the kids outside and ways to make it fun for them.Check out The Hiking Household website HEREAnd follow them on instagram - @thehikinghouseholdIf you would link to support the podcast, please follow the link at the bottom where you can join the Facebook community and 'Buy me a coffee' - a small donation goes a long way to help with the overheads of running the podcast.You can also follow the podcast and associated pages such as the Summit to Talk About community including 'Walk for Your Wellbeing' group walk and YouTube pages below.Series 2 is brought to you in association with Hiiker. Hiiker is the best app for planning your long distance hiking adventures with thousands of trails mapped out and packed with information for your hike. The app is free to download! To unlock all of the extra cool features, treat yourself to Hiiker PRO and use the code 'STTA' at checkout.Click HERE for all STTA pages and the Hiiker app.Remember to leave 5 STAR review :) 
51:01 17/04/22
Russ Moorhouse - Sleeping with Wainwright
Russ was a banker who read books about adventurers, adventurers who inspired him to want his very own epic adventure, not something that had been done many times, but something new and something he was good at.... sleeping!Russ aka @amountainbivvi set out to camp on each of the 214 Wainwright's fells in the Lake District over the course of a year, enduring all that mother nature could throw at him through all 4 seasons and finishing with a world record - the most people camping out in a bivvy in one night!Russ documented his connections with each of the mountains in his book 'Fell Asleep' which is available on Amazon now by clicking here.Follow Russ on instagram - @amountainbivvy and checkout his other pages here.If you would link to support the podcast, please follow the link at the bottom where you can join the Facebook community and 'Buy me a coffee' - a small donation goes a long way to help with the overheads of running the podcast.You can also follow the podcast and associated pages such as the Summit to Talk About community including 'Walk for Your Wellbeing' group walk pages below.Series 2 is brought to you in association with Hiiker. Hiiker is the best app for planning your long distance hiking adventures with thousands of trails mapped out and packed with information for your hike. The app is free to download! To unlock all of the extra cool features, treat yourself to Hiiker PRO and use code 'STTA' at checkout.Click here for all STTA pages and Hiiker app.
66:54 03/04/22
Abbie Barnes - Spend More Time in the WILD
Abbie is the founder of 'Spend more time in the wild', a growing organisation  and community inspiring and empowering people to get outside for the benefit of physical and mental wellbeing.At the age of 13, Abbie began making films about our natural world and the devastating destruction to the environment through the production of palm oil. This led to Abbie speaking to MEP's in the European Parliament about the importance of ingredient labels on products.Since then, Abbie has set up a production company - Song Thrush Productions and has made many films which have gained international recognition.With her passion for the outdoors, Abbie is a keen long distance hiker and lover of the mountains. We chat about how it all began, Abbie's own battle with mental ill health, the many adventures she's had including the 2021 project 'Abbie bikes Britain' seeing Abbie cycle the length of Britain whilst visiting every national park on route to hike to its highest point. Abbie has an extensive CV of adventure and you can read more by visiting her website where you'll find links to the YouTube channel, podcast and Patreon community - www.spendmoretimeinthewild.co.ukIf you would link to support the podcast, please follow the link at the bottom where you can join the Facebook community and 'Buy me a coffee' - a small donation goes a long way to help with the overheads of running the podcast.You can also follow the podcast and associated pages such as the Summit to Talk About community including 'Walk for Your Wellbeing' group walk pages below.Series 2 is brought to you in association with Hiiker. Hiiker is the best app for planning your long distance hiking adventures with thousands of trails mapped out and packed with information for your hike. The app is free to download! To unlock all of the extra cool features, treat yourself to Hiiker pro and use code 'STTA' at checkout.Click here for all STTA pages and Hiiker - https://linktr.ee/stta_podcast
61:58 21/03/22
Dan Jones - Wild Camping
Dan has been wild camping for 15 years. In this time he has honed his skills, knowledge and kit to (almost) perfection. Like many of us,Dan has enjoyed the process of trying new things and camping in different places but continues to learn and improve.We chat about how he started in his pursuit for the perfect wild camping setup from humble beginnings of canvas tents and big weights in his pack to the ultralight approach he now has. Dan loves an adventure and had plans to cross Lake Baikal pulling his pulk the whole way. His plans have changed and he'll now be hoping to cross Lake Winnipeg in Canada, an impressive 258 miles of ice and snow!If you would link to support the podcast, please follow the link at the bottom where you can join the Facebook community and 'Buy me a coffee' - a small donation goes a long way to help with the overheads of running the podcast.You can follow Dan on instagram, Facebook and YouTube -Insta: @wildcamping.lifeukFacebook group: Wildcamping.lifeukYouTube: Wildcamping.lifeukYou can also follow the podcast and associated pages such as the Summit to Talk About community including 'Walk for Your Wellbeing' group walk pages below.Series 2 is brought to you in association with Hiiker. Hiiker is the best app for planning your long distance hiking adventures with thousands of trails mapped out and packed with information for your hike. The app is free to downlaod! To unlock all of the extra cool features, treat yourself to Hiiker pro and use code 'STTA' at checkout.Click here for all STTA pages and Hiiker - https://linktr.ee/stta_podcast
53:30 07/03/22
A Helvellyn Whiteout with John Barker
John Barker has spent much of his life outdoors but only really did it for pleasure later on. After many years in the British armed forces, he now spends time outside for pleasure rather than daily beastings! Like many of us, John captures his outdoors adventures on his camera phone and has created a big following through instagram  by sharing his images. He has a great eye for capturing the raw beauty of the outdoors and also often shares a glimpse of his legs!A new year's tradition has been a jaunt up to Helvellyn for John, but one year, although the conditions were perfect one minute, the British mountain weather had other ideas and John found himself amidst a snow storm and unable to see where he was going. He tells us all about it!Summit to Talk About has turned 1 and I would like to thank you all for your support and for listening. I hope I can continue to bring you many more inspirational guests in the future.If you would link to support the podcast, please follow the link at the bottom where you can join the Facebook community and 'Buy me a coffee' - a small donation goes a long way to help with the overheads of running the podcast.You can follow John on instagram by searching for @john__barkerYou can also follow the podcast and associated pages such as the Summit to Talk About community including 'Walk for Your Wellbeing' group walk pages below.Series 2 is brought to you in association with Hiiker. Hiiker is the best app for planning your long distance hiking adventures with thousands of trails mapped out and packed with information for your hike. The app is free to downlaod! To unlock all of the extra cool features, treat yourself to Hiiker pro and use code 'STTA' at checkout.Click here for all STTA pages and Hiiker - https://linktr.ee/stta_podcast 
62:28 21/02/22
Van Life with Luci
Luci, aka Van Life with Luci on Instagram is a teacher and lover of our great outdoors. She loves hiking, rock climbing, stand up paddle boarding and most of all, living the van life!We chat about how it all began, where its going, the complexities of taking on a van conversion project and everything in between!Throughout January, Luci is walking 50 miles to raise money for Mind UK. Help reach her fundraising target by donating anything you can in the link below:https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/lucinda-olivia?utm_source=whatsapp&utm_medium=fundraising&utm_content=lucinda-olivia&utm_campaign=pfp-whatsapp&utm_term=16e70306902e4426b1f98348a54194d7Follow Luci here -Instagram: @vanlifewithluciTikTok: @vanlife with luciBlog: https://vanlifewithluci.wordpress.com/blog/blogs/Photography: https://lucindaoliviaphotography.com/Wepage: vanlifewithluci.co.ukYouTube: Van Life with Luci https://youtube.com/channel/UCmJBZ7qtO2dvvMUbzqpnPuwYou can also follow the podcast and associated pages such as the Summit to Talk About community including 'Walk for Your Wellbeing' group walk pages below.Series 2 is brought to you in association with Hiiker. Hiiker is the best app for planning your long distance hiking adventures with thousands of trails mapped out and packed with information for your hike. The app is free to downlaod! To unlock all of the extra cool features, treat yourself to Hiiker pro.Click here for all STTA pages and Hiiker - https://linktr.ee/stta_podcast 
68:34 24/01/22
Robustours - Cigar Club
John Beamson is a character full of energy. He runs Robustours, an outdoors company specialising in ultra events. When ultra long distances are your thing, there's no room for negativity or procrastination, it's all about doing what you say you're going to do and that's exactly what John does!We chat about the highs and lows of doing an ultra event, positive mindsets, the Blencathra Summit stone replacement project and a bit of all sorts!You can sign up to an ultra event by visiting the Robustours website:  https://robustours.co.uk and you can follow on instagram: @robustoursIf you'd like to support the podcast you can Buy me a coffee here:www.buymeacoffee.com/sttapodcastBig thank you to John Barker for buying me a brew and supporting the podcast. Check him out on instagram for awesome outdoors photography: @john__barker (2 underscores).For Series to 2 of the podcast, I've teamed up with Hiiker. Hiiker is the only app you'll ever need to plan and hike any long distance trail. With around 5000 trails all mapped out and packed with information on the way, there will definitely be something on there to inspire your next hiking adventure. You can join over 180000 other users by downloading the app for free. To unlock all the cool features such as downloadable maps and much more, you should definitely upgrade to Hiiker pro. You can now gift adventure with a voucher for Hiiker pro here: https://hiiker.app/purchases/gift#/Don't forget to use code 'STTA' at checkout :)Checkout Summit to Talk About here:https://linktr.ee/stta_podcast
69:20 13/12/21
West Highland Way Part 2
We dive straight back in to day 5 of the West Highland Way in Tyndrum. Danny, Karla and I continue our chat about our last 3 days on the trail up to Fort William. This was, for me, the most scenic part of the WHW. We also discuss kit. What we took, what we wish we'd taken and what we wish we hadn't bothered carrying. I'm so proud to be able to share our adventure with you and I really hope you enjoy it. You can see exactly what we've been chatting about by heading over to Danny's YouTube channel where he has posted the videos from our adventure. Please he[p his channel grow by hitting subscribe - https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCBGKooNsAKhM1VopVvklxKwIf you've enjoyed this episode and wish to support the podcast, you can buy me a coffee here - www.buymeacoffee.com/sttapodcastFor this series, I've proudly teamed up with Hiiker and I do genuinely believe they have made the best app out there for planning your long distance hikes. The app is free to download with the option of upgrading for extra features. It's packed with trails from all over the world and each one has information on accommodation, shops, places to get fresh water and more. The app allows you to download the trails to your device so you can save your battery whilst you're out. Check it out now and start planning your adventures. Use code 'STTA' at checkout when upgrading - hiiker.app You can also follow STTA here - https://linktr.ee/stta_podcast
80:46 29/11/21
West Highland Way Part 1
We are back with Series 2 and in this episode I chat with my good friends Danny and Karla about our recent multi-day hike on the West Highland Way in Scotland.We chat about kit, planning the trip, the views,the terrain and everything in between! Our chat was a long one so you can catch part 2 in the next episode.For a visual glimpse of our WHW hike, please subscribe to Danny's YouTube channel and help it grow. He made videos from our trip! Search Danny's Adventures on YouTube.For series 2 I've proudly teamed up with Hiiker app. If you're planning a long distance hike, you should start with downloading Hiiker. It is the best (bar none) app for long distance trails. It's packed with trails all around the world and gives you all the info you need to plan your hike including accommodation details along your route. Head over to hiiker.app now and save 25% in the winter flash sale. Use code STTA at the checkout!You can support the podcast by buying me a coffee. A small donation goes along way to helping with the overheads of running the podcast. If you want to buy me a coffee like @ukadventuredad did please head over to www.buymeacoffe.com/sttapodcast Big thank you to @ukadventuredad for being my first brew buddy, give him a follow on instagram.
79:41 15/11/21
Thru-hiking with Easy Dexter
In this final episode of series 1  I chat with Dexter who is a lover of long distance hikes. Seeing the first few miles of the Coast to Coast trail from a young age, the seed was planted and it was only natural for Dexter to do the full trail as his first thru-hike. After a long break, Dexter got back on trail and has since completed some of the UK's favourites including the West Highland Way, Cape Wrath Trail, Lands end to John O'Groats and most recently, The South West Coast Path.We talk about all things hiking, the South West Coast Path and how to keep you pack weight down on a long distance hike.You can follow Dexter on Instagram:-@easydexterYou can also find his YouTube videos here:-https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=easy+dexterPlease hit follow so you don't miss any future episodes and keep in the loop by following the podcast on instagram:- @stta_podcast
76:40 29/08/21
Jessica Mather
Jessica's love for the great outdoors started with a bang back in 2014 when she won a competition to climb Kilimanjaro which she later discovered is not in Wales!She completed the trek to the summit and fell in love with hiking. She then went on to trek to Everest base camp, Stok Kangri and worked towards becoming a Mountain Leader.  Most recently, Jessica has completed her Wainwrights bagging adventure with her friends by her side at the finish line on Fleetwith Pike.We chat also chat about other important things like snacks on the hills so listen out for Jessica's recommendations. You can follow Jessica on Instagram :@jessicamather_You can also follow the podcast on instagram:@stta_podcast
40:06 15/08/21
Homos That Hike
There's a 'scene' for every hobby and community. When I was in my late teens it was any fast food restaurant car park blaring music from my clapped out fiesta. Neil, Matt and Andy said the same about the UK gay scene where coming in at 5am is the norm after a night on the dance floor. Now things are different and after joining forces to go out hiking they set up 'Homos That Hike'. Still in it's infancy, their instagram account is growing everyday with like minded hikers from the LGBTQIA+ community.In this episode they share their reasons for loving the outdoors, the future of HTH, the wonders of hot flasks and we cover important things such as our favourite Disney theme tunes!Follow on Instagram:-@homosthathike@stta_podcast
41:17 01/08/21
Mindset & Mountains - Sam Baynes
Sam Baynes is a physiotherapist who landed a dream job out in the Austrian Alps. Whilst out in the mountains celebrating New Year's Eve, a sledge accident stopped her life in it's tracks.Sam was in a coma with a very small chance of pulling through and spent three months in hospital. She had to relearn how to walk and talk and miraculously made it through the other side. She has since gone on to summit 4000m peaks, Kilimanjaro and trekked to Everest Base Camp with a charity who help veterans.We chat about Sam's mountain adventures, the importance of a positive mindset and her plans for the future.Follow Sam on instagram @sam_baynesIf you have a story of adventure or your love for the outdoors or you have a Walk for Your Wellbeing story, please get in touch on instagram @stta_podcast or Summit to Talk About podcast on facebook.
46:45 18/07/21
Impala on trail - Peace, Love & Happy Trails
Impala is the coolest hiking name out there and the face that owns it is the most entertaining thru-hiker on the trails. In this episode I chat with Impala. His inspiring and very funny social media stories had me addicted early on and I've recently followed him on his UK end-to-end thru hike. We chat about his love for the trails which have taken him to New Zealand's Te Araroa, America's Appalachian trail and the Pacific Crest Trail and more recently LEJOG - Lands end to John O'Groats.Listen out for top tips if you fancy heading out on some long distance trails of your own!I'll also be debriefing from our first and very successful 'Walk for your Wellbeing' group walk. You can follow Kyle on instagram: @impalaontrail and check out the UK thru hikers facebook group to join like minded others and share hints, tips and tails from the trails.Be sure to follow @stta_podcast and @walkietalkiekc on instagram for up to date info on the next 'Walk for your Wellbeing' group walk.
64:31 04/07/21
Trekking with my black dog
For this 10th episode of Summit to Talk About I met up with Neil Read in Bushy Park in London. Surrounded by nature, Neil shares his own 'Walk for your Wellbeing' story of living with depression and how getting into the outdoors and hiking has helped him.He is now an ambassador for My Black Dog, a charity doing great things to help others who are struggling with their own mental health through peer support.Neil has trekked Hadrian's wall and this year will embark on a 171 mile trek in under 6 days to raise money and awareness for suicide prevention.You can donate to Neil's fundraiser by following the link in my instagram bio below.Instagram:@stta_podcast@trekking_with_my_black_dog#walkforyourwellbeing #mentalhealthawareness #sttapodcast #summittotalkaboutpodcast #areyouok
62:00 20/06/21
A Wainwrights Challenge
Laurie Crayston has always had the drive to do things one step ahead of the norm. In late April 2021, he set out on his fourth attempt at walking all 214 Wainwrights fells in one continuous and unsupported round. At the time, this had never been completed by anyone. Whilst Laurie did not complete the round this time, we delve into the finer details of the challenge. We talk about weather, kit (and lack of), training and positive mindset - which Laurie oozes in abundance.Please check out Laurie's clothing brand for outdoor and fitness wear https://www.ascendancyapparel.com/  instagram: @ascendancy.apparelAnd if you've worked hard at your own goals or know someone else who has, why not treat yourself to a medal by visiting www.earned-it.co.uk    instagram: @earneditcoLaurie can be found on instagram: @lauriecraystonPlease follow the podcast on instagram: @stta_podcast and search for 'Summit to Talk About podcast' on facebook.
94:53 06/06/21
A friendly bunch
We're a friendly bunch when we're out walking.  In this episode I chat with Tom Parkington, a teacher and personal trainer from Suffolk. He shares his Yorkshire 3 peaks experience, his love for the Peak District and that beautiful phenomenon that is.... being friendly to strangers in the hills!I also chat to Charlotte and Chloe from The Lakes Litter Tribe. We all moan about unsightly litter when we're enjoying the outdoors but what is the real impact of our waste on the environment? They share the 9 R's for a cleaner future!Instagram @stta_podcast 
57:06 23/05/21
Walk for your wellbeing special - part 2
Kirsty has bribed her good friend and all round great guy Kev to come on to the podcast. In a chilled out chat, he gives us his side of the story from the Crib Goch and shares his own experiences in the outdoors including treks to Everest base camp, Kilimanjaro and Mt Toubkal. Kev also tells us about his walking group and his new found love of cold water therapy which is a great way to build your mental resilience!If you're feeling a bit down, get outdoors and reap the benefits of being in nature. Please follow the podcast on instagram @stta_podcast for more information and updates on future episodes. You can also follow the link in my bio to see Kirsty's deeply personal blog and to donate to her fundraiser. With her two children Isabelle and Adam, Kirsty is raising money for Mind the mental health charity and they are doing the 100 miles and 100 cakes in May challenge. Please dig deep and donate for a great cause.Instagram @stta_podcast @walkietalkiekc#walkforyourwellbeing #neveraburden #areyouok 
71:40 13/05/21
Walk for your wellbeing special - part 1
To mark mental health awareness week we have 2 special 'Walk for your wellbeing' special episodes!In this episode Kirsty Collin takes over and discusses how being in nature and the outdoors can benefit our wellbeing. Kirsty also bravely shares her own story of mental health and the loss of her partner Ben, to suicide in 2020 and what life has been like since.Mental health is a pandemic and we must talk about it more. I hope this episode inspires others to talk openly about a subject which still has a stigma attached to it. Let's erase that stigma. Above all, we should all be able to ask others if they are OK. #areyouokPlease follow the podcast on social media for updates and links to Kirsty, Isabelle and Adam's fundraiser - '100 miles and 100 cakes in May' for Mind the mental health charity.Instagram - @stta_podcast @walkietalkiekc
63:01 09/05/21
Scramble this
If you've ever been out hiking and had to use your hands as well as your feet, you may have inadvertently been scrambling. In this episode, Alex from Scramble this UK shares his love of scrambling, how it all started and how he has began to map out the best scrambles in our favourite hiking locations. He shares his top tips for anyone who fancies venturing into the world of scrambling so listen out!I also discuss the recent frenzy around wild camping and being asked to leave when pitched up. Is wild camping legal? I give my thoughts and tips for a stealthy camp.If you're enjoying the podcast please hit follow and don't forget to follow @stta_podcast on instagram to keep up to date with what's happening. 
46:15 02/05/21
I would walk 500 miles
Kaitlin is an aspiring adventurer! Already, her life has taken her to Australia and various locations in the UK. She spent much of her childhood in the Cairngorms and this playground was a catalyst for her love of the outdoors.In this episode, Kaitlin shares her outdoors adventures including the West Highland Way twice, paddle boarding and a 500 mile charity walk. We also talk wild camping and in particular, solo wild camping when you're a female.I also lay out my kit for an upcoming wild camping trip!Please hit follow so that you don't miss any future episodes and if you're on Apple, I'd love it if you could leave a review and a 5 star rating.Please come and follow the podcast on Instagram @stta_podcast where I share upcoming guests and some of my own outdoors adventures.
56:33 18/04/21