Between The Mountains Adventure Podcast

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May 16, 2020  

Ep.25 - Hiking Kjeragbolten With Outdoorlife Norway

Here is the second part! What a pleasure to have Outdoorlife Norway join me on this. 

Personally, I have actually booked this hike with them already and now can't wait even more to do so. Hopefully the conditions will be stunning!

In November 2019 I hiked Preikestolen and it was just simply beautiful. I was planning on doing a podcast, but instead of waffling on I thought "why not invite the company on to chat through it?". That was a brilliant idea and it worked out. 

Outdoorlife Norway (https://outdoorlifenorway.com/) were simply incredible in their service and knowledge to me and I highly recommend you check out their website and all the things they offer for your next visit to Norway.

I said this for the first episode, and I truly mean it: it's 10/10 from me. Besides, in November 2019 they picked me up right from the AirBNB and gave me coffee. Can't get much better than that!

The audio is much better in this episode, and I hope you enjoy it. If you do, please follow/subscribe and share with a friend or two.

Email me: btmtravelpod@gmail.com

Social Media: @BTMTravelPod 

May 13, 2020  

Ep.24 - Hiking Preikestolen With Outdoorlife Norway

Super excited to share this first of a two part show for you!

In November 2019 I hiked Preikestolen and it was just simply beautiful. I was planning on doing a podcast, but instead of waffling on I thought "why not invite the company on to chat through it?". That was a brilliant idea and it worked out. 

Outdoorlife Norway (https://outdoorlifenorway.com/) were simply incredible in their service and knowledge to me and I highly recommend you check out their website and all the things they offer for your next visit to Norway.

It's 10/10 from me and I have already booked my next tour with them (the location of which we discuss on Saturday!). Besides, they picked me up right from the AirBNB and gave me coffee. Can't get much better than that!

I apologise for the audio in this first episode too, something was going on with Skype but I did my best to edit it correctly with the help of a good friend.

I hope you enjoy this episode, and I hope you look forward to the next one coming this Saturday!

Email me: btmtravelpod@gmail.com

Social Media: @BTMTravelPod 

May 10, 2020  

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May 10, 2020  

Ep.23 - Climbing Mount Baker With @SeekingTheNow

Liana, from @SeekingTheNow, is an incredible photographer and now mountaineer. 

Hear in this episode how she got into mountaineering and discovered her passion for the mountains as we take a trip down memory lane, climbing Mount Baker, Washington.  

Listen on SpotifyApple PodcastsGoogle Podcasts, and all other platforms; just search “Between The Mountains”! Or Ask Alexa! 

An Epic Opener 

I can relate hugely to Liana and I'm happily jealous of the mountaineering qualifications and experience she has gone on to get. 

Finishing off her course, they had to climb Mount Baker. Liana talks us through the course with the Washington Alpine Club. Learning a fantastic skill base, they set off to the mountain to complete the course. 

What is wholesome to hear is how her photography drive joined her on the course. While everyone was getting sleep for a summit push, Liana headed out for a spontaneous photoshoot with nature. 

Chasing Your Dreams - And Catching Them 

I think everyone can learn from Liana. This was terrifying to consider, but so exciting. What was originally a fear of climbing mountains, Liana took on the course she conquered it. She also continues to do so, and you can follow her on her Instagram 

Starting from day hikes - as most mountaineers perhaps do - Liana took the course to go further, knowing the end goal was Mount Baker. 

Liana asked herself what she would do and wanted to do, and went after it. In the process, she also developed an appreciate and love for her state, realising the beauty hours away from her. It sounds obvious, but perhaps so many of us can learn to look closer to home for natural wonder rather than the next country over and beyond. 

Hear in this episode how Liana acted on her love for the mountains, and her story on climbing Mount Baker. Liana is also a fantastic, brilliant, and incredibly skilled photographer. Consider checking out her prints for your own home or office here 

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https://betweenthemountains.org/2020/06/24/climbing-mount-baker/ 

May 9, 2020  

Ep.22 - Climbing Denali

In this episode we welcome back accomplished and highly respected/renowned Jon Gupta to the show. 

After recording the interview with him (Episode 21) we chatted through climbing Denali, the gear, the itinerary, the comparison from winter to summer (he has summited in both!) and have some epic anecdotes along the way.

You can find out more from Jon at https://mountain-expeditions.co.uk/

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May 6, 2020  

Ep.21 - Jon Gupta Talks Everest, Expeditions & More

In our first interview episode, we welcome Jon Gupta from Mountain Expeditions. Jon's career has seen him swimming with turtles off the coast of Odisha, India, competing in the 430-Yukon Arctic Ultra to summiting the tallest mountains on the planet - including the tallest mountain on the planet, three times. Jon is a Montane Athlete, member of the Alpine Club, ambassador for the Youth Adventure Trust, and a member of both the Mountain Training Association and the Association of Mountaineering Instructors. 

His career sees him running his own mountain expedition company - aptly called Mountain Expeditions - facilitating and taking part in the 7 summits world record, climbing mountains incredibly quickly, travelling from continent to continent, summiting Everest three times, giving his time to host and run altitude and skill seminars, and still finds the time to escape to places like Chamonix and Scotland for some me-time. 

Be Bothered 

One of the key take-aways you should take from this, is Jon's infectious attitude to "Be Bothered". It's similar to Lucy Shepherd's view too. 

You know when you wake up, need the loo, don't go, carry on not going, keep trying to sleep, and then two hours later you go and fall alseep within five minutes of having done so? This is the exact situation where Jon says you should "Be Bothered". 

Quite often when you finish a day on expedition, all you will want to do is sit back and relax. But really, you can't. Especially when it comes to high altitude. You need to get your kit prepped, square away your admin, melt snow for the next day's water... everything. 

There's no need to explain further, but Jon does explain how you can practice for this in everyday life. Things like taking out the recycling. You may think "I'll do it later". But instead, you should "Be Bothered" and get it done straight away. 

Much like the gym, this works for your physical fitness preparation too. His own example was cycling uphill. Instead of looking at the hill as a total point, he says instead to break it down to manageable distances, and repeat those small distance intervals until you reach the top. 

If you want to grow as a person, or simply prepare for the high-altitude mountains, do this. 

Short Term Loss, Long Term Gain 

Jon touches upon this too - and it is so relatable! 

Talking from experience, we all need to start thinking what our long-term goals are. It doesn't mean you need to stop living today. Just a reminder to start thinking of where you want to be, and is what you're doing right now going to get you there. 

A Deep And Vast Experience 

Jon has a huge experience in climbing Everest, Denali and the rest of the 7 summits. He has speed records and experience in such huge experience. 

Hear how Jon compares the North and South approaches on Everest, climbing mountains, dealing with altitude, endurance races, living in North Wales and more. 

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If you really enjoy the show please check out our Patreon site here. Supporting through Patreon really helps cover costs and allow to invest more time into the quality! 

To come on the show or work with me, please email on: btmtravelpod@gmail.com 

Join in with the community. Instagram/Twitter/Facebook and our new Facebook Page to share your own photos and videos here 

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https://betweenthemountains.org/2020/06/24/jon-gupta/ 

May 2, 2020  

Ep.20 - #HomeIsWhereYouParkIt - Montana To Tennessee

A part of Van Life is just being free. When you pair this with a passion for travel you can find yourself in some beautiful places. 

Today we welcome Lynn to the show, who has a fantastic blog. She is a professional ski instructor. Lynn's typical year starts teaching to an incredibly high standard on the Montana slopes and then moving down to Tennessee to teach Kayaking after a month hiatus after the winter season.  

Listen on SpotifyApple PodcastsGoogle Podcasts, and all other platforms; just search “Between The Mountains” or Ask Alexa! 

A Three Seasons Van 

Lynn has a van from the 90's that - for the most part - fits the bill. She has done only a few modifications, but most crucially she has added a wood stove. 

However, she does talk about how, when in Montana, the night can get pretty cold. It's all good kitting out your van, but it's even better when you can stay at a friends house when temperatures plummet well below -10F/-23C! 

An Adventure Year - On Repeat 

In the winter, Lynn stays in Montana and teaches skiing throughout the season. The van is owe a brilliant thanks for that. Although she has to add a few layers in the peak of winter, it is the van that enables Lynn to be free and stay to teach in this beautiful setting. 

Spending the winter teaching some hard skiing is incredible. Naturally, you get some clients who are slower, or perhaps willing to learn. But so many epic powder days are to be had during the season. 

Hear more about this in the show, and how Lynn tailors teaches for each person - quite a transferrable skill! 

After the ski season, Lynn usually kayaks - for herself this time - for a month to recharge. Then, it's straight back into the next job! 

Moving through to Tennessee, Lynn teaches kayaking May-August, then chases white water across the state and over to North Carolina, Georgia and more. 

Lynn describes her time as lucky. Although it was a quick comment, I couldn't disagree more. No-one came and handed her this lifestyle as a prize. Lynn has worked hard to have this career and live this lifestyle. A lesson we should all learn and take forward. 

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https://betweenthemountains.org/2020/06/24/vanlife-montana-to-tennessee/ 

April 29, 2020  

Ep.19 - Exploring The Unexplored In India

On this whopper of an episode we welcome James to the show. During the podcast, James just kept delivering on detail, locations, tips and his language was wonderfully descriptive; we just had to keep going. 

If you have any interest in somewhere new, India or travelling to India I highly recommend you get a drink and some snacks, strap in, and listen away

James describes the people as truly amazing, with such rich history and culture. The original desire was to do the golden triangle. What James eventually did was drive around the country exploring all of India's know and hidden secrets, and stumbling across some big cats along the way! 

"They said they had never had a tourist in their town" 

In this episode, we start in Mumbai, and James takes us through his itinerary step-by-step. Providing fantastic detail and information. James gets truly immersed in the culture, and is sure to captivate you with his story. 

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If you enjoy the show please subscribe/follow and share with a friend! 

If you really enjoy the show please check out our Patreon site here. Supporting through Patreon really helps cover costs and allow to invest more time into the quality! 

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Join in with the community. Instagram/Twitter/Facebook and our new Facebook Page to share your own photos and videos here 

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https://betweenthemountains.org/2020/06/24/exploring-the-unexplored-in-india/ 

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April 25, 2020  

Ep.18 - Roadtrip In Croatia

Ema has moved to the UK and befriended several other fellow students of multiple nationalities. When they thought of a holiday Croatia seemed like a great choice and chance for her to visit for the first time as a tourist. Did I mention students? Buckle up for fantastic anecdotes, information, and alcohol. 

Listen on SpotifyApple PodcastsGoogle Podcasts, and all other platforms; just search “Between The Mountains” or Ask Alexa! 

A Tourist At Home 

Some of us may relate to Ema’s position. Having never explored her own country, she returned to investigate the beautiful landscape and secrets of Croatia. 

The trip primarily focussed on nature, travelling in April (her recommended time to travel). Being her country, Ema did stop for a cultural view. Specifically, the start of the trip saw more city exploration and family visiting. 

Escapism 

New friends at university, needed a break. 6 months later, they were on their way to Croatia. 

Croatia is a beautiful country scattered with mountains, culture and stunning coastline along the Adriatic sea. 

From her home near Pula to the Plitvice Lakes and a run in with some frogs, Ema takes us through her fun and adventurous roadtrip – and diving into the cold sea! 

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If you really enjoy the show please check out our Patreon site here. Supporting through Patreon really helps cover costs and allow to invest more time into the quality! 

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Join in with the community. Instagram/Twitter/Facebook and our new Facebook Page to share your own photos and videos here 

https://betweenthemountains.org/2020/06/24/roadtrip-in-croatia/ 

April 18, 2020  

Ep.17 - #HomeIsWhereYouParkIt - Australia

Saving for years, spending more-than-the-price-of-a-guitar on shipping his guitar, and grabbing his passport, Ali and his partner headed to Australia. Their plan? Live the Van Life for a year, roadtrippin’ across Australia

Listen on SpotifyApple PodcastsGoogle Podcasts, and all other platforms; just search “Between The Mountains” or Ask Alexa! 

Home Is Where You Park It 

I first saw this quote on one of Ali’s photos. Before I had even completed my first roadtrip, I learned of his plans. 

Ali is one of my closest friends, and at this stage I hadn’t fully understood these passions. Naturally, I was happy for him. But I didn’t fully understand. The last time I had done anything truly interested was a family holiday to ski in Italy in 2013. We had struggled to keep in touch for various reasons for the years prior to this, and now he was already going, and for a year?! 

For the next 12 months I saw him just so happy. For 10 months he moved up and down Australia living out of his van. Visiting Tasmania, driving up to Sydney, visiting National Parks. You can hear all about it in the podcast. After those 10 months, I got to see him move his away up South East Asia. 

This is what opened my eyes to travelling more long-term, and living the van life. 

Ali is also the man who writes the music for this podcast, and is a ridiculously talented guy. I would recommend listening to this track here and consider following him. Legally. On the internet. Not in person. This is a fantastic track of his that builds up leaving you feeling fulfilled, reflective, and positive! 

Living Out Van Life 

There are so many fascinating stories from people all over the world who travel with the use of a trusty camper van that I thought a series dedicated to this type of travel was needed! 

Ali travelled the East Coast of Australia for 10 months covering Tasmania and the Bay of Fires, driving the Great Ocean Road and visiting Kangaroo Valley. 

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If you really enjoy the show please check out our Patreon site here. Supporting through Patreon really helps cover costs and allow to invest more time into the quality! 

To come on the show or work with me, please email on: btmtravelpod@gmail.com 

Join in with the community. Instagram/Twitter/Facebook and our new Facebook Page to share your own photos and videos here 

https://betweenthemountains.org/2020/06/24/vanlife-australia/ 

April 17, 2020  

Ep.16 - Exploring Egypt

Once again we welcome Raj from RSP Podcast for a hattrick and to talk about Egypt. Full of great information and anecdotes, I really I hope you enjoy this session. We discuss some key areas to explore and touch upon the level of security in the region.  

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Raj has some incredible and unique experience in Egypt. Travelling in from the East, he crossed conflict-torn areas, military tanks, and abandoned hotels with the Islamic State hiding in the northern mountains there. 

Arriving here was a stark contrast to Jordan. Yet, the landscape itself was utterly beautiful

Exploring Egypt 

Raj’s love for culture and history once again shows and signs in this episode as we travel from the Asian continent to the African continent. Raj travels south, following the Nile, and avoiding terrorist attacks… literally. 

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Join in with the community. Instagram/Twitter/Facebook and our new Facebook Page to share your own photos and videos here 

https://betweenthemountains.org/2020/06/24/exploring-egypt/ 

April 16, 2020  

Ep.15 - Interrailing Dublin To Porto

Interrailing is a fantastic way to travel and explore Europe. Each person's trip can be so unique, and in the first of what I hope to be many, Angele joins us today to talk about her time spent interrailing across Europe

Listen on SpotifyApple PodcastsGoogle Podcasts, and all other platforms; just search “Between The Mountains” or Ask Alexa! 

A Spontaneous Trip 

Like so many of us, this interrailing trip came about when Angele's friend got in touch to get away and explore Europe. As it turns out, Angele had been thinking about getting away for a while too. 

The beauty of interrailing is that you can design your own route, and not one person has the same experience. This can be true of any single country, so imagining adding a rail pass that allows you to explore many many more!  

From Dublin To Porto 

Angele's journey begins in Dublin. They avoid the standard go-to tourist locations and get right into the spirit of Dublin. After visiting Manchester (so close the Lake District!) and London for a brief moment, they reach mainland Europe - where the adventure really begins! 

Listen to the podcast to find out more from mountains to tattoos! 

Countries include: Ireland, UK, Belgium, Netherlands, Germany, Czech Republic, Hungary, Slovenia, Italy, Switzerland, France, Spain, Portugal  

Towards the end Angele speaks so highly of a specific tour company in Porto:  https://www.oportomountaintour.com/ 

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April 14, 2020  

Ep.14 - A Weekend In Helsinki

Solo Travel To Clear The Head 

Helsinki is a beautiful city with a lot of history. It is home to culture, nature, saunas, activities, a sea fortress and 8 National Parks within a two hour drive. Sounds like heaven, right?  

I booked my trip to Helsinki the year before, and it was my last trip before the pandemic. Travelling solo, I packed my bags, checked my kit, grabbed my passport, and headed to the airport! 

Land Of A Thousand Lakes 

Arriving in Helsinki was... actually a bit disappointing. I loved landing in a foreign and unknown territory. I loved the clean crisp air. But Helsinki in March is meant to be covered in snow with a frozen sea; it's why I booked for March. Instead, thanks to global warming, this wasn't the case. 

Never mind. Quickly jumping in the taxi (don't do it! Uber is cheaper!), and quizzing the driver on some crucial lingo (thank you, please, etc.) we drove through the streets to my first night stay, just a hostel. I wasn't excited for this one, it was the Airbnb I couldn't wait to see! Read on or listen to find out! 

The hostel was good though. Easy check in, free breakfast. Then I booked the Uber to collect my car rental

Collecting the car, and boasting about its horsepower to Instagram, I decided to head out to Teijo National Park. When looking at the Finnish National Parks website it is incredible to see just how many National Parks are within a two hour drive of Helsinki! 

Arriving at Teijo, I was the only soul there! After checking that it wasn't in some way closed, I decided to take a walk around. See for yourself here:

 

The park was spectacular. Quiet, fresh, beautiful and I had it all to myself. After taking a quick rest by the frozen lake, I packed up and headed out to the Airbnb. The reason why I was excited? Two words: 

Private. Sauna. 

This had me hooked since I booked. Not only that, but it had a balcony right next to that not-so-frozen sea that I was excited to experience. If you want to check it out for yourself, you can click here. The hosts were fantastic, and it is a 10 minute walk from the city centre, whilst being right next to a local shop too. 

The rest of the night just consisted of getting relaxed and changed, grabbing food (and the world's gift itself: Somersby Apple Cider - Bottled!) and heading out to the city centre. I visited the Allas Outdoor Pool and Sauna (highly recommend, definitely did not steal the towel!). Then, I went to the best Italian restaurant I have had the damn pleasure of eating at and had one of the best red wines. I sat outside with a blanket, drinking an Espresso Martini (or three) at Holiday Bar watching the world go by, and went home to sleep. 

A Change Of Plan 

The next day I rose early, experiencing sunrise on the balcony at -1 degree Celsius. I'm meant to be driving 6 hours North to Koli National Park today. I had this great idea of watching sunset from the top of this cliff, overlooking flat forest land. I had even researched to make sure it faced West! 

But that's the problem with making plans from afar; they often don't stick. Plus, 12 hours total driving - just driving - seemed like a waste of time. It was Day 2 and I had already got the check-in notification for my return flight. 

I love a roadtrip and all, but that just seemed crazy. 

"It is incredible to see just how many National Parks are within a two hour drive of Helsinki!" 

So, over a croissant and coffee, I quickly changed plans. I'd explore Helsinki tomorrow (read on or listen to find out more!) and tick off the two other local National Parks on the list today. 

Getting showered, sauna'd, and dressed I grabbed my kit and headed to the car: 

 

You can watch above or listen to the podcast for more info, but this day was a delight. Well, mostly. Life will hit no matter where you are and what you're doing, and my head decided to see the solitude as a chance to go over some less-than-positive things. 

You just have to process it, and chat with somebody about it if you can! 

Being met with stunning forests, beautiful silence, and ice and snow, I arrived back at the Airbnb happy with the outcome! 

 

At Nuuksio National Park I did the Klassarinkierros Trail. At Sipoonkorpi National Park I did the Kalkinpolttajan Trail (which takes you to the top of Hogberget). 

TOP TIP: Google Maps takes you to Nuuksio on the West side of the park, the opposite side I wanted for the original trail I had researched. 

I tried to get to a local Finnish restaurant I had google'd. After finding it was fully booked I tried really hard to resist. I did. I promise! But went back to that Italian Restaurant for my pizza and red wine. 

Bliss! 

Exploring Helsinki On Foot 

Time for the last day. You know the drill by now: balcony, sunrise, sauna, bags, out the door. It was a shame to check-out so soon after checking in, but it was 6AM and I had a city to explore! 

You can listen to the podcast to find out more, or watch the videos below. I got a Helsinki Card but really the highlights for me were Suomenlinna, The Natural History Museum, The National Museum and Löyly Sauna. 28,000 steps later, I was back in the car on my way to the airport.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vog-xaMREms 

 

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April 12, 2020  

Ep.13 - Finnish Lapland

We welcome John to the show who talks to us about his time spending 8 days in Finnish Lapland.  

From husky safaris, frozen lakes, night trains and the big man himself - Santa Claus - I hope you like this episode!  

Lapland has always been a place that entices most. From the beautiful snow in the winter, the eternal day in the summer, and the Northern Lights. 

This place is on many people's bucket list! 

A Week In The Arctic Circle 

Starting our journey in Helsinki, John quickly moves into the artic circle to say at the Kakslauttanen glass igloo resort. 

Hear how he talks about his experience with the husky safari (dog sledding), seeing frozen lakes and more. 

Crucially, what surprised him the most was the people. If you know much of the stereotype, you're probably expecting me to say how abrupt they were? 

Wrong. 

John tells us how the people could not have been more friendly and willing to help when needed. 

For more information please follow John on @travellers_for_life and also https://travellersforlife.gr/ including multi-language translations for their blogs - at the bottom of the page.  

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April 8, 2020  

Ep.12 - A Day In Yosemite National Park, US

We welcome Katie to the show who was lucky enough to spend a day at Yosemite National Park while visiting the area for a conference

In this short episode, Katie details how she got to the park from the conference venue, and the day spent there, including overnight details

Making The Most 

Something I’ve been giving a lot of thought to recently is making use of negative time. Whether that’s listening to a podcast in the car, or learning a language with Duo Lingo while waiting for your bus. 

Katie went one step further. While visiting solely for a conference, she decided to get out to Yosemite and see as much as she could. 

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April 8, 2020  

Ep.11 - Hiking Valley Of Fire State Park, US

Hold My Bet, I’m Off For A Hike! 

Pink Canyon is a hike within the Valley Of Fire State Park. One hour from Las Vegas, this can be a beautiful addition to your adventure, or a weekend away if you’re local! Rock scrambling, petroglyphs, hiking and more. 

Remembering fondly the heat radiating off the rocks, sensually attempting to melt him, Dustin from That Adventure Life (one of the best travel blogs about!) talks about this gorgeous location further in this podcast. 

Surprise! The Valley Of Fire 

Moving straight in to parking and logistical tips, Dustin kicks off talking about his overall impressions. First thoughts, the overall landscapes, the colours… it’s enough to make you book a flight before finishing the podcast! 

He first went to the Valley Of Fire from a secret plan his wife and blogger partner Vy organised. 

Surrounded by colourful rocks full of reds and pinks, you can either do short hikes (0.25 miles) all the way through to 20 miles+ hikes. Remembering to leave your sandals at home, remember to take boots with good tread, and take more water than you think you need! 

Just like his tips for Lake Tahoe, remember to get here early. The first hike he discusses has a great lay-by parking spot, but can only hold 3 cars! Dustin also has an Ultimate Driving Guide for Valley Of Fire. 

Fire Wave Hike… What A Name! 

Fire Wave is a fantastic geological feature you will want to grab photos of, from iPhone to SLR. A straight forward hike, with only one part of shade near the end! 

Dustin also talks about a top tip involving a cliff to climb nearby. Listen to around 14 minutes to hear it! 

Pink Canyon is a shorter hike to take up your day. Head back to the visitors centre from Fire Wave, and you’ll see Pink Canyon to the side of the road, leading down to a slot canyon… Dustin explains it better. Just take a listen below, and check out their video of the hike too. 

That Adventure Life also have a brilliant YouTube channel that you have to check out, where they detail their trips in short videos. 

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April 8, 2020  

Ep.10 - Exploring Jordan

Welcome To The Middle East 

Jordan was Raj’s first experience in the middle east, riding into Aqaba. For a first place, what a great choice. Not only is Raj a history buff, but it is located right on the tip of the Red Sea, crystal blue water and jagged mountains scratching the sky. 

From here, Raj heads to Wadi Rum Desert and beyond. 

Exploring Every Inch Of Jordan 

With his passions in the right place, Raj explored and hitchhiked every part of this country, and was a perfect guest to have on the show. 

Talking on Wadi Rum, he talks about sleeping under the stars with nothing but a mattress, and how the landscape looks like the moon at night, and Mars during the day! 

A must do for this gorgeous and under-estimated country is the ancient city of Petra and the Valley Of Moses. 

Raj explores trails, speaks with the friendly locals, drinks tea, floats in the Dead Sea and tells us about his adventure backpacking through this corner of the globe. 

You can read a more detailed article of his time from Raj’s guest blog with Travel With Cooky’s site. 

Raj also hosts his own podcast, which you can follow here

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April 8, 2020  

Ep.9 - Socotra, Yemen

We welcome Rachna to the show who has come to talk about her time on the island of Socotra, Yemen.

A wonderful time spent seeing mountains, caves, lagoons and bio luminescent algae! 

For photos of her trips and more, check our her Instagram: @rachnasunder

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April 4, 2020  

Ep.8 - A Weekend In Lake Tahoe

Clear Water, Mountains On All Sides 

Lake Tahoe is a great place for a not-so-short roadtrip away on the weekend (7-8 hours from Southern California) and offers some of the best kayaking in the area. Dustin from That Adventure Life knows all too well how beautiful it is there and the adventures to be had. 

In this episode, Dustin goes over a perfect weekend itinerary: a kayak, via ferrata, and hike. Then, back in time for work on Monday! Or, for those outside of California, add this to your own itinerary and don’t go back to work on Monday! 

 

 

At 1,897m, the water can get cold there (bring your skis!). So Dustin has mostly gone in April-July for the warmer months. It’s the best time for adventure and relaxing there. 

A Weekend Itinerary 

Kicking off the trip with kayaking, you can explore the lake launching from Sand Harbour. There are kayaks to rent here if you don’t have the kit. Cruising down the coastline is a wonderful drive, but with smaller parking spaces and busy location, Dustin recommends you get there early! 

The via ferrata seems the most exciting to me. The route up has some beautiful views, and some great stories. One talks of a tree with a ski bolted to it. Why? A skier once crashed there. But to have views over the lake after a day of kayaking on it seems beautiful. If you’re going to do it, choose the four hour slot! 

You have pine trees, mountain landscape and teal waters. To top it off, you can watch a beautiful sunset at Chimney Beach. What a perfect way to round off your trip.

 

If you want to read more information, check out That Adventure Life’s articles, or check out their YouTube

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April 4, 2020  

Ep.7 - Exploring Barcelona

Barcelona is a beautiful city right on the Spanish coast. Attracting thousands of tourists every year, there is a multitude of reasons for visiting from football to museums to the surrounding landscape. 

Hear and read more below in how Anthony and his friend explored this city from top to bottom! 

The Perfect 8 Night Itinerary 

Whether you're interrailing, stopping by on a conference or backpacking your way across Europe, Barcelona has to be a stop off for you to stop and explore. 

Anthony talks through his itinerary in detail and the city exceeded his expectations. 

Kicking off the trip, Anthony escaped the streets initially and went to Montserrat, a monastery and vineyard for wine tasting. From here, he goes on to explore La Sagrada Familia and just how stunning this architecture. 

The rest of the podcast explores pricing, tips, football, Spanish Cider (you've got to hear how they pour this!), Gaudi and more! 

What Antony remarks about Gaudi is just how unique his work is. He discusses how it's easy to become complacent with what you have at home in your country, so do to experience something so different is a pleasure, albeit it very busy! 

Anthony also got time to himself to experience the culture and quirky museums, as his friend rented a bicycle to do a 140km cycle route in the area. 

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April 4, 2020  

Ep.6 - 3 Weeks In Israel & Palestine

We welcome Rajjan Parmar from @rajjan_parmar on Instagram and Rajjan Parmar on Facebook.

While backpacking in the Middle East, Raj spent three weeks here and takes us through his experience. 

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April 1, 2020  

Ep.5 - Hiking Cheddar Gorge

The Best Hiking Practice 

Cheddar Gorge is one of UK's secret (not so secret) wonders. In my opinion, it is the best hiking practice that the South UK has to offer. It is easily accessible to everyone, especially in the South West being located south of Bristol. 

It's an ideal location for anyone strapped for time or fuel money and can't make it to Brecon Beacons, Snowdonia, Lake District National Parks or Scotland. 

The Walk 

Cheddar Gorge offers beautiful and stunning views across and all the way out to the sea. Using the National Trust's directions, it was also a super easy to follow. Parking can be difficult at peak times, but here's a top tip: go mid-late afternoon. You will bypass a lot of the traffic which means more parking and less traffic on the route. The top is west facing, which means some of the most gorgeous sunsets, and a short walk (and a few hundred steps) to finish the walk back on the street below. 

The only downside? I'm yet to go to one of the cute coffee shops before they close! 

 

The walk begins with a sharp and long ascent, takes you over some Norwegian Flat terrain (basically: not flat), down on to the road and then back up the other side on a longer, less steep ascent to the highest point on the gorge. 

It is the best hike in the area to make you feel worked, and take your breathe away on two counts: the elevation and sunset. 

Not Just Hiking 

If you're interested, the area also provides so much more than hiking. You can do rock climbing, explore the caves, or simply be a tourist in the town of Cheddar. 

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April 1, 2020  

Ep.4 - Failing Pen Y Fan

 

Never Underestimate Any Mountain 

 

Never underestimate any mountain. This is the lesson my friend and I learned on this trip. Pen Y Fan stands at only 886m, and we rather ignorantly went into this hike confidently calling it a 'hill'. 

 

What Pen Y Fan did was let us get close, bend us over, and spank us back out the way we came. But what a perfect place to fail on; low altitude, no sheer drops (that we got close to), local terrain, easy to navigate back to where you came from... and more as I explain in the podcast. 

 

Pictured above, is Matt lying in the snow - completely fragged - and above his knee, on the horizon, is Pen Y Fan in the distance. 

 

It Was All Going So Well 

 

We start on the night before. I drove over to Matt's house and ready to do Pen Y Fan the next day, followed by Snowdon the day after. 

 

We googled 4 main ways to do the route, and decided on doing "The Tough One" - the classic horseshoe hitting 4 peaks in the area. 

 

We went shopping, got our food and extra water bottles, packed up our gear and hit the hay, ready for an early start. Thinking I had the right car park ready to go on Google Maps... 

 

What Went Down 

 

"We had no map and when we arrived swiftly discovered that we had left all of the food at home, 2 and a half hours away." 

 

So, if you type 'Taf Fechan car park' into Google Maps it will not provide you with the right car park for this. So as you can imagine, nothing went right from the moment we left. Although we didn't realise this until later. 

 

It's worth noting: we still had a blast. An awesome day. So everything from now, we were 98% of the time smiling. But it did go very wrong

We arrive at the car park and start following the instructions. We had no map and when we arrived swiftly discovered that we had left all of the food at home, 2 and a half hours away. With the shorter December days we didn't want to drive back to civilisation, so we cracked on with just two army style ration packets (one of nuts, the other raisins). 

 

We then began the walk (from the wrong car park) and we realised we had left the water in the car. Matt had his camel/hydration pack which holds 2.2L so we just decided to press on, even though we could never see how much we had left. Everything we did from now, water was rationed. 

 

It doesn't help our simple and uneducated minds at the time that the horseshoe circles around a small reservoir, and that there is a larger one next to it that we decided was the correct one from the map. In addition, I recently went back with my daughter and found the correct reservoir to be empty, so who knows how long that had been and if we even would have seen it. 

 

We pressed on, and after back tracking when lost in boggy woods, decided to just cut up the hill side and force our way on to the ridge; we'd have to get there anyway, right?! In doing so, we had to jump a river in high flow. Not exactly signs that we were on the right path... 

 

We pressed onwards up the hill side through undulating grass which was threatening to twist our ankles at any second, sucking the energy out of us. Acknowledging we were likely - almost definitely - not on the correct trail. We then cut up a further hill side to get on to the ridge (video at the top). 

 

Always Take The Right Way, Not The Easy Way 

 

I explain further in the podcast, but what ensues is us doubling our, trying to take shortcuts, draining our energy while dehydrated and not eating anything. 

 

Although fun, we messed up in a big way. At one point, we finally received 3G and loaded Google Maps, and we had been heading the wrong direction! So, instead of heading up the ridiculously windy ridgeline, we decided to walk the inside of the 'bowl', shortening our distance and staying out of the wind. Instead of choosing the right way, we chose the easy way... which was not easy. We drained our energy on more undulating grass, and had to reclimb the ascent on a steeper slope. 

 

Pulling The Plug 

 

Eventually we sat, drained, filled only with a little bit of water and some raisins and nuts. Using our newly acquired, state-of-the-art 3G we checked our timings. 2 hours to Pen Y Fan, 2 hours until sunset, 1.75 hours to the car. 

 

We decided to head back, in sight of Pen Y Fan. So close, yet so far. 

 

It's a good thing we did, including Matt falling asleep by a river for 5 minutes, it took us 2 hours. 

 

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April 1, 2020  

Ep.3 - Backpacking Through The Philippines

 

Beautiful Beaches, Delicious Fruit, and King Philip II of Spain 

 

The Philippines is a collection of over 7000 islands in South East Asia and attracts tourists from all over the world - pandemic aside. It is a country that can provide history and culture in the capital, and beautiful nature on its surrounding islands. 

 

This is my second podcast interviewing a guest, the first officially for "Between The Mountains", and made for a very multi-cultural interview; a Brit interviewing a Chinese-Canadian staying in Vietnam about the Philippines. The world is a wonderful place

 

A Journey Across The Islands 

 

The Philippines is a place on my bucket list to explore, with places like El Nido, Palawan and Coron Islands naturally on the list to visit! When I do go, I will be using things like this budget trip article from Bags Always Packed to help me. 

 

Starting the episode discussing history and culture, and the expectations of it. We also discuss the friendliness of the people there, supporting so much of what I have heard about this place. Rick compares Thailand - a place he describes as friendly but for your tourism money - with little situations in the Philippines like a local paying for his food out of kindness. 

 

Rick discusses his day by day itinerary travelling across the country as he backpacked through South East Asia; perfect for researching or reminiscing your own trip! Join us as he hikes mountains, catches ferries, visits historical sites, and discovers secret beaches

 

Sometimes It's Not All It Seems 

 

Something I find interesting about Rick's account of the Philippines is that it doesn't always meet your expectations. So many people speak so highly of the country (well, perhaps not the capital) and yet Rick's experience differs

 

This is seen every where. I personally compare Naples to real-life Gotham, and I have friends who find places like Cambodia completely horrible, even though they only went there from recommendation in the first place. 

 

Rick expected to find a rather colonial country with so much history, and it wasn't all that he imagined it to be, despite how incredible the trip was. He also admits that travelling in tropical season wasn't the smartest idea either. 

 

I really like and appreciate the honest account of his trip - which certainly isn't all doom and gloom. There are so many wonderful moments, including the featured photo which was their own special moment on the trip. You'll have to listen to find out where this secret location was! 

 

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March 31, 2020  

Ep.2 - Climbing Ben Nevis In Storm Ciara

The Mountain With Its Head In The Clouds 

Ben Nevis is the tallest mountain in the UK. Being only 1345m high you’d think that would be nothing to brag about, but what the UK lacks in height it more than makes up for in elevation gain and most importantly: weather. 

In hindsight, I’ve had seeds sown all my life to adventure in the outdoors. I discuss this further on a podcast I featured on with Destinations Beyond Expectations. As I began to love hiking – which is continuously growing more and more – I decided to do the National Three Peaks in my own debut way. I’d climb them in winter! 

Winter Is Coming 

In summer, you just need to make sure you bring water and good boots for most of our mountains. In winter, it’s a different situation. 

I know, it sounds a bit crazy to do something like this, right? Well, let me briefly explain before you listen how myself and my best friend – Dan – ended up doing this. 

I had climbed Snowdon successfully in December covered in… well, snow. I had reached the top of Scafell Pike through 60+mph winds solo in January. Finally, I had this date planned to go to Ben Nevis and tick the last one off. 

Then the forecast announced a storm was coming. 

This completely changed everythingBut not our decision to climb. Where I was packing a coffee flask, first aid, and a dry bag before, our kit list now grew more. We kept a close eye on the forecast the whole way through, keeping updated on everything. I checked the avalanche report daily and right up until we left I was checking the summit forecast, hourly at the end! 

I had already dealt with extremely high wind at Scafell Pike (the way down was worse!), so I knew what that would feel like. I had watched every YouTube video and read all the articles I could find to check out the route. We had spikes, safety kit, map… and an epic forecast. We were good to go! 

Climbing In A Storm 

A bit of an epic day would be an understatement. This experience was incredible! But we were safe (as I discuss, links below!) and everything went perfectly. Why? Because of the planning and preparation we put in place. 

There is a lake at around 500m on the Mountain Track route. That’s where the snow and wind really started to pick up. 

After this, there was a cover from the wind by a waterfall where we got our spikes on. Then it was the high winds, harder wind gusts, and just us two climbing to the top. 

We hiked past so many people who were on their way down. Some due to the lack of visibility, some due to wind, some to snow. But Dan and I kept pushing on. At no point were we ever in any real danger as we had mitigated so much, and there are no knife edge routes on this popular yet long and strenuous route. 

Just before we did the summit push at around 1200m, we met the only other two people who had got that far. Thinking it a smart idea, we decided to stick together and move as a group, Storm Ciara taking our balance frequently. 

Things were very windy (80-90+mph gusts) with occasional white-outs on the way up. But we did it! I managed to get footage of some of the calmer moments, but the summit was different. One word: Epic – and I gave my self no option but to make sure I filmed it! 

Don’t Be A Fool 

What I took away from this was my first proper lesson in mitigating risk, working hard, staying alert, and it paying off. We were back at the car and ready to set home just before the official yellow warning was put in place at 15:00. 

But know your limits, and research as much as you can. 

4 ‘hikers’ had to be saved by 22 mountain rescuers sent out two days after us. They went out with no appropriate clothing, trainers, no crampons, no map etc. Please, even if it’s the summer, take hiking seriously (but remember to smile!).  

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March 30, 2020  

Ep.1 - Roadtrip To The Swiss Alps

 

Escapism 

 

Sometimes, you just need to get away. You need to escape to free your headspace and start lifting the fog in front of your eyes. 

 

For Episode 1 I thought I would discuss my very own "Episode 1" and the moment I was bitten by the travel bug. I was doing just exactly as I stated above: escaping. 

 

It was a fairly difficult time of my life. Quite heavy for someone of my age and level of life-experience. I was working in a 50+ hour a week job, never had any weekends, with 4 days annual leave remaining. 

 

I was thinking of escaping to Greece and sitting by a pool for a week, just like most of my childhood holidays. But, I had this car (pictured above). My colleague suggested I do a roadtrip in it, to which I promised I'd look into it. As soon as I did, I was hooked. 

 

I researched all the best driving roads, all of the best locations and routes. Google Maps was my friend and each night after work and my personal life could pause I planned a day of my trip. 

 

Since I got back, nothing has been the same. Or maybe, 'Same Same But Different'. 

 

My First Podcast - My First Roadtrip 

 

This is my first travel podcast and it is just myself talking. The podcast typically jumps from interviews, to recommendations, to people's itineraries. 

 

So, excuse my shaky or quiet voice, and I hope I don't lose you as I tell you all the details of what would become my first of many roadtrips. 

 

The Roadtrip - To Switzerland And Back! 

 

As you'll hear in the podcast, the first thing I recommend you do is sleep 8 hours per night! Or, simply shorten your drives each day and take more days off/travel less. 

 

This trip was just under a week and took me from Dover-Geneva, Geneva-Bern (featuring the Furka Pass drive!), Bern-Amsterdam and Amsterdam-Dover. 

 

I also seemed to have some nice luck on my side. The night I arrived in Geneva was the day before their National Day. Which meant that the following night in Bern I was able to go our and enjoy the night with strangers, celebrating into the early hours of the morning. 

 

Although driving from Bern to Amsterdam in a day was long, I couldn't recommend a trip like this highly enough to you all. 

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