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Living Adventurously, with Alastair Humphreys, is the story of ordinary people choosing to live extraordinary lives. Over the course of a month-long cycling journey, Alastair interviewed artists and chefs, students and pensioners, athletes and travellers. He wanted to discover what living adventurously means to different people, what universal obstacles stand in the way, and how each of these people took the first step to overcome them and begin their own fascinating journeys.

Living Adventurously, with Alastair Humphreys, is the story of ordinary people choosing to live extraordinary lives. Over the course of a month-long cycling journey, Alastair interviewed artists and chefs, students and pensioners, athletes and travellers. He wanted to discover what living adventurously means to different people, what universal obstacles stand in the way, and how each of these people took the first step to overcome them and begin their own fascinating journeys.
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Living Adventurously, with Alastair Humphreys, is the story of ordinary people choosing to live extraordinary lives. Over the course of a month-long cycling journey, Alastair interviewed artists and chefs, students and pensioners, athletes and travellers. He wanted to discover what living adventurously means to different people, what universal obstacles stand in the way, and how each of these people took the first step to overcome them and begin their own fascinating journeys.

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English

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Episodes

One Thing at a Time, as Beautiful as Possible - Living Adventurously 14

1/28/2020
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Thom Barnett runs Mamnick, a clothing brand passionate about cycling. The tagline is "one thing at a time, as beautiful as possible". I cajoled Thom out of bed at early o'clock and we cycled out of Sheffield together, nipping down the back alleys and cycle paths he knows so well. Over breakfast I asked the fine arts graduate about life as a fashion designer, loving what you do, and Thom's love for exploring the hills and lanes of the Peak District.

Duration:00:25:26

There is a Broken Connection Between Cities and Wildness - Living Adventurously 13

1/21/2020
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Professor Ian Rotherham is an expert on a range of environmental issues, including urban wildlife, extreme weather, flooding and climate change. He has published extensively in academic journals, and has released a number of books on UK wildlife and the environment. Ian is a man positively bursting with enthusiasm and knowledge and ideas. Ian poured forth a cheerful stream of lessons on the environment, eco-tourism and rewilding. We talked about the cultural severance between cities and...

Duration:00:37:56

We Need to Reclaim Time to Think in Our Life if we are to Do Meaningful Things - Living Adventurously #12

1/14/2020
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Sophie Stephenson was living the life she’d always wanted. She had a well-paid dream job in Australia, lived in a beautiful place and felt secure in the knowledge that this could go on, indefinitely. But she was, she realised, unfulfilled. She was not, it turned out, truly happy with this life at all. By chance Sophie came across a reference to Nancy Kline’s book Time to Think. She described a way of being with one another that is both incredibly simple, and incredibly rare. We don’t give...

Duration:00:34:26

On Sunday night I am excited to go back to work on Monday morning - Living Adventurously 11

1/8/2020
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Jon Barton is the founder of Vertebrate Publishing. It sits at the very heart of British adventure writing and outdoor sports. Jon says that "we publish books to inspire adventure. It’s our rule that the only books we publish are those that we’d want to read or use ourselves. We endeavour to bring you beautiful books that stand the test of time and that you’ll be proud to have on your bookshelf for years to come." I asked Jon about the lessons he's learned from starting a company, the...

Duration:00:43:16

Don't stand on the edge of the diving board with your toes over the edge for hours - Living Adventurously #10

1/7/2020
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Tomo Thompson is Chief Executive of the charity Friends of the Peak District who work to safeguard the landscape of Britain’s first national park. Tomo is a retired Army Officer, with a recent background in business management consultancy. He also enjoys and instructs outdoor pursuits and is an encyclopaedia of knowledge about expeditions, equipment and fine places to unroll your bivvy bag for the night. I asked Tomo whether the word 'adventure' was inappropriate for a career in the...

Duration:00:32:03

Living an Authentic Life is One Less Thing to Worry About

12/31/2019
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Louise McMahon is a climber, caver, diver, occasional photographer and a trans woman she/her. So says her Twitter bio, and I like the order she has chosen to list things in. Once Louise had unpicked and identified the problems she faced, the big change of committing to transition was a sudden release and huge relief. Committing was, in the end, easier than hiding. And none of the worries she had beforehand came to pass. I began this podcast to ask people about worlds that overlap with my own...

Duration:00:29:36

What Stories Do You Tell Yourself About Your Barriers? - Living Adventurously #8

12/24/2019
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Sarah Lister was drifting through her twenties until a 'doorstep mile' moment of commitment saw her quit her unloved job and begin again. Today Sarah lives in a cosy cottage at the foot of beautiful fells in the Peak District National Park. She works as a coach these days and this has given her a new way of thinking, teaching her that a fresh perspective comes from asking open, non-judgemental questions. I arrived at Sarah's house in a torrential storm. I was soaking wet and a bit fed-up. So...

Duration:00:36:35

The Inspirations and Limitations for Women Getting into the Outdoors - Living Adventurously episode #7

12/18/2019
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Hetty Key combined her industry experience of the Outdoor / Adventure world with her academic background to investigate issues surrounding women in adventure. Hetty is passionate about using data to increase diversity and improve accessibility within the outdoors. Women in Adventure offers a collective voice for women, empowering others through the sharing of information, inspiration and advice. We took refuge from the torrential rain in a cafe to chat. I asked Hetty what she believes limits...

Duration:00:27:40

Adventure is Being Open to the Possibility of Something Changing Your Life in Ways You Can't Predict - Living Adventurously #6

12/17/2019
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Helen Mort is a busy woman. She is an award-winning poet and novelist, a runner and a climber. She has also recently become a mum which has transformed her perspective on living adventurously. She told me about being open to the possibilities of change in your life, and the weird way in which an expedition to Greenland can feel less daunting than staying in Sheffield at a gathering of other new parents.

Duration:00:24:30

Putting Restrictions in Place Enforces Creativity - Living Adventurously #5

12/10/2019
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Tommy Banks was the youngest chef in the world to be awarded a Michelin star. The Black Swan at Oldstead was rated the best restaurant in the world by TripAdvisor in 2017. As a connoisseur of banana sandwiches and dehydrated expedition meals, this was not my usual world! But that is exactly what I was interested in on this bicycle ride: to learn about different people's worlds and ask myself how their lessons might overlap with my own.

Duration:00:50:12

Living Adventurously is About Trying to Not Be at Work - Living Adventurously #4

12/10/2019
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Simon Jackson launched the superb Moors One Hundred bikepacking event in North Yorkshire. He guided me around some of his favourite trails on a glorious day of summer heatwave. Simon has a normal job and the usual commitments of raising a family. So he has to work hard to squeeze in bursts of adventure and spending time in the wild places that he loves. I loved the story he told me about setting himself the Strava challenge of cycling every single street in his hometown. Simon is an...

Duration:00:25:09

Getting Older, the Benefits of Having Time, and Being Aware of your Mortality - Living Adventurously #3

12/10/2019
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Mike Bagshaw is a Lancastrian by birth and a zoologist by training. He spent his working career in education, initially indoors, but then for 30 years he worked in outdoor education centres, introducing children and adults to the delights of watersports, mountaineering, forest education and how to understand and appreciate the natural world. I met Mike for lunch at the picturesque Runswick Bay, at the foot of one of the steepest hills of the summer. The pub has a strong claim to the best sea...

Duration:00:25:48

I've Never Really Noticed Things Before, Because I Haven't Looked - Living Adventurously #2

12/10/2019
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Kay Willis is the director at Beyond Boundaries, an organisation that provides opportunities for people with learning disabilities in the beautiful setting of Commondale, North Yorkshire. My ride to the farm took me up and over impressive, empty moorland. It was a stunning location and extremely peaceful. The farm exuded an atmosphere of warm, welcoming kindness. I was invited in for a cup of tea amidst the busy bustle of getting ready for the day; choosing activities to get stuck into and...

Duration:00:23:15

Learning to Slow Down and Choose Priorities - Living Adventurously #1

12/10/2019
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Claire Fuller is training to be an occupational therapist. She loves wild swimming and getting out onto the North Yorkshire moors for overnight camps. Finding the balance between being a busy working woman and a carefree adventurous soul can be difficult. I spent a month cycling around Yorkshire, interviewing people along the way about their perspectives on trying to live more adventurously. I'd never interviewed anyone for a podcast before; Claire had never been interviewed. But she did...

Duration:00:31:43

Living Adventurously - an Introduction

11/27/2019
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My name is Alastair Humphreys. Back in my youth, my glory days, I spent 4 years cycling around the world. Ever since then I’ve been interested in the idea of Living Adventurously. But the definition of Living Adventurously differs for everyone. And it also changes over time, as our lives and circumstances change. So I decided to get back on my bike and spend a month asking different people what living adventurously means to them....

Duration:00:05:06