The Outdoors Station

The Outdoors Station

The World's longest running independent producer of broadcast quality podcasts for the adventurer, the long distance hiker, the backpacker, the camper, in fact anyone seeking an independent life in the outdoors as a self powered traveler. Since 2005 we've produced audio and video podcasts for the self powered outdoor enthusiast in the UK and World-Wide. For people who wants to find out more about getting into the outdoors lifestyle and enjoying the simple pleasures in life. Our range of material goes back to 2005 and dips into many aspects. We talk to others and discuss their trips and experiences big and small, we discuss and review gear, we link associated skills and interests all with the aim to inspire, inform, entertain and encourage listeners to enjoy the natural world around them. The podcasts are aimed at adventure seekers of every type. Walkers, backpackers, bushcrafters, cyclists, paddlers, travellers, equestrian users in fact anyone interested in expanding their knowledge and skills related to outdoor adventure. Winners of the European Podcast Awards UK Business Category. Current library consists of over 500 podcasts, with more than 14 million downloads to date.... Show More

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I’ve spoken with Dermot and Katie in previous Podcasts about crossing Iceland in the better weather. However Ben James along with Neil Cox Having completed a summer crossing in 2017 unsupported, set themselves the ultimate goal to complete this in winter unsupported. 

Many attempted crossings in Winter have failed due to the extreme conditions, the -20 temperatures mixed with 100 mph winds and driving rain have beaten most peoples k...

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March 19, 2020 47 min
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March 12, 2020 21 min

Finally the electrician showed up to wire up and connect the new building, the office and more importantly the studio.

Don’t you just love it when ‘yeah tomorrow or day after’ turns into 2 weeks?

But we are in and these last few days have been one of humping and shifting stuff in the pouring rain and wind, in and out of containers, lofts and garages to install into the place and make it look efficient.

One of the reasons for getting i...

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March 6, 2020 40 min

It has been a while since we spoke with a guest regarding either starting or finishing the PCT. To delve into their preparation or their conclusions.

So it is good timing that my guest today Camile Mateos willingly discusses her thorough preparation in all aspects related to the PCT which she will be starting this Spring.

The most important being the financial and time challenge most of us would face away from a busy job, plus of cou...

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February 28, 2020 36 min

This is the concluding part of my conversation with two British adventurers who in 2019 followed a route which consisted of a 900 mile paddle and 400 miles walk in the footsteps of a piece of shameful American history now known as The Trail Of Tears.

Although it is a story and a piece of history we in Europe know nothing about, it has similarities to some of our own shameful activities which also took place in the 1830's, the Hi...

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February 21, 2020 32 min

This is part one of a fascinating story about two British adventurers who in 2019 followed a route which consisted of a 900 mile paddle and 400 miles walk in the footsteps of a piece of shameful American history.

Although it is a story and a piece of history we in Europe know nothing about, it has similarities to some of our own shameful activities which also took place in the 1830's.

Ian Finch and Jamie Barnes traced the Trail o...

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February 14, 2020 36 min

This is the second part of my interview with Nikki Ray regarding her solo cycle trip to Ghana on a bike she built herself.

In it we touch on the the different kind of travellers you meet on the road, how it feels to knock on a strangers door and seek shelter and how much it cost to build her own bike for the trip.

She wanted to arrive in Ghana before her 30th birthday using her own leg power…and she did!

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February 7, 2020 33 min

Let me introduce you to Nikki Ray who between August 2018 and May 2019 cycled solo, carrying all her belongings (including a ukulele), from Santander in Spain to Accra in Ghana covering 10,000km in total.

She wanted to arrive in Ghana before her 30th birthday using her own leg power…and she did!

The last few years before starting this trip she had been working as a cycling instructor in London. She did her first solo cycle tour in th...

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January 31, 2020 43 min

The bushfires in Australia are now reaching biblical proportions and even though the news media has already moved on to the Corona Virus, the fires are still increasing. Lives are being lost, homes reduced to dust and the environmental bill becomes incalculable.

Today’s news (28/1/20) is that southern Canberra is under attack after the spotlight from a rescue helicopter accidentally started a fire in the Tharwa region just outside o...

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January 24, 2020 41 min

In part one Jenny tells us of her project to run solo and unsupported across a mountain range on every continent where indigenous mountain people live isolated from the outside, urban world and details some of the stories from her Kyrgyzstan and Moroccan journeys.

Part two deals with two other ranges each of which present their own unique challenges, the Bolivian Andes and the Southern Alps in New Zealand.

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January 17, 2020 50 min

This interview with Jenny Tough took place while she is Kathmandu waiting for her flight back home to Scotland just before the New Year.

She wanted a quick relaxing holiday break and chose to take her bike to Kathmandu and for kicks and giggles, decided to bike pack over the Thorong La Pass which has an elevation of 5,416m. While she was there they had a little snow as you can see in the pictures, so she spent a lot of the time carr...

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January 10, 2020 30 min

In part one Anna told us about her experiences while walking the Kings Trail in Sweden and the Green Ribbon in Scandinavia. This podcast concentrates on her 2018 4000km tandem kayak paddle with her friend Kate to the Black Sea from London

Details of her trip can be found under the heading trekking across the wilderness of arctic Sweden

2019 was another exciting one: in September she completed the latest expedition, The Green Ribbon, ...

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January 3, 2020 41 min

Welcome to the first podcast of 2020 and I’m delighted to introduce you to Anna Blackwell a 26 year old adventurer who got bitten by the adventure and travel bug just a few years ago when she undertook her gap year in South America.

She has since taken this passion to the limit pushing herself further and over greater distances completing a series of adventures over the last few years: trekking across the wilderness of arctic Sweden...

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December 27, 2019 30 min

Wishing all our listeners a happy and healthy holiday season and hope that we all travel into 2020 in a positive and relaxed manner.

This podcast was recorded on Christmas Day 2019 while walking on the local Malvern Hills with Rose and Pip the dog.

In it we review the 27 podcasts we have produced this year and discuss some of the key elements we’ve taken from each one.

Every person was a delight to talk to and the reason I enjoy doing...

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December 20, 2019 40 min

This interview is with Tim Moss from The Next Challenge website. It provides some background to his outdoor history and how he has turned the tables from searching for funds to assist his trips, to offering funds and support for other first time adventurers.

Tim has organised expeditions to all seven continents, made first and first-British ascents of several mountains from Russia to Bolivia, and has travelled around the world using...

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December 13, 2019 53 min

A fascinating interview with someone who has chosen a different path which requires sacrifice and bravery to live life with more adventure and see where the journey takes her. We talk about life decisions and living for today, plus the financial challenges and practicalities of travel.

Alice Bowers put time aside an hour from her temporary job this cold December day where she is selling Christmas Trees to happy Londoners, to tell us...

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December 6, 2019 57 min

What a pleasure to chat with Tom Gale from Atom Packs.

The instigator behind the UK’s only lightweight, bespoke, pack manufacture for the lightweight hiker. Designed by him and manufactured with his team of four, he produces solid, quality lightweight products based on his experience of the long distance hiking, completing the triple crown, several mountain qualifications and the Te Araroa trail in New Zealand.

All tough trails and t...

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November 29, 2019 47 min

Abbie Barnes is a very popular film maker on Youtube and active on other social media so if you are into walking any of the UK National Trails I am sure you will have watched at least one or more of her videos.

She has set herself the task of walking and recording at a very honest level all 16 of the UK National Trails describing the rich experience each one offers, accompanied by an eloquent explanation of the history and natural e...

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November 22, 2019 24 min

This interview came about following an email from a regular listener who heard of a small charity in Buxton in need some outdoor exposure to support their fabulous work.

They are raising funds to build a lodge at White Hall Education Centre in the heart of the beautiful Peak District of Derbyshire with the aim to provide access to outdoor activities and respite accommodation for children and young people with additional needs. This ...

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November 15, 2019 19 min

This is it, the 500th episode in the long running series produced by me and released almost 14 years to the date of the first podcast release back in 2005.

This is a fun, musical chat with some reflection on the last 14 years.

In it I look at the past, a few of the many changes to the digital landscape which now surrounds us and speculate over some of the developments for The Outdoors Station for 2020.

If you want to get involved in a...

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