Findra Everyday Adventure Session
You don't have to claw your way to the top of K2 to have an adventure. Shorter adventures in your own backyard can be much more achievable - and exciting - than you'd realise. The Everyday Adventure Session is all about 'do-able' adventures, inspiring you on taking those first steps. And while our speakers are all achievers, they started small.
Joining us will be Graham Kelly, railway signalling engineer by trade, but as a qualified Mountain Leader his spare time is based in the Scottish Mountains – a habit that has led to full rounds of Munro and Corbett summits, a passion for fell running, scrambling and the occasional graded technical route. Given a winter, he can be seen on alpine or cross country skis and on a good day, sometimes skinning up a hillside on old touring kit.
Katie Hall says she has only been running long distances for the last few years, after completing the Barcelona Marathon because her brother bet that she couldn’t do it! Katie then launched herself into the world of ultra running; in only her second year of long distance running she completed the coveted ‘Triple Crown’ running all 3 ultras on the West Highland Way in the same calendar year (The West Highland Way 96 miles, The Highland Fling 53 miles and the Devil O’ The Highlands 42 miles), in fact only 14 weeks covering all three races.
Tom Hill says that being outdoors, and interacting with his environment through running, riding, climbing or simply being outside, goes beyond escapism and is a fundamental part of his life. He loves where those pursuits have taken him – physically, to mountains, remote places and his local woods; but more importantly the friendships it has brought him, the mental and physical release it gives him. He runs and rides to race, to play, to socialise, for solitude, to think, and not to think.
Julia Hobson is a self-confessed mountain addict who has spent the last five years trying to build a life that enables her to live and work in the mountains year round. She works as a mountain bike guide for several companies in Europe, taking people on 6-day backcountry journeys through beautiful scenery and along incredible trails. Alongside this, she is also setting up a guiding company and has recently qualified as a ski instructor; Julia is a a firm believer in the fact that you can choose to do anything and make it happen if you work hard enough for it.
Jo Moseley is a Yorkshire mum, happily flying solo with her two sons. Like many women, time for herself is short and precious, so everyday adventures in the Dales and on the North Sea are therefore a source of huge joy and wellbeing. Jo was turned off exercise by school PE, but in her 20s she kayaked in Alaska, hiked the trails of Virginia, dived in Scotland and the Philippines, and led a scientific expedition in Tanzania. After marriage, babies, and becoming a single parent, Jo stopped being active for almost 25 years. Anxious and unable to sleep, Jo began indoor rowing when a friend gave her an old erg. Feeling brighter within days, she went on to row a million metres, raising over £10,000 for charity. After completing #Couchto5k in December 2017, Jo set herself a goal to run 1000km in 2018. Combining her love of the trails with litter picking, she is an enthusiastic Plogger! As a result of her experience, Jo is passionate about sharing the joy and sense of physical, mental and emotional wellbeing that everyday adventures can bring.
Graham is a qualified railway signalling engineer, who also happens to be a mountain leader and ultra marathon runner.
Katie says has only been running long distances for the last few years, after completing the Barcelona Marathon because her brother bet that she couldn’t do it!
Tom says he cannot understate how important being outdoors, and interacting with his environment – whether through running, riding, climbing or simply being outside – is to him.
Julia is a mountain bike guide, climber and ski instructor; a self-confessed mountain addict who has spent the last five years trying to build a life that enables her to live and work in the mountains year round.
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