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Triple Olympian, Rowing World Champion and Olympic Silver medallist. Author of The Long Win: The search for a better way to succeed.
Rethink Your Potential. Author - Staying the Distance: The lessons from sport that business leaders have been missing. How to improve, perform and achieve, in ways that are effective and sustainable.
Adventurer, solo traveler and Author of “Feral: Losing Myself and Finding My Way in America’s National Parks”
Chief Volunteer Queen for Adventure Queens South Wales - her goal is to encourage more women of every age, size, ability and background to participate in outdoor activities.
Founder and CEO of Outdoor Afro. Author: “Nature Swagger Stories and Visions of Black Joy in the Outdoors”
Adventure Athlete, Fellow of the RGS and Author of “Go Far: How Endurance Sports Help You Win At Life”.
Team GB Athlete, 3x Olympian. Multiple world medalist. Author of My Hidden Race.
Ultra-endurance cyclist - Trans Am Bike Race, NorthCape4000, and Paris-Brest-Paris brevet finisher, as well as the 2019 24-Hour World Time Trial Champion.
1st woman and 1st American to ski to the geographic South Pole (1989), and 1st woman to row solo across the Atlantic Ocean (1999).
Paddling a tandem sea kayak down the Colorado River through the Grand Canyon and becoming the first Canadian to paddle across America; 6,500km in 150 days.
Real Wins - Race, Leadership and how to Redefine Success. One of the UK’s 50 Most 'Influential Women in Sport’.
Author of “The Slow Road to Tehran” - documenting her year-long cycling journey from London to Tehran.
Overcome fear and achieve your potential. Author of #SickbedToSummits. Running from Land’s End to John O’Groats (LEJOG) in September 2022.
Adventure Activist - Her journey to climbing Mt. Everest and completing her “Pond to Peak” Challenge.
Author of "Everything You Ever Taught Me". Female, fat, funny, forty-something and in her 4th year of recovery from Alcoholism. Walking 2,653 from Mexico to Canada on the PCT.
Wheelchair user, “Making the inaccessible accessible” - Passionate about creating a countryside for all.
Youth Climate Activist, Cycled 570 miles from Devon to Glasgow for COP26 #ride2COP26
aka Little Miss Pedals - Cycled 20,000+ km over 14 months throughout Europe and Africa.
Paddlesports & outdoors enthusiast. A traumatic brain injury survivor and was the 2020/21 British Canoeing #ShePaddles Ambassador for Canoe Wales.
57, walking the 1,400 mile/2,286km Grande Randonnée Cinq (GR5) with her husband of 27 years
Teacher, Outdoor Adventurer and Author of Bikepacking England 20 multi-day off-road cycling adventures.
Campaigner promoting the benefits of adventure for wellbeing. Author of - Adventure Revolution:The life-changing power of choosing challenge.
Explorer of the Natural World, FRGS, SES Rivers Foundation Explorer 2019, Filmmaker & public speaker.
Award winning filmmaker, brand ambassador for Montane and current Ordnance Survey #GetOutside Champion
Author of Hudson Bay Bound: Two Women, One Dog, Two Thousand Miles to the Arctic
The @hijabi.hiker who is excited about sharing her journey into the outdoors #DiversifyOutdoors
Athlete, advocate, and storyteller rewriting the narrative of who plays outside
Author of “Around the World in 80 Trains”, Nat Geo Traveller Book of the Year.
International Award Winning Mind & Body Coach. Passionate about helping people embrace fear, grow their confidence, and take action.
Youngest woman to run from John O’Groats to Lands End (JOGLE) completely solo and unsupported.
Space Diplomat, Future Astronaut, & Pioneering Polar Explorer!
Extreme Ultra Endurance Athlete and first female amputee to finish Western States and the Badwater Ultramarathon!
AKA Lady Velo, is a cycling advocate, activist, blogger, presenter and award winning author.
Muay Thai world champion in 2016, and the world's first female Muslim boxing champion
First woman to kayak the Amazon River, 4,300 miles from the source to the sea!
Travel Blogger & Podcaster - Inspiring black women to embrace nature and outdoor recreation through adventure.
Modern-day ‘Alchemist’, passionate about turning challenge into opportunity and transforming the difficult stuff into ‘gold’
Everyday adventurer, anxiety survivor, trier, fail-er, author. Currently trying something new every day in 2020.
Survived Ovarian Cancer - Walked 3,700 miles in Wales. Wrote a book. Now walking 5,000 miles across Europe!
Woman in the Wilderness: A Story of Survival, Love and Self-Discovery in New Zealand
Running her 1st Marathon at 50, completing the Snowman Trek in Bhutan and training for the 4 Deserts Challenge in 2020!
Swedish ultra-runner who ran alone through Iran to overcome fears and prejudice. A 1,144 mile journey of Trust.
49 year old mother and full time adventurer, cycling the world and living a nomadic lifestyle on her terms.
Adventuring with ADHD, Swimming the length of the River Thames as a Mermaid & Swimming with Strangers!
Leading Global Expert on Female Physiology and Endurance Training. Author of ROAR.
Management Consultant turned World Record Holder - 1st Women to cycle the Vuelta a España - 3,058km with 49,337m of climbing!
The North Sea Cycle route, the world's longest signposted cycle route, 8 countries, 6,000km #GreatNorthRide
Grandmother with Type 1 Diabetes, who completed a solo 3,527-mile bicycle ride from San Francisco to New York!
British Triathlete and 4X World Ironman Champion (2007, 2008, 2009 and 2011), wife, mum and Global Head of Health and Wellbeing at Parkrun.
Immersive Investigative Journalist. Anthropologist-Explorer. Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society.
37, freelance writer & blogger, from Bristol who cycled LEJOG solo via the 3 peaks in 2018!
Embarked on a 5,000 mile solo bicycle journey across the United States, in an effort to face her deep-seated phobia of men
Mountain Runner, Adventure Racer, & New Mum! Author of Bump, Bike and Baby!
Walked the 1000-mile circumference of Wales with Chico the donkey!
Runner, Author & Mental Health Campaigner
Survival Expert, Expedition leader, and Adventure Catalyst.
“Powered By Me” - A year-long human-powered lifestyle adventure
Editor-in-Chief of @Purpose2Play, Big mountain snowboarder, Stunt Woman who is addicted to storytelling & living boldly
Freelance Adventure Journalist Bonding with Wild Horses - Travelling the World - Competing in the World’s Toughest Horse Race
Bestselling author, award-winning journalist, and the co-founder of the Women’s Equality Party talking about her new book - Attack of the fifty foot women: How gender Equality can save the world!
From “Queen of the Mile” - Talking about travel, running, cycling, her experience of a DNF & what’s in store for the future!
Type 1 Diabetic, Runner, Blogger & Expat Living in London
From Mountain High - Her mission, to inspire people to step outside of their comfort zone!: The Tough Girl Podcast sponsored by Four Athletics!
Author of “Adventuresses” - Traveling the world following in the footsteps of early female explorers
Ultra Distance Runner & Blogger
Team USA Fencer & Rio 2016 Olympic Hopeful
Former Professional Athlete, Author of When Women Stood - The Untold History of Females Who Changed Sports and the World.
Autistic and Adventurous, publishing her first book: The Autistic Guide to Adventure: Active Pursuits from Archery to Wild Swimming for Tweens and Teens.
Professional rock climber. Following her passions, pushing her limits, and completing first ascents around the world.
Her battle with self doubt and self-worth - walking the Te Araroa Trail in New Zealand and sailing around Great Britain with her partner on a 28-ft boat.
Adventurer and endurance athlete moving into mountain biking and crossing Svalbard on skies.
Author of “Escape from the Ordinary”, retired from the US Army at 40, to sail around the world for 8 years with her husband.
60+ Pro-age & anti-ageism campaigner. Retirement Rebel. Writing about her motorhome adventures around Great Britain
Adventure Enthusiast blogging at: The 5 to 9 Traveller. Who believes life is more than your 9 to 5.
Ultra endurance athlete - Only person in the UK to have finished a continuous Double Deca (20x Ironman). Training for the Arch To Arc Triathlon (Sept 2022).
Outdoor Writer and Adventurer who has participated in expeditions in the Himalayas.
Underwater Explorer, with expeditions into icebergs in Antarctica, volcanic lava tubes, and submerged caves worldwide. Author of INTO THE PLANET.
Adventurer and outdoor writer - Climbing all 282 of Scotland's Munros and walked 330km from her birthplace in Sheffield to her new home in Cockermouth, Cumbria.
Getting outside for 20mins everyday and how it’s changed her life. Plus going after a 100 miler mountain run!
Marine social scientist, writer and ocean leader from Ireland, with a deep love and passion for surfing and the sea. Her work explores the relationship between people and nature.
The 1st female ever to WIN the overall SOLO division of the gruelling Race Across Across America in its 39 year history!
Completing her first ultra the Marathon Des Sables with undiagnosed Pulmonary Tuberculosis. Now fully recovered she is training for the London Marathon in 2022.
Journalist, Adventure Traveller and Author of: Nepal One day at a time.
Endurance Runner and Adventure Racer, on a mission to share the joy of running. Author of - “Run For The Love Of Life”
Athlete & Educator - Using my physical capacity and love of learning to help people. Author of Better Great Than Never
Endurance Athlete & WR Holder. 5X Ironman, cycled across the USA, run 100 miles nonstop in under 20 hours, and rowed solo across the Atlantic Ocean.
Author - This One Wild Life: A Mother-Daughter Wilderness Memoir.
Ugandan-American World Traveller, who became the first Black Woman to travel to every country in the world!
Award Winning Author, Adventurer & Pioneering Expedition Kayaker.
Writer, speaker and content creator, cycling 3,175km around the UK. Host of the Extraordinary Ordinary You Podcast.
Award winning Motorcyclist, Traveller & Author. Over 100,000+ kms on motorcycles through 7 countries.
Solo circumnavigation of the globe in a 26-foot sailboat between the ages of 18 and 21, making her the first American woman and the youngest person (at the time) to sail around the world!
Poet & Author - ‘Never Leave The Dog Behind’ who explores the relationship between people, dogs and the great outdoors.
Hiker & Blogger at Attitude over Ability - Hiking the Coast to Coast UK, Alpine Pass Route, Switzerland and the South Island of New Zealand.
Independent sports historian writing about women's distance running and sharing stories of female runners over 50.
The Executive Adventurer, solo hiking whilst on chemotherapy & crossing the Australian outback in a 4x4 truck!
Hiking, skiing and exploring wild places. Author of, “If I Live Until Morning, A True Story of Adventure, Tragedy and Transformation”
Author of Wanderers: A History of Women Walking
Badass single mom who has jammed her way around the roller derby circuit for the past 12 years. Author of My Derby Romance.
Ultra runner focused on FKT’s (Fastest Known Times) & Host of Womxn Of The Wild Podcast
Finishing the 2015 Yukon Quest a 1,000 Mile Sled Dog Race and the 2016 Iditarod.
Journalist & Author of ‘Fighting Chance’, winner of 2 Golden Gloves championship titles and named, The California Female Fight of the Year in 2000
Adventure Runner, Ran 63 marathons in 63 days in 2017. Training to run 2,500 miles on a treadmill in 63 days…
Professional kiteboarder & entrepreneur, empowering women to get out there and do what they love.
Go Ahead, Stop and Pee: Running During Pregnancy and Postpartum
Running 2,300+ miles through Great Britain barefoot!
Her Extraordinary Quest to the South Pole!
Hiking the Annapurna Circuit in Nepal, backpacking the High Sierra Trail in California and trekking the Laugavegur Trail in Iceland!
The Adventure Psychologist - Going knowingly into the unknown
The Girl Outdoors: The Wild Girl's Guide to Adventure, Travel and Wellbeing!
Paddle boarding the length of Great Britain, plus setting 3 world SUP records!
Her journey to Ironman Wales & Meg Saunders - Hiking the Inca Trail and signing up for a marathon!
Adventuring with her partner and two young children, living in a tent for 18 months while exploring Britain’s National Parks.
PhD, is a biologist, writer, and adventurer - Completed a 4,000-mile wilderness journey from the Pacific rainforest to the Alaskan Arctic, traveling by rowboat, ski, foot, raft, and canoe!
Outdoor philosopher, writer, activist and cyclist. Cycling South America for the Life Cycle biodiversity bamboo bike ride!
Quit her normal life at 36, and having never cycled before, set off to cycle around the world!
“Must Try Harder” an unlikely adventurer who is an anxiety survivor.
Citi exec until burnout, recovered, became a PT, & co-founded Bodyshot! She’s taken part in 3x Scotland Coast to Coast Races, as well as Man V Mountain! Currently training for the Arctic Circle Race in 2019!
This Girl Ran: Tales of a Party Girl Turned Triathlete - ditching a glamorous city girl lifestyle, and two years later qualifying to be a GB age-group triathlete!
Adventurer & Storyteller - Who walked the length of the Rabbit Proof Fence in Australia!
Biking across Europe, Cycling the Andes with Faye Shepherd, & Driving across Canada in a Van!
Accomplished acrobat and aerialist….. born without legs
Trying 100 sports and fitness classes in a year and now helping women to find their Get Up and Go in their community!
Extreme sleeping outdoors adventurer who thrives on heading off to the wildest locations she can find to sleep in the strangest places she can seek out!
Adventurer Living Life to the Full - Crossed 150 Things Off Her Bucket List
The first professional female obstacle course racer & founder of Dirt in Your Skirt!
PE Teacher & Triathlete who was diagnosed with a brain tumour in 2014. This is her journey back to fitness.
Blogger, Adventurer & Environmentalist - First person to paddle board the length of England via its connected waterways, 650km (400 miles)!
British travel writer, who explores the world on her motorbike!
Australian Cycle Enthusiast, Educator, and First Women to Cycle Across the ‘New' Russia!
Endurance Runner & Blogger
Elite multi-sport athlete
A lifelong backcountry adventurer, in January 2021 she became the first known Black person to hike all 48 of New Hampshire’s high peaks in winter!
An ordinary woman doing something extraordinary. She has decided to live her life to the fullest by living her bucket list, one dream at a time.
Travel writer and adventurer who became the first person to walk the entire Danube river.
Author of "Beyond Guilt Trips: Mindful Travel in an Unequal World”.
Utilizing her intersecting identities: Black, disabled, lesbian, backpacker. On a mission to get historically excluded folks outdoors in Nature.
Long distance runner, 2x Olympian, Co-author of “How She Did It” - A high performance guide for female distance runners.
Co-founder of Black Trail Runners and running Britain’s most brutal race - the Spine Race 286 miles non-stop!
1st African-American ever to win medals in Winter Olympic competition. Talking about building resilience, embracing inclusion and achieving success.
Ethnobotanist looking at the interactions we have with wildlife. Author of Wild Waters.
Having a positive mindset during times of immense stress. Lessons learned from rowing the Atlantic Ocean.
Neurodivergent, Fat Cyclist, Co-Author of ‘Gears for Queers’. Promoting body positivity and encouraging everyone to get on their bike.
Runner since 1989; ultra-runner since 2005. Training for her 30th ultra - the Dawn to Dusk to Dawn 24-hr track ultra in May 2022.
Adventurer and Author of “Unlost: A journey of self-discovery and the healing power of the wild outdoors”.
Hiking the Appalachian Trail in 2021 and her goal of becoming the 2nd Black woman to achieve the Triple Crown of Hiking.
City girl who moved to the subarctic! Advocating diversity and inclusion outdoors. Founder of Amplify Outdoors.
Working to get female adventurers back on the map. Author: Following Nellie Bly: Her Record-Breaking Race Around the World.
Writer, walker, blogger and mother of 4. Her latest book, Windswept, uncovers long distance female walkers of the past.
Writer and Adventurer. Women with Altitude. Following in the footsteps of legendary female adventurers with no modern equipment!
New book: Everything Harder Than Everyone Else: Why some of us push our bodies to extremes. Exploring the fine line between hedonism & endurance.
WR for riding 5,000 miles on an ElliptiGO Bike across the UK while writing “KINDNESS” in massive Strava Art!
Journalist & author living on a hillside in North Wales, writing about improbable things; most recently, childbirth. AFTER BIRTH: What nobody tells you – How to Recover Body and Mind.
Explorer and Photo Journalist, Founder of Wings WorldQuest, and on the Board for The Explorers Club
Award-winning writer, artist, and advocate for women and diversity in the UK outdoors. Founder of @alltheelements_
An Adventurous Girl - Blog on adventure, travel, fitness & mental health!
A 2,000-mile journey by paddle from Minneapolis to Hudson Bay
First Asian woman to visit every sovereign country in the world!
The joys and challenges of being a solo woman researcher, explorer and biker. Sharing more about spending 2 years with a Bedouin tribe in Sinai.
Professional athlete making history as the highest paid Female Professional American Footballer.
Award-winning writer and travel photographer exploring culture through food, tradition, and lifestyles.
Lawyer, writer, avid mountain trekker and a full-time global mountain nomad #BeAPeakExplorer
Athlete and Global Advocate for LGBTQ equality in sports
79 years young, running 60 to 100 miles per week, sharing her knowledge about running, health and fitness.
Aiming to be the first Iranian to climb the Seven Summits (only Mt. Everest to go!) and trekking 335 miles across the largest ice cap in the world, Greenland.
The youngest woman to have circumnavigated the world on bicycle. 160 days to pedal 29,000km, across 14 countries!
Ironman & CEO of the International Association of Black Triathletes (IABT)
“Bird Girl” - 18-year-old British Bangladeshi top world teen birder, conservationist and environmentalist
‘The Fit Chick’, Pro Mountain Bike Racer, Author & All-American Ironman triathlete
Fitness Professional & Blogger at Keep it SimpELLE
Extreme Sleeping Adventurer, Storyteller-in-Residence at Calm.com, & host of the Wander Woman Podcast.
1st woman to run the length of Scandinavia, 103 days, 3000km!
Athlete and advocate for equality in women’s sports.
Adventures by land & sea, Author 'Dare to Do’, Psychotherapist-in-training, Award-winning feature film #Home in cinemas now!
Green Ribbon Expedition 2019 - 1,000km solo trek across Arctic and Northern Scandinavia!
Walking the Camino del Norte in Europe, walking the Kumano Kodo Trail in Japan and bike packing the length of Japan, over 4,000km!
Author of The Courage Habit: Sharing more about how to accept your fears, release the past, and Live Your Courageous Life
World Explorer, focusing on major river systems including the Nile, Amazon, Mississippi, Ganges.
The Life of an Adventurer after rowing the Atlantic Ocean twice!
The Worlds Toughest Ski Race , The Arctic Circle Race, Greenland - 160km!
68 - Spending 7 years travelling the world on a motorbike!
Wheelchair Athlete, Mental Toughness Speaker, Author, Helping you GET YOUR GRIT ON.
Author of “Running for my Life” sharing about mental health and how she eventually overcomes her demons through running,
“The Mirnavator” - Ultra Marathon Runner & National Geographic 2018 Adventurer of the Year!
Kayaking ‘the Inside Passage’, 1,200 miles down the western coast of North America from Anacortes, Washington to Juneau, Alaska.
Author & Lecturer specialising in social history through women’s eyes with a focus on women travellers and women adventurers
Travel writer, TV producer and director of Edge Expeditions. She set an unlikely Guinness World Record for driving a tuk tuk 12,500 miles from Bangkok to Brighton!
Pursuing her passions of swimming, getting outdoors & eating cake!
Olympian x3, NYT Best Selling Author - “Fast Girl – A Life Spent Running From Madness”, & Mental Health Advocate
Writer - Author of New York Times Bestseller Wild - Mother of 2 - Hiking the Pacific Crest Trail
Adventurer & Member of the Coxless Crew:- 1 Boat - 1 Ocean - Fo4r Women.
Running and Triathlon Coach and founder of Sparta Chicks!
Trekking to Siberia to experience what daily life is like for the nomadic Nenets reindeer herders
A leading sports and eating disorder specialist dietitian with over 15 years' experience working in nutrition.
Author & Blogger behind “Too Fat to Run”
Professional Cyclist & Activist - Advocating for Equality in Women’s Sports.
Author, speaker, expedition leader and former Antarctic scientist. In 2012 she became the first woman to ski alone across Antarctica.