In this episode of the Tough Girl Podcast, I speak with Lucy Coppack, a finance manager by day and an outdoors enthusiast by weekend.
Lucy shares her love for the hills, her experiences as a female in the outdoors industry, and her personal challenges including the loss of her mother to breast cancer.
Lucy talks about her decision to raise money for the East Cheshire Hospice by completing the Peak District 88 Trig Point Challenge, and how the outdoors helps her process her emotions and grief. She also shares advice and tips for girls who want to spend more time in the outdoors.
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Who is Lucy
Living in Macclesfield, just outside the Peak District, UK
Working as a finance manager during the day
Her love for the outdoors, the hills and living van life during the weekends
Her early years growing up and spending loads of time outdoors
Being into climbing, biking and hiking
Her teenage years and spending time in Guides and Explorers
Being the only girl
Starting to see more women in the outdoors
Female instructors and leaders
Getting other basic qualifications for use in the outdoors
Struggling after leaving college to find work
Doing ski seasons for 3 years
Teaching herself how to snowboard
Working long shifts, but having the best time of her life
Working her summer seasons in Cornwall, UK
Wanting a bit more of a normal job
Losing her mum at 3 years old to breast cancer
Deciding to raise money for
Wanting to do a local challenge to raise money and awareness for East Cheshire Hospice
Deciding to do the 'Peak District Trig Point Challenge’
Wanting to complete the challenge in 88 days
Dislocating her knee and needing to go to hospital
The outdoors and how it helps with her mental health
Being a mental health first aider
Using hiking to help process her emotions and feeling of grief over losing her mum
Van life and the realities
Pooing and peeing
Wanting to hike all 214 Wainwrights
Becoming a Boobette with Coppafeel
The importance of checking your boobs on a regular basis
The BRCA Gene - BReast CAncer
Starting to get breast screening at 25 years old
Coming to terms with her risks of getting breast cancer
Thinking about doing her Mountain Leader Qualification
Thoughts on working full time in the outdoors industry full time
Wanting to work with outdoor brands as an ambassador/influencer
Thinking about the financial side of working in the outdoor industry
Advice and tips for girls who want to spend time in the outdoors
Starting with local walks to build up your confidence
App: All Trails
Check out FB Groups, Meet ups and connect with people on Instagram
How to connect with Lucy online
Nicky - IG @nicky.walks
Anna Blackwell - @annablackwell
Just Giving: www.justgiving.com/fundraising/lucy-coppack1
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