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Frankie Dewar - Writer, speaker and content creator, cycling 3,175km around the UK.

Renata Chlumska  - Adventure athlete who became the first Swedish and Czech woman to climb Mount Everest and in 2005 did a circumnavigate of the lower 48 States of the United States by her own power.

A lover of adventure: climbing, hiking, camping and fun, Frankie started biking in lock down and with very little experience took her second hand bike on a squiggly loop of the UK to interview 51outdoorsy folx older than her about how they kept the adventure alive, and showing that you don't have to "do it whilst you're young”.

These stories were recorded and the conversations shared via the Extraordinary Ordinary Womxn Podcast*

*Extraordinary Ordinary Womxn - has had a rebrand and has changed its name to Extraordinary Ordinary You - this transition is taking place now. The reason for the name change will be discussed during this episode.

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Show notes

  • Who is Frankie

  • What she loves

  • Growing up in the countryside in Devon

  • Moving to rural France when she was young

  • Wanting to live in the city

  • Moving to Brighton, UK at 17/18 years old

  • Living in France

  • Doing an exchange to New Zealand

  • Being broke and living on a tight budget

  • Investing in a pair of hiking boots, sleeping bag and backpack

  • Getting into hiking in New Zealand

  • Having fun on a budget

  • Connecting with awesome people

  • Not planning on going to university

  • Studying childcare in college

  • Working seasons for 2 years as a kids rep

  • Wanting to move up or move on

  • Deciding to go to university to study Tourism

  • Wanting to work and travel!

  • Not having a plan for the future

  • Doing a placement year in Chamonix - Action Outdoors

  • Playing catch up and wanting to do as much as she could

  • Heading back to the UK to finish her degree

  • Having a go with the flow plan for after university

  • Starting working as a freelancer and wanting to work from her van

  • Getting injured at the climbing gym

  • Having a tough few months in rehab in 2019

  • The start of 2020 and dealing with the UK lockdown

  • Moving to Hastings to stay in a holiday home

  • Having negative thoughts about prioritising adventure

  • When things go wrong, while living an alternative life

  • Wanting to ask people for advice

  • Wanting to do a cycling trip

  • Buying a bike for £70

  • Wanting to find more role models

  • Deciding to cycle around the UK and interview as many women as possible

  • Taking the first step and putting herself out there

  • Dealing with imposter syndrome and feeling anxious about putting herself out there

  • Was the trip too big and too cool for her?

  • Extraordinary Ordinary Womxn

  • Speaking to 51 amazing women and non-binary folk

  • Judging the success of the podcast

  • Re-branding to Extraordinary Ordinary You

  • Reflection on using the term “Womxn”

  • Reaching out to her community

  • Womxn Instagram post on @Extraordinaryordinaryyou

  • Moving to Sheffield

  • Plans for 2021

  • Supporting Frit (@frit_tam) on their 2 month trip doing a zig-zag across the UK - starting on the 15th May 2021 - #glideforpride Rollerblading England tackling the issue of belonging in the LGBTQIA+ community

  • LGBTQIA+ – Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer and/or Questioning, Intersex, and Asexual and/or Ally.

  • Working with RachelSarahM

  • Final words of advice


Social Media


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Extraordinary Ordinary You


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