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Hannah Engelkamp - Walked the 1000-mile circumference of Wales with Chico the donkey!

Charlene Gibson - Oldest British women to summit Cho Oyu in 2016 and now heading to climb Ama Dablam in 2018!

Hannah Engelkamp is a travel writer and ex-outdoor-magazine editor who bought a donkey, ‘the eccentric and handsome Chico’, 29 maps, and set off to walk the 1000-mile circumference of Wales. The journey took nearly six months, twice as long as her original estimate!

During this podcast we talk more about her life, being involved in adventure, why she loves small adventures in the UK. Where she got the idea from and why she decided to take on this challenge.

For those who have recently had children Hannah also shared more about how her life has changed since and what the impact has been with regards to adventure and fitness.


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Show notes

  • Growing up in Wales

  • Being a magazine editor and working in the adventure industry

  • How adventure has played a role in her life and what has inspired her

  • Where the idea first came from

  • Why she decided to tell people about her idea!

  • The problems with stiles and kissing gates!

  • Deciding to take a Donkey with her!

  • Chico the donkey and why he was a special kind of donkey!

  • Planning the trip

  • Working as a freelancer in London

  • Why it was easier to take off 3 months than 3 weeks

  • Dealing with the extra logistics of travelling with a donkey!

  • Her fears and worries before the trip started - and why they were mostly donkey related!

  • The complex relationship with Chico

  • The life lessons she learned

  • The challenges of route planning

  • Knowing that she would next want to quit

  • Making friends with Chico…

  • Dealing with the hills and the magical moments

  • Being ready to finish the walk in November

  • Adding another donkey into the mix for the final 40 miles!

  • Why going on this adventure helped her with her first child

  • What happened to Chico after the walk!

  • The next challenge - walking to the town of Cardigan in Wales

  • How has life changed after having a child

  • The toughness of being a parent…

  • Learn more about the book and the film!

  • Final words of advice for new mothers who want to incorporate adventure into your life


Social Media

Personal website -

Twitter - @hannahengelkamp

Facebook - @SeasideDonkey


BONUS TRACK! With Lauren from Discover Outdoors!

  • Why she loves the outdoors

  • Climbing Kilimanjaro

  • Discover Outdoors and why getting back to nature is so important

  • Having a common friend - Adelaide Goodeve from the Wild Show

  • Women in the Outdoors Week - how it started and why

  • Empowerment, Education and Activation

  • How it works

  • Why you should come along!

Get your tickets for Women in the Outdoors Week HERE!

NYC - 11th June - 17th June


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