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Kimberly Wheatley - Solo kayaker, SUP’er, and camper. Diversifying the outdoors one lake at a time, hoping to inspire some outdoor joy.

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 self-proclaimed late outdoor bloomer, Kimberly began exploring life outdoors after purchasing a folding kayak, which she credits with changing her life. 

What started as an impulse purchase put her on a path of adventure, and she now travels around the world with her dog (Bentley), camping, kayaking and stand-up paddle boarding. 

Learning as she goes along, she documents her travels on her instagram page, in hopes of inspiring and empowering other women to have solo adventures.

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Show notes

  • Who is Kimberly and what does she do

  • Kimberly's happy place

  • Always being drawn to water, even as a child

  • Learning to swim at a young age

  • Discovery of her passion for kayaking

  • Going on a 6-day kayaking trip in Canada

  • Not having her own kayak

  • Obtaining a folding kayak and practising in her living room

  • Overcoming barriers, pursuing her goal of spending time on the water

  • Solo kayaking safely

  • Being a very introverted person

  • Kayaking as therapy

  • Mountain lakes kayaking

  • Disconnecting from the world while connecting with nature

  • Giving peace of mind to friends and family

  • Bently, her little adventure buddy

  • Describing Bentley and matching hats with him

  • Not going into the same place twice

  • Using Google Maps to see where she can go

  • Paddling for hours without feeling hungry

  • Usually kayaking with canned wine

  • Naming her kayaks and their stories

  • Feeling judged for paddling alone

  • Having fears and concerns all the time

  • The struggle of being a woman of colour

  • Safety measures while camping

  • Solo kayaking experience in Norway

  • Insights on solo outdoor adventures, gear choices, and safety planning

  • Finding like-minded people for outdoor adventures

  • Final words of advice


Social Media

Instagram: @paddlingwithbae 


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