Katie-Jane is a British adventure girl living in the French Alps. She’s addicted to type 2 fun, powered by sugar and sunshine, and a lover of marzipan! Katie is mostly known for her organisation and planning skills (a queen of lists and highlighters), and her unwavering belief that anything is possible, whilst bringing a touch of pink and girly glamour to adventure.
Katie in her own words…
“My friends often refer to me as slightly crazy! But don’t be fooled… I’m not very brave, nor an adrenaline junkie or a daredevil, I’m just a normal girl, that through adventure is perpetually learning that ordinary people can do extraordinary things if they just can be bold enough to begin.
When I am not busy at my desk designing websites for clients, or organising expeditions, you might find me looking out of my tent on a mountain summit, snuggled deep in my sleeping bag, drinking a cuppa, watching the sun creep up over the mountains at dawn.
I have a passion for exploring this wonderful world in which we live. Having visited over 50 countries on 5 continents so far, I still feel there’s so much more to explore.
I have often found that stripped of comforts and faced with hardships and adversities, the completion of each journey becomes so much more rewarding.
My life goals are to fill my day’s with wonderful adventures, making memories, seeing new places, meeting new faces, doing things that are difficult, and scaring myself a little, so that nothing feels familiar & therefore everyday becomes extraordinary.”
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Listen to the last Tough Girl EXTRA episode - Completing the 1911 version of the Tour de France (5,500km in 23 days) & the Silk Road Mountain Race in Kyrgyzstan.
Listen to Katie when we first spoke in March 2018 - walking the entire length of the Great Wall of China in 2007 & doing the longest crossing of the Southern Patagonian Ice Cap by a woman.
Who is Katie
Living in the French Alps
Living a life of adventure for over 15 years
Having a passion for suffering
Getting addicted to challenges
How her recent challenge came about
Deciding to do the Iceland Traverse
Doing adventure for adventures sake
Have a tight budget and wanting to go somewhere wild and remote
Enjoying the adventure!
Sponsorship and raising money
The planning and preparation
Planning too much?
Figuring out water and river crossings
Taking ski googles while hiking in summer!
Preparing for the dust storms
2 months of planning for 2 weeks hiking
North to South or South to North - does it matter?!
Money and costs
Being super relaxed at the start of the challenge
Having to start again!
Starting on tarmac
Navigation in Iceland
Dealing with the wind and rain
Not feeling lonely and enjoying her own company
Solar charger was it worth it?
What Katie learned from the whole experience
Doing her Mountain Leader Qualification - training course
Final words of advice for women who want to go on their own solo adventure
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