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Mary-Ann Ochota - Anthropologist and lover of the outdoors. Hillwalking ambassador for the BMC

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.

Mary-Ann is a broadcaster, anthropologist and lover of the outdoors. She mostly makes TV shows about archaeology and anthropology, and her work has taken her from yak herders' camps on the Tibetan plateau to the slums of Dhaka in Bangladesh, the deserts of Australia and crofters' cottages on the Scottish islands.

She's currently pinned in one place (give or take) by two small children, and is working out ways to live an adventurous life with kids and a mortgage.

Mary-Ann is also passionate about helping people from diverse backgrounds find outdoor adventures, and challenging the systems that mean access isn't equal for all. She's a hillwalking ambassador for the British Mountaineering Council, and a fellow of the Royal Geographical Society.

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Show notes

  • Who is Mary-Ann in her own words

  • Growing up in Cheshire loving outdoors

  • Learning and working with adults as a kid

  • Wanting to be a vet back then

  • How she got into Anthropology

  • Her first research as an Anthropologist

  • Challenges getting on adventures as a mum of two kids

  • Joining a 40-day expedition in the Simpson Desert in Australia

  • Making positive choices rather than missing out

  • 'Finding Our Way' Podcast and what this is about

  • Celebrating people who are making a difference

  • Seeing Sarah Williams as a role model

  • Being inspired by Izzy Lynch and Tessa Treadway of Motherload

  • Getting into more detail about her role as a Royal Geographical Society fellow

  • Future challenges she would like to take on

  • Wanting to hike the Cape Wrath Trail

  • Her goal of travelling more in the east and west of Africa

  • Wishing to go on a long journey with horses

  • Spending time with the yak herders

  • Having deep connections with animals and landscapes

  • Biggest challenges she faced in her 20's

  • Budget and travel with confidence

  • Gender and safety

  • Final words or advice


Social Media

Instagram: @Maryannochota

Twitter: @MaryAnnOchota


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