Ellen in her own words:
I was a late starter to living more adventurously: in my late-thirties I realised that maybe I hadn’t left it too late and began to push my boundaries.
I gained my Hill and Moorland Leader qualification and after cycling a section of the Camino de Santiago in 2017 I set my sights on a cold adventure.
With 42 being the answer to life, the universe and everything I planned and trained for an expedition on Svalbard in the high arctic in 2020 when I was 42.
But just two weeks before leaving, covid cancelled everything. And cancelled again in 2021.
The only thing to do was set a challenge I could do during lockdown and so the Cheshire Challenge was born.
Searching for long distance walks local to home, I found there are 25 long distance trails that start or finish in Cheshire totalling 1500km and I’m walking them all.
I love the wilder mountains and moors but lockdown has made me appreciate what is on my doorstep, but I still have my sights set on Svalbard. Third time lucky?
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Leading a double life of adventure and engineering
Feeling as though she’d missed out on adventuring
Getting into adventure in her mid thirties
What changed in her mid thirties
Growing up in Cumbria
Starting to meet up with a friend in the Peak District
How Rando Girls came about
What Rando Girl means…
Developing her outdoor skills from navigation to map reading
How discovering the Tough Girl Podcast helped
Getting into climbing and joining the Chester Mountaineering Club
Enjoying the learning process
How long it took to get the qualification
Balancing the training, gaining the knowledge and having a life!
The dream to go to Svalbard, Norway
A cold adventure! North, South or going High
42 - “the Ultimate Question of Life, the Universe, and Everything.”
Being interested in human powered adventures
Being inspired by Adelaide Goodeve
Training expedition to Svalbard with Newland Expeditions
Instructor - Helen Turton
Having everything cancelled because of Covid
Fingers crossed that it will go ahead in 2022
Being in the proper cold and learning how to ski
Approach to fitness and keeping motivated during local lockdown
The Cheshire Challenge - to walk all 25 long distance paths in Cheshire totalling 1,500km
The 12hr Challenge (Inspired by Rae Red - Tough Girl Tribe)
Wanting to hit 42km…. in 12hrs!
The toughest moment on the 12hr challenge
Not wanting to get injured
Having fun on the challenge
Final push….. Final push!!!
Roller skiing on Skikes
Tyre pulling with Evil Edna…
Final words of advice
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