As our world grows ever smaller and more connected, it’s easier to travel, but harder to find true adventure but at twenty-eight years old, Lucy is at the forefront of modern exploration.
From high mountains, rainforests, to the Arctic, she has plotted a thrilling, inimitable path. Made a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society at age twenty three and on the council for the Scientific Exploration Society as a result of her expedition achievements.
Lucy's expeditions have taken her all over the globe and she now shares her love for this world with others by both guiding expeditions to the Arctic and sharing her own adventures on film.
Lucy in her own words:
“I am a strong believer that when we put ourselves in challenging situations, whatever that may be, that our character grows and we become better people as a result. Given the current climate of how those in power are acting and how mental health and obesity problems are on the rise, we could all do with stepping outside our comfort zone and doing what we previously thought impossible.”
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Being called an adventurer!
Her job and what she does
Spending time in the Arctic, Jungle and high mountains
Her early years, climbing trees and being creative
Losing her mojo in her teenage years
The term ‘expedition’
Applying to join a scientific expedition in Svalbard at age 18
Trying to figure out what’s next
Her next steps to make adventure her career
Going to York University to study film and TV production
Trying to gain new skills over the next 3 years
Connecting with individuals via the Royal Geographical Society
Spending 1 month in the jungle at 22 years old
Saying she wanted to be an adventurer for real in 2015
Living in the jungle for a month
Being stalked by a jaguar
Dealing with the dangers of the jungle
Deciding to head back to the jungle in early 2020
Wanting to do citizen science
Kanuku mountain range in the Amazon jungle of Guyana
Micro plastics in the jungle….
Having 3 weeks for the expedition
How the expedition evolved and changed
Documenting the journey
Her process for planning expeditions
The initial idea
The struggle of getting detailed maps
Advice for sponsorship and why you need to tell everyone about it
The challenges of covid and getting sponsorship
Getting physically ready for the expeditions
What a typical weeks looks like training
Mental training before and during expeditions
Spending 2 weeks in a tent on Denali at -40 degrees
Moving into acceptance
Peeing in the tent!
Periods on mountain expeditions
Charging electronics - Goal Zero
Practical tips for dealing with the cold
Why you need to empty your bladder before bed
Favourite piece of gear
Why you should be bothered.
Website - www.lucyshepherd.net
(New) YouTube Channel: LucyShepherd
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