May 30, 2017

In 1982 at age 22 Elspeth set off on a solo motorbike trip around the world. The journey took her 2.5 years and she covered a distance of 48,000 miles taking in the sites of North America, Australasia, Asia & Europe. 

This was all done in the age before mobile phones and internet. During her travels Elspeth rode through post-revolutionary Iran during the war with Iraq.

She survived life threatening ill...

May 28, 2017

At the start of 2017 after feedback from the Tough Girl Tribe. I started 7 Women - 7 Challenges.

Throughout the year I will be interviewing 7 women as we follow them on their journey of going after their own personal challenges.

We will learn what really has to happen for people to achieve their goals, we will hear about their frustrations, disappointments, set backs, as well as their successes and achi...

May 23, 2017

After 6 years of living a 9-5 lifestyle, she had had enough. She was fed up of being stressed and overworked and had a mountain of baggage to contend with.

She was burnt out, didn’t sleep well, was over-thinking all the time and had bouts of depression. She didn’t feel healthy.

So, she decided to make a change. She quit her job, signed up to do a few challenges and… she i...

May 21, 2017

Thru hiking the Appalachian Trail in 100 days is going to be a challenge.

I’ve shared more about my physical and mental preparation as well as the costs involved in getting me to the start of the trail. I have been meticulous with regards to what I’m taking with me and what it’s going to weigh. 

You can read these blog posts here:

As well has having specific tactics for all aspects of the walk. The oth...

May 20, 2017

In order to move as quickly as I want to, I have to get my base weight down. 

Ideally I was going for 15 lbs. It didn’t quick work out at that!!!

All in all, my base weight comes to 17.43 lbs which I’m ok with - I could reduce it down a little further to get bang on 17 lbs...


Base weight = Everything in your pack, but not including food or water. 

I have done a separate post on the costs involved in g...

May 17, 2017

Cheryl Strayed is a writer, mother, feminist, and a storyteller. She is the author of 4 books, including the #1 New York Times Bestseller, Wild. The book shares her journey on the Pacific Crest Trail alone at the age of 22 while going through grief and depression. From a difficult childhood with a single mum to later losing her mum, Cheryl has experienced great sadness and come through stronger.

In a c...

May 16, 2017

Phoebe Smith is an adventurer, author, editor, presenter, speaker and filmmaker.

By day she is award-winning editor of Wanderlust Travel Magazine, travel writer and presenter, by night she’s an extreme sleeping outdoors adventurer who thrives on heading off to the wildest locations she can find to sleep in the strangest places she can seek out.

She was the first person to sleep at all the extreme points...

May 15, 2017

I have kept a record of what I have spent so far on getting myself ready for the Appalachian Trail.

I have paid for items in both GBP and USD. 

To make things as easy as possible. I have converted the USD amounts into GBP.

If there is no amount next to the item, it means I already owned it. I have also rounded the amount to the nearest whole number.

This does not include additional costs such as paying fo...

May 12, 2017

I need to really think about my thru-hike and how best to undertake it. There needs to be an element of flexibility built in, to ensure I make it to my destination (Mount Katahdin) by my deadline date - 10th September, but also to ensure I don’t spend my whole trip beating myself up if I don’t complete the millage and struggle to stick to the plan. 

The trail is 2,190 miles long, so in 100 days, I woul...

May 12, 2017

I’m so excited on the 3rd June I will be starting my Appalachian Trail thru-hike. Which I plan to do in 100 days.

The 100 days came about as I wouldn’t have been able to take 5 or 6 months off to do the trail (which is the average time most people take). I’m starting my Masters in October, so knew I had to finish in September, my birthday is on the 10th (not a massive fan, to be honest, I hate it) but...

May 11, 2017

Dr Laura Gush is a patron of the Tough Girl Podcast, a member of the Tough Girl tribe and a phenomenal runner. She’s raced in The Iron Man, Marathon Des Sables and a number of ultra races and marathons.

Laura took a year off her medical career in 2015 and took that time to get her personal training qualifications and race in the Marathon Des Sables. Laura shares what she does to train for a race and ho...

May 10, 2017

I plan to share as much of my journey as I can with you. I want to share the high points and the low points, and allow you to experience it along with me. 

I will be starting the trail on 3rd June and will finish on 10th September 2017.


I will be vlogging and sharing the videos on Youtube.

You can subscribe to my channel HERE.

I will be up loading the footage to DropBox when I have access to wifi a...

May 10, 2017

A thru-hike more than anything else is a mental challenge. It is being alone with your thoughts every single day, it is dealing with the routine, the weather, it’s being positive and upbeat when you don’t want to be. It’s being determined, focused and working hard to achieve your goal. 

It’s going to be hard, challenging and also a life changing experience, which will test me. 

Which is what I want. I w...

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