The Adventure Podcast

Terra Incognita

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An ongoing series of long-form conversations with individuals at the forefront of exploration and adventure in which filmmaker Matt Pycroft speaks to the most knowledgeable, accomplished and respected voices in the field. From mountaineers to wildlife cinematographers, environmental activists to polar photographers, The Adventure Podcast brings you up close and personal with those who live extraordinary lives.

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124 episodes

Episode 123: Lucy Shepherd, Reflection

Episode 123 of The Adventure Podcast features Adventurer, Lucy Shepherd. In this episode of the podcast, Matt and Lucy talk about her life, her early exposure to adventure and her career in the world of exploration and expeditions. Lucy has done some incredible things, and she’s at the stage now where she’s really reflecting on her experiences to date, and the successes and some of the lessons learned. She’s clearly had a lot of time to reflect on what she’s achieved and how she wants to alter how she navigates her projects in the future. There are some rip-roaring tales of adventure in this episode, as well as some more philosophical commentary on the world of adventure and exploration. Support this show http://supporter.acast.com/the-adventure-podcast. * Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy https://acast.com/privacy for more information.

1h 1m
Feb 06
Episode 122: Dr. Heïdi Sevestre, Glaciology

Episode 122 of The Adventure Podcast features glaciologist and science advocate, Dr Heidi Sevestre. Heidi invests a lot of her time in science policy and science outreach, believing that scientists and researchers have the duty to communicate about their work and tell the world about the wonders of the cryosphere and the threats targeting it. Matt met Heidi on an expedition to Greenland this summer for National Geographic. They became close friends quickly, and her passion and enthusiasm for her subject matter was obvious from the first second. She’s an incredibly talented expedition field scientist, and is at the cutting edge of glacier and climate science. Support this show http://supporter.acast.com/the-adventure-podcast. * Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy https://acast.com/privacy for more information.

1h 5m
Jan 30
Episode 121: David Shukman, The Greenwashing Troubleshooter

Episode 121 of The Adventure Podcast features journalist, David Shukman. David has been a journalist for 40 years, and spent twenty of those year leading the BBC's coverage of climate change and other environmental issues. He has broadcasted from the Arctic, the Amazon, and most places in-between. In this episode we talk about how he accessed the industry, and the defining moments that profoundly affected his career and decision making, before looking at some of the issues we now collectively face, and ultimately his decision to become an independent speaker, writer and consultant with a focus on climate action. Support this show http://supporter.acast.com/the-adventure-podcast. * Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy https://acast.com/privacy for more information.

1h 12m
Jan 23
Episode 120: Person Irresponsible, Teetotal

Episode 120 of The Adventure Podcast features teetotal thru-hiker, Person Irresponsible. It’s a very human story about an alcoholic who sought help and went on to thru-hike the Pacific Crest Trail. We think every human will find something in this episode to identify with. Matt and the anonymous PI talk about anonymity, mental health, feminism and so much more. Support this show http://supporter.acast.com/the-adventure-podcast. * Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy https://acast.com/privacy for more information.

1h 17m
Jan 16
Episode 119: Ian Finch, Storytelling

Episode 119 of The Adventure Podcast features expedition guide and adventure and outdoor photographer, Ian Finch. Ian cut his teeth in the adventure world as a Royal Marine Commando. His desire to record, capture or lead expeditions in unfamiliar corners of the globe is clearly driven by his passion to learn about heritage and traditions from the native cultures that call it home. In this episode we talk about Ian’s life and his journey into the world of expeditions, as well as talking through the stories of his last major expeditions.  Support this show http://supporter.acast.com/the-adventure-podcast. * Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy https://acast.com/privacy for more information.

1h 4m
Jan 09
Episode 118: Brian Hall, The Games Climbers Play

Episode 118 of The Adventure Podcast features climber, mountaineer and author, Brian Hall. Brian has been a key figure on the big mountain scene, and has carried out expeditions to some of the bigger and bolder mountains of the world including Mount Everest (in winter), K2, Jannu, Nuptse, Makalu, Baltoro Kangri, Shivling, Ogre II and peaks throughout the Andes. He’s a mountaineers mountaineer, and has had a sensational career, often shying away from the fame and glory that often comes with climbing at that level. Support this show http://supporter.acast.com/the-adventure-podcast. * Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy https://acast.com/privacy for more information.

1h 13m
Jan 02
Episode 117: Polly Neate, Stereotypes

Episode 117 of The Adventure Podcast features the CEO of Shelter, a British homelessness and housing charity that campaigns for tenant rights, Polly Neate. This episode is a riveting one featuring in depth discussions from everything from homelessness in the UK to women’s rights to Polly’s life and taking up climbing in her 50’s. Support this show http://supporter.acast.com/the-adventure-podcast. * Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy https://acast.com/privacy for more information.

57m
Dec 28, 2022
Episode 116: Davor Rostuhar, Love Around the World

Episode 116 of The Adventure Podcast features author, photographer and adventurer, Davor Rostuhar. Davor has worked all over the world for a proud client list including years working alongside National Geographic. His early life is fascinating, and he tells the story of just setting out on his bike to explore the Middle East. He goes into detail on some of his past projects before explaining the concept of his latest project, an exploration of love around the world. Support this show http://supporter.acast.com/the-adventure-podcast. * Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy https://acast.com/privacy for more information.

1h 5m
Dec 19, 2022
Episode 115: Ekspeditsiya - Part 4 - On Homecoming

Welcome to The Adventure Podcast and the final episode of our four part specialist series, Expeditsiya. When Charlie Walker got released from prison and finally arrived back in the UK, he woke up in the night and couldn’t get back to sleep. He, rather admirably, made the decision to make one final recording. How was he feeling now? How had the experience changed him? And that, without any fancy frills is episode four.  Support this show http://supporter.acast.com/the-adventure-podcast. * Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy https://acast.com/privacy for more information.

40m
Dec 12, 2022
Episode 114: Ekspeditsiya - Part 3 - Existence in Isolation

Welcome to The Adventure Podcast and the third episode of our four part specialist series, Expeditsiya. In this episode, we pick up where we left off and cover the second half of Charlie Walker’s expedition. Enjoy! Support this show http://supporter.acast.com/the-adventure-podcast. * Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy https://acast.com/privacy for more information.

1h 10m
Dec 05, 2022
Episode 113: Ekspeditsiya - Part 2 - The Special Operation

Welcome to The Adventure Podcast and the second episode of our four part specialist series, Expeditsiya. This series is an interwoven mix of studio conversations between Matt Pycroft and Charlie Walker, and his recordings from the field during an expedition to Siberia in early 2022. This episode tells the first half of the story in much more detail, exploring what literally happened on the ground, but also Charlie’s reactions, feelings, expectations and motivations.  Support this show http://supporter.acast.com/the-adventure-podcast. * Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy https://acast.com/privacy for more information.

1h 5m
Nov 28, 2022
Episode 112: Ekspeditsiya - Part 1 - The Last Tourist in Russia

We’re kicking off season 7 of The Adventure Podcast with Ekspeditsiya, a four part specialist series with writer and adventurer Charlie Walker. In February 2022, Charlie touched down in Siberia to undertake a long, Arctic expedition. A few days later Russia invaded Ukraine. Most journalists left the country, and so did most of the tourists. Charlie decided to stay. The series is an adventurous story of one man’s expedition, but really it’s so much more than that. Charlie’s journey tells the story of the changing way of life for Siberian reindeer herders. But for us, most interestingly, this story is a real life, on the ground account of what a remote part of Russia feels like in the weeks and months following Putin’s invasion of Ukraine.  Part 1 is the abridged version of the full story of what happened to Charlie in Russia in Spring 2022. Support this show http://supporter.acast.com/the-adventure-podcast. * Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy https://acast.com/privacy for more information.

52m
Nov 22, 2022
Episode 111: Season 7, Matt Pycroft

Welcome back to The Adventure Podcast, and this introduction to season 7. We have a sensational line up of guests to share with you over the coming months. The first thing we’re releasing is a 4-part specialist series that tells the story of Charlie Walker, an author who found himself on the wrong side of Putin’s Russia just after the invasion of Ukraine. It’s a new format of podcast that features recordings from in the field intercut with an interview I did with Charlie when he returned home from his eventful expedition. We’ve also got interviews with expedition guide and photographer Ian Finch, addicts turned adventurers Jamie Leibert and Sandra Zinovyev, glaciologist and science advocate Dr Heidi Sevestre, explorer and adventure Lucy Shepherd, CEO of Shelter, Polly Neate and mountaineer and author Brian Hall. There’s also an episode about what it means to love with Davor Rostuhar, and a wonderful chat with David Shukman who spent 20 years reporting on climate change for the BBC. Enjoy! Support this show http://supporter.acast.com/the-adventure-podcast. * Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy https://acast.com/privacy for more information.

7m
Nov 18, 2022
Episode 110: End of Season 6, Matt Pycroft

That's all for season six! Matt is off in Greenland on expedition for the next few weeks so we'll be taking a little break and will be back in September for season seven! Thanks so much for listening. Support this show http://supporter.acast.com/the-adventure-podcast. * See acast.com/privacy https://acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

3m
Aug 02, 2022
Episode 109: Katie Arnold, The Forgotten Revolution

Episode 109 of The Adventure Podcast features award winning documentary filmmaker and investigative journalist, Katie Arnold. In this episode, Matt and Katie discuss her ascendancy into the world of investigative journalism and filmmaking, storytelling, the importance of bringing these issues to the fore, and the critical need for independent journalism. Katie’s latest documentary, is being screened on Channel 4 at 11.05pm UK time on the 25th July, and will then be available on 4OD. Support this show http://supporter.acast.com/the-adventure-podcast. * See acast.com/privacy https://acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

1h 0m
Jul 25, 2022
Episode 108: Tom Turcich, The World Walk

Episode 108 of The Adventure Podcast features world walker, Tom Turcich. Tom has recently become the tenth person ever to walk around the world after walking 18,000 miles with his dog Savannah (the first dog to walk around the world!). This episode was recorded in May 2022 on Tom’s last few days of his world walk. In it, Tom and Matt talk about the decision to step away from everything, that time in Azerbaijan two years ago when the world went into lockdown and what he has learned from his time on the road. Support this show http://supporter.acast.com/the-adventure-podcast. * See acast.com/privacy https://acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

1h 6m
Jul 19, 2022
Episode 107: Kenton Cool, Ego vs Humility

Episode 107 of The Adventure Podcast features one of Britain's leading alpine and high altitude climbers, Kenton Cool. He has summited Everest 16 times and is the first person to climb Nuptse, Everest and Lhotse in a season. He is also the only Brit to have skied two 8000m peaks. In this episode, Matt and Kenton get deep, with candid discussions about being called a ‘sell-out’ and the current state of Everest. Support this show http://supporter.acast.com/the-adventure-podcast. * See acast.com/privacy https://acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

1h 33m
Jul 12, 2022
Episode 106: Belinda Kirk, Adventure Revolution

Episode 106 of The Adventure Podcast features British Explorer and founder of Explorers Connect https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Explorers_Connect&action=edit&redlink=1, Belinda Kirk. Belinda has spent her life leading dozens of international expeditions and remote filming trips. She has walked through Nicaragua, sailed across the Atlantic, searched for camels in China’s Desert of Death, discovered ancient rock paintings in Lesotho and gained a Guinness World Record for rowing unsupported around Britain. In this episode, Matt and Belinda chat all things life and the importance of adventure. Support this show http://supporter.acast.com/the-adventure-podcast. * See acast.com/privacy https://acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

1h 3m
Jun 16, 2022
Episode 105: Zofia Reych, Born to Climb

Episode 105 of The Adventure Podcast features climber and writer Zofia A. Reych. According to Zofia’s Instagram bio, they are the Director of the Women’s Bouldering Festival, author of the book ‘Born to Climb’, non-binary, queer and autistic. Born and raised in Warsaw, they now call Fontaine-Bleu in France their home. This is a proper mixed bag of a conversation in a really fun and brilliant way. There’s a time and a place for rip-roaring adventure stories, but this is not that time and this is not that place. In this episode we cover a vast swathe of topics, from Zofia’s backstory and life, feminism, autism, climbing, ethics, a little bit of philosophy amongst various other topics. Support this show http://supporter.acast.com/the-adventure-podcast. * See acast.com/privacy https://acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

1h 16m
May 26, 2022
Episode 104: Joss Naylor, The Fell Runner

Episode 104 of The Adventure Podcast features English fell running legend, Joss Naylor. We recorded this conversation in November 2021, but delayed its release due to Joss suffering a stroke just before Christmas. He is now back home in Wasdale, but is on a huge road to recovery. Apparently he’s in good spirits and is still ‘same old Joss’. We’ve been in touch with his friends who have sought permission to release this episode, as obviously the conversation happened before such a radical change to Joss’s life. But the conversation is still extremely relevant and poignant. For those of you who need an introduction, Joss is, and we use this word extremely specifically a ‘legend’ in the fell running community. Hailing from the remote Wasdale Valley in the Lake District, Joss has been not just a pioneer of fell running, but also one of its most infamous athletes. Support this show http://supporter.acast.com/the-adventure-podcast. * See acast.com/privacy https://acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

50m
May 20, 2022
Episode 103: Ella Wright, Not Perfect Yet

Episode 103 of The Adventure Podcast features Kenyan mountaineer, whitewater kayaker, mountain biker and outdoor instructor, Schaniela Wright. Ella is a former professional hockey, water polo and athletics player, who moved to the UK (after some solid advice from none other than Reinhold Messner) to get her outdoor qualifications. In this conversation, host Matt Pycroft and Ella talk about overcoming fear in the mountain, the culture shock of moving from Kenya to the UK, and the ultimate goal; to stand on top of the world’s highest mountain. Support this show http://supporter.acast.com/the-adventure-podcast. * See acast.com/privacy https://acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

45m
May 12, 2022
Episode 102: J.J. Kelley, Exploring Frontiers

Episode 102 of The Adventure Podcast features Adventurer and Award Winning documentary filmmaker, J.J. Kelley. J.J is best known both for his work with National Geographic and his coverage of stories about environmentalism and conservation. His career began when at age 19 when he had the thought that there has got to be more to life and he loaded his pickup truck up with camping gear and drove to Alaska. From there, life only got more interesting… Support this show http://supporter.acast.com/the-adventure-podcast. * See acast.com/privacy https://acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

1h 2m
Apr 29, 2022
Episode 101: Ana Zirner, Anas Ways

Episode 101 of The Adventure Podcast features athlete, adventurer, activist, and author, Ana Zirner. Ana grew up in the Bavarian foothills of the Alps and is a former theater director turned mountain guide.  Once a year, Ana takes on a big adventure in the outdoors. In 2017, she crossed the Alps on foot from east to west, followed in 2018 by the Pyrenees in the same direction. In 2019, she walked and packrafted the Colorado River from its source in the Rocky Mountains to the ocean in Mexico. In 2022, she set off on a crossing of the High Caucasus on horseback (while pregnant). In this episode, Matt and Ana dive deep into topics like slow and sustainable travel, the effect social media has on the outdoors and becoming a parent. Support this show http://supporter.acast.com/the-adventure-podcast. * See acast.com/privacy https://acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

55m
Apr 19, 2022
Episode 100: Vaughan Smith, Straight from the Frontline

In episode 100 of The Adventure Podcast, host Matt Pycroft sits down with Vaughan Smith. Vaughan introduces himself, but in overview he’s a conflict journalist at heart. He’s also the founder of The Frontline Club, a charity he set up to support freelancers in honour of the many friends and colleagues he lost doing the job he has done. Please do listen this conversation with Vaughan, and if the story resonates with you then please do donate to the #straightfromthefrontline campaign here: https://www.gofundme.com/f/frontline-ukraine-support-courageous-reporting Support this show http://supporter.acast.com/the-adventure-podcast. * See acast.com/privacy https://acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

32m
Apr 04, 2022
Episode 099: Lael Wilcox, Going the Distance

Episode 099 of The Adventure Podcast features ultra-endurance cyclist, Lael Wilcox. Her story is jaw dropping. She tells it brilliantly herself so we’ll leave her to it, but suffice to say Lael doesn’t seem to have anything in her head holding her back. She just seems to get up and get on with whatever she feels like doing next. We loved this conversation, mostly because it’s a rip roaring adventure story of a woman who found long distance adventure by chance, accidentally became a competition winner, and has now gone on to inspire a whole new generation of cyclists. Support this show http://supporter.acast.com/the-adventure-podcast. * See acast.com/privacy https://acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

56m
Mar 30, 2022
Episode 098: Renan Ozturk & Freddie Wilkinson, The Sanctity of Space

Episode 098 of The Adventure Podcast features two world class rock climbers and alpinists, Renan Ozturk and Freddie Wilkinson. In terms of quick intros, both Freddie and Renan are world class rock climbers and alpinists. Freddie is also a historian and writer and Renan is a filmmaker, photographer and artist. They are currently on their PR tour for their latest film 'The Sanctity of Space’. "More than eighty years after Brad Washburn first photographed Denali in Alaska, climbing buddies Renan Ozturk and Freddie Wilkinson look at some of Washburn’s images and have this crazy idea: rather than go up, their dream is to go sideways — across the range’s most forbidding peaks, the Moose’s Tooth massif. It’s a decidedly new school way to explore the same landscape Washburn first discovered. As they pioneer the route over the course of two expeditions, enduring freezing bivies, cut ropes, and rockfall along the way, their desire to be the first to complete the audacious line grows into an obsession." It's a wonderful and really authentic piece of filmmaking. Find out where you watch ‘The Sanctity of Space’ on their website: https://www.thesanctityofspace.com/ Support this show http://supporter.acast.com/the-adventure-podcast. * See acast.com/privacy https://acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

37m
Mar 21, 2022
Episode 097: Thomas Bukowski, Visibility Matters

Episode 097 of The Adventure Podcast features climber and alpinist, Thomas Bukowski. We first stumbled upon Thomas when we were on the hunt for stories to tell for Pertex, one of our outdoor brand clients. We worked really closely with photographer Ted Hesser to find and then shoot a story based in the US and Thomas was the subject of that story. You can read that article here: https://pertex.com/2022/01/28/visibility-matters/.  Thomas does a brilliant job of introducing himself but to quickly outline who he is, he is predominantly a rock climber and an alpinist. He currently lives in his van full time but at the time of recording this, he was down in Patagonia on a climbing trip. He grew up in Hong Kong and in this episode he tells me about how his life has being shaped and changed by not being from the place he now calls home, as well as by being a gay man. We dig into the philosophy of all I’ve just mentioned fairly seriously and despite the sketchy connection and background noise of the cafe he is in, it’s a great chat.  Support this show http://supporter.acast.com/the-adventure-podcast. * See acast.com/privacy https://acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

55m
Mar 16, 2022
Episode 096: James Shimizu, A Close Call

Episode 096 of The Adventure Podcast features whitewater kayaker, James Shimizu. This episode is a return to our rarely featured dispatches. The dispatches are our shorter form episodes that usually focus on one particular story, a moment or a theme.  In this episode, we chat to James about a recent experience getting knocked out in a kayak in tricky white water and the ensuing rescue that changed his life. We got the idea for the episode after seeing the video of James' encounter that went kind of viral on instagram. You can watch the video here: https://www.instagram.com/p/CaAUh9Gpv8T/ . We also dig into a bit more detail and talk about James' childhood in Asia and how that influenced the person he is today. Enjoy! Support this show http://supporter.acast.com/the-adventure-podcast. * See acast.com/privacy https://acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

19m
Mar 08, 2022
Episode 095: Donna Carpenter, Dear Rider

Episode 095 of The Adventure Podcast features Donna Carpenter. Donna was one of the founders of Burton Snowboards, alongside her husband, Jake Burton. It’s not overstating things to say that as a pair, Donna and Jake are responsible for launching the modern snowboard and turning a largely unknown hobby into a mainstream sport. Donna has spent her entire career building, shaping and growing the business they founded in 1977, and she eventually took on the role of CEO, leading the company to become the icon that it is today. In this episode we talk about Donna’s origins and how it was she turned from a young rebel into a Forbes listed power woman. We discuss what she’s learnt along the way, and what makes the business special, as well as the tragic story of Jake passing away from cancer in 2019.  Support this show http://supporter.acast.com/the-adventure-podcast. * See acast.com/privacy https://acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

41m
Feb 28, 2022
Episode 094: Ed Davis, Beats and Rhythms

Episode 094 of The Adventure Podcast features freight train rider and author Ed Davis. Ed began his writing career over forty years ago, pausing in boxcars, under street lamps, and in hobo jungles to record the beats and rhythms of the road as he caught freight trains and vagabonded around the Pacific Northwest and Canada. If you’re a fan of the words of Kerouac or Steinbeck or ‘suffer’ from wanderlust, you’ll love this episode. Support this show http://supporter.acast.com/the-adventure-podcast. * See acast.com/privacy https://acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

54m
Feb 21, 2022