About Me

StephS

I’m Sanders, and I like to be outside.

I am a wild camper, hiker, and mud runner.
If there’s something high, I’ll jump off it. If there’s something muddy, I’ll run through it. And if there’s a diem to be carped, I’ll carpe it.

I believe that adventure isn’t the preserve of the Everest-scalers and ice-field-crossers. I don’t think that you have to summit every mountain in the Himalayas sixteen times or visit both Poles solo while dragging a piano to have adventures. I know that one day on a hill in the UK can change your life.

When I’m not sleeping in the wild or running through mud, I love to write about microadventures and encourage other people to have their own. I have spoken at schools about my adventures with Scouting and I volunteer with both Scouting and Girlguiding. I am really proud to be working with Ordnance Survey as a GetOutside Champion for 2018.

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Photo by Reach Outdoors

More About Me

When I joined Scouts, the chance to do big expeditions in a supportive environment caught my imagination. As a youth member, and with the help of amazing volunteers, I was able to hike 100 miles through Europe, kayak and wild camp around the Jurassic coast, and throw myself out of a plane eight times. I’m now a Queen’s Scout (I even have a certificate from the Queen) and I’m passionate about volunteering my time to help more young people learn skills for life.

Now I have a proper job, but there’s no way I’m going to let that get in the way of leading a life full of exploration. I take every opportunity I can to learn new things and I love to write and speak about the outdoors and my adventures. From getting out the OS Maps app in my lunch break and finding the nearest footpaths to bombing off for a summit or a bothy after work on a Friday, you will find me, almost definitely, outside.

To receive updates on blogs and adventures, you can sign up to my mailing list here.
To talk to me about writing or speaking, you can contact me here.

 

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Photo by Exped Adventure

Adventure Stats:

Highest Mountain
Jebel Toubkal, Morocco at 4167m

Longest Walk
100 miles from Clervaux, Luxembourg to Leuven, Belgium

Best Sleep
The summit of Snowdon at 1085m

Scariest Moment
Parachute jump number six, when the canopy didn’t open!

Favourite Place
A tiny bothy with views over Buttermere…

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