“Wild camping’s chief cheerleader” – The Telegraph, (UK)
Adventurer Phoebe Smith likes to sleep wild - from caves to mountain tops, disused farmsteads and under giant boulders – if it's in a strange or extreme place she want to take her sleeping bag and experience a wild night out. She has seen her love of wilderness take her on solo adventures all around the world – from sleeping at Everest Base Camp, to portaledging in trees in the Bavarian Alps, spending the night on Australia’s Great Barrier Reef and bedding down inside glaciers in Svalbard – the last stop before the North Pole.
She is an award-winning travel writer, photographer, presenter and broadcaster (specialising in adventure, walking, solo travel, gear and wildlife conservation). She is host of the monthly Wander Woman Podcast. She regularly writes for The Guardian, The Telegraph, The Times (of London) and is a correspondent for BBC Radio 4’s From Our Own Correspondent.
She is also Sleep Storyteller-in-Residence at Calm where her stories have been listened to over 15 million times and been narrated by Stephen Fry, Joanna Lumley, Jerome Flynn, Bindi Irwin and Danai Gurira to name a few.
Phoebe is the author of 10 books to date including the newly released Travel Writer’s Field Guide, which was published by The Wilderness Conspiracy, a collective that she co-founded with Daniel Neilson and John Summerton. She also wrote Extreme Sleeps: Adventures of a Wild Camper (a Guardian Bestseller), Wilderness Weekends: Wild Adventures in Britain’s Rugged Corners and the first guidebook to British bothies – Book of the Bothy.
Passionate about inspiring young people and helping those who don’t get to choose to sleep wild for fun, she is an ambassador for Centrepoint (the young people’s homeless charity). To date she has raised over £42,000 for them in her Extreme Sleep Outs.
In 2020 she will embark on an expedition with her teammate Dwayne Fields to complete a world first in Antarctica to raise money to take a group of underprivileged young people to the White Continent in 2021 through her #WeTwo Foundation.
Since 2016 she has been an Ordnance Survey #GetOutside Champion for her work encouraging everyone into the great outdoors. She is an ambassador for the annual Big Canopy Campout (which supports the World Land Trust) as well as Wild Night Out. In 2019 she was made an official Scouts Adventurer.
She is also proudly president of the Long Distance Walkers’ Association.
“Phoebe is a splendid writer and an inspiring traveller” – Bill Bryson
Think of Australia and a flood of images spring to mind. From the vast expanse of the Red Centre, with Uluru as its crowning glory, to great swathes of bushland, clear, fish-filled seas fringed with deserted beaches, and ancient rainforests alive with birdsong, everything points to this being a wild, untouched country. So begins Phoebe’s … Read More
This month Phoebe’s launched a new Sleep Story on Calm called ‘Into the Canadian Wilderness’ lulling listeners to sleep as they join her on a journey along the beautiful and pristine waterways around British Columbia’s northern reaches. It’s narrated by fan favourite Erik Braa and the blog about the story behind the sleep will be … Read More
Episode 3 of Phoebe’s Wander Woman Podcast – ‘Have you ever been enchanted?’ is now available to listen to online or download for free. In her monthly, audio travel magazine she takes you to off-the-beaten track places, reveals wild spaces in unlikely destinations, discovers the world’s best wildlife encounters and meets the unsung heroes behind conservation efforts … Read More
Next Friday, August 16th the wildlife lover’s Glastonbury returns, and Phoebe is thrilled to be speaking at 1pm in the Harrier Lecture Theatre at 1pm. Her presentation is called Wild(life) swimming and sleeping, and in it she will share her top places for ultimate wildlife experiences, both on land, in trees and underwater and explain how … Read More
Planning to go to the Arctic to watch the Northern Lights? Or maybe you’ve signed up for an expedition cruise to Antarctica? It can be difficult to know what to pack. That’s why Phoebe decided to dedicate this month’s ‘Gear Guru’ section, in Wanderlust magazine, to the topic. From exploring the Arctic’s icy tundra to watching … Read More
All aboard! Phoebe’s latest Sleep Story for the Calm App is now live. This time she takes you from Cape Town to Pretoria on what is often called ‘The Window to the Soul of Africa’. It’s narrated by one of Phoebe’s favourite’s – Erik Braa. You can, of course, read about the story behind the … Read More