“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 2019 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 2020 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
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
As you may have noticed if you follow Phoebe on Social Media – she has spent the last few weeks collecting stories from around Australia – from Queensland to Western Australia, to South Australia and Tasmania – all to be published in various outlets in the coming months. To whet your appetite with what is … Read More
“Well, I never thought a daughter of mine would be centre spread in the Daily Star…” so wrote Phoebe’s dad when he sent her this article he saw in the British tabloids. A few corrections need to be made: Phoebe didn’t sleep dangling from Clifton Suspension Bridge (she asked but they said no – ‘they’d … Read More