“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 also 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 not only been narrated by Stephen Fry, Joanna Lumley, Jerome Flynn, Bindi Irwin and Danai Gurira, but have been listened to over 15 million times.
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’s also ambassador for the annual Big Canopy Campout and supporter of the World Land Trust, Wild Night Out.
She is also proudly president of the Long Distance Walkers’ Association.
“Phoebe is a splendid writer and an inspiring traveller” – Bill Bryson
This week Phoebe has – somehow! – been featured in Country Life magazine as the Frontispiece. Founded in 1897, Country Life is one of Britain’s oldest magazines and the Frontispiece – once called ‘Girls in Pearls’ is known as the ‘the most famous page in publishing’. Phoebe joins the ranks of The Queen, Princesses and … Read More
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