Mind Over Mountains
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Meet Jo Bradshaw - Mountaineer, dog lover, coffee drinker, life enthusiast.
What drives you to spend time outside?
My dogs, being surrounded by nature, learning new things, different weather, fitness, peace and quiet, solitude, company, the beauty of the seasons, fresh air, because being outside is awesome.
Where are your favourite places to go?
An oak tree on Laverstock Downs about a mile from my house overlooking Salisbury. Sitting at the Obelisk below Corn Du waiting for DofE students to walk on by and Nepal!
What is your favourite thing to do outdoors?
Walking my 2 fabulous dogs, Daisy and Lily where we explore new places locally or around the country.
Who inspires you and how?
So many people for so many different reasons. I’m more inspired by people who have overcome adversity to do something they never thought possible. They push me on.
What are your focuses this year to help people get outside more often?
I’m starting a project called My Adventure Van with a Social Plan where I take on challenges which I’m no used to (such as wild swimming and rock climbing) and take 2 other people along with me too. I’ll write a blog about each activity and encourage others to do it too.
What are your 3 biggest life achievements?
1 - Changing from a no saying, height hating, comfort loving sofa surfer to saying yes more. 2 - Discovering adventure and retraining to be an Outdoor Instructor and Expedition Leader. 3 – climbing 6 of the 7 summits (some multiple times and surviving and earthquake on Everest!)
3 words you live by…
Say Yes More
Do you have any guilty pleasures?
Proper coffee brought home from Tanzania.Click to see all 100 GetOutside Champions