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Episode 032

Mount Roraima – Anna’s Journey

Anna Taylor had never travelled further than Germany when she boarded the plane to Guyana to join Leo Houlding on a world class expedition to Mount Roraima. The day after the helicopter whisked her away from the summit, Matt sat down with Anna to talk candidly about her experiences throughout the month in the jungle, looking at what has changed, and what has remained the same.

Episode 031

Mount Roraima – The Summit

On the 4th December 2019, Leo and the team stood on top of Mount Roraima in the darkness. With everyone on the summit, all that was left to do was haul the bags to the top and await the helicopter. This episode of the Roraima Expedition series is a montage of conversations with Leo, Waldo and Wilson as they describe the journey from Invisible Ledge to the summit, and their closing remarks on the expedition as a whole.

Episode 030

Mount Roraima – The Wall Camp

The team are now living on the wall, and finding their way up it. Waldo talks us through the route so far – right at Tarantula Terrace, right again at Invisible Ledge and round The Anvil – and the roles each team member plays in getting the expedition to the top of Mount Roraima.

Episode 029

Mount Roraima – The Tepui Land

With advanced base camp established, it’s time to start climbing. Expedition leader, Leo Houlding, talks us through the people and effort it’s taken to get to the base of the wall.

Episode 028

Mount Roraima – Learning the Ropes

They’re one week in, and the Mount Roraima expedition team are settling in to the jungle way of life. Matt caught up with Anna Taylor, the youngest member of the team, to chat about her experience so far.

Episode 027

Steve Scott – Kendal Mountain Festival

Ahead of Kendal Mountain Festival 2019, Matt spoke to festival director Steve Scott about what’s in store for you this year, and how he ended up running one of the world’s biggest mountain festivals. From the Lake District to the Norwegian slopes, via the French Alps, Steve has his own fair share of adventurous tales to tell.

Episode 026

Mount Roraima – The Lost World

In our second expedition feature, Matt talks to Waldo Etherington as they trek through the Amazonian rainforest of Guyana – the setting for Arthur Conan Doyle’s ‘The Lost World’. Waldo describes the nature surrounding them, and how to survive in the jungle climate.

Episode 025

Mount Roraima – Faffing

This is it: our first expedition podcast, sent back from Guyana where Matt is on expedition with Leo Holding and team, heading for Mount Roraima. We hear from all of the gang, in Georgetown, as they get their kit ready for the parachute drop and the ensuing jungle trek to the base of the wall.

Episode 024

Dee Caffari – Against Prevailing Winds

The first woman to sail solo, non-stop, around the world in both directions, Dee Caffari’s honest tales of breaking boundaries as a female sailor are pertinent to the idea of adventure in the 21st century. Having faced Mother Nature on the Southern Ocean, Dee reflects on how to enjoy what life throws at you, and offers a few suggestions on how we can help #turnthetideonplastic.

Episode 023

Erling Kagge – Born an Explorer

Our first episode of Season Two is with explorer, publisher and philosopher Erling Kagge. We spoke to him earlier this year about his book ‘Walking’ and the importance of the strides we take in life, “A good example that some of the greatest things in life are free”. Erling’s feet have taken him from the ends of the Earth, to the sewers of Manhattan and across the world’s oceans. Sit tight for a conversation that we hope might inspire you to put down your phone and lace up your walking boots.

Episode 022

Matt Pycroft – Season Two

Welcome back! A few words from Matt on what you can expect from the second season of Terra Incognita.

Episode 019

Hazel Findlay – Mind Control

Hazel grew up climbing the limestone sea cliffs of Pembrokeshire. In the twenty years since those first adventurous forays, she has travelled, and climbed, the world, making numerous first female ascents en route. Now, as a coach, Hazel draws off her training in psychology to help climbers train mentally, and overcome that ‘fear of falling’.

Episode 018

Conrad Anker – Hold Fast

One of the world’s most accomplished mountaineers, Conrad Anker made a name for himself in the 80s and 90s undertaking cutting edge first ascents with climbing partner Alex Lowe. Perhaps best known for his truly epic ascent of Meru with Jimmy Chin and Renan Ozturk, in Episode 018 Conrad reflects on a life in the mountains that provides him with untold joy and a sense of identity, whilst also struggling with survivor guilt and the death of friends that has happened ‘far too many times’.

Episode 015

Sophie Darlington – An Unconventional Life

Sophie Darlington’s thirty-year career as a wildlife cinematographer has borne witness to the effects of climate change – and the decline of endangered species – across the world. From 78 degrees South to 78 degrees North, Sophie’s BAFTA-winning visual documentation of our planet’s wildlife has been the mainstay of productions including Planet Earth, Dynasties, The Hunt and Netflix’s forthcoming Our Planet.

Episode 013

Martin Hartley – A Couple of Cold Winters

A raw, honest and poignant conversation with acclaimed polar photographer Martin Hartley. In 2009, Martin was nominated as one of Time magazine’s Heroes of the Environment for his work documenting the state of the Arctic Ocean’s pack ice. A decade later, he’s setting off to photograph the last of the multi-year Arctic sea ice, before it’s all gone.

Episode 011

Megan Hine – Mind of a Survivor

Survival expert Megan has travelled far and wide in her search for answers and adventure. Serving up a healthy dose of outdoors enthusiasm, Meg talks about bushcraft and the importance of ‘dirt time’, as well as the need for more transparency on social media.

Episode 009

George Monbiot – Poisoned Arrows

In 1988, investigative journalist George Monbiot bluffed his way into West Papua with forged travel documents. What follows is a tale of rebels, of incredulous adventure through magical wilderness, and a little-known story of dispossession and devastation.

Episode 006

Aldo Kane – Cheerfulness in the Face of Adversity

How do you deal with fear? For former commando sniper Aldo Kane, it’s about understanding that that feeling is normal, a physiological reaction to get you ready for what you need to do next. From navigating the raging rapids of West Papua, to abseiling into Congolese volcanoes, Aldo is no stranger to unnerving situations and this conversation is overflowing with tales of courage, determination, and humility.

Episode 003

Tony Howard – Quest Into The Unknown

A series of chance encounters, and a whaling ship, led Tony Howard from the rocky outcrops of Yorkshire to a first ascent of Troll Wall, the tallest vertical rock face in Europe. Howard then turned his sights east, to the sandstone towers of Jordan.

Episode 002

Waldo Etherington – Life in the Trees

If you’ve ever wondered how to become a professional tree climber, then this conversation with Waldo Etherington covers the basic necessities for getting started; a love of nature, a passion for “questing out”, and a hand-me-down sleeping bag.

Episode 001

Alastair Humphreys – Why we need adventure

If you’re looking for ways to live more adventurously, step away from your screen and spend more time in nature, then this conversation with Al Humphreys – around-the-world cyclist, ocean rower, desert walker and the inventor of the Microadventure – is chock-full of wisdom and inspiration.

Episode 000

Matt Pycroft – Welcome to Terra Incognita

A few words from Matt on the origins of this podcast, and his hopes for its future.