Lyssa-Fee Crump and I am from Cornwall, England.
What outdoor activities do you like to participate in and what makes you enjoy those activities?
I love to walk and go exploring. I am very lucky that I live in such a beautiful part of the world. I have a stunning and rugged coastline on my doorstep; I can literally walk out my door and go on an adventure. I also love camping; there is something about immersing yourself in nature, stepping away from my computer and just breathing in the fresh air.
I volunteer for a disaster relief charity called Byond (formally Shelter for Humanity). The IERT training that we do is all outside to simulate what we would need to do on deployment. This really helps you think about nature, what immense power it has and how you can try to utilize your natural resources. There is something about being outdoors that makes me feel free, and a little wild. I get so excited and want to climb trees, jump over streams and do cartwheels - well my poor attempt at cartwheels.
I have been camping for as long as I can remember and I have my parents to thank for that. It was a big part of their lives, in fact for their honeymoon they went off on my dad's motorbike and camped in St. Agnes. I grew up going on family camping holidays in St. Agnes like my dad did, and when I was 11 we moved there.
We also used to go on walking holidays in the Lake District, or go out for local adventures. This is where I got my love of exploring from.
I was also in the scouts when I was younger, back when it was still pretty rare for girls to be in them. I wanted to go and play in the mud and sleep under the stars. The Scouts are a great organization and one I would love to give more back too.
My love of camping and outdoor living brought me to a company I work at. I am Sales, Marketing and Export Manager for Anevay Outdoor Technology. We make stoves that are designed to help enhance off grid living. I love this as I get to explore so many different outdoor groups and find out about so many sides of the industry that I didn't even know existed. I love learning about Bushcraft in particular, it is fascinating! However, my favorite part of my job has to be testing our products! I have been testing our new stove that isn't on the market yet, it lives in the boot of my car so I can stop off for impromptu dinners on the cliffs or on the beach after work! My daughter loves it when we do this. If you are interested in what we do, take a look at our website: www.anevay.co.uk.
I have a two year old daughter, Aurora, who loves to be outside. When I am not at work I try to take her on as many adventures as possible. Baby wearing is a great way to do this; I put her in our Rose and Rebellion buckle carrier and go off walking anywhere we can think of. Without being constrained to a pushchair, we can go walking up cliff paths, along rocky beaches and through thick woodland. I would love to encourage other parents to get their children outdoors as much as possible, they love it and learn so much from it. Studies have shown children, who are introduced to outdoor activities young, engage in them as adults more than children who weren't. I also find that when she is outside playing and exploring, her behavior is much better too and I think this is because she is more content. Don't get me wrong on some nights after a long day at work I just want to come in and flop on the sofa, but even just half and hour running round the garden hunting for worms does her the world of good.
Having children doesn't mean the adventuring has to stop; just that sometimes it needs a bit more planning!
I take Aurora, my daughter, outside adventuring as much as possible and I love it when she gets to go and play with her little friends somewhere exciting like the beach. Her little face lights up with such emotion when she finds a sea shell and it reminds me to take the time to appreciate the wonder of nature.
On those lovely rare occasions I get to meet up with some friends we now try to go out for cliff walks, or hikes in the woods rather than just going for coffee and cake. Of course if we get to have cake on our outdoor adventure too that is a bonus!
We are all so busy and live hectic lives it is easy to forget the fabulous world we have out there and I think a little encouragement from each other helps us all get back out there enjoying it.
Every one is different; everyone has different levels of comfort. If the lady in your life isn't overly keen on the idea of camping don't take her out on a Bushcraft survival course straight away. Try to find some middle ground and ease her into it. Glamping is becoming so popular in the UK. People are going away in beautiful bell tents with Frontier Stoves fitted in them and creating a little home away from home, you could try that first. If you are worried about the financial cost of this you can even stay on campsites where they have these bell tents or yurts already erected! You just turn up and enjoy yourselves. I am sure they will get the camping buzz in no time and you will be off on adventures together.
Another thing to try is going for an evening stroll, turn the TV off and have a conversation whilst getting those exercise endorphins going. Once this becomes a habit you will want to do it more and more, and can start going for more exciting weekend hikes.
The Maasai warriors. I would love to go and experience the way they live their lives.
I went travelling for a few months to South Africa and Australia, which was an amazing time for me. In South Africa I was staying in Cape Town and went on a trip up the garden route to Knysna and Tsitsikamma. I met elephants at the Knysna Elephant Park where they care for orphaned elephants. They were so beautiful and majestic - and big! I know we all know elephants are big but when you stand next to one and look it in the eyes you really appreciate their true size and beauty. When I got to Australia I travelled from Sydney up to cairns and loved it. Unfortunately, when I was there Australia suffered some really bad weather and a lot of flooding followed by a cyclone. There were some things I didn't get a chance to do, like see the Great Barrier Reef. Hopefully in the future, I will get to go back and explore some more!
I know a few of you will groan but I always take my phone if I am playing outdoors. I love to take photos and the camera on my iPhone is actually better than my digital camera. I love taking snaps of the scenery and of my daughter running wild in it! I also love music. Going for a nice long walk whilst listening to music is so relaxing for me. It is a great way to distress and helps me clear my mind.
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