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    Stephi Walker

    Curiosity | Meets | Adventure

    Mini Bio

    Hey adventurous souls. My name is Stephi and I am super excited to perhaps be travelling with you this summer. I grew up in a little coastal town in beautiful East Lothian, studied Environmental Geoscience in Edinburgh and have been using the outdoors to find adventure, connection and purpose in my professional career ever since. I’ve worked in many different places and with many different demographics of people and I remain fascinated by the power of the outdoors to bring us together and make us feel alive. This summer, I’m excited to share some of the best corners of my home country with you – I promise there will only be a couple of midges (maybe!).

    Place to Play

    Icey seas, empty beaches, still mountain lochans, high mountain ridges, underwater kelp forests, and Caledonian pinewoods.

    Not a lot of people know this

    Once, while on a 2-month cycle trip in Nicaragua, I went to see a local shaman about a pesky rash that had been bothering me. The shaman lived in a cave in the hills and descended to the valley floor every couple of weeks to bestow his healing powers upon the community. His solution to my heat rash was to spit in my armpit – and it worked!

    Qualifications Read More
    • Summer Mountain Leader
    • Commercially endorsed RYA Day Skipper
    • ORCKA Moving Water Canoe Instructor
    • BC 3 star Sea Kayaking
    • Polar Tourism Guide Association accredited Guide and Assessor
    • PADI Rescue Diver
    Biggest Adventure Read More

    This is a tricky question! It’s probably a tie between a few different experiences. One was the most physically challenging trip I’ve ever done – a 3-week whitewater canoe trip on some very remote Quebec rivers with 10 teenagers. The British phrase ‘wild camping’ doesn’t quite describe the terrain we were sleeping on, the air was consistently thick with ever-hungry bugs, and the rivers were challenging due to a very high water spring. And, during the first 5 days of the trip, we had to drag our fully loaded boats (with 26 days of food!) up innumerable rapids. The kids were heroes! Alongside that, my first day on the job as a Polar Expedition Guide in South Georgia was a pretty exciting one. I won’t write about it here… but maybe I’ll mention it at some point ;)

    Experience Read More

    I’ve been working as an outdoor educator, instructor, expedition guide and leader since 2012. I’m super lucky and very grateful that it’s taken me all over the globe: from hanging out with polar bears in the Arctic to penguins in the Antarctic, from eating lemon ants in the Ecuadorian rainforest to being served fried wasp larvae in the islands of the Indian Ocean, to disappearing into the Canadian wilderness for 3 weeks at a time, navigating beautiful whitewater rivers by canoe and raft. Since returning to live in Scotland at the start of the pandemic, I have been exploring my home country by as many mediums as I can – hiking, climbing, camping, biking, swimming, snorkelling, longboarding, kayaking, canoeing, surfing, running and yoga-ing. During the pandemic, I took a sabbatical from the outdoor industry to work for an environmental agency – but I’m now very excited to return to guiding.

    Specialist Subjects Read More

    Antarctica, social psychology theories and foam rolling…

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