THE MERRELL BLOG: WHAT'S NOW. WHAT'S NEXT. LET'S GET OUTSIDE.
Q&A Faith Shorney
What is your earliest memory of enjoying time outdoors?
I grew up in Africa, so every day was spent outdoors from the time I could walk. Weekends on my mountain bike or climbing hills with my dad just outside Johannesburg, were probably my earliest and best memories. Oh, and early morning swim training before school was another firm favourite.
Being so well travelled can you pick out one place which has been your favourite in all of your travels?
My favourite place in the world has to be Kenya, and then most parts of Africa, but so a close second would have to be Italy. It is a fantastic running and cycling terrain – lots of hills and beautiful scenery, not to mention amazing food.
What is your favourite outdoor activity you take part in?
Running is probably my favourite, although I am keen on most extreme sports and I love water so swimming, Kitesurifng, Kayaking, Stand Up Paddleboarding all come in close behind.
When taking part in outdoor challenges where do you draw inspiration from?
Nature seems to be one of my biggest inspirations because being outside just feels good, but I think I also draw inspiration from following some of the great outdoor athletes like Kilian Journet, or the adventurers who inspire me like Dave Cornthwaite and Roz Savage.
How do you prepare yourself for adventures?
It depends on the adventure I guess, but the most important thing is making sure you’re mentally prepared, physically conditioned and have a back up plan for the things you can’t prepare for.
What is the most satisfying thing about your time spent outdoors?
Being outdoors in itself is the most satisfying part, nature lends itself to just about anything you want or need it to. There’s something incredibly humbling about being in nature.
What advice would you give to anyone who wants to do more outdoors but is intimidated or does not know how to go about it?
Find people who are already doing it and join them, there are plenty of groups and small expeditions you can join which will give you the support of being around people with more experience, and others who are also just starting out on their journey who you can share the experience with.