OUTDOOR INTERVIEWS - SIÂN ANNA LEWIS OF THE GIRL OUTDOORS
Siân Anna Lewis is, in her own words, "a journalist with a penchant for falling off surfboards". Merely 26 years old, she runs a blog called The Girl Outdoors with passion and heart, where she writes with the know-how of a seasoned outdoorsman.
THIS WEEKS OUTDOOR INTERVIEWS IS ALL ABOUT SIÂN AND HER AWESOME BLOG. IF YOU WANT GEAR REVIEWS, OUTDOOR INSPIRATION OR JUST PLENTY OF GOOD STUFF FOR THE ADVENTUROUS, THE GIRL OUTDOORS IS THE PLACE TO VISIT.
FIRST OF ALL, WHAT IS THE GIRL OUTDOORS?
It's a blog for people who like fresh air, wild swimming, campfires and nice hiking boots! I write about action sports and travel, review new gear and share photos and stories from my forays into the great outdoors.
HOW DID YOU COME TO WORK WITH WRITING ABOUT THE OUTDOORS?
It's always been my passion, so when I started working as a writer it made sense to blog about the stuff I loved to do. It's just grown from there and led to my meeting some amazing people and getting to travel about having adventures. I still can't really believe it when I get paid to be outdoors!
WHERE, HOW, DO YOU FIND INSPIRATION?
The blog has become a bit of a virtuous circle - I get outside doing active stuff a lot because of it, which in turn fuels my love for the great outdoors. I always feel inspired in the Brecon Beacons or on Dartmoor, and I like reading about old explorers and tales of their derring-do. I'm also a sucker for looking at beautiful old outdoors gear on Pinterest.
DO YOU HAVE A FAMILY?
If you mean immediate family, yes! I've got parents, an equally adventurous little brother and a trio of mad dogs scattered about the country.
HOW WAS IT GROWING UP ON A FARM IN SPAIN?
The space and freedom to mess around was pretty special. We lived on a little farm in the mountains with some sheep, horses and a very old donkey. The peace was wonderful and at night you could see an amazing number of stars.
HOW DO YOU LIVE TODAY?
I live in a little attic flat with friends in Bristol's beautiful Clifton area. We don't have a garden but we do have a roof you can climb onto, with views over all of the city. We're close to some beautiful woods that are home to a herd of deer and I love to go trail running there.
WHAT IS THE BEST MEMORY YOU HAVE FROM YOUR ADVENTURES?
I can't pick just one! Wild camping in the mountains in South America was pretty special, or swimming in waterfalls in Thailand with my best friend. You don't need to travel far to have adventures though - I'm a big believer in just heading for the hills with some mates for some campfire therapy.
HAVE YOU EVER BEEN IN A DANGEROUS SITUATION?
I've driven down the Death Road in Bolivia, which is absolutely terrifying, and I once had a huge fall when skiing off-piste and narrowly avoided headbutting a tree. But normally I'm pretty safe and boring!
DO YOU HAVE ANY MUSIC TIPS FOR OUR READERS?
I love folky music and it lends itself well to chilled-out outdoors adventures. I'm a big fan of Johnny Flynn, Seth Lakeman and Laura Marling. My recent trip to the US has also got me into trashy country music, it's always so upbeat and the lyrics are hilarious.
WHAT WOULD BE THE ULTIMATE ADVENTURE FOR YOU?
I'd love to take an epic trip across the African continent.
AND NOW, TO MY FAVORITE PART... THE PIVOT QUESTIONNARE!
What is your favorite word?
I'm going to have to be cheesy and say adventure!
What turns you on creatively, spiritually or emotionally?
Mountain ranges and caffeine.
What turns you off?
What is your favorite curse word?
What sound or noise do you love?
A crackling fire when it's stormy outside.
What sound or noise do you hate?
Early morning alarm clocks.
What profession other than your own would you like to attempt?
Maybe a diplomat - you get to live in far-flung places and make a difference to international relations.
What profession would you not like to do?
I had a go at working as a bin man (bin woman?) once - it's about as fun as it looks.
If Heaven exists, what would you like to hear God say when you arrive at the Pearly Gates?
I'm a dyed-in-the-wool atheist so I'd probably hope to be forgiven!