Climbing whilst pregnant, adventuring as a parent and Mental Health Awareness Week

Updated: Jun 17

This episode takes a close look at the news articles about Olympic climber Shauna Coxsey climbing whilst pregnant. We talk about the different reactions to her journey, how the articles are framed, and we hear first hand experience of climbing whilst pregnant. We go on to talk about the wider perceptions and culture around active and adventurous parents. Plus we highlight some good resources for Mental Health Awareness Week.

Francesca is joined by regular panellist Kirsty Pallas, and Sophie Ruffles and Keri Walalce bring their expertise as active mums.

Find out more about the panel:

  • Kirsty Pallas is a mountain leader and climbing instructor and the founder of Our Shared Outdoors.

  • Sophie Ruffles is the host of another podcast called What Next Mum? And is a mum, runner, cyclist, paddle boarder & wild swimmer.

  • Keri Wallace is a fell runner, skyrunner, rock climber and writer, and she is also one of the Founders of Girls On Hills.

  • Guest appearance from Sophie’s new son, Joseph!



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Climbing Whilst Pregnant

UKC Articles - ARTICLE: Climbing for Two - Pregnancy and Climbing (Keri’s article)

'I'm a pregnant woman making choices': Shauna Coxsey on climbing – and the 'bullies' who want her to stop | Sport | The Guardian

Shauna Coxsey: British Olympian defends climbing while pregnant - BBC Sport

The Motherhood Movement - BASE Magazine

Olympian Shauna Coxsey defends decision to keep climbing while pregnant | ITV News

Active Pregnancy Foundation

Pevic Health: Pregnancy and post-partum with Emily Elgar - Lattice Training Podcast

Follow Shauna Coxsey on Instagram @ShaunaCoxsey

Congratulations to Shauna and her partner Ned - Frankie Feehally was born a few weeks ago!

Adventuring as a parent

What Next Mum? podcast

Stock cubes help runner smash record on 212-mile route - BBC News

Polar explorer Ann Daniels took on her first expedition when her triplets were just three years old - Devon Live

Bump, Bike & Baby by Moira O’Sullivan

The Original Buggy Runners//Active With Kids

Alex Honnold Interview: The World's Boldest Climber Becomes A Dad

'I loved her because she wanted to climb the highest peak. That's who she was' | Gender | The Guardian (about Alison Hargreaves)

A Line Above the Sky by Helen Mort

Mental Health Awareness Week

Mind Over Mountains

Sporting Heads

Alex Staniforth: Endurance Athlete


Cumbria running event Trail Pursuit blasted by participants | News and Star

Apology from Ed Flood

Turning the Cogs

In our DIVA exclusive interview, Emily Bridges opens up about finding the strength to keep on pedalling

Disability Campaigners' Social — All The Elements

CREDITS for the episode:

The panel was Kirsty Pallas, Sophie Ruffles and Keri Wallace

Produced and hosted by Francesca Turauskis

Editing and transcript by Jack O'Driscoll

Artwork by Sophie Nolan

Music is Bassbeat by Alex Norton