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E25 TRANSCRIPT: Outdoor news round-up with Ani Barber

IDENT FRAN: This podcast is part of the Tremula Network, adventure and outdoor podcasts off the beaten track. To find out more, head to or find us on socials.

[MUSIC starts - ON THE OUTSIDE theme - Bassbeat by Alex Norton: "Funky and upbeat, jangling guitars, a fat bassline and a full horn section create the perfect soundtrack to a late summer block party."]

ANI: Hello and welcome to On The Outside, the podcast sharing diverse views on what’s happening outdoors. And this is an outdoor news roundup for April the fifth, 2023.

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Zahrah Mahmood, also known as the hillwalking hijabi has been appointed as

the President of Ramblers Scotland. Zahrah, gained quite a following as she

shared her hikes outdoors as a Hilabi Muslim and talked about how her faith

and spirituality compliment her love for the outdoors. She’s been a huge

advocate for equality and diversity in the outdoors, and we can’t wait to see

how that will continue in her new role. Zahrah, said she will not only be

focusing on the barriers specific to ethnic minorities, but on issues that affect

everyone such as finances, time and responsibilities.


Darren Edwards is a record-breaking disabled adventurer, motivational speaker and author. In February he became the first disabled person to complete the world marathon challenge by hand-bike. The World Marathon Challenge is seven marathons, on seven different continents in seven days. Travelling from Antarctica, to Africa, to Australia, to Asia, to Europe, to South America and concluding in North America. He is raising money for the Armed Forces Para-Snow sports team and has raised £53,500 so far - which is over half of his goal. Next he and a team, including Ed Jackson and Niall McCann are attempting to cross Europe’s largest icecap - the Vatnajokull in Iceland, to raise money for Ed’s charity Millimetres 2 Mountains. Darren also recently released his book Strength Through Adversity.


Extinction Rebellion have organised a 4 day action from the 21st April - 24th

April in what may be the biggest climate protest ever held in the UK. That’s

probably why its called The Big One. It’s being advertised as family friendly and accessible. People will gather around Westminster and at the Houses of

Parliament, where the will be a diverse programme of speakers, performers,

art, music and workshops, as well as activities for kids. The action is supported by more than 70 organisations including Patagonia and Right to Roam. So far over 22,00 people have said they’ll be there.


This April multi-ethnic composer Mari will be embarking on a three day bike

packing trip in wales, and afterwards will compose a solo piece of music on her bassoon inspired by the experience and the way her journey made her feel. Their motto is when words fail us, music speaks. The trip will be filmed by Play Outdoors Productions and made into a short film called Beyond Words. By sharing Mari’s story, Play Outdoors Productions hope to take music from the sterile concert halls filled with rules and rituals, and share it with folk who

wouldn’t normally feel unwelcome in that space. There’s still two days left to

help support the film through it crowd funder. You can find the link in the show notes.


Recent research has showed that the emissions saved from replacing diesel/petrol cars to electric cars will not make the necessary difference in the next five years, which is all we have to spare. Christian Brand’s research shows that active travel, such as cycling is the answer. Cycling is 30 times lower in carbon for each trip than a fossil fuel car, and 10 times lower than an electric one. His research showed that if an urban resident switched from driving to cycling for just one trip per day it would save the equivalent emissions of a one-way flight from London to New York.


After years working with local stakeholders in Cairngorm National Park, Wilderness Scotland have announced the return of Scotland's national animal! By supporting and expanding ancient Caledonian pine forest they have managed to welcome the unicorn back to its ancestral grazing grounds. Or have they? This was just one of the April Fool’s jokes shared this year. Other fun ones were a picture of the Pope rock climbing and the Queer Surfers group announcing they were going back into the closet.


And the last news story of today comes from the Tremula Network: Francesca Turauskis- the Producer and often host of this show, has launched The Outdoors Podcast Club to support more podcasters within the outdoors/adventure/nature space. The Outdoors Podcast Club will offer monthly events and a group chat designed to help outdoors podcasters create engaging shows, promote in the right places and grow together...

The Monthly events are designed to cover topics relevant to this small niche - from getting good audio when you're outside to interviewing with inclusion in mind and learning the best place to promote your show.


That is all for today. If you'd like to find the links to any of today's stories, do sign up to our newsletter by heading to

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This episode of On The Outside was written and hosted by me, Ani Barber.

Francesca Turauskis is the Producer

On The Outside artwork is created by Sophie Nolan.

Music is Bass Beats by Alex Norton.

Anesu Matanda-Mambingo is our new Social Media Assistant

And YOU have been our listener. Thank you very much for listening.


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