UNDEFINED BY PAIN, DRIVEN BY PURPOSE

Hi, I’m Gail. An adventurer, writer and speaker with a side order of overcoming chronic illness. I spend my time exploring the world through epic human-powered journeys; mostly hiking my way around on my own two feet, carrying my home on my back.

Every journey I make teaches me more. Every time I return I use my 18+ years at the top of my game in the educational field to teach others how they can push their limits too.

You may want to hike across the USA, sail across oceans or climb mountains. You might want to take a full day’s hike and feel proud of how you’ve challenged yourself. All things are eminently achievable with the right mind set and skills.

Whether you’re ready to adventure or just to try to find your way out of a current dead end, you’re in the right place. We’ll do this together.

If you want to get involved right away, come and join my outdoors community group here on Facebook. If you can, please consider supporting my thru hikes, resources and community work here on Patreon. Thank you!

PRESS & MEDIA

Be inspired

Whatever it is you’re dreaming of – it can happen. It doesn’t matter what you believe stands in your way, it can be overcome.

Join me and change the narrative about our ‘broken bits’. Let’s bring them out into the light as our superpowers. Whether invisible illness, neurodiversity, or any life-limiting issue, our ‘flaws’ ultimately give us the tools, self-knowledge, and resilience to achieve great things. Lets go…


Cover of Gail's book Unlost

I was told I’d be in a wheelchair by the age of forty. At forty-one, I embarked on one of the world’s toughest treks – The Appalachian Trail. This is the inspiring account of my incredible journey into the unknown and how I reclaimed herself in the process. A love letter to the healing power of the wild outdoors and an incredible testament to the strength of the human spirit, my story is for anyone who has ever felt stuck in a rut, lost or scared.

I’ll show you that even in our darkest times, it’s possible to find our inner grit, face our fears and feel hopeful.

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Gail smiling into the camera with her hand on her head

The Educator

With over 18 years experience working as an educator and in educational leadership nationally and internationally, my passion for helping people flourish underpins everything I do. My courses are coming soon, get in touch to get on the waitlist!

Gail outdoors with backpack and dog sitting on banks of helford in a field

The Adventurer

An adventurer, writer and speaker with a side order of overcoming chronic illness. I spend my time exploring the world through epic human-powered journeys, with new national and international journeys coming up every year. Get in touch to learn more!

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The Author

My debut memoir ‘Unlost’ went to number 7 in the US charts and was a bestseller here in the UK. It tells of overcoming years of chronic illness to hike 2k+ miles on the Appalachian Trail. Book 2 is coming soon! More on my writing here. 

SPEAKING & EVENTS

30th Sept – 2nd Oct 2022Unlost Autumn Retreat
4th – 7th Oct 2022Wild Words and Water

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JOURNAL

I Wrote A Book – This Is What I Found Hard

What do you think the hardest part of writing a book is? If you’d asked me that a year ago I’d have told you it was probably going to be getting an agent. Or perhaps getting a publisher. One comes before the other, and although you can send your book to publishers directly I had…

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ADHD and My Adventures in the USA – Part One.

Newsflash – I just got diagnosed with ADHD. Formally, officially and by a real-deal psychiatrist. That’s a sentence I didn’t ever predict I’d be saying, but I’m not sad about it in any way at all. In fact, it makes me happy. Neurodiversity is just another string to my bow and an opportunity to open…

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Sea Swimming – Excited to Try? Here’s How To Start

Hi, I’m Gemma Adams, a swimming teacher living in sunny Falmouth on the south coast of Cornwall with my family. Swimming has always been a part of my life. I have been swimming in the sea on an all-round yearly basis for around the last six years. I find I only have the ability to…

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