“One young and beautiful woman who is doing it her way, throwing off pre-conception and inspiring the next generation of women adventurers, Lucy Shepherd. Using her illustrated blog as a vehicle to educate and facilitate communicating the message, not just of independence and courage but also to highlight environmental change." - Vanessa Champion, PhotoAid F8
Lucy is a 26 year old female adventurer on a mission to see the world and create opportunities to try and master new challenges. Lucy pushes herself constantly whilst at the same time documenting her every move through video, photography and blogging. 'Don't lose your botheredness' is the moto that has got her through the hard times. Lucy proves that with some self belief, a positive mindset and a lot of handwork, anything is possible.
MUDDY BOOTS AND HIGH HEELS
From the extreme arctic, high peaks or jungle to the glamour of the city
Lucy is an ordinary women who throws herself head first into extraordinary challenges. Always underestimated in modern society, it has become normal to go above and beyond the expectations that people put on her.
Lucy hopes to inspire all whether that be women, men, kids, elders to get out of their comfort zone. Nothing great ever came to those who were comfortable their whole lives, it's where the magic happens. The perspective one gets on expeditions is unique. It's a perspective that makes one think beyond one's own needs and is a humbling experience that everyone should experience.
With the climate in the fragile state that it is, Lucy's attention has also focused on getting the message of the urgency that this planet faces as the temperatures rise.
Lucy talking about expeditions and climate change in her PhotoAid interview:
"On a larger note, they’ve made me want to make others more aware of the fragility of our planet and the crisis that we are facing with climate change and mass extinction. It’s all too clear when you’re surrounded by nature every day the damage that we are causing from our western habits. Nowadays, the general public is far too detached from the world in which we came from which is deeply saddening not only because of the impact it is causing on the planet but also those very people are the ones missing out on the best thing about this Earth."
In 2015 Lucy was elected to become a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society. It is a title she holds proudly.
Read more about Lucy and her thoughts here.