“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 25 year old female adventurer on a mission. Lucy pushes herself constantly whilst at the same time documenting her every move through video, photography and blogging. Lucy's message, 'Don't lose your botheredness' is a moto that can be interpreted in many ways including: Don't get lazy. Don't forget to play. Don't count on others to get it done. Don't think you can't. Lucy proves that with some self belief, a positive mindset and a lot of handwork, anything is possible.
Lucy is a shining example that the unlikely person can do extraordinary things. Always underestimated, it has become somewhat of a hobby for Lucy to go above and beyond the expectations that people put on her.
Lucy is an adventurer and a storyteller. Sharing her tales to inspire those to challenge themselves. Her videos don't just show the extreme things she gets up to but the hardship of the wild and the vulnerable scenarios adventures can put a person in. Lucy's honesty is a breath of fresh air and allow those of us who have never stepped out further than the local park believe we could acquire the skills to give it a go.
With the climate in the fragile state that it is, Lucy's attention has focused on getting the message out of the urgency that this planet faces as the temperatures rise. Lucy inspires others with her optimism for humanity and believes we are capable of stopping the crisis from going any further as long as all of mankind work together and act now.
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 very proudly.
Lucy says... 'The term adventurer is a big statement and I use it with caution and with lack of better word. No one should assume that I am comparing myself to the great adventurers and explorers by using that title. I crave adventure and I know it's adventure that makes me who I am. When not in the UK working on production, I'm on expeditions that take me to some of the most extreme corners on the planet... When I'm not out facing the odds, I'm looking for a way back.
I have a constant desire to see what my body and mind is capable of and to see the parts of the world so few get to experience. Getting to these places is never easy. It takes me a lot of planning, fundraising and hard work. Skills and knowledge have to be learnt depending on the destination and I have to convince my loved ones that the danger I'm about to put myself through is a calculated one and worthwhile.
I have an optimistic outlook on the world despite seeing first hand the devastating effects that humans have caused. I struggle when I return home to the negative media and the ignorance of those who think they can't.
There isn't the option to sit back and allow our lives to go by before our eyes. We must work together to make the present and the future better. This is true for our own life and the planet's. Don't lose your botheredness.'
Read more about Lucy and her thoughts here.