Social Hiking Podcast Episode 1 – The one with Nina Smirnoff

For the first episode of the Social Hiking podcast, my guest co-host is Nina Smirnoff (@smirnieoutdoors). Topics covered include some of our favourite maps (covering Offa’s Dyke, The Langdales, Ben Nevis and Patagonia, an update on developments coming soon, details of ‘Muddy Boots Welcome’ (the community virtual pub), and Nina talks about her experience of how walking helped her with weight loss and mental wellbeing.

A massive thank you to the sponsors of this podcast: Chocolate Fish Merino – 100% Pure New Zealand-Made Merino Outdoor gear – genuinely & ethically made in New Zealand.

I would really appreciate any feedback on the podcast – what you liked or didn’t like, or what you would like to see covered in future podcasts. You can also listen to the outtakes at:

You can subscribe to a RSS feed of just the Social Hiking podcasts at (to put in your preferred podcast app) or in iTunes (or search for Social Hiking)

Thank you for listening 🙂

Show Notes

Podcast Episode 1

00:00 Introduction

03:58 Why a Social Hiking Podcast?

06:39 Our favourite maps

Anna-Sophie on her unicycle -

Anna-Sophie on her unicycle –

22:39 Development updates

29:16 Massive thanks to our fantastic sponsor – Chocolate Fish Merino

Chocolate Fish Merino 100% Pure New Zealand-Made Merino Outdoor gear – genuinely & ethically made in New Zealand.

32:30 In the Social Hiking community

36:14 In the news

41:42 Impact of being outdoors on physical and mental health wellbeing

55:30 The end

Get in touch

Nina Smirnoff

Social Hiking

Phil Sorrell

This podcast is sponsored by the fantastic Chocolate Fish Merino

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7 Comments on "Social Hiking Podcast Episode 1 – The one with Nina Smirnoff"

  1. Thanks Phil and Nina, I really enjoyed the first podcast! It was very well put together, covered a lot of interesting and varied topics and felt just about the right length for a monthly episode. I think the idea of a different guest presenter each time is an excellent one and a really good opportunity to hear from different people in the world of Social Hiking. Nina’s contribution was very interesting and I’m already looking forward to hearing what Gareth has to say. The show notes are also top quality – too many times people just put a random bunch of links but to have links and timings is really useful. I’m looking forward to the next episode!

    • daylightgambler says:

      Thanks Nick for the feedback – it is really appreciated, and great to hear you enjoyed the podcast. I was particularly worried about length, so it is reassuring to know you found it about right – future podcasts may come in a little shorter, but I think an hour is the maximum. I am really looking forward to working with lots of different users of the site – there is such a rich variety of users and uses, so I think there will be a wealth of content. Thanks as well for the praise about the show notes – there is so much covered, and I felt it was important to make sure everything was easily accessible!

      and apologies for making a mess of pronouncing your username at the end!

  2. Enjoyed that and amazed that Nina somehow sounds exactly the same as Lisa Tarbuck. Whats all that about?
    ~ Fozzie

  3. Mark Hendry says:

    Hi Phil and Nina – and congratulations on the first social hiking podcast which I’ve thoroughly enjoyed listening to. Really liked the format and the relaxed style in which it was presented. Good to see you featuring some of your favourite maps from the site as well as future developments being tested and in the pipeline – I found it all really interesting. The idea of a guest presenter is great and I’m sure will help keep the podcasts fresh and varied – Nina’s piece on emotional and physical well being was an inspiration. Looking forward to the next one!

    • daylightgambler says:

      Thanks for the feedback Mark – it is really appreciated. The response generally has been beyond expectations (or indeed beyond wildest dreams) – and it sounds like the format and style has gone down well. Quite a lot of pressure now on the next one to deliver! (although Gareth is definitely up for it!)

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