You know what’s crazy? The moment when you realize that your blog has a large and amazing international following! About a month ago I “met” Ruth on our Summit: Goal-Setting Group. She just happens to live in Pretoria, South Africa, how amazing is that! Shortly after being introduced to Ruth I started watching her YouTube videos. About 40 seconds into this video is when I realized that Ruth and I have a lot in common. I was so excited when I got the chance to interview Ruth, so read on. I think you’ll see why I find her inspiring.
- Tell us about your first backpacking trip. What did you learn?
I went on my first overnight hike when I was 26 years old. To say that the hike was massively more taxing than I had been prepared for would be the understatement of the century. My pack probably weighed at least 16 kg, and the route that we were attempting was a very tough mountain pass in the Northern Drakensberg (Ifidi Pass). I remember very clearly about halfway through the first day, thinking that I was going to die from the sheer effort of lugging my pack across the terrain. I was much too proud to say anything, though. After every step, I would think: “Okay, just one more step, and then death. Huh, not dead yet. Okay, just one more step, and then death…”
Although at the time I was miserable, as soon as the hike was over I knew that I wanted to do it again. Pushing myself that hard made me realise that I had previously very much underestimated what I was capable of. I couldn’t wait to get out into the wilderness again!
I have now been hiking for about 4 years and although I still consider myself an amateur, I do at least know a little more every time I pull on my hiking boots. I discovered that I also love experimenting with (and making!) outdoor gear.
- How does being a mother impact your outdoor adventures and hiking?
When my son (who is now 1 year old) was born, I searched for a way to motivate myself to go into the outdoors while juggling the responsibilities of being a parent. I had fond memories of making “home movies” for my family when I was a teenager, so I decided to start my own YouTube channel: Roughing It With Ruth. I now upload a new video once a week, and running my channel is rapidly becoming my favourite hobby! Planning videos has been a wonderful incentive to learn more, try different things and set personal goals, and in that regard my YouTube channel has worked much better than I could have hoped for. I am also ridiculously enthusiastic about sharing outdoor experiences with my son and husband, as the camaraderie felt when hiking together is unlike anything else.
- Would you say that your YouTube channel encourages you to get outdoors more?
Planning videos has been a wonderful incentive to learn more, try different things and set personal goals, and in that regard my YouTube channel has worked much better than I could have hoped for. I am also ridiculously enthusiastic about sharing outdoor experiences with my son and husband, as the camaraderie felt when hiking together is unlike anything else. (I totally agree and feel that exact same thing, Ruth)
- What’s one of your goals for 2016?
I am hoping to do some more overnight hikes this year, and also to make contact with other outdoor enthusiasts!
- Where can we find you online?
Or come join the fun on my facebook page.
Thank you so much for the interview Ruth, I love what you are doing to inspire us (especially us tired mama’s) to get outside and hit the trails.
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