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Itchy Feet recruits people who are well travelled and who are active in outdoor activities, ensuring that you can walk into one of our stores confident that you will get sound advice on all your gear and travel needs

  • Nancy

    Co-Founder/Director

    Co-Founder/Director of Itchy Feet. I'm 40 (ish) and joined Itchy Feet in 1998- right at the beginning...

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    What have I done

    I have travelled many countries of the world - I think about 90 (must count one day). I started travelling at 15 when I went to Indonesia with my parents - I have never looked back. Highlights include spending 9 months driving across Europe to Africa where we bought an old Land Rover in Ethiopia and then drove it as far as Namibia. We camped under the African skies every night for months (and got married under a tree in Samburu)- my heart is still there... I have also trekked in Nepal, Europe, Kyrgysztan, Oman, Canada & the Western States. My favourite passion is (at the moment) ski touring in Europe. I love the solitude and magic of the vistas and the wonderful soft snow.

    What outdoor activities I like and why

    I love backcountry camping, backcountry skiing, cycling- basically anything that gets me away from the crowds and tests my independence. The things I do at home to keep me fit & healthy are ( favourites)- Iyengar Yoga with Kirsten & Richard Agar Ward (Bath Iyengar Yoga centre), spinning at the YMCA gym with Jon Allen and the weight training programme Mick has painstakingly worked out for me (shame I don't do it often enough!!). And I love picnics.

    What are my most memorable travel experiences

    Camping in Africa, trekking in Canada, whale watching in Australia, ski touring in Switzerland, seeing Orangutans in Borneo, spotting the Resplendent Quetzal in Costa Rica.

    Where would I like to visit most and why

    Patagonia & Antarctica- because it is wild- and because it would mean John & I have an uninteruppted 6/8 weeks off work. Belize & Mexico- I want to swim, hang out and bird watch, Sea Kayaking in Baja California- with the whales & dolphins- magical Northern Scandinavia- just because it is wild and remote. Hawaii Big Island- for the volvanoes and natural hisory. Oh and I hope to cycle around the Hebrides this year (soon anyway!)

  • John

    Co-Founder/Director

    Brought up in Edinburgh and spent months every year in the Scottish mountains. Then discovered travel and took gap years before, during and after university.  Still needed to scratch my itchy feet and so worked at Trailfinders, before becoming an overland driver across Africa.  Met Nancy on my last trip, and after a few false starts, including 3 years in Vancouver, came back to the UK.  Started Itchy Feet with Nancy 10 years ago when we knew nothing about running a shop, but did know that we wanted to help people make the most of their travel experiences.

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    What have I done

    Been lucky enough to do many of the travel classics such as Kilimanjaro, Everest Base Camp, Machu Picchu, Trans-Mongolian train (in 1982!) and many wildlife adventures - gorillas, orang utans, lemurs, humpbacks, orcas - but there's so much more to see. Definitely getting more selective in my travels now and now usually have a wildlife or activity focus, but I'm not averse to the odd bit of culture.

    What outdoor activities I like and why

    I'm writing this in Switzerland, having just completed our first independent ski tour, and definitely want to explore the high mountains more on skis. Still enjoy trekking and hiking though I can't see that I'll ever finish the Munros with such easy access to Europe and beyond. Not running as much as I should, and would like to get back into orienteering.

    What are my most memorable travel experiences

    Tuaregs arriving by camel into our camp near Timbuktu, spotting a cheetah in the Serengeti with only its ears showing, seeing the reverence of the pilgrims at the Potala in Lhasa, blagging a Soviet visa when I'd left my passport 1000 miles away in Nanjing, a certain romantic campsite in Namibia, and loads more to come, I hope.

    Where would I like to visit most and why

    • Patagonia - to experience the mountains and the wildlife.
    • Ditto for South West China. Scenery and wildlife at the Poles.
    • And camping in any African game park, because I love the adventure.
  • Bex

    Store Manager

    I was born in Abu Dhabi  where I lived for 8 years before swapping sand for mud and the bonnie Scottish Borders. I've lived and worked in Uganda and Chile. I am a Woven textiles graduate

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    What have I done

    My earliest memories are of family camping trips in desert valleys, dune bashing in Dads clapped out 4 x 4, carting around in Wadi's and learning that Scorpions aren't cool to play with. In '99 I spent 11 months in Uganda teaching in a Womens Vocational Training College and getting thoroughly immersed in an exciting new culture. In 2007 I went to Chilean Patagonia to manage a hostel in the southern town of Puerto Natales, where I had spent a month helping out on a prior trip. I met some great people, got to know Torres del Paine better than my own backyard and once again found a home from home. ' What else? Amongst others things I've inter-railed in Italy, been woofing in Spain, done family exchanges in Bulgaria and the states, climbed in France, eaten my way round Tasmania'.eaten my way round most places I've been to really!

    What outdoor activities I like and why

    Cycling has to be my number one ' on a functional level it's my transport and even on a cold, rainy day I'm loving it for the possibility it allows me to get outside and involved in the elements. I'm also a frustrated climber - it was my 'thing' at university and I was a regular at the southern Sandstone.

    What are my most memorable travel experiences

    So many involve means of transport ' whether it is the local minus bus in Uganda, learning to ride an Indian bicycle with a pillion passenger down dirt roads; taking the train from Mombasa to Nairobi; hitch hiking in Chile or exploring the valleys of a local Estancia on horseback during a cold snap (that involved 2ft of snow!) Other stuff: Attending funerals in Uganda, ice-climbing on Glacier Grey, Chile, returning to a 3ft high mud mansion constructed by termites in our wash room during a period of absence (Uganda again) and the totally unforgettable one' I finished my last trip having extensive eye surgery in Punta Arenas, Chile.

    Where would I like to visit most and why

    Open up an Atlas and I could go on and on. Currently I'm planning on some short cycle tours in Europe with the aim of working up to my big one; 'Alaska to Baja'. I'd like to see some of the states legendary national parks.

  • Russell

    Web Sales

    I'm Russell from a village near Bath. I love to travel, meet interesting people and experience different cultures.

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    What have I done?

    In 2001 I worked and travelled for a year in Australia before returning home via Thailand, Nepal and India where I was amazed by the people and mountains. I soon returned to India travelling to Tibet, Leh, Sikim, down to Sri Lanka and various places across the subcontinent. I then travelled home overland using bus, train and thumb through Pakistan, China, Mongolia, the trans siberian railway across Russia and on through Europe. I have taken shorter trips to Syria, Ethiopia and some cycle touring in France. A year working and living in New Zealand and I have just returned from a cycling adventure from Alaska down through the Americas to Colombia. My next adventure is parenthood as I have become a Dad for the first time.

    What outdoor activities I like and Why?

    I would have to say cycling, after just touring for a year I found it such a great way to travel. The pace, freedom and the 'different' reception you get on a bike is amazing. I also enjoy hiking and climbing when time allows me.

    What are my most memorable trvel experiences?

    Seeing the Potala palace for the first time after a long bus ride across the Tibetan Plateau. The 24hour sun in Alaska, cycling and camping in some beautiful surroundings. My first hill in Mexico, cycling up up up from Mazatlan to Durango with amazing views. Trekking in the Hunza Vally, Pakistan and the great people you meet travelling leave lots of memorable experiences.

    Where would I like to visit most and why?

    I would love to do some more trips on my bike (trailer in tow!). Madagascar, Yemen, Southwestern USA, Mali and maybe one day finish the cycle from Alaska to Argentina.

  • Bex 2

    Sales Advisor

    I'm Bex (aka Bex 2 or 'Special' Bex), I live in Chippenham near Bath, love travelling, meeting people, seeing different cultures. I am a fun-loving person who is up for a laugh. 

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    What have I done?

    Most of my travel experiences have been in Europe and Africa, and I normally go for short breaks rather than long expeditions.However, in 2002 I travelled around Greece. Despite only planning to stay for a month or so, I ended up working the summer season in Crete as a Rep for Thompson. This trip gave me a lot of confidence in meeting new people, even in unfamiliar countries. I thoroughly enjoyed the experience and continued to live and work in Crete for another 2 years, until I felt I missed home too much.

    What outdoor activities I like and Why?

    I love cycling, though preferably in the summer as I'm not a fan of the cold (you won't find me travelling to Antarctica any time soon). I also enjoy taking my two dogs on long walks in and around Wiltshire.

    What are my most memorable travel experiences?

    Cape Town is probably the most beautiful place I've visited, with its lovely beaches and intriguing culture. Whilst there I climbed Table Mountain, and the view from the top is absolutely stunning. I've spent time in Turkey, with the highlight being my trip to the village of Oludeniz. I had lots of fun in and around the Blue Lagoon, famous for its clear blue waters and paragliding. I took a day trip canoeing which was hard at first, but I persevered and eventually found my rhythm, paddling at the head of the group by the end of the day.

    Where would I like to visit most and why?

    When I travel, I love to get a feeling for the history and culture of the places I visit – for instance, I loved going to see the pyramids in Egypt and the museums in Cairo. The place I would most like to visit right now is Thailand. 

  • Hilary

    Sales Advisor

    I have always loved all things outdoors... usually involving some sort of activity, or a dog. Although I’m also computer graphic designer / illustrator my passion for travelling and the outdoor probably started with the family annual trips to the Lake District and Yorkshire and the many happy times spent bimbling around the fields and woods with one of our family sheepdogs.

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    Where I have traveled and what I have done?

    I've travelled extensively in Canada and NZ, and to a lesser extent within Australia and the US.In 2007 I joined a wildlife research expedition in the remote Nyika National Park, Malawi. This involved living, trekking and camping in isolated areas of the African bush. We learnt tracking skills, bush survival, what to do when a swarm of bees fly towards you... and how to bake a birthday cake on a campfire! General travel to various European countries and beyond has taken me to numerous cities and villages where I've enjoyed the sites, sounds and tastes of different cultures. I also enjoy being on the water and have been on liveaboard sailing / snorkelling / diving trips in Curacao, Vancouver Island, New Zealand, Spain, Ireland.

    What outdoor activities I like and why?

    Rowing, cycling, running, walking are all things I have enjoyed or do still enjoy here in Bath - partly for the exercise but also because I like being out in the fresh air. On my travels, I enjoy activities that can get me to remote places, wildlife, beautiful scenery, beautiful skies... canoeing in British Columbia, sailing in the New Zealand Fiords, trekking in Malawi, horse riding in the Rockies and skiing.

    What are my most memorable travel experiences?

    Landing on the water in a float plane (as a passenger!), lake Te Anau, NZ; Seeing elephants in the wild for the first time; Eating round the camp fire under a Malawian night sky after a day tracking; Rounding up cattle on horseback in Canada; Seeing the Northern lights from a remote logging track in Canada; Swimming with seals, NZ; Arriving in Venice for the first time; Seeing a young Royal Albatross perched on an exposed peninsula in NZ South Island, and then to see the parents flying in to join it; Seeing grizzly bears catching salmon in the wild; Watching a storm pass on the beach at Tofino, Vancouver Island.

    Where would I like to visit most and why?

    Alaska, Galapagos, Hawaii, Yosemite, South America – the draw being the combination of wilderness and the wildlife. I'd also like to have a go at dog sledding! 

  • Jon

    Sales Advisor

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    What have I done

    My interest in the outdoors started from school, geography and geology field trips took me to some wild parts of Scotland and I was hooked. Since then I have returned many times to trek and wild camp. I've travelled to parts of South America, the United States and Canada, and a lot of western europe cycle touring and motorcycle touring.

    What outdoor activities I like and why

    I enjoy trekking, cycle touring and motorcyle touring and just travelling to different cultures. In fact I'm rarely tired with any form of travel, there is something compelling about seeing new things every day as you move through a country.

    What are my most memorable travel experiences

    I especially love Brazil, where I have travelled many times, the people are fantastic and I have experienced some fantastic places. Trekking up to the Fumaça falls from Lençóis in the Chapada Diamantina region of central Bahia I will never forget; the water falls are 1000 feet tall and the water turns to 'smoke' before it reaches the ground. But probably my most memorable and enjoyable experiences are of simple wild camping in the West Highlands of Scotland, I like to go there in May if I can, before the midges come out!

    Where would I like to visit most and why

    Everywhere I haven't been! India is high on my list, such a different culture, it must be an assault on the senses. I'd also like to take a year or so off and ride a motorbike around the world, riding a bike is a great way to get to remote places. That would be a real adventure. 

  • Ray

    Sales Advisor

    I'm Ray, fifty something, spent a long time in an IT career, and now I enjoy travel and the outdoors as much as possible.

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    What have I done

    I have hiked extensively in the French and Swiss Alps, and in New Zealand. I have done the Inca trail, Kilimanjaro, had a week on the Great Wall of China, and trekked through the Andes in Patagonia. I also hiked from Strasbourg to Nice along the GR5. On the cycling front I've done London to Paris, six amazing weeks across the Australian outback [with a group and support vehicle!], the Garden Route in South Africa, St Petersburg to Moscow, and along the pilgrim trails in France and Spain to Santiago. General travel has taken me to Tanzania, Namibia, Peru, Brasil, many cities in Europe, and small sections of Asia.

    What outdoor activities I like and why

    I mainly enjoy hiking for the scenery and accomplishment of gaining peaks or passes, and cycling because it's a great speed to travel and a good way to visit villages and small towns. Sitting at a caf' having a beer is also a great outdoor activity.

    What are my most memorable travel experiences

    Getting to the top of Kili. Seeing Mont Blanc at a distance of 120 kilometres, from Mont D'Or in the Jura. Watching an impossibly red sunset on Lake Wanaka in NZ. Walking the Routeburn track in NZ under rare sunny skies.

    Where would I like to visit most and why

    The Torres del Paine and Fitzroy parks in Patagonia: low altitude trekking among high peaks. The Annapurna circuit or sanctuary treks in Nepal. Cycling the west coast of America along stunning coastal scenery.

  • Matt

    Sales Advisor

    I am an ex-student aiming for a career as a wildlife camera man. I love all things outdoors, have travelled a great deal and only want to go further.

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    What I have done

    I have hiked in Ireland, Wales, Scotland and all over England including water skills, climbing and scrambling. I have been to New Zealand, South Africa, Gambia, and Botswana to learn tracking, I've hiked in Tenerife and Spain. I camped for 2 weeks in Botswana and have camped in the U.K. Winter walking in Wales.

    What outdoor activities I like and why

    I love tour canoeing and white water kayaking, canoeing for the peace and opportunity for bush craft. I'm a big fan of Ray Mears; there is no comparison to lighting a fire with flint and steel. I road cycle and climb whenever I can, the first for the sake of the speed and fitness and climbing because I'm weird and like heights!

    What are my most memorable travel experiences

    First and foremost was spending 2 weeks camping in the Tuli block of Botswana where I learnt to track the wild animals out there.

    Where would I like to visit most and why

    My dream trip is to take a Canadian canoe to the rivers of Northern Canada where the old voyagers used to travel to Hudson Bay. Just take a few weeks solo with a camera and supplies would be perfect. 

  • Ben

    Sales Advisor

    I'm your standard student traveller with a passion for the wild. I joined Itchy in late January 2011 and have loved every minute of it. I'm currently at The University of Bath studying civil Engineering, a degree that will hopefully allow me to travel and work anywhere.

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    I'm your standard student traveller with a passion for the wild. I joined Itchy in late January 2011 and have loved every minute of it. I'm currently at The University of Bath studying civil Engineering, a degree that will hopefully allow me to travel and work anywhere.

    What have I done

    My first big adventure was when I was 16, I spent a month volunteering in Nicaragua. We built houses, rice mills and storm shelters by the coast and planted fair-trade coffee up in the cloud forests. I've been lost on my own in the forests of Thailand, New Zealand and Herefordshire. I ended up spending a week climbing on Tonsai beach and two weeks learning to scuba dive after I discovered the 'reliability' of Thai public transport. I've done alot of hiking, most of which in no particular direction or on any particular route.

    What outdoor activities I like and why?

    I'll try my hand at anything and have had a go at a fair few. But my favourites are hiking, rock climbing, Bushcraft, sailing, scuba diving and archery. I love the sense of calm that you get from being in the wild and the joy when you (finally) manage to light a fire from a pair of twigs. I like the quite hidden places away from the crowds and modern life.

    What are my most memorable travel experiences

    5am on the coast of Nicaragua in 2006. I had been volunteering with a charity in a small coastal village at the mouth of the Rio Grande. We had had an amazing time and were saying our goodbyes and loading up the boat. As dawn broke in reds and oranges and yellows we spotted a school of dolphins swimming up river to hunt. As near a perfect moment as I've experienced.... Also jumping out of a plane in New Zealand on my birthday was pretty awesome.

    Where would I like to visit most and why?

    Canada, New Zealand, the Great Plains of America, Patagonia and Mongolia. Epic expanses of untamed and unspoilt wilderness, who wouldn't want to go there? 

  • Dom

    Sales Advisor

    My name is Dom. I've been at Itchy Feet a few months now and really enjoy being in the shop. It is a veritable treasure trove of kit you would want for any adventure and over the hours I have put together many kit lists for various adventures as well as perusing the wide selection of guides and maps to many far-flung places.

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    What have I done

    As a child I lived in Germany and my parents regularly took the family on extended road-trips across Europe. I've had that sense of adventure since. Inter-railing straight after A-Levels was my first big independent trip with many a funny story. We covered vast distances across Europe only sleeping on the trains and ferries between our destinations. A blur of more than twenty famous cities in a month gave me a proper taste of the fun and independence travelling brings. I've travelled fairly broadly using any excuse to disappear off; be it Hungary or Hunza; Kalash or Khumbu; Nagano or Nelson, Cairo or Kingston, short breaks, months off, cycling, driving, working, walking or trekking - I love the differences, the challenges, the exotic, the heat, the colour and even the downright dreich. I just like the feeling of freedom travelling and being outdoors brings.

    What outdoor activities I like and why

    I love mountains and hills and wide open spaces. Whether it's an afternoon walk on the hills above Bath or out on Salisbury Plain, days out on Dartmoor or longer expeditions to Brecon, the Lakes or the Highlands I always feel so much better having been outdoors. I've enjoyed cycling trips but most often I tend to be coaching teenagers on Duke of Edinburgh trips in the mountains of the UK which is a lot of fun.

    What are my memorable travel experiences

    Trekking up the Khumbu Valley to Everest Base Camp and Kala Pattar is the stand out trip for me. I've never seen anything more awesome than Mount Everest. Not a slim, pointy mountain but a broad-shouldered massive slab of living rock standing pretty much a full kilometre higher than any of its surrounding mountains. It's completely stunning.

    Where would I most like to visit and why

    I want to visit the savannahs of Africa to see lions in the wild. I've got a cat but that's not the same thing. My favourite trip would be a long walking holiday across the plains of Tanzania and Kenya with a few local guides - camping wild, visiting remote villages, tracking game – I'd enjoy that. 

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