The Worlds longest running independent producer of broadcast quality podcasts for the adventurer, the long distance hiker, the backpacker, the camper, in fact anyone seeking an independent life in the outdoors as a self powered traveler.
Since 2005 we’ve produced audio and video podcasts for the self powered outdoor enthusiast in the UK and World-Wide. For people who wants to find out more about getting into the outdoors lifestyle and enjoying the simple pleasures in life.
Our range of material goes back to 2005 and dips into many aspects. We talk to others and discuss their trips and experiences big and small, we discuss and review gear, we link associated skills and interests all with the aim to inspire, inform, entertain and encourage listeners to enjoy the natural world around them.
The podcasts are aimed at adventure seekers of every type. Walkers, backpackers, bushcrafters, cyclists, paddlers, travellers, equestrian users in fact anyone interested in expanding their knowledge and skills related to outdoor adventure. Winners of the European Podcast Awards UK Business Category. Current library consists of over 500 podcasts, with more than 14 million downloads to date.
The UK’s longest running independent producer of audio and video podcasts for the self powered traveler. Massive free library. 14+ Million downloads 4+ Million Video views
Free information created by fellow enthusiasts
History in the making
The Outdoors Station was created by Bob Cartwright in 2005 where his experience in professional broadcast production and knowledge of the outdoors world combined to create a unique resource for the self powered traveler.
The key ethos is to create an independent production platform and to inform, entertain and inspire others to enjoy a healthy outdoors lifestyle, with responsibly and understanding of the natural world around them.
Since its inception in 2005 The Outdoors Station has been providing free audio and video podcast entertainment, information, trip reports and reviews specifically with the backpacker, traveler, cyclist, paddler in mind.
Originally the the core message was to support the ‘lightweight’ approach to equipment, how to use it and the long term benefits. But along the way I met so many normal people (non celebrities) undertaking challenges and adventures that the podcast took a new direction, sharing the love, appreciation and education for the great outdoors.
For two years running we won the European Podcast Awards in 2009 and 2010. Our audience is world-wide and the passion and enthusiasm for the subject has no boundaries.
The figures (Nov 2019)
Total audio podcasts produced since 2005 is currently 500, which have been downloaded (to date) 14,243,769 times. Average download per episode 28,487.
Total video podcasts produced (YouTube) 100. Viewed 3,414,639 times. Average views per video 34,000+. Current You Tube subscribers 8650
It would appear that the outdoor enthusiast is hungry for information. Much more information! Programs presented in a fun practical style that tell them more about products, how they can be used and general outdoor inspiration are in great demand.
This station has therefore been created as a central hub of new media information in the form of podcasts, to allow the industry to talk directly to the end user, and explain all relevant aspects of their products. Plus a series of independent programs for entertainment thrown in!
Everyone involved with the site is doing it to share the passion, knowledge and inspiration. We are not doing it for financial gain so it is all free for the end user to view, to incorporate in their blog or website and to pass around!
My relationship with the outdoors goes back a long way, however these are some of the key highlights which come to mind for anyone who is interested.
1981: Backpacked around the world on a shoestring taking 18 months
1989-1991: Competitor MTB series
1989 Onwards: Competitor Trail Running series
1989-1990: PR and Marketing Manager for The Malvern Hills Classic MBR
1991: Event Director for the British National Mountain Bike Championship at The Malvern Hills Classic
2004: Started specialist lightweight importers backpackinglight.co.uk
2004: Took part for the first time in 25th Anniversary 200 Mile TGO Challenge
2005: Started The Outdoors Station free media resource for lovers of the outdoors
2005-2010: Competitor in OMM Mountain Marathons including 2008 Borrowdale
2006: Designer of unique Micro, Solo and Duo Tarps – Made in Britain
2007: Designer of The Honey Stove (Multifuel stove) – Made in Britain
2007: Designer of Sleepwell compact down pillow
2008: Designer of The Pocket Stove (Multifuel stove) – Made in Britain
2008: Designer of multi tool pockets to retrofit most rucksacks on market
2008: Designer of Lightfoot Socks
2008: Designer of luxury Leather Bushcraft Bag collection – Made in Britain
2008: Designer of Silk Worm sleeping system with offcuts made into camp shopping bags
2009: Winner of European Podcast Award – UK Business
2009: Designer of Fleetfoot Trailshoe Gaiters
2009: Designer of first reliable walking pole linking system – Made in Britain
2010: Winner of European Podcast Award – UK Business
2012: Designer of Universal Trivet to fit multiple stoves – Made in Britain
2014: Designer of the Wilderness Quilt – Made in Britain
2018: Completed 2000 miles and 10 Crossings of TGO Challenge
2020: Author of Outdoor Cookbook for Dehydrator Owners
2020: Author of Great Meals for Wood Stoves