Abi Wingate – Project Founder
Current Location: Edinburgh, Scotland
Hometown: Edinburgh, Scotland
Occupation: Development Tutor for the Prince’s Trust where I use outdoor education to encourage the development of young peoples’ personal and social skills.
Interests: Cycling, fundraising, music, nature, animals, rock climbing, aromatherapy, rough camping, outdoor cooking, mountains
A brief glimpse
“Don’t ask what the world needs. Ask what makes you come alive, and go do it. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive.” (Howard Thurman)
When I ask myself this question the answer appears to me as three things – Encouraging people to realise their potential makes me feel alive. Being in a natural environment makes me feel alive. Challenging myself and pushing boundaries makes me feel alive. It is when these three things combine that I truly come alive.
My love for the outdoors blossomed at a very young age. Growing up in Scotland, I was already skiing at age five and spent most of my weekends camping, hill walking and cycling. Scotland was where I learned to read a map and cook on a fire, Scotland was where I learned to love and respect wilderness, and be humbled by the weather. It was a place that taught me that your mental attitude and your strong trust for those in your team or family would get you to the top of that mountain. That trust and mental strength would get you to the bottom again.
It was only natural that I went on to travel, to leave the magical lands of home and see what was out there. For the last 15 years, all of my energy has been concentrated on staying away and exploring foreign lands. I have missed weddings, funerals, births and birthdays.
This is the moment when all of my energy, all of that learned mental strength, all of that love and trust will be focused. This time, not on the leaving, but on getting me home again.