Today, we're celebrating International Women's Day and the many inspirational women we're blessed to count as friends of Crewroom, all of which are incredible role models.
And who better to celebrate than the awesome Anna McNuff, Adventure Queen extraordinaire. If you're ever in need of motivation, just pick up a copy of Anna's book - Llama Drama - and lose yourself in a two-woman, 5,500-mile cycling adventure through South America.
Beginning in the bustling city of La Paz, the duo pedal south – through dense jungle, across pristine white salt flats and past towering volcanoes, following the path of thundering glacial rivers to the snow-tipped peaks of Patagonia.
Sleeping wild in their tents most nights, they endure 50-mph crosswinds and catastrophic crashes, and go head to head with one very determined saddle sore called Sally. By the time they make it to the southernmost tip of the continent, they have cycled 5,500 miles and ascended over 100,000 metres through the mighty Andes – equivalent to 11 times the height of Everest.
We absolutely love this book, but don't just take our word for it - Claudia Winkleman is a huge fan too saying that she 'devoured' the book when awarding Anna the Amazon UK Kindle Storyteller Award 2020!
Of course, Llama Drama documents just one of the many extrodinary adventures Anna has taken on with incredible determination. Why, you may ask yourself, would you want to put your body through so many arduous challenges? Well, at the core of Anna’s adventures are the young women of Britain. As a proud Girlguiding ambassador, Anna wants to stand in front of those young women – our future leaders, scientists, adventurers, athletes, politicians, artists – and demonstrate to them that they can reach for things that are just beyond what they believe they are capable of. So, what better way to lead the way than by running and cycling through mountains and valleys, across rivers and salt flats and through villages and cities in so many phenomenal journeys around the world.
On International Women's Day, we celebrate you Anna, a true inspiration to so many. And, as a new mum, we know your latest adventure with baby Storm will be an awesome one. With you as her mum and Adventure Man as her dad, we already know Storm will be a strong, independent and determined girl who is, no doubt, equally as inspirational as her mum!