#Supported-By SaturdayArran Goddard
Our Supported By Tiso network collaborates with leading adventure photographers and film makers, outdoor advocates, change makers and everyday explorers. We are proud to support and collaborate with this diverse network of inspirational outdoor leaders. This week we are chatting to Arran Goddard, an Adventrue & Tourism management student who can be found hiking, mountainbiking and giving international motivational talks about his experiences adventuring!
Tell us a little bit about yourself? Where are you from, what do you do?
I am originally from Fife, grew up in Edinburgh and now based in Fort William in the highlands. I’m currently about to finish my 2nd year at the University of Highland & Islands studying Adventure tourism Management. I also give talks as an international motivational speaker while being an alumni and ambassador for the Polar Academy charity which Tiso is their main sponsor.
What sparked your interest in the outdoors?
When I was a kid, I would occasionally go camping with my family but when I started training for the Polar Academy’s Arctic expedition back 2016, it showed me the outdoor path with so many activities to enjoy including being in nature. I fell in love with mountain biking when I was turned 17 and haven’t looked back since. It is my main sport while also loving hiking and skiing.
Where is your favourite place in Scotland to enjoy the outdoors?
There are too many favourite places in Scotland that I have, such as mountain biking at Laggan or hiking in Kintail but a place that will always be deep in my heart is Glencoe. Because of the beauty of the area, being surrounded by the stunning mountains just gives me a happy feeling. Being on a summit of a Munro while having clear blue sky is incredible feeling to have as well.
Are there any outdoor activities you would love to try
I would love to do more of winter climbing. I haven’t had a lot of experience with it but definitely like to build up and develop.
What is on your adventure bucket list
There is a lot on my bucket list! I would love to cycle the NC500, I feel you would appreciate it more than driving and take your time thorughout the journey. I want to hike up An Teallach in Dundonnell, the views look amazing and get to bag two Munros. I would also want to explore more of the islands, I haven’t been to many of them and heard such great things about them.
What is your “motivation” and why do you share it?
I explore the outdoors as much as I can because it changed my life completely. Pushing myself to beat my fears and always trying new challenges and also to help build resilience for people that have been struggling either with mental health or past experience throughout the outdoors.
What's one piece of kit you couldn't live without?
One piece of kit I can’t live without is my mountain bike. I go out on my bike most days; I love the adrenaline rush when doing down a trail. It keeps my mental game strong and positive.
What has been your biggest challenge while enjoying the outdoors?
I think of the most challenging moment so far is when I was winter hiking, going up the School House Ridge in Ballachulish. The first time I attempted the ridge I was scared, didn’t feel conformable doing it and risk the consequences. Looking back at it, I feel I didn’t have enough experience and glad that I turned back for my safety. A year later I attempted it again, overcame my fear by keeping positive, feeling excited approaching the ridge and trusting my own ability. I was so happy completing the ridge which has help build my confidence for future challenges.