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Interviews

Tim Ashelford - Editor of We Are Explorers

Tim Ashelford - Editor of We Are Explorers

by Belinda Noel

September 10, 2018


What was it that you really liked about the company (We Are Explorers) that made you keen to join and what is your role now?

We Are Explorers combined my writing skills with the outdoors. It really got me excited to see so many people getting stoked on authentic stories of adventure; I felt that so much Australian outdoor content was really struggling to be engaging, so it was rad to see a fresh perspective.

I'd been applying for jobs at startups before We Are Explorers – they have a tendency to lead the way and spark social change in a way that big companies never can. I started off writing feature articles and I'm now the Editor of the website. 

Where did you get the love of the outdoors and exploring come from, and what are some of your favorite activities to do when on an adventure. 

I’ve been a member of Scouts since I was young and my parents were always pretty strict on TV and video games. I’m so stoked now that they inspired me to do real activities and get outside.

I’m into surfing, mountain biking, trail-running and rock climbing. I love adventure sports because you’re always challenging yourself and the environment rather than others, plus it’s an excuse to get outside!

Word of Mouth Guide is all about NSW so what are some of your favorite places and memories of travel in NSW? 

Mt Kaputar is one of my favourite places, it rises up out of the plains in Northern NSW to create a cool micro-climate. We spent days camping and climbing surrounded by swaying gums and intriguing volcanic rock formations. I also can’t go past the South Coast for the secluded beacheside camping.

I saw you recently went on a family camping trip. What do you enjoy about weekend adventures especially with friends and family? 

Despite camping my whole life, that was the first time we’d gone away together, just my Mum, Dad and my Brother. As time becomes more precious I’m finding that it’s actually one of the best gifts – there’s no better way to show someone you like their company than making time for a weekend away and really connecting.

You seem to have a tight gang when it comes to exploring how do you get together with friends and where do you all like to go on the weekends. Any tips you can share with our readers on some good spots to check out?

I find that you can’t force people into things. By all means take a friend exploring but if that doesn’t get them pumped for another adventure, it’s better to find people who are already keen. It’s a lifestyle choice and a mindset.

We go all over the place but my biggest tip is to not stay limited by arbitrary limits like “2 hours from Sydney”. Drive for 4 and you might be at Crowdy Head, or extend your limit to to just 3 hours and you’ll be at the incredible cliffs of Kanangra-Boyd. Choose your destination then work out how to get there.

What travel plans have you got for 2018 and are there any dream destinations in NSW that you're really keen to check out?

My best mate and I just bought tickets to Nepal! Closer to home I’m really keen to get down to Eurobodalla and the other coastal regions east of Canberra. Just might need a few sneaky Friday arvos off.

Where can we find you on socials?

@tim_ashelford on Instagram or hit up weareexplorers.co to see my writing!

Van Life Seal Rocks

Van Life, Seal Rocks, shot by @jeremylamx

Climbing at Dam Cliffs, Shot by @aidanmh

Hiking in the Grand Canyon, Blue Mountains. Shot by @tomdarley

Kosi Summit Selfie, Snowshoeing Adventure

Taking in the Grose Valley, Blue Mountains. Shot by @tomdarley

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