Alex has delivered talks to audiences including the BMC, Sidetracked Creators Tour, and the Kendal Mountain Festival. His adventures focus on ambitious, long-distance backpacking journeys in a lightweight and self-sufficient style – but as Alex is keen to point out in his talks, backpacking light is more about mastery than pack weight. He has also spoken about mental health, body image, and toxic relationships with exercise.
His talk on developing ultralight backpacking skills from a climbing background has been well received by the BMC. The first time he delivered it, he inspired Lynn Robinson, President of the BMC, to sign up for the TGO Challenge (the UK’s longest-running annual backpacking event).
Alex Roddie is a widely published writer and editor in British outdoor media. He has contributed numerous features, mapped walks and skills guides to The Great Outdoors magazine. He’s editor of Sidetracked magazine and has edited many books on mountaineering, backpacking and the outdoors. He is author of three books.
As a writer and outdoor publishing professional, Alex is available to talk on a range of subjects from getting started as an outdoor writer to the value of specialisation in freelance editing.
Talks available to watch online
- Wild Writers talk for the John Muir Trust
- In conversation with Davy Wright for Paths in the Outdoors podcast
Images © Alex Roddie, James Roddie, Hannah Roddie, Jenny Tough