Meet Adventurer Nic
Nic Hardy is an adventurer from Sheffield, South Yorkshire, UK. After dedicating over a decade of her life to public sector IT management, Adventurer Nic quit her job and sold her house in April 2019 to venture into life as an adventurer and outdoor writer. In 2019, Nic finished a round of the 282 Munro mountains of Scotland with her boyfriend James Forrest. In 2018 she ‘compleated’ the Wainwright classification of hills and trekked to the summit of the highest freestanding mountain in the world, Mount Kilimanjaro. Other adventures have included trekking in the M’Goun region of the Atlas Mountains in Morocco, solo wild camping in remote locations like Sandwood Bay in the far north west of Scotland, hiking Wainwright’s Outlying Fells of Lakeland, walking the Cumbrian Traverse, walking from Sheffield to Cockermouth on her 330km pilgrimage long distance hike – #WalkHome2020 and completing a second Wainwright round using only 7 multi-day routes. Nic is planning to walk a number of long distance trails in the future – most notably the 3,000km Te Araroa, New Zealand.
Talking about her adventures, Nic says “My life was very different five years ago, I was working 40 hours a week in a desk based job and I felt like I’d never sat down and asked myself what made me happy and what I was doing with my life. After starting out as a novice hill walker in 2017 I realised I was happiest in the mountains and prioritised shaping my precious leisure time around this hobby. I realised in 2019 that I was ready for a break from the regular 9-5 and started making adventure the biggest part of my life, funding my adventures using savings, sponsorship, writing and creating adventurous content for brands and magazines.”
282 Munros in 6 months
In the summer of 2019, Adventurer Nic walked to the top of all 282 Scottish Munro Mountains as part of a peak bagging challenge with her boyfriend James.
214 Wainwrights in 1 year
Starting September 2017 and finishing in September 2018, Adventurer Nic climbed all 214 Wainwright hills in exactly one year, travelling regularly to the Lake District round a full time job in Sheffield.