Meet The Team
Hammocker aka Olly Darby.
Founder and Author
Since a very early age I have been passionate about all things outdoors. My love began earlier than I can remember, according to my parents I would spend hours in the garden making mud pies, sitting in homemade dens and catching bugs. But my first real outdoor memories started when I joined scouting at the age of eight. With evenings sailing and kayaking off the Torbay coastline, the latter of which I still get out and enjoy as much as I can now.
I am also a lover of all things bushcraft and this began with the help of a very jolly scout leader called Paul who sat me down at the age of twelve and taught me how to sharpen a knife properly. He had a great set of skills and I learnt much of what I know about the tools I use when adventuring from him. Sadly Paul passed away when I was about fourteen but I carried on honing the skills he had taught me and continued gathering knowledge of bushcraft.
My career working with children started when I was sixteen and began volunteering for a charity which runs Kids residential summer camps in the school holidays. This gave me a good footing to become an outdoor instructor. So when I turned eighteen and realised Education wasn’t for me I started my first real job at an outdoor centre in the Lake District. Eight years, three centres and many adventures later I arrived where I am today.
I am now based on the Lancashire Yorkshire border and work for a very splendid company who own and operate three Activity Centres for kids. I enjoy my job thoroughly and it has sparked many opportunities for adventures through the like minded people around me.
And may the adventures long continue…
Kiwi AKA Helen McIntosh
I am a New Zealander who has found myself living and working in the UK for over a year now.
Growing up in NZ, it is hard to not have an appreciation for the outdoors engrained into you. My memories of family holidays involved a lot of walks as my parents believed that walking is the best way to explore a new place. I’d be lying if I said I always enjoyed this at the time, but as I grew older I became grateful for these experiences and began to seek them out on my own.
I grew up with beautiful scenery all around me but my family wasn’t huge on camping in the traditional sense. I think they found the car rides with with myself and my two brothers hard enough so they didn’t fancy forcing us to share a tent. The occasions that I did go I always really enjoyed the preparation and planning phase; sorting out what you needed to take, what you were going to eat and that kind of thing. I loved, and still do love, how when you’re out in the wilderness just taking care of your basic needs becomes more of a ritual- mostly because everything takes a lot longer.
Today I crave this slower pace, away from my daily routine. I am grateful to have been introduced to hammocking by Olly, the author of this blog who I met through our work. It has allowed me to make some great friends, chill out and now I get to share it with you as well.