A conversation with Pip Delamere-Wright

Wild Wellness Instructor at Glen Dye and Britain’s first female Army Commando, Pip recently featured in Channel 4’s Alone UK.

Wild Wellness Instructor at Glen Dye and Britain’s first female Army Commando, Pip recently featured in Channel 4’s Alone UK.

Hi Pip, tell us about your role at Glen Dye.

I’m part of the Glen Dye School of Wild Wellness and Bushcraft and I also run events.

You’ve had quite a career so far, tell us a bit about it.

Following my degree in Human Biology and Sport Science, I went to The Royal Military Academy Sandhurst. And then over the course of the next seventeen years, I served as a British Army Officer. During this time, I qualified as a teacher, earned a Master’s Degree, carried out missions across various parts of the world, and proudly achieved the distinction of becoming the UK’s first female Army Commando.

When my daughter was born I relocated back to my family home in Aberdeenshire, and re-trained in the outdoors engaging with my love of the natural world and swimming.

Tell us about your recent experiences starring in Channel 4’s series Alone UK.

We filmed from September to November last year, with 12 cast members. Before ‘drop’ day in Canada, we travelled from the UK and spent two weeks training together.

It was great to be in the wilds Canada, which I have a strong love for. But once the show aired, I couldn’t help but feel somewhat disconnected from the experience, given the time that had passed since we filmed.

What’s the premise of the show?

Twelve Britons are dropped into the remote Northern Canadian wilderness and each must survive entirely alone. We were given only a handful of basic tools and we filmed the adventure ourselves. Whoever lasts longest wins £100,000.

How did you get selected?

I was approached by the casting team and invited to video myself performing a number of outdoor tasks. It went from there.

How would you best sum up the experience in three words?

Restorative, Challenging, Reassuring.

What was the toughest thing about the experience?

The process of filming was quite unfamiliar to me. Frequently, I found it frustrating and distracting, taking away from the simple focus of survival by requiring me to constantly capture my activities on camera. And of course, returning home without the prize money was tough too!

Are you glad that you did it?

 It’s a double-edged sword, really. Returning to Canada was a great and offered me the opportunity to dedicate time to self-discovery and to test my resilience as well as reaffirming my skills. Nevertheless, my absence was profoundly challenging for my children. Now, I find myself grappling with uncertainty as I contemplate my next adventure and wonder if the constraints of everyday life and family responsibilities might limit my opportunities.

Would you recommend the experience to other outdoors people?

Certainly, but consider the entire journey and try not to fixate solely on the media aspect.

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