Bikepacking and Adventure Filmmaking with Ben Page : TPZ 146

Bikepacking Yukon The Frozen RoadAfter university in 2014 and with £9,000 in the bank, 22 year old Ben Page flew to the bottom of South America to begin an around the world cycling adventure. As Ben reached Canada he began planning a winter ride on a fat tire bike through the Yukon Territory from Whitehorse to the village of Tuktoyaktuk on the Arctic Ocean. This 2,000 km winter journey is documented in an award-winning film titled The Frozen Road and you can learn more about it at Ben’s website anotherhorizon.org. After Ben thawed out he continued cycling for another year and a half across Asia, Africa, and Europe. Ben Page, welcome to The Pursuit Zone.

Skiing and Kayaking in Russia with Callie Morgigno : TPZ 145

Ski touring RussiaIn February 2017, Callie Morgigno set off with teammate Charlie Walker on a 5,500 mile adventure along the perceived border between Europe and Asia from the Russian arctic to the Bosporus strait in Turkey. It was a triathlon over 9 months as they skied through the Ural mountains, kayaked the Ural river, and cycled along the Black Sea coast to the finish. They call their expedition Following the Line and you can learn more about their journey at followingtheline.com. Callie is a seasoned traveler, having trekked across Mali by donkey, hiked through parts of Afghanistan, and cycled solo across Asia. Callie Morgigno, welcome to The Pursuit Zone.

Listen to Charlie Walker talk about his cycling adventure in Episode 087.

Climbing Mt. Elbrus with James Didier : TPZ 144

Mt. ElbrusJames Didier began mountaineering in 2011 in Colorado. Since then he has climbed several significant Alpine peaks in North America and Europe. His most recent adventure was a summit of Europe’s highest peak – Mount Elbrus in Russia at 18,510 feet. James climbed without a guide and on a total budget of less than 1,500 dollars including travel expenses making Mt. Elbrus possibly the most affordable of the seven summits and one of the easiest to get to. James Didier, welcome to The Pursuit Zone.

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What’s coming in the New Year for the Podcast – TPZ 143

Adventure travel podcastGreetings from TPZ headquarters where I produce The Pursuit Zone Adventure Travel Podcast.

In this episode I talk about where I’ve been for the last year and about ideas I have for the podcast going forward.  I also tell you about the biggest mistake I’ve made as a podcast producer.  Let me know your thoughts and give me your feedback.

In this episode I talk about:

  • Why I burned out
  • The online business I started
  • New podcast artwork on the way
  • Podcast show title change
  • A voice message experiment
  • How much content can I produce
  • Can you help me create content?
  • Costs of producing the show and how I might offset the costs
  • My desire to outsource the editing
  • Starting a book club
  • Sending content to Youtube
  • Reposting content
  • Things I need to improve on like show notes and social media
  • My biggest mistake as TPZ producer
  • Tag lines
  • Happy New Year!


Winter Thru-Hiking the Ice Age Trail with Mike Summers : TPZ 142

Ice Age Trail Mike SummersMike Summers is an outdoor enthusiast with a passion for hiking. In December 2016 he set out westbound to complete the Ice Age Trail in winter. It’s one of the 11 National Scenic Trails and exists entirely in the state of Wisconsin. It took Mike 58 days to thru-hike the 1,077 miles. You can learn more about the Ice Age Trail at iceagetrail.org and more about Mike at improbablebutpossible.com. Mike Summers welcome to The Pursuit Zone.

Walking the Zambezi River with Chaz Powell : TPZ 141

Zambezi RiverFor over a decade, Chaz Powell has been backpacking in remote places around the world. Starting in August 2016, Chaz began an attempt to walk the length of the Zambezi river starting at the source near Kalene Hills in northwestern Zambia. He walked for nearly 1,300 miles in 97 days through one the most remote parts of the world, most of the time alone and self-supported. The goal was to reach the Indian Ocean, but Chaz fell short by 600 miles due to the dangers of traveling through Mozambique. His main goal is to raise money and awareness for wildlife conservation throughout Africa and to highlight the growing concerns of wildlife crimes across the globe. He is supporting the David Shepherd Wildlife Foundation and you can learn more about Chaz and his adventures at thewildestjourney.com. Chaz Powell, welcome to The Pursuit Zone.

Cycling Around the World with Leigh Timmis : TPZ 140

RTW cycling around the worldIn the summer of 2010, Leigh Timmis pedaled away from his home in England to begin an around the world cycling adventure. Somewhere along the way he realized that cycling every painstaking and dangerous mile of the journey is not as important as enjoying it. Leigh cycled in support of the Derbyshire Children’s Holiday Centre, a charity that provides week-long holidays to children in need. After 7 years Leigh wrapped up his adventure a few days ago and you can learn more about it at his website pedal360.com. Leigh Timmis, welcome to The Pursuit Zone.

Hitchhiking Argentina to Alaska with Steve & Jo Dew-Jones : TPZ 139

hitchhiking BrazilIn March 2014, Steve and Jo Dew-Jones traveled to the bottom of South America and began hitchhiking north. In November, they arrived in Homer Alaska after traveling over 26,000 miles with 392 drivers. Their only rule was to hitchhike and not use paid transportation. They wrote a book about the adventure titled The Rule of Thumb 2 which you can learn more about at ruleofthumb2.wordpress.com. Steve and Jo, welcome to The Pursuit Zone.

Kayaking in Chilean Patagonia with Will Copestake : TPZ 138

kayaking patagoniaWith 45 days of food crammed into their 17 foot expedition kayaks, Will Copestake and his friend Seumus began an 840 km expedition through the icy fjords of Chilean Patagonia – a perfect harmony of the brutal and the beautiful as Will writes at his website willcopestakemedia.com. Will previously appeared in episode 53 talking about his Scotland kayaking and Munro bagging adventure which you can find at thepursuitzone.com/tpz053. Will Copestake, welcome back to the show.

Mountaineering in Svalbard with James Lam : TPZ 137

climbing svalbardIn the summer of 2016, a team of five from Oxford University traveled into the Arctic Circle to ski east to west across the island of Spitsbergen – part of a Norwegian archipelago. They retraced a 1923 expedition that had contributed a great deal of scientific knowledge about the region. Their goal is to conduct new research to tell the story of how the landscape has changed over nearly a century. For 32 days and 180 miles they hauled their sleds across the landscape looking to repeat the photos from 1923 and filming a documentary. Pursuing mountaineering objectives was another part of the Spitsbergen Retraced Expedition led by James Lam and you can learn more at svalbard2016.com James Lam, welcome to The Pursuit Zone.