TPZ153: Patagonia Horseback Adventure with Stevie Anna

Patagonia Horseback AdventureRaised in Oregon and Texas, Stevie Anna lives for travel and adventure.  While living in a van with her dog Darcie, she traveled to 49 states and she’s guided backcountry horse trips both in Alaska and Minnesota.  She also works as an expedition project manager.  In 2015 she moved to Argentina and began planning – Patagone – an adventure on horseback through Patagonia from the dry steppe to the high mountain passes.  It was an exploration over 3 months and nearly 1,200 miles of the stunning wilderness of Patagonia and it was a way to travel slow and reconnect with the wild elements often missed.  You can learn more about Stevie and the Patagone adventure at her website  Stevie Anna, welcome to The Pursuit Zone.

6,000 Miles by Horseback on the Eurasian Steppe with Tim Cope : TPZ032 Encore

Tim Cope on the trail of Genghis KhanFor 3 years Tim Cope traveled by horseback through the Eurasian steppe from the ancient capital city of Karakoram in Mongolia to the Danube River in Hungary.  It was a 6000-mile journey last attempted in the days on Ghengis Khan.  For most of the journey he was alone except for his horses and his dog named Tigon.  The adventure was a tribute to the nomadic way of life.  Along the way he encountered a cast of very interesting characters.  Some were thieves not to be trusted yet most proved to be incredibly generous.  You can learn more by reading his book titled On The Trail of Genghis Khan, An Epic Journey Through the Land of the Nomads – and from his website  Tim Cope, welcome to The Pursuit Zone.

Backpacking Europe with Daniel Alvarez : TPZ 152

Backpacking EuropeIn the summer of 2017 Daniel Alvarez finished a very long walk across Europe.  He started at the top of Norway and continued south across Sweden, Denmark, Germany, France, Spain, and Portugal following various trails including Sweden’s Kungsleden and the Camino de Santiago.  It was a year-long journey covering over 6,000 miles and he writes about this adventure and others at his website  Daniel previously appeared in episode 5 talking about his long-distance kayaking adventure from Minnesota to Florida.  Daniel Alvarez, welcome back to the show.

Show Notes:

Garmin InReach

REI Backpack

Tarp Tent

Gaia GPS App

Western Mountaineering Sleeping Bag

YouTube Reindeer video

PowerDirector App

Bikepacking the Tour Divide with Ralph Karsten : TPZ 151

June 2018 will be the second time Ralph Karsten starts the Tour Divide at the Grand Depart in Banff Canada.  The Tour Divide is an annual self-supported mountain bike race that follows the nearly 2,700-mile Great Divide Mountain Bike Route from Canada to the Mexican border.  Ralph also enjoys primitive camping, practicing survival skills, and flying hang-gliders.  Ralph Karsten, welcome to The Pursuit Zone.

Show Notes:

Tour Divide

Ride the Divide movie

Inspired to Ride movie

The Lake Pepin 3-Speed Tour

Born to Run

Jones Bikes

Banff Airporter

Salsa Cutthroat

ZPacks Hexamid


Garmin eTrex

Spot locator

Colorado Trail

Arizona Trail

Black Hills Expedition


Adventure Cycling Association

Mike Hall

Alessi brothers on YouTube










Kayaking Minnesota to Florida with Daniel Alvarez : TPZ 005 Encore

Kayaking MississippiMy next guest is Daniel Alvarez.  After completing four long-distance hikes including the 2,000 mile Appalachian trail and the 3,000 mile Continental Divide Trail, he traded his hiking boots for a paddle and traveled 4,000 miles in a sea kayak from Minnesota’s Northwest Angle to Key West, Florida.  It was a plan so audacious that Outside magazine awarded him a $10,000 grant.  It was a 9-month adventure he completed on March 9, 2013.  Now he has turned his boat around and is paddling his way back.  You can learn more about Daniel at his website  Daniel Alvarez, welcome to The Pursuit Zone.

Rowing the Atlantic Ocean with Paddy Montgomery & Seamus Crawford : TPZ 150

Talisker Whiskey Atlantic ChallengeSeamus Crawford and Paddy Montgomery previously appeared in Episode 118 to talk about the first two legs of their journey – The Race Across Europe and the Marathon des Sables.  Now they are back to talk about their successful completion of leg 3 – the Talisker Whiskey Atlantic Challenge, a 3,000-nautical-mile row across the Atlantic Ocean.  They are fundraising for The Prostrate Project and Shooting Star Chase and you can learn more about their adventure at  Seamus and Paddy, welcome back to the show.

Bicentennial National Trail on Wild Horses with Alienor Le Gouvello : TPZ 149

Bicentennial National Trail

Photo credit: Cat Vinton

The Bicentennial National Trail stretches over 5,000 km and crosses some of eastern Australia’s most remote and spectacular landscapes.  It took 13 months for Alienor Le Gouvello and her 3 horses – Roxanne, River and Cooper – to complete the trail making her the first person to finish it on wild horses.  Before setting out she had to break and train these wild horses, known as brumbies, with the help of the Guy Fawkes Heritage Horse Association.  Alienor also traveled to Mongolia to compete in the 6-day 480 km Gobi Desert Cup endurance race on Mongolian horses where she finished in first place.  You can learn more about Alienor and her adventures on Facebook at  Alienor Le Gouvello, welcome to The Pursuit Zone.

Amazon Dugout Canoe Adventure with Ben Sadd and James Trundle : TPZ 148

DugOut An Amazon Adventure

Ben (left) and James

In 2015 Benjamin Sadd and James Trundle decided to have an adventure and make a film.  They wanted to build on their previous journeys and do something on a grander scale so they came up with the idea of building a dugout canoe.  They traveled to the Ecuadorian Amazon, lived in an indigenous community that helped them build the canoe, then launched it into a river and continued their adventure through Ecuador’s Yasuni region – one of the most biodiverse areas of the world.  These 2 months are captured in their award-winning film DugOut – An Amazon Adventure which you can find online at  You can learn more about Benjamin at and more about James at  Ben and James, welcome to The Pursuit Zone.

Backpacking Iceland with Larry Mishkar : TPZ 147

Larry Mishkar backpacked 400 miles across Iceland over 25 days.  He traveled from the southern shore to the northern coast on the volcano route and today he will share with you why Iceland might be the best place for your first international backpacking trip.  You can learn more about Larry at Larry Mishkar, welcome to The Pursuit Zone.

Travel resources:

Map of Iceland

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 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.