TPZ177: RTW Bikepacking Adventure with Tristan Ridley

bikepacking

After working and hitchhiking around Australia for 2 years, he bought a bike and spent 3 months cycling around New Zealand.  He then cycled back to his home in England starting in Papua New Guinea where he came down with Dengue fever and was chased by men wielding machetes.  After working 16 months in England, the cycling adventure continued through Northern Europe before riding south into the Balkans.  In December 2018 he rode into the Middle East and onward into North Africa.  Currently in Tanzania, he is just over halfway to his goal of cycling 100,000 km through 100 countries on 6 continents.  Part of his adventure is to raise funds for Build Africa, a UK charity working to fight poverty in Kenya and Uganda by using education to combat inequality.  You can learn more about his adventures at his website tristanridley.com.  Tristan Ridley, welcome to The Pursuit Zone.

TPZ176: Thru-Hiking Te Araroa with Alison Young

Te Araroa thru-hike

In late October 2018 she traveled to New Zealand to begin a 4-month southbound thru-hike of Te Araroa, a 3,000 km walking track across the north and south islands.  It’s a challenging hike that took her across various landscapes including beaches, cities, forests, and volcanoes.  You can read more about Te Araroa and her other adventures at her website blissfulhiker.com.  Alison Young, welcome back to the show.

TPZ175: Cycling Around the World with Fredrika Ek

cycling around the world Fredrika Ek

She cycled away from her hometown of Sundsvall Sweden in the early spring of 2015 with the goal to cycle around the world and to experience foreign lands and cultures.  She wanted to overcome the personal challenges of riding into the ruthless headwinds, the freezing cold, the tormenting heat and be able to say in the end, “Girl.  You actually did it.”  But this bike ramble was also something bigger – a fundraiser in support of ActionAid, an organization defending the human rights of the world’s most vulnerable girls and woman.  After 33 months, 51,000 km, and 45 countries she accomplished her mission and you can learn more about it at thebikeramble.com.  Fredrika Ek, welcome to The Pursuit Zone.

Photos by Martijn Doolaard at espiritu-libre.com.


TPZ174: Trekking to Everest Base Camp with Russ Hepton

Everest base camp

Trekking to Everest base camp at 5,380 meters is not an easy adventure, but the reward is spending time in the incredible mountain landscapes of the Himalayas.  Russ Hepton began his 2-week trek starting in Kathmandu Nepal.  After an exhilarating 45-minute helicopter flight to Lukla he set out with his guide toward Namche Bazaar at 3,340 meters and spent a day acclimating.  The trek continued toward Dingboche at 4,410 meters and another rest day.  After reaching Everest base camp he attempted a challenging hike toward the top of Kala Patthar which stands at 5,643 meters.  You can learn more at his YouTube channel called The Trail Hunter and his website thetrailhunter.com.  Russ Hepton, welcome to The Pursuit Zone.

The guide service Russ used: Magic Expedition Trekking and Tours


TPZ173: Trekking Death Valley National Park with Roland Banas

Trekking Death Valley

Death Valley National Park on the California Nevada border is the hottest, driest and lowest of all the US national parks.  It is also the largest National Park in the lower 48 with a diverse environment of sand dunes, salt flats, mountains and valleys.  For three years beginning in 2015, Roland Banas tried and failed 4 times to cross the park solo and unsupported.  In December 2018 he began his 5th attempt.  Starting out with a 85-pound pack of food, water and gear, Roland finally completed the trek in 6 days, 23 hours and 55 minutes covering a distance of 166 miles.  Roland has written about his adventure at explorersweb.com.  Roland Banas, welcome to The Pursuit Zone.


TPZ172: Cycling Around the World with Tim Millikin

cycling around the world

From his home in Reading England to the finish line in Reading, PA it was a journey of 46,500 km spanning over 3 years.  On a bicycle he built for less than 500 pounds he cycled through 39 countries experiencing the stunning vistas of Kyrgyzstan and the soul-crushing roads of the Atacama Desert. In El Salvador he was hit by a car and hospitalized, but continued on with a new bike.  As part of the adventure he is raising funds for The Royal Berks Charity and SOS Children’s Villages and you can learn more at his website reading2reading.com.  Tim Millikin, welcome to The Pursuit Zone.


TPZ171: Kayaking the Kwanza River in Angola with Oscar Scafidi

Kayak the Kwanza

In June 2016, Oscar Scafidi and teammate Alfy Weston assembled the 1960s era Klepper Aerius II foldable kayak and set out on the Kwanza River in Angola – which flows 600 miles from its source on the Bié Plateau to the Atlantic Ocean.  During their roughly 4-week journey they experienced many unexpected delays from dangerous hippos and fishing dams that nearly capsized their boat to government authorities that attempted to deport them.  Part of their adventure was to raise funds for The Halo Trust – the oldest and largest humanitarian landmine clearance organization which has been working for over two decades in Angola, a country heavily contaminated with landmines as a result of the 27-year civil war following independence from Portugal.  You can learn more about the adventure in Oscars book Kayak the Kwanza – Source to Sea Along Angola’s Longest River and at kayakthekwanza.com.  Oscar Scafidi, welcome to The Pursuit Zone.

Donate to The Halo Trust

Kayak the Kwanza movie


TPZ170: Solar VanLife Adventure with Joel Hayes & Keegan Taccori

Solar VanLife with Route Del Sol

Joel is the pilot and Keegan is the copilot.  They are the first team in the world to drive a solar powered, 100% electric camper van from Alaska to Argentina.  The adventure is called Route del Sol and the goal is to make it to the bottom of South America by the summer of 2020.  The first part of Route Del Sol has taken them through the landscapes of Alaska, the Yukon Territory and British Columbia.  Now they’re in part two and making their way down the west coast of the United States.  You can learn more at routedelsol.com.  Joel Hayes and Keegan Taccori, welcome to The Pursuit Zone.


TPZ169: Walking thru Bangladesh with Ian Packham

Walking Bangladesh Ian Packham

Located between India and Myanmar, Bangladesh is a country about the size of England and Wales, but with three times the population.  From January through March 2019, Ian Packham was on a self-supported trek across Bangladesh.  It was 665.8 miles on foot starting in Saint Martins island in the south and ending in the country’s northernmost point.  His plan is to uncover the stories of one of the world’s hidden destinations.  You can learn more about Ian and his adventures at his website encircleafrica.org.  Ian Packham, welcome back to the show.

Song of the Little Road by Graham Finch http://www.crazyguyonabike.com/doc/7360


TPZ168: Arctic Expedition Sailing with Katherine Knight

A lifelong love of sailing and adventure has taken Katherine Knight all over the world, from Iceland to Canada, the arctic and Cape Horn.  Her home, with her partner Eric, is a 50ft expedition yacht called Narwhal.  This past year they set sail on an amazing journey from Scotland across the arctic circle to Norway.  Their expeditions also devote time to Clean Up the Arctic, removing large amounts of trash from the beautiful arctic waters.  Katherine is also passionate about empowering people to get beyond their doorstep and fall in love with adventure.  You can learn more about the Narwhal and their sailing expeditions at narwhalexpeditions.com.  Katherine Knight, welcome to The Pursuit Zone.

Film link ‘The Adventure Itinerary’ https://vimeo.com/306564120#at=2