TPZ193: From England to Norway in a Converted Lifeboat with Guylee Simmonds and David Schnabel

Converted LifeBoat
Photo Credit DevelopImages


In February 2018, architects Guylee Simmonds and David Schnabel bought a marine survival lifeboat and spent a year converting it for a four-month, 5000 km voyage to the Arctic.  Along with a dog named Shackleton, they traveled from the UK to Tromsø, the largest city in the Arctic, situated far north in the Norwegian Fjords.  The aim of the expedition was to design a self-sufficient boat capable of taking on the harsh environments, explore the wild and isolated Arctic landscape, and document the adventure through photography and film.  You can learn more at the website arctic-lifeboat.com.  Guylee and David, welcome to The Pursuit Zone.

TPZ192: Trekking the Kanuku Mountains in Guyana with Lucy Shepherd

Kanuku Mountains Guyana Lucy Shepherd


Over the past decade she has done many adventures which have taken her to the Arctic, the Haute route, Bolivian high peaks, Denali, and Iceland to name a few.  Her first time in the Amazon jungle was a short trip to Guyana in 2014.  She went back in 2020 with the mission to cross the Kanuku mountain range.  With a small group of Amerindian tribe members, the team completed the crossing after a few weeks in the mountains. They encountered jaguars, bushmaster snakes and bullet ants.  You can learn more about Lucy and her adventures at lucyshepherd.net.  Lucy Shepherd, welcome to The Pursuit Zone.

TPZ191: Winter Trekking in Lapland, Northern Finland with Rachel Frei Bandieri



She is a Swiss outdoor explorer that likes the challenge of winter adventure.  She has competed in 2 arctic winter races in Finland, the Rovaniemi 150 and 300, as well as the Arrowhead 135 winter endurance race in northern Minnesota.  In February 2019 she set out on an expedition called Arctic 1000, a 1000 km solo and unsupported trek in Lapland, the northern most region of Finland.  Her planned route was from the Lapland capital Rovaniemi to Lake Inari and back, but due to equipment troubles her journey ended at 700 km on day 20.  You can learn more about her adventures at her website thestridersadventures.blogspot.com.  Rachel Frei Bandieri, welcome to The Pursuit Zone.

TPZ190: Travel Blogging with Sofie Couwenbergh



In the summer of 2012, while working a regular job and in search of a creative outlet, she decided to combine her passion for writing and travel to create the blog WonderfulWanderings.com. Little did she know less than 3 years later, she would quit that regular job to focus on the blog full time to serve a community of travelers.  Beginning this year, she left her home base in Belgium and set off on an adventure to visit a new destination every month to try the location-independent lifestyle and perhaps in the end discover a new home base.  You can learn more at her website WonderfulWanderings.com. Sofie Couwenbergh, welcome to The Pursuit Zone.

Sofie’s article on Chris Guillebeau’s site

Sofie on the Side Hustle School podcast

TPZ189: Sailing, Cycling, Motorbiking and Vanlife Adventures with Huub van der Mark



While in Kyrgyzstan in 2018 he bought a Russian-made 1987 UAZ-452 van.  After converting it into a campervan he drove off to explore central Asia, Iran, and Pakistan.  After Pakistan, he shipped the van to Argentina where he has begun a multi-year road trip to Alaska.  But before all of this, he lived on sailboats, cycled the length of New Zealand, and rode a motorcycle through Vietnam.  You can learn more about these adventures at his YouTube channel Huub Vlogs.  Huub van der Mark, welcome to The Pursuit Zone.

TPZ188: Adventure Racing with Holly Budge



She is one of the UKs most accomplished female adventurers whose achievements include summitting both Ama Dablam and Mount Everest, racing 1000 km across Mongolia on horseback, and completing the 243 km Kathmandu Coast to Coast race on New Zealand’s South Island. She is also the founder of How Many Elephants.  An organization which raises the awareness of the plight of elephants in Africa and raises funds for anti-poaching projects.  You can learn more at her website hollybudge.com. Holly Budge, welcome to The Pursuit Zone.

TPZ187: Cycling West Africa with Nikki Ray



Starting in Spain, she cycled 10,000 km across 13 countries to reach Ghana on a bike she built from recycled components.  It was an adventure she called Ready Steady Slow in an effort to remind herself not to rush and to patiently take in everything going on around her.  But going slow can be a difficult challenge when the setbacks begin to mount like colliding with a taxi in Senegal and injuring a knee to cycling through the desert in extreme heat to not having the correct tools to fix a disintegrating wheel.  You can learn more about her journey at her website readysteadyslow.wordpress.com.  Nikki Ray, welcome to The Pursuit Zone.

TPZ186: Trekking in Sweden with Anna Blackwell



She’s trekked across the wilderness of Arctic Sweden, walked 1,600 km along ancient pilgrimage routes in France and Spain, summitted Mt. Toubkal, the highest peak in North Africa, paddled a tandem kayak 4,000 km from London to the Black Sea coast in Romania, and most recently completed an adventure she calls The Green Ribbon, a 1,000 km solo trek along the length of the mountains between Norway and Sweden.  You can learn more at her website annablackwell.co.uk.  Anna Blackwell, welcome to The Pursuit Zone.

TPZ185: Cycle Touring with Scott Sharick



He lived in western New York and Hawaii before moving to Cambodia in 2015 where he explored the country by motorbike.  During his time in Cambodia he suffered a stroke and luckily fully recovered from it.  But the experience made him think he needed to go on a long adventure.    His first big cycle tour was in 1990 across the United States.  Now, he’s on an even longer cycle trip he calls Strokes to Spokes.  Starting in Cambodia his travels have taken him through SE Asia, India, Nepal, and currently Australia.  And as a photographer his camera keeps pulling him in directions he wouldn’t otherwise have gone.  You can learn more at his website adventuresofaregularguy.com.  Scott Sharick, welcome to The Pursuit Zone.

Scott’s book on Blurb

TPZ184: Cycling, Packrafting, & Hiking with Alice Bowers



She had an ordinary life as a geography teacher before setting out to live a life of adventure.  She is passionate about traveling and human powered exploration and spent 13 months cycling the length of Australia and New Zealand and then from Indonesia to Nepal.  The journey opened her eyes to the kindness of strangers, but also to the harmful effects humans have on the environment.  She also spent a month paddling the rivers of rural Bangladesh and recently returned home from walking the length of Iceland.  You can learn more at her website alicebowers.com.  Alice Bowers, welcome to The Pursuit Zone.

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