TPZ198: Trekking across Madagascar with Chaz Powell



In August 2019, he began a 780 km trek across Madagascar.  Joined by three team members, the goal was to walk east to west along Madagascar’s longest river, the Mangoky.  The journey was 29 days through jungles and across mountain ranges while avoiding crocodiles and the threat of armed bandits.  Part of the adventure is to raise funds and awareness for the loss of wildlife and wild lands across Africa by working with the African Wildlife Foundation.  You can learn more about Chaz and his adventures at thewildestjourney.com.  Chaz Powell, welcome back to the show.

TPZ197: Cycling and Rowing from Nepal to Indonesia to Summit Carstensz Pyramid with Jelle Veyt

Rowing Indonesia


He is on a mission to use human power to reach the peaks of the seven summits.  After cycling to Nepal and summiting Mt. Everest in 2016, he set out on a new adventure to reach the top of Carstensz Pyramid, the highest peak of Mount Carstensz in the Popua Province of Indonesia.  He began on bicycle from Nepal, crossing India, Myanmar, Thailand, Malaysia and ending 9,000 km later in East Java Indonesia.  From there he continued by rowboat another 4,000 km to Papua Province, but because of local violence, he had to hitch a helicopter ride with a climbing expedition team to cover the final 70 km.  It was 2.5 years of training, preparing, cycling and rowing to reach the summit.  You can learn more about his adventures at his website jelleveyt.be.  Jelle Veyt, welcome back to the show.

TPZ196: Working at McMurdo Station in Antarctica with Zach and Leah



They saved their money and quit their jobs to begin traveling the world with the goal of reaching all seven continents.  Their fourth continent, Antarctica, is an expensive place to get to so they applied for jobs at McMurdo station, a US Antarctic research base with a summer population of about 1,200 people.  You can learn more about their 5 months at McMurdo and their other travels at their website peregrination-travel.com as well their YouTube channel Peregrination.  Zach and Leah, welcome to The Pursuit Zone.

TPZ195: Trekking Across Iceland in Winter with Łukasz Supergan

Łukasz Supergan Iceland


His passion is undertaking expeditions through the mountains, thousands of kilometers long, on foot and usually alone.  These journeys provide an opportunity to look within and ponder life’s most profound questions.  For more than 2 decades he has walked over 20,000 km through mountain ranges in Europe and Asia.  In 2004 he did a first ever solo thru-hike of the Carpathian Mountains and in 2014 he hiked through the Zagros mountains in Iran.  Inspired by a summer adventure in Iceland, he returned to Iceland in 2020 to complete an east to west crossing in winter.  You can learn more at his website lukaszsupergan.com. Lukasz Supergan, welcome to The Pursuit Zone.

TPZ194: Cycling the North Sea Cycle Route aka EuroVelo 12 with Laura Kennington

EuroVelo 12


The North Sea Cycle Route extends along the coastline of eight countries bordering the North Sea.  It’s about 6,000 km long and is also known as EuroVelo 12.  It’s a diverse route covering land below sea level in the Netherlands to cliffs over 1,000 meters high in Norway.  Laura Kennington completed this journey over 70 days in the summer of 2018.  She has also recently authored a book titled Kairos, an ancient Greek word meaning the supreme moment, where she shares the stories and lessons learned from her adventures.  You can learn more at lauraexplorer.com.  Laura Kennington, welcome back to the show.

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.

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