TPZ123: Channel Islands Triathlon with Laura Kennington

Laura Kennington Channel Islands

By circumnavigating the islands of Sark, Guernsey, and Jersey, Laura Kennington completed her first triathlon in the Channel Islands. In 3 consecutive days, the plan was to swim 5 miles around Sark, kayak 28 miles around Guernsey, then cycle 45 miles around Jersey. Of course, like most adventures, it didn’t all go exactly as planned. You can learn more about Laura and her other adventures at Laura Kennington, welcome to The Pursuit Zone.

TPZ118: Cycling, Running & Rowing with Seamus Crawford & Paddy Montgomery

Marathon des Sables

Saddle Sand Sea is a multi-year, multi-event challenge dreamed up by Seamus Crawford and Paddy Montgomery. They completed the first challenge, The Race Across Europe, in 2015; cycling 2,933 miles in 12 days crossing the Pyrenees once and the Alps twice. Next, in 2016, they completed the Marathon des Sables billed as the toughest footrace on earth. It’s 6 marathons in 6 days across the Sahara desert. Finally, in 2017, they will compete in the Talisker Whiskey Atlantic Challenge, a 3,000 nautical mile row across the Atlantic Ocean. They are doing this to raise funds for The Prostrate Project and Shooting Star Chase and you can learn more about their adventures at Seamus and Paddy, welcome to The Pursuit Zone.

TPZ098: A Year in the Boundary Waters with Dave & Amy Freeman

Dave and Amy Freeman
Photo by Layne Kennedy

On September 23, 2015 Dave and Amy Freeman will launch their canoe in the Kawishiwi River and paddle into the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness. They will remain there for a full year, camping at over 100 different sites and traveling over 3,000 miles by canoe, ski, snowshoe and dog team. This 365-day adventure is in support of the Campaign to Save the Boundary Waters. An effort to protect the Boundary Waters from proposed sulfide-ore copper mining on the edge of the Wilderness. If you want to visit the Freemans on a resupply mission or simply learn more about their efforts, visit and Dave and Amy, welcome back to the show.

TPZ072: The Arrowhead 135 and Adventure Filmmaking with Brenda Piekarski

Adventure MN Films

Brenda Piekarski is the founder of Adventure Minnesota Films. It is a group of professional freelance filmmakers producing films focused on outdoor adventure sports in the beautiful state of Minnesota. Their first project is titled Among the Wild – The Arrowhead 135. It tells the story of 3 athletes competing in the one of the toughest winter ultra races on the planet and you can learn more at Brenda Piekarski, welcome to The Pursuit Zone.

TPZ070: Kayaking, Cycling, and Climbing with Axe Rawlinson

Grant Axe Rawlinson

Peak to Peak 2013 is the brain child of Axe Rawlinson. It was the first continuous, human-powered journey from the summit of Mt. Ruapehu to the summit of Aoraki / Mt. Cook in New Zealand. Axe and his teammate, Alan Silva, continued the adventure with Peak to Peak 2014, a climbing, cycling, and kayaking journey from the top of Ben Nevis in Scotland to the top of Mt. Blanc in France. The goal was to have fun on a shoestring budget and stay safe with as little support as possible. You can read more about these and other expeditions at Axe Rawlinson, welcome to The Pursuit Zone.

TPZ068: Surviving Solo on Rockall with Nick Hancock

Nick Hancock
Photo by Michael Schofield

Rockall is a tiny, uninhabited, and remote island in the North Atlantic – 290 miles west of Great Britain. For Nick Hancock, the island was the backdrop for his Rockall Solo expedition – a record-breaking 45-day solo occupation of Rockall. He lived in a small survival pod on an 12 by 4-foot ledge on the granite island and helped raise funds for Help for Heroes, an organization providing support to wounded servicemen and women. You can learn more about his adventure at Nick Hancock, welcome to The Pursuit Zone.

TPZ067: A Cycling and Climbing Expedition with Sophie Radcliffe

Sophie Radcliffe

Sophie Radcliffe had a great job and all the trappings of success, but she wanted to create a new path for herself. Without a plan, she quit her job and set out to pursue a career in adventure. She began by starting her blog,, and before long she finished Ironman Wales, had a job with Epic TV, and completed the world’s first expedition to summit the highest mountains in each of the eight alpine countries while cycling between them – an adventure she calls Alpine Coast to Coast. Sophie Radcliffe, welcome to The Pursuit Zone.

TPZ054: Beeline Britain with Ian O’Grady

Ian O’Grady – photo by Richard Strudwick

Beeline Britain is a straight route heading northeast from Lands End to John ‘O’ Groats. The journey is mostly by sea kayak, but also by cycle and by hiking through the Cairngorms mountain range. It was 1,100 km completed in 28 days by a team of four consisting of Ian O’Grady, Nick Beighton, Adam Harmer, and Tori James. On their way they set the record for the longest sea kayak crossing in UK waters requiring 34 hours of non-stop paddling. They were raising funds for BLESMA, a charity that supports veterans who have lost limbs or eyesight in the service of their country and you can read more about their adventure at Ian O’Grady, welcome to The Pursuit Zone.

TPZ028: London to London via the World with Sarah Outen

Sarah Outen
Photo by James Sebright

After two years of planning, Sarah Outen set off on her London to London Via the World expedition on April 1st of 2011.  She crossed the English Channel by kayak and cycled across Europe and Asia during the first leg of her journey.  On the second leg, she rowed her 21-foot ocean rowing boat, Happy Socks, for 150 days over 3,750 miles from Japan to the Aleutian Islands – becoming the first person to row this crossing.  You can learn more about these adventures and about the upcoming legs of the expedition at  Sarah Outen, welcome to The Pursuit Zone.

TPZ012: An Adirondack Traverse with Ryan Wichelns and Gabe Messercola

Gabe (left) and Ryan

Ryan Wichelns and Gabe Messercola have spent the last half-decade in the Adirondacks. They have been fortunate to have this park in their backyard and have gained an appreciation for the wilderness through backpacking and climbing.  To raise awareness and support for Big City Mountaineers, an urban youth outdoor mentoring organization, Ryan and Gabe spent 20 days this summer traversing the Adirondack Park from South to North, blue line to blue line, a 205-mile adventure of cycling, canoeing, and hiking.  Ryan Wichelns and Gabe Messercola welcome to The Pursuit Zone.

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