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 Holly Budge, 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  Alison Young, welcome back to the show.

TPZ097: Te Araroa New Zealand Running Adventure with Anna McNuff

Anna McNuff Running Te Araroa

Te Araroa is one of the world’s newest long distance trails. Opened in 2010, it’s a 1,900 mile trail in New Zealand connecting Cape Reinga in the North to Bluff in the South. Anna McNuff spent 5 and 1/2 months running the trail from south to north, unsupported and carrying a 30-pound backpack. She partnered with The Superhero Foundation to raise funds for kids in the UK and New Zealand to get outside and have adventures of their own. Anna previously appeared in Episode 40 of The Pursuit Zone. Anna McNuff, welcome back to the show.

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TPZ001: Adventure in New Zealand, Australia, and SE Asia with Jess on a Whim

Traveling New Zealand and SE Asia

In 2011, my next guest surprised even herself by quitting an enviable office job, hugging friends goodbye, and leaving New York City after six years. She went home to California to regroup, wondered what she was doing with her life, and then got herself a work visa and an outlandishly expensive plane ticket for New Zealand.  She spent 12 months living and working on New Zealand’s south island, traveling Southeast Asia, and becoming the most hesitant extreme-adventure connoisseur in the world.  I guess you could say she did it all on a whim.  Jess, welcome to The Pursuit Zone.

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