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  Jelle Veyt, welcome back to the show.

TPZ183: Rowing the Pacific Ocean with Jacob Adoram

He is an Eagle Scout, a former military aviator, and an avid traveler who has explored over 35 countries. He rode a recumbent bicycle across the US using the Race Across America route and in July 2018 began rowing from Neah Bay, Washington to Australia, making landfall 11 months later at Trinity Beach, Queensland – a journey of over 7,000 statute miles in a custom-made rowboat and the longest solo, non-stop row from North America in the history of modern ocean rowing.  He is also raising funds for Water Mission – a non-profit that builds and implements safe water, sanitation, and hygiene solutions for people in developing countries and disaster areas.  You can learn more about him at his website  Jacob Adoram, welcome to The Pursuit Zone.

TPZ150: Rowing the Atlantic Ocean with Paddy Montgomery & Seamus Crawford

Talisker Whiskey Atlantic Challenge

Seamus Crawford and Paddy Montgomery previously appeared in Episode 118 to talk about the first two legs of their journey – The Race Across Europe and the Marathon des Sables.  Now they are back to talk about their successful completion of leg 3 – the Talisker Whiskey Atlantic Challenge, a 3,000-nautical-mile row across the Atlantic Ocean.  They are fundraising for The Prostrate Project and Shooting Star Chase and you can learn more about their adventure at  Seamus and Paddy, welcome back to the show.

TPZ135: Rafting down the Amazon River with Henrik Frederiksen

Rafting the Amazon

In 2011, Henrik Frederiksen quit his job as a marine civil engineer to pursue his dream of cycling around the world. But when he reached Ecuador, after 2.5 years, he was looking for a change. So with his Bulgarian friend Peycho, the two decided to build a bamboo raft and float down the Amazon river. The raft took one month to build then they spent 4 months floating 2,000 miles through three countries dealing with an unpredictable river and the fear of pirates. After the journey ended, Henrik spent two months on the Caribbean coast of Colombia reflecting and writing a book about the journey titled We Drifted into the Amazon – A homemade bamboo raft down the mighty Amazon River Unsupported. You can learn more about his adventure at Henrik Frederiksen, welcome to The Pursuit Zone.

TPZ113: Ganges River Expedition with Krushnaa Patil

Krushnaa Patil is a mountaineer and motivational speaker who became the youngest Indian to summit Mount Everest in 2009 at age 19. Between attempts to complete the Seven Summits, she joined the Access Water Expedition – a 55-day, 1500 mile journey along the Ganges River also known as the Ganga. From Gomukh in the Indian Himalayas to the Bay of Bengal, the team of 8 women met with young people to raise awareness and inspire future leaders to work toward access to abundant, clean water. You can learn more about their adventure at Krushnaa Patil, welcome to The Pursuit Zone.

TPZ076: Rowing the Indian Ocean with James Adair

Ben Stenning and James Adair rowing the Indian Ocean
Ben Stenning and James Adair (right)

In 2011, James Adair and Ben Stenning embarked on a 3,500-mile rowing race across the Indian Ocean from Australia to Mauritius. Hardly extreme athletes and with no rowing experience, they bought a used boat and set out to prove their critics wrong. They struggled westward for 4 months as their boat began to break down and their food supply dwindled until the final day when a huge wave capsized their boat and forced them to swim for shore. You can learn more in James’ book – Rowing After the White Whale – A Crossing of the Indian Ocean by Hand and by watching the award-winning documentary – And Then We Swam. James Adair, welcome to The Pursuit Zone.

Check out the documentary – And Then We Swam.

TPZ046: Solo Rafting the Cotahuasi River with Bruce Low

Cotahuasi River Adventure

Bruce Low is a professional whitewater rafting guide and whitewater kayaker. For 6 days in 2010, he solo rafted a 60-mile stretch of the Cotahuasi River in Peru. It’s a 160-mile river that drops 100 feet per mile and winds through the deepest canyon in the world – the Cotahuasi Canyon – twice as deep as the Grand Canyon. Located on the edge of the Atacama Desert, it’s dry, hot, and windy. Besides a zest for adventure, another reason Bruce challenged the river was to raise money for CLAN, a cancer support organization in his hometown of Aberdeen Scotland. Bruce Low, 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.

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