TPZ213: Kayaking the Amazon River with Olie Hunter Smart

In 2015, with his friend Tarran, he completed a kayaking adventure along the Amazon River, traveling from the headwaters of the Rio Mantaro, high in the Peruvian Andes, to the Atlantic Ocean in Brazil.   It was 400 miles of trekking followed by 3,600 miles of kayaking for 4.5 months.  You can learn more about Olie and his adventures at  Olie Hunter Smart, welcome back to the show.

Olie appeared first in TPZ episode 204 about his walk across India

I interviewed West Hansen about his Amazon adventure in TPZ episode 038

TPZ205: Unicycling Patagonia with Anne-Sophie Rodet

Unicycling Patagonia

Her adventure began in Ushuaia Argentina in late January 2013. Nearly 7 months later she cycled into Santiago Chile after 4,600 km accomplishing her goal of unicycling through Patagonia. But the goal was more than just a cycling challenge. It was a way to meet people from different cultures and a way to discover herself at the same time. In 2016, she received the Kris Holm Evolution of Balance award that supports riders seeking creative and self-supported mountain unicycle adventures in remote places. She was granted this along with Kelli Carley for their adventure in the Alps on the Haute Route. You can learn more about Anne-Sophie at her website Anne-Sophie Rodet, welcome to The Pursuit Zone.

TPZ199: Cycling Alaska to Argentina with Radu Păltineanu

At age 15 he emigrated with his parents from Romania to Montreal Canada.  He studied software engineering at University, but after graduation he decided to take another path in life.  He left on a 9-month adventure to cycle the Americas from the top of Alaska to the bottom of South America, a 34,000 km journey that ultimately lasted more than 3 years.  For this he was awarded the European Adventurer of the year in 2018.  You can learn more at his website  Radu Păltineanu, welcome to The Pursuit Zone.

TPZ156: Cycling in the South American Andes with Faye Shepherd

cycling south america

In October 2016 Faye Shepherd began a 6-month, 5,500-mile cycling adventure through Bolivia, Chile, and Argentina.  Starting in La Paz with her teammate Anna McNuff, the two cycled south to Ushuaia on a mostly off-road route through the Andes.  With over 100,000 meters of elevation gain they cycled the equivalent height of Mt. Everest over 10 times while wild camping most of the journey.  As Faye writes in her blog I thought these facts and figures were going to be most important in terms of a ‘sense of accomplishment’, but they’re not. In fact, they seem wholly inconsequential against a backdrop of extraordinary experiences and memories that we have been fortunate enough to be able to create.”  You can learn more about Faye and her adventures at  Faye Shepherd, welcome to The Pursuit Zone.

Anna McNuff previously appeared in episodes 40 and 97.

TPZ153: Patagonia Horseback Adventure with Stevie Anna

Patagonia Horseback Adventure

Raised in Oregon and Texas, Stevie Anna lives for travel and adventure.  While living in a van with her dog Darcie, she traveled to 49 states and she’s guided backcountry horse trips both in Alaska and Minnesota.  She also works as an expedition project manager.  In 2015 she moved to Argentina and began planning – Patagone – an adventure on horseback through Patagonia from the dry steppe to the high mountain passes.  It was an exploration over 3 months and nearly 1,200 miles of the stunning wilderness of Patagonia and it was a way to travel slow and reconnect with the wild elements often missed.  You can learn more about Stevie and the Patagone adventure at her website  Stevie Anna, welcome to The Pursuit Zone.

TPZ138: Kayaking in Chilean Patagonia with Will Copestake

kayaking patagonia

With 45 days of food crammed into their 17 foot expedition kayaks, Will Copestake and his friend Seumus began an 840 km expedition through the icy fjords of Chilean Patagonia – a perfect harmony of the brutal and the beautiful as Will writes at his website Will previously appeared in episode 53 talking about his Scotland kayaking and Munro bagging adventure which you can find at Will Copestake, 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.

TPZ131: Bikepacking and Photography in Argentina with Federico Cabrera

bikepacking patagonia

Federico Cabrera is cycling thousands of miles through developing countries with a portable photography studio. His goal is to meet families in need that don’t have a family portrait and to make one for them. The project is called Their Only Portrait and his plan is to visit a new country every year starting with his home country of Argentina. He has already cycled over 3,000 miles along the Cordillera de los Andes and has several thousand more to go. You can learn more about his project at Federico Cabrera welcome to The Pursuit Zone.

TPZ126: Cycling without Money across South America with Laura Bingham

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Photo by Hugo Aseff

In January 2016, Laura Bingham began an attempt to cycle across South America. Nothing out of the ordinary for a 23 year old looking for adventure except that she planned to do it without any money. With only the equipment she could fit in her panniers, she cycled 7,000 km from the Pacific coast of Ecuador through Peru, Bolivia, Paraguay, and Argentina until reaching the Atlantic Ocean at Buenos Aires. She got a glimpse of life without financial security and learned that strangers aren’t always kind and welcoming. During her journey, Laura was raising money and awareness for Operation South America, a charity that looks after homeless or abused young women in Paraguay. You can learn more about Laura at her website Laura Bingham, welcome to The Pursuit Zone.

TPZ121: Solo Trekking and Packrafting in Chilean Patagonia with Charlie Tokeley

trekking packrafting patagonia

For 24 days Charlie Tokeley trekked and packrafted a remote stretch of Chilean Patagonia, documenting previously unexplored glaciers and traversing unnamed rivers. During this time he saw not a single person or sign of human activity. He describes it as breathtakingly stunning at times and inexplicably hard the rest – a rainbow in a rainstorm. You can learn more about the adventure at Charlie Tokeley, welcome to The Pursuit Zone.

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