TPZ108: Cycling in Africa with Carl-David Granbäck

Cycling in Africa

Carl-David Granbäck is an experienced expedition cyclist. During his first year-long adventure, he cycled through South America from Tierra del Fuego in Argentina to the Caribbean Coast of Colombia. That trip left him with a strong desire to get back in the saddle and once more head into the unknown so a few years later in 2013 he decided to cycle from his home country of Sweden to Cape Town South Africa. He traveled 28,900 km in 686 days. You can read about his adventures at and Carl-David Granbäck welcome to The Pursuit Zone.

TPZ094: Canoeing the Rio Roosevelt with Dave Freeman

Rio Roosevelt
Dave Freeman (2nd from left)

In 1914, President Theodore Roosevelt co-led an expedition to descend an unknown river in Brazil known as the River of Doubt. 100 years later, Dave Freeman and Paul Schurke retraced Roosevelt’s journey along this renamed Rio Roosevelt. They did it to see how the river has changed and to celebrate the legacy of President Roosevelt who protected 230 million acres of public land and set the stage for the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness. You can learn more about their 400-mile canoe adventure at Dave previously appeared in Episode 4. Dave Freeman, welcome back to the show.

TPZ089: Kayaking Patagonia with Erin Bastian

Erin Bastian Kayaking Patagonia

For five weeks, Erin Bastian and two teammates paddled sea kayaks 800 km through a beautiful and remote wilderness in the Chilean Patagonia. Starting in Puerto Eden, they traveled south through the fjords and rivers and among tidal glaciers and icebergs until their finish point in Puerto Natales. The expedition was called Wilderness 72 for the 72 degree line of longitude they would straddle and you can learn more about it and about Erin at Erin Bastian, welcome to The Pursuit Zone.

TPZ039: Choosing to Live with Davey du Plessis

Davey du Plessis

After a 9000 km cycling adventure across Africa, Davey du Plessis set his sights on his next adventure, an unsupported solo source-to-sea expedition of the Amazon River.  In 2012, with the first two stages of the Amazon expedition behind him, Davey set out to kayak the remaining 5700 km to the Atlantic Ocean.  This final stage, however, would not be completed because Davey was ambushed in the Peruvian jungle, shot 4 times with a shotgun.  He managed to escape, despite his serious injuries, and find help from the locals that ultimately saved his life.  You can read about his incredible ordeal in his book titled Choosing to Live and from his website  Davey du Plessis, welcome to The Pursuit Zone.

TPZ038: Kayaking the Amazon River with West Hansen

West Hansen and Amazon Express Expedition
Ian Rolls, West Hansen, and Jeff Wueste

West Hansen first paddled the Amazon at the 2008 Great River Amazon Raft Race in Peru.  Their team won the race and set a new record in the process.  On the flight home to Texas, West read the book Running the Amazon by Joe Kane and got hooked on the idea of paddling the entire river.  He started planning the next year and by August 2012 was back in Peru to begin his Amazon Express expedition.  His goal for the expedition was to be the first person to kayak the Amazon River from it furthest source to the Atlantic Ocean.  You can learn more about the adventure at  West Hansen, welcome to The Pursuit Zone.

TPZ021: Running South America with Dave and Katharine Lowrie

David and Katharine Lowrie

On July 27 2012, Katharine & David Lowrie began an epic journey to run the length of South America; over 5000 miles through some of the most awe inspiring and biologically rich ecosystems on earth. Katharine will be the first woman to run across the continent and as a team they will be the first to run the continent unsupported.  They hope that through sweat, tears and determination, they can open a portal into the last wilds of South America and rekindle people’s passion for running and for our amazing natural world.  Learn more about their adventure at  Katharine & David Lowrie welcome to The Pursuit Zone.

TPZ010: South American Adventure Travel with Jordan Harvey of Knowmad Adventures

Knowmad Adventures

My next guest is Jordan Harvey.  Jordan studied in Havana, Cuba and spent more than three years traveling and living in South America.  While in Chile, he and his wife guided in Patagonia and throughout the country while building their company – Knowmad Adventures – a trip operator and travel consultancy specializing in South American travel.  He says starting and running an international travel business is the most challenging adventure of them all.  Jordan Harvey welcome to The Pursuit Zone.

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