TPZ204: Walking India & Adventure Filmmaking with Olie Hunter Smart

Walking India

At the end of 2016 he left his job to begin 2 months of planning for a walk across India from Turtuk in the north to Kanyakumari in the south. The walk would begin in 2017. The year marking 70 years of Indian independence. The goal of the expedition was to learn about how Independence and Partition affected the people that lived through it as well as to demonstrate that with careful planning and determination it is possible to walk over 7 months and 4,500 km through high altitude, extreme heat and monsoon rains with a 50-year-old rucksack. He also made a film about the journey titled The Road to Independence. You can learn more about the film and his adventures at oliehuntersmart.com. Olie Hunter Smart, welcome to The Pursuit Zone.

TPZ201: Long-Distance Hiking in Europe with Karma & Scott

Long distance hiking in Europe


Karma is from Sweden and Scott from New Zealand.  They have a passion for long-distance hiking and exploring the world.  Not wanting to be owned by their stuff, they sold everything but the packs on their backs and in 2019 began a multi-year trek from North Cape at the top of Norway toward Bluff at the bottom of New Zealand.  So far, their journey has taken them through 8 countries.  They traveled through the UK during winter then into France and Spain where the adventure was paused in March 2020.  You can learn more about them and their adventures at rebootlife.me.  Karma and Scott, welcome to The Pursuit Zone.

TPZ198: Trekking across Madagascar with Chaz Powell



In August 2019, he began a 780 km trek across Madagascar.  Joined by three team members, the goal was to walk east to west along Madagascar’s longest river, the Mangoky.  The journey was 29 days through jungles and across mountain ranges while avoiding crocodiles and the threat of armed bandits.  Part of the adventure is to raise funds and awareness for the loss of wildlife and wild lands across Africa by working with the African Wildlife Foundation.  You can learn more about Chaz and his adventures at thewildestjourney.com.  Chaz Powell, welcome back to the show.

TPZ195: Trekking Across Iceland in Winter with Łukasz Supergan

Łukasz Supergan Iceland


His passion is undertaking expeditions through the mountains, thousands of kilometers long, on foot and usually alone.  These journeys provide an opportunity to look within and ponder life’s most profound questions.  For more than 2 decades he has walked over 20,000 km through mountain ranges in Europe and Asia.  In 2004 he did a first ever solo thru-hike of the Carpathian Mountains and in 2014 he hiked through the Zagros mountains in Iran.  Inspired by a summer adventure in Iceland, he returned to Iceland in 2020 to complete an east to west crossing in winter.  You can learn more at his website lukaszsupergan.com. Lukasz Supergan, welcome to The Pursuit Zone.

TPZ192: Trekking the Kanuku Mountains in Guyana with Lucy Shepherd

Kanuku Mountains Guyana Lucy Shepherd


Over the past decade she has done many adventures which have taken her to the Arctic, the Haute route, Bolivian high peaks, Denali, and Iceland to name a few.  Her first time in the Amazon jungle was a short trip to Guyana in 2014.  She went back in 2020 with the mission to cross the Kanuku mountain range.  With a small group of Amerindian tribe members, the team completed the crossing after a few weeks in the mountains. They encountered jaguars, bushmaster snakes and bullet ants.  You can learn more about Lucy and her adventures at lucyshepherd.net.  Lucy Shepherd, welcome to The Pursuit Zone.

TPZ186: Trekking in Sweden with Anna Blackwell



She’s trekked across the wilderness of Arctic Sweden, walked 1,600 km along ancient pilgrimage routes in France and Spain, summitted Mt. Toubkal, the highest peak in North Africa, paddled a tandem kayak 4,000 km from London to the Black Sea coast in Romania, and most recently completed an adventure she calls The Green Ribbon, a 1,000 km solo trek along the length of the mountains between Norway and Sweden.  You can learn more at her website annablackwell.co.uk.  Anna Blackwell, welcome to The Pursuit Zone.

TPZ182: Exploring Newfoundland and Labrador with Justin Barbour

Justin Barbour


With his dog Saku, he explores the Canadian province of Newfoundland and Labrador.  In 2017 they crossed Newfoundland – 700 km by foot, snowshoe, and packraft.  In 2018 with the support from the Royal Canadian Geographical Society and Mountain Equipment Coop, they began a crossing over the Labrador Peninsula on foot and by canoe.  It was a 1,700 km dream project and a way to share some of these last undeveloped wilderness areas.  In the end, their goal of reaching the shores of Hudson Bay fell short by 700 km as high winds pinned them down for 28 days.  You can learn more about these journeys at newfoundlandexplorer.com.  Justin Barbour, welcome to The Pursuit Zone.

TPZ179: In the Footsteps of the Cherokee with Ian Finch & Jamie Barnes

Trail of Tears Ian Finch Jamie Barnes
Ian and Jamie. Photo credit to Will Saunders


After the Indian Removal Act was signed into law by President Andrew Jackson in 1830, the US government began a series of relocations of Native Americans from their ancestral lands in the southeast to areas west of the Mississippi River. The 5 civilized tribes consisting of Cherokee, Creek, Seminole, Chickasaw and Choctaw were all part of the forced removals.  In 1838 the Cherokee people were removed, via a series of land and water routes, from their ancestral homelands in the Great Smoky Mountains to Tahlequah Oklahoma. It’s estimated that of the 16,000 removed, between 4-8000 Cherokee died from hunger, exposure and disease.  This journey was known amongst the Cherokee as the “The Trail Where They Cried”, today known as the “The Trail of Tears”. Beginning in mid-March 2019, Photographer Ian Finch and Jamie Barnes retraced the original trail from The Smokey Mountains into Tahlequah Oklahoma. Over 81 days they descended flooded rivers, canoeing close to 1000 miles, then continuing on foot for 400 miles. You can learn more about their journey at Ian’s website www.ianefinch.com, and at www.sidetracked.com where you can learn more about their upcoming feature article in Sidetracked Magazine’s October issue. Ian Finch and Jamie Barnes, welcome to The Pursuit Zone.

Ian previously appeared in Episode 129.

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 blissfulhiker.com.  Alison Young, welcome back to the show.

TPZ174: Trekking to Everest Base Camp with Russ Hepton

Everest base camp


Trekking to Everest base camp at 5,380 meters is not an easy adventure, but the reward is spending time in the incredible mountain landscapes of the Himalayas.  Russ Hepton began his 2-week trek starting in Kathmandu Nepal.  After an exhilarating 45-minute helicopter flight to Lukla he set out with his guide toward Namche Bazaar at 3,340 meters and spent a day acclimating.  The trek continued toward Dingboche at 4,410 meters and another rest day.  After reaching Everest base camp he attempted a challenging hike toward the top of Kala Patthar which stands at 5,643 meters.  You can learn more at his YouTube channel called The Trail Hunter and his website thetrailhunter.com.  Russ Hepton, welcome to The Pursuit Zone.

The guide service Russ used: Magic Expedition Trekking and Tours

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