Adventure travel show Interviewing people that dream big, get out of their comfort zones, and take on ambitious pursuits. People that have positive and interesting stories to tell. Travelers, adventure athletes, authors, filmmakers, or volunteers in remote parts of the world. These are just a few of many examples. The Pursuit Zone serves to inspire and challenge people to escape their comfort zones by combining their dreams and ambition with a healthy dose of pursuit.
Sailing the Pacific and Cycling Across the USA with Simon Parker
He lives a life of adventure as a travel writer and broadcast journalist, reporting from over 100 countries in the past decade. Back in 2016 he sailed and cycled from China to London in 133 days. The main legs of this journey were a 28-day yacht race across the North Pacific then cycling across the USA in 49 days before getting back into the race on a different crew and sailing 11 days across the North Atlantic from New York to Derry/Londonderry in Northern Ireland. His latest creation is a video series titled Earth Cycle. In the first season he cycles 2000 miles in Norway and Sweden, interviewing locals and shining a light on environmental issues. You can learn more about Simon at simonwparker.co.uk. Simon Parker, welcome to The Pursuit Zone.
Simon's TedX Talk
BBC Radio Documentary for the Sailing & Cycling Adventure
Teaching in Korea, Traveling India and Making Travel Videos with Christine Ka'aloa
Christine Ka’aloa runs the YouTube channel GrrrlTraveler. It’s a channel that takes you inside her solo travel adventures around the world. Before YouTube, she lived in New York City for over 8 years, working in tv and video production including working with MTV. When the economy slowed in 2009, she decided to take a gap year to travel abroad. She spent time living in South Korea teaching English before spending 7 months backpacking in India and SE Asia. She also runs a companion travel blog at GrrrlTraveler.com where you can learn more about her travels. Christine Ka’aloa, welcome to The Pursuit Zone.
Adventure Filmmaking in the Waddington Range with Greg Gransden
Photo credit: Susanna Oreskovic
In the late 1920s, the husband-and-wife duo Don and Phyllis Munday believed there was an undiscovered peak in the Coast Range about 200 miles north of Vancouver which was an uncharted part of the province. They called it Mystery Mountain and set out to find it. They achieved their goal in 1928, reaching the lower summit of Mystery Mountain which became known as Mount Waddington, the highest peak inside British Columbia at 13,186 ft. About 90 years later, a team of six set out to retrace the Munday’s expedition to Mystery Mountain using only 1920s era equipment. Greg Gransden directed the documentary film about the adventure titled The Mystery Mountain Project which is available to view online. You can learn more about the film and the team at canadianehsociety.ca. Greg Gransden, welcome to The Pursuit Zone.
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Don and Phyllis Munday
Photo credit: Museum of North Vancouver
Traveling in Africa & Cycle Racing Across the USA with Alissa
Her travels have taken her all over the world. Her first big adventure was traveling solo through parts of East and West Africa using public transportation. She is also into cycle-touring and spent 2.5 months in SE Asia, 5 weeks in Patagonia, and most recently was back in Africa cycling from Luxor Egypt to Khartoum Sudan. In 2019 she competed in the first Bike Nonstop US race from Portland Oregon to Washington DC. It was her first experience in an ultra-distance cycling race and she completed it self-supported on her Surly Long Haul Trucker. Alissa writes about these experiences and more at exploringwild.com. Alissa, welcome to The Pursuit Zone.
Unicycling Patagonia with Anne-Sophie Rodet
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 annesophierodet.com. Anne-Sophie Rodet, welcome to The Pursuit Zone.
Walking India & Adventure Filmmaking with Olie Hunter Smart
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.