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They saved their money and quit their jobs to begin traveling the world with the goal of reaching all seven continents.  Their fourth continent, Antarctica, is an expensive place to get to so they applied for jobs at McMurdo station, a US Antarctic research base with a summer population of about 1,200 people.  You can learn more about their 5 months at McMurdo and their other travels at their website as well their YouTube channel Peregrination.  Zach and Leah, welcome to The Pursuit Zone.
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 Lukasz Supergan, welcome to The Pursuit Zone.
On April 4th, 2013, my next guests completed an 11,700 mile journey across North America by kayak, canoe, and dogsled.  It was a 3-year journey to gain support and protection for North America’s waterways and wild places.  During their adventure they actively engaged over 25,000 elementary and middle school students though live school assemblies and their website  Dave and Amy Freeman, welcome to The Pursuit Zone.
For one week in February, Danielle Ramsey took part in the Husky Dog Challenge. It’s an event in northern Sweden, near the town of Kiruna, 145 km inside the Arctic Circle. As part of the challenge, Danielle mushed a team of sled dogs a distance of 200 km over several days in the wilderness, sleeping in a basic cabin without running water or electricity. She did this to raise funds in memory of her older sister Abby who had Down’s Syndrome. You can learn more at Danielle Ramsey, welcome to The Pursuit Zone.
The Continental Divide National Scenic Trail spans 3,100 miles across 5 states from Canada to Mexico. It is one of the most remote and challenging long-distance trails with altitudes ranging from 4,000 ft. to 14,000 ft. across landscapes from tundra to desert. Dan Drehmel was one of the 150 people that attempt to thru-hike the trail each year. In 2013, he set out on his first long-distance hike and spent 131 days on the trail going north to south. He did it to challenge himself both mentally and physically and to immerse himself in the history of the old mining towns and the wild west. Dan Drehmel, welcome to The Pursuit Zone.
Brenda Piekarski is the founder of Adventure Minnesota Films. It is a group of professional freelance filmmakers producing films focused on outdoor adventure sports in the beautiful state of Minnesota. Their first project is titled Among the Wild – The Arrowhead 135. It tells the story of 3 athletes competing in the one of the toughest winter ultra races on the planet and you can learn more at Brenda Piekarski, welcome to The Pursuit Zone.
Larry Mishkar backpacked 400 miles across Iceland over 25 days.  He traveled from the southern shore to the northern coast on the volcano route and today he will share with you why Iceland might be the best place for your first international backpacking trip.  You can learn more about Larry at Larry Mishkar, welcome to The Pursuit Zone. Travel resources: Map of Iceland
Into the Empty Quarter is an adventure film that follows Leon McCarron’s journey through a vast region of the Arabian Desert. Beginning in Salalah Oman with teammate Alastair Humphreys, the two pulled a heavy cart containing their supplies for 1,000 miles to Dubai in the United Arab Emirates. Their adventure was inspired by the British explorer Wilfred Thesiger who wrote about his crossing of the desert in the book Arabian Sands. You can learn more about the movie and Leon at and Leon McCarron, welcome to The Pursuit Zone.
34,000 km, 26 countries, 1 gear. In 2015 Markus Stitz began his round the world cycling adventure on a single speed bike. For the sake of simplicity, he abandoned not only the gears, but the traditional racks and panniers in favor of a bikepacking setup built on top of a Surly Ogre frameset. Iceland, New […] The post Cycling Single Speed Around the World with Markus Stitz : TPZ 132 appeared first on The Pursuit Zone.
In February 2017, Callie Morgigno set off with teammate Charlie Walker on a 5,500 mile adventure along the perceived border between Europe and Asia from the Russian arctic to the Bosporus strait in Turkey. It was a triathlon over 9 months as they skied through the Ural mountains, kayaked the Ural river, and cycled along the Black Sea coast to the finish. They call their expedition Following the Line and you can learn more about their journey at Callie is a seasoned traveler, having trekked across Mali by donkey, hiked through parts of Afghanistan, and cycled solo across Asia. Callie Morgigno, welcome to The Pursuit Zone. Listen to Charlie Walker talk about his cycling adventure in Episode 087.
She is a Swiss outdoor explorer that likes the challenge of winter adventure.  She has competed in 2 arctic winter races in Finland, the Rovaniemi 150 and 300, as well as the Arrowhead 135 winter endurance race in northern Minnesota.  In February 2019 she set out on an expedition called Arctic 1000, a 1000 km solo and unsupported trek in Lapland, the northern most region of Finland.  Her planned route was from the Lapland capital Rovaniemi to Lake Inari and back, but due to equipment troubles her journey ended at 700 km on day 20.  You can learn more about her adventures at her website  Rachel Frei Bandieri, welcome to The Pursuit Zone.
Andy Welch and two friends set off from England on a planned around-the-world cycle tour in the summer of 2007. Their journey to Armenia is chronicled in Andy’s book Weave of the Ride. After Armenia, Andy went solo and continued his cycling into Georgia, Iran, Pakistan, India, and Nepal. His second book, Between Worlds, tells […] The post Mountain Biking & Cycle Touring with Andy Welch : TPZ 110 appeared first on The Pursuit Zone.
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 […] The post Canoeing the Rio Roosevelt with Dave Freeman : TPZ 094 appeared first on The Pursuit Zone.
Dixie Dansercoer and Eric McNair-Landry kite skied 4,044 km unassisted in 55 days to become the first to complete a circumnavigation of the Greenland Icecap. They called their expedition Greenland ICE and one of their missions was to share their observations about the delicate environment of Greenland with scientists and educators. You can learn more about their adventure at Dixie Dansercoer, welcome to The Pursuit Zone.
As a child, Bria Schurke traveled to Eastern Russia 10 times, first setting foot in Siberia at age four while visiting her father’s expeditions.  As a first grader she went to the North Pole and grew up among sled dogs near Ely, MN learning to be a musher and becoming an accomplished Nordic skier.  Bria has worked at medical facilities in India, Kenya, and Somalia and has worked as an instructor for the National Outdoor Leadership School.  In June of 2013, Bria returned to Russia with Alexander Martin as the two set out on a 2900 km canoeing expedition in northern Mongolia, central Siberia, and Far Eastern Russia as part of their Asia Rivers Expedition.  You can learn more about their adventure at  Bria Schurke, welcome to The Pursuit Zone.
Charles Scott is leading a life of family adventure.  In 2009 he and his 8-year-old son Sho cycled 2500 miles across Japan.  In 2011, his 4-year-old daughter Saya joined them to cycle the circumference of Iceland.  And in 2012 the three cycled Germany, Switzerland, France and England over 42 days.  This summer the family set off again to re-trace the 3,200-mile Lewis & Clark Trail.  They will drive the first 1,500 miles in 2 weeks, then cycle the next 1,700 miles in 6 weeks over the Rocky Mountains all the way to the Pacific Ocean.  You can read about their adventure at  Charles Scott, welcome to The Pursuit Zone.
After a decade of being distracted by a career, a relationship, and home ownership; Loretta Henderson decided to stop dreaming about adventure and to start living it.  She left Alaska at age 36 to begin cycling around the world.  Starting in the United Kingdom, she left the bike shop on a Thorn Raven without a map and without any cycling experience.  Four years later she has pedaled across 30 countries on 5 continents and records her adventures at  Loretta Henderson welcome to The Pursuit Zone.
My guest today is Pete Marshall.  Pete has paddled over 7500 miles through Canada. In 2005 he and his brother canoed 2700 miles over 122 days from their home state of Minnesota to the Arctic Ocean.  On May 8th of 2012, Pete and 3 others began a 2600-mile, 130-day canoe expedition across the isolated regions of Canada’s northern territories from Skagway Alaska to the Hudson Bay.  You can learn more about this adventure and purchase a DVD of their expedition titled 2600 Above 60 at the website  Pete Marshall, welcome to The Pursuit Zone.
In March 2014, Steve and Jo Dew-Jones traveled to the bottom of South America and began hitchhiking north. In November, they arrived in Homer Alaska after traveling over 26,000 miles with 392 drivers. Their only rule was to hitchhike and not use paid transportation. They wrote a book about the adventure titled The Rule of Thumb 2 […] The post Hitchhiking Argentina to Alaska with Steve & Jo Dew-Jones : TPZ 139 appeared first on The Pursuit Zone.
Emma Timmis ran across Africa, coast to coast, from Namibia to Mozambique. It was 89 days and nearly 4,000 km. Supported by a small crew, they called their expedition Head over Heels 2014 with the aim of raising money for several charities. Emma says it was the toughest thing she has done in her life, even tougher than becoming the first woman to run the 2400 km Freedom Trail in South Africa. You can learn more about the adventure and their fundraising efforts at Emma Timmis, welcome to The Pursuit Zone.
Grant Christie walked the entire length of the South African coastline as part of his Six Million Steps expedition. It was a 3500 km adventure over 250 days inspired by a love of nature and a dissatisfaction with ordinary living. Grant hopes to inspire people to chase their dreams and to motivate them to a higher ideal of conservation and you can learn more at his website Grant Christie, welcome to The Pursuit Zone.
Pete Marshall and Andrew Morris set out in June 2014 to recreate Mina Hubbard’s 1905 canoe expedition through Labrador in Canada. It was an adventure to both retrace the route and relive the experience of canoeing with vintage, handmade equipment. Pete is co-producing a film of the expedition called Labrador Passage and you can learn more at Pete previously appeared in episode 2 of The Pursuit Zone to tell the story of his 2012 Trans-Territorial Canoe Expedition . Pete Marshall, welcome back to the show.
In June of 2010, Greg Petry and Lucas Will set out to circumnavigate Lake Superior in handmade Greenland-style kayaks.  It was a 97-day, 1200-mile expedition they call Superior Dream.  The men hope to showcase the lake’s beauty and impact on the region by turning the 80 hours of video they captured into a documentary film of their adventure.  You can read more about their journey at  Greg Petry, welcome to The Pursuit Zone.
We’re back with our 2nd podcast with Brian Schilling and Robin Kerber who are cycling westward on the TransAmerica Trail and writing about it at
In 2011, my next guest surprised even herself by quitting an enviable office job, hugging friends goodbye, and leaving New York City after six years. She went home to California to regroup, wondered what she was doing with her life, and then got herself a work visa and an outlandishly expensive plane ticket for New Zealand.  She spent 12 months living and working on New Zealand’s south island, traveling Southeast Asia, and becoming the most hesitant extreme-adventure connoisseur in the world.  I guess you could say she did it all on a whim.  Jess, from, welcome to The Pursuit Zone.
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