Adventure Podcast #32: Anthony Manrique and Emma Stevens, Adventuring Without Money

After nearly three years of planning, in September 2012 Anthony Manrique and Emma Stevens set out on a big adventure. The plan was to take a roundabout route to Colombia, via France, Spain, Portugal, the Canaries and the Atlantic Ocean.  They have now been on the road for over 18 months, despite having run out of money in Colombia just over a year ago. They have … Continued

Adventure Podcast #30: Greg Kolodziejzyk, Über-Endurance Athlete

Greg Kolodziejzyk is an incredible athlete from Canada, specialising in human-powered endurance events – and with a real passion to get us all off our backsides and out and doing more exercise. He certainly leads by example – he has completed 12 Ironman triathlons, two dozen marathons, qualified for Boston marathon, and 5 ultra marathons. He holds world records for longest distance traveled in 24 hours … Continued

Adventure Podcast #29: Jo Royle, Plastiki Skipper and Oceans Advocate

Today’s guest has voyaged across oceans to raise awareness of plastic pollution. Sound familiar? I first met Jo Royle when she was preparing to skipper the Plastiki – a boat made out of 12,500 reclaimed plastic bottles. (Just to clarify, this was not the JUNK Raft that I met up with on the Pacific, which was the cheap and cheerful version.) The Plastiki was an … Continued

Adventure Podcast #28: Reza Pakravan, Record-Breaking Cyclist

Reza was born in Iran. After retiring from semi-professional basketball 13 years ago, he has cycled the entire Annapurna Circuit in the Nepalese Himalayas and the full length of the Caspian Sea. In 2011, Reza set the record for the fastest crossing of the Sahara on a bicycle, from Algeria to Sudan. It took him a little over 13 days to cover 1,084 miles. When I first … Continued

Adventure Podcast #27: Mikael Strandberg, Explorer Extraordinaire

Mikael Strandberg is a renowned Swedish explorer, who started his professional career 28 years ago. He has cycled from Chile to Alaska, from Norway to South Africa, and from New Zealand to Cairo – a total of 90,000 kilometres (56,000 miles) over the course of 10 years. He exchanged his bicycle saddle for a horse saddle in 1997, traveling by horse 3,000 miles across Patagonia. … Continued

Adventure Podcast #26: Arita Baaijens, Desert (and Mountain) Explorer

I loved this wide-ranging and in-depth conversation with Arita Baaijens, a Dutch biologist, explorer, photographer and the author of several books and numerous articles. She has carried out more than 25 expeditions (3-6 months at a time) with her own caravan of camels all over Egypt and the Sudan, where her knowledge of the desert – and camels – often put her male companions to shame. In … Continued

Adventure Podcast #25: Our Semi-Anniversary

This week we bring you a special show, to celebrate 6 fun-filled months and 25 scintillating episodes of the Adventure Podcast. Producer Vic and I look back over our first half-year and celebrate our wonderful guests. We also have a bit of a gossip and a catchup, and I deliver some breaking news about my audiobook(s). On Reflection As Vic and I remark on the … Continued

Adventure Podcast #24: Jason Lewis, First Human-Powered Global Circumnavigator (and a lot more besides)

I have to confess that I am a little in awe of this podcast’s guest, and I don’t say that lightly. Between 1994 and 2007, Jason Lewis travelled over 45,000 miles under his own power to complete the first human-powered circumnavigation of the world. He used bicycles, rollerblades, kayaks, swimming, rowing, walking, and his trusty pedal-powered boat Moksha to travel though 37 countries in 5 … Continued