What I have today is just too cool not to be first in a series of posts over the next week promoting the work of others—since I've been promoting myself and my book so much lately, and so many have helped. I really hate the silly bromide "give back" (I didn't take anything to give back), so what I'll be doing is lending a hand to help promote some of the activities and books others are doing out there.
Did I mention how cool this first deal is? Do you ever wax romantic or nostalgic for the great heyday of exploration—where much of the world was truly unexplored and intrepid souls organized massive expeditions to explore, journal, and map what they'd found?
If you'd have been able to chip in with a little help or a hand back then, would you've considered it? Well, while this isn't entirely original exploration, it does have many elements of original and first, and guess what? You have a chance to be a part of it.
FatBikeRafting The Arctic. Take a look at Andrew's short and entertaining video.
The Kickstarter site for gathering pledges is right here and includes a lot of information in the form of images and explanations, including how every dollar of the $7,770 he's raising will be spent (which is only about half of the total cost). The next cool thing is that as of right now, 116 people including myself have plunged varying amounts to help fund Andrew's expedition to the tune of $6,251 or over 80% of the amount needed with only 10 days to go. That makes the average pledge about $54, so at that rate, about 28 additional pledges are needed and I hope you'll consider chipping in for at least the price of a decent Paleo steak dinner.
Evolvify is all about theory and testing ideas, but adventure and the more visceral connections of our evolved selves to the environment we’re adapted to inspires me infinitely more. The taste of wildness in a padded world with rounded corners and warning labels and anesthetized everything is worth all efforts. The casting off of the moribund roles of indoctrinated industrialized agrarians is a necessary step, but only the first step. Are humans the only animal evolved to remain in the zoo after the gates have been flung open? Certainly not. The only flaw is that we’re evolved to imagine things that do not exist. There are no gates on this zoo.
Go outside and play.
Here's a rough description of the expedition.
All I want is to do epic stuff across the face of our amazing planet, then tell you about it so you can do the epic stuff you want to do. Is that so much to ask?
In the last week of March 2012, I'm heading north to the Arctic Ocean on foot, fatbike, and packraft. The estimated duration of the expedition is 6-8 months, but may vary significantly due to ice, ocean, and ground conditions throughout.
- 7,000 Miles
- 7 Rivers
- Zero Fuel
- 2 Oceans
- 4 Mountain Ranges
The project is a film documenting the adventure. It would be naivete or hubris to pitch you a plotline before I've left. I'm confident that my mind will be sufficiently blown, and I'll do my best to translate that into something that will inspire others to experience the sublimity of wildness and wilderness.
For more information on some of the dietary aspects of this expedition, see Andrew's guest post up at Robb Wolf's blog: Paleo Fueled Adventure.
As a final note, one reason why I'm so passionate about Andrew's project stems from my love of flying hang-gliders, which can also be used to travel distances and reach extreme altitudes with only the use of solar power and gravity (gravity being what makes the airfoil move through the air, creating lift and solar being what makes the thermal activity we use to gain altitude and remain aloft). The added element of that is that once you step off into flight, you're all on your own up there. I've been as high as 12,000 feet and gone as far as 15 miles, crossing the Columbia River Gorge in the process, from Chelan Butte in eastern Washington state. But that's noting, really. Each year other pilots log 100 mile plus cross country flights and the record, set a few years back, is about 450 miles in a single flight, from a soon as there's thermal activity in the AM, to sundown, and the benefit of a tail wind.
So I guess what I'm getting at is that though I'm not much of an environmentalist—often finding the science just as politically and big-corporation contrived as I find the science of nutrition. But that doesn't mean I'm not for efficiencies, or the ethic of doing more with less. So color me excited about this and I wish Andrew all the best.
Please consider helping him out.
Update: Hopefully this post helped. When I posted, he needed almost a couple of thousand dollars. As of now, 2:30 PM PST on the 7th, it's done. I have it on good authority that FTA readers not only stepped up, but did so with larger than average pledges. Thank you. You were probably just selfishly wanting to see this happen, like me.