Thursday, April 29, 2010

Expeditions, Roz Savage, Global Row, TED Talks

Hi Ry,

Powerful speech, I have thought those thoughts over and over since I was in my 20's. The money is the difficulty in starting and finishing an extreme adventure. One advantage for the adventurer Roz Savage had was the high-powered job in London. Second, they are all British adventurers (historically leading the pace with expeditions)...Olly Hicks in the right lower corner of her photo set, sponsored by Virgin (Global Row). A friend of Alastair Humphreys, cycled 79,000km on his Bicycle WT (miraculously funded on rationed financial aid), and my friend Antony Jinman, just reached the North Pole, after successive arctic training missions in Canada and massive campaign work back in the UK to complete the last expedition, launched his new foundation Education Through Expeditions (ETE) and began planning for his future expeditions for the foundation's school outreach program in the UK. Antony is looking for like-minded, environmentally friendly adventurers launching expeditions to report back information about global climate changes from various parts of the world, he has contacted me about reporting back about my expedition in 2012.

The problem with expeditions and adventure travel is the financial considerations that are often overlooked. It takes a great deal of effort to either save for your expedition, or develop a unique idea/type of expedition to attract the right sponsors. As is mentioned on other sites, sponsorship hunting can be as challenging as the expedition itself. It's recommended to select a few companies (from thousands) and contact them directly and develop a personal relationship with someone on the inside. Meanwhile, you should be training and planning your route/means without sponsorship in mind. A full-time employment opportunity can produce enough income saved to launch a cycling, running, walking, skate boarding, etc means of expedition, and it can be done by anyone that is active and enthusiastic about the outdoors. In this case, the planning can take 6-12 months, by that time you will have assembled the right equipment to do the job. For extended travel (World Touring) or extreme adventures, such as Polar Exploration, you will need more than the right equipment, you'll need experience and training from experts (Google: polar exploration training) and time in the Arctic to acclimatize to the sub-zero conditions before setting foot alone on a trek into the unknown. The bicycle is less sponsored, less noticed as a means to expeditions because many people can travel there, compared to mountain summiting, polar and sea rowing expeditions where we are alone, truly alone - this is where the expeditions are going, this is where the money is for sponsors is hiding too.

Tom @ Ride Earth has the scoop on funding long-term travel (bicycle touring is the preferred example, but read more and find out...Thanks Tom, a great post!) I don't have all the answers because I am touring and cycling in Korea, however, over the past few years I have accumulated friends involved in the adventure lifestyle, I use this blog to share this information with others with similar interests. There are no secrets, however, without asking the right questions or these days, 'google'ing for the right answers, you might find yourself at a loss for the right solutions. It's important to persevere and continue your search until you have found the answers you were looking for in the first place. Many adventurers have become successful because they did their research and prepared to set off. The important part of your mission is creating a plan that works for you, and committing the time, energy, resources to reach your goal -the start! From the start, the plan begins to unfold, and you will gain more insight into something you've always had a passion for, but didn't completely understand from the inside-out. It takes initiative to be at the start. It's best to start right away, and enjoy your adventure. When you succeed, remember to report back from the expedition and help others that have similar interests, it's a way to support a community of people with like minds.

The greater your adversities, the greater the challenge, the greater the sponsorship opportunities are available to you. But sponsors generally don't just come along, you'll need to do a bit more selling, prepare your sponsorship pack. Once you secure sponsors, they will expect that you deliver on a promise, to help market their products while on your adventure. It's a business relationship because their product is being featured and marketed through your expedition. In some aspects, this is the commercialism of the adventure industry, but the equipment is essential in extreme conditions, and getting there requires a great deal of support, sometimes in the area of six figures to reach the most remote locations and receive food drops/refill stations. Bicycle touring is less extreme (depending on location), so it's also recommended to use the best equipment suitable for the conditions you will experience. If your cycling in Korea, you don't need much, a bicycle of any kind, a backpack, a rack (saving the weight), and panniers and camping equipment is an option. In this country, we have Jim-Jil-Bangs (public bathhouse/sauna/sleeping rooms) that are co-ed (after the bathing is complete) and they provide you with cotton t-shirts and shorts for the night. It's warm and generally comfortable accommodations (bring your ear plugs to be sure!). All this costs about 9,000 Won per night, camping of course on the beach or in rural countryside areas is free. Korea is surrounded by ocean, so coastal cycling and camping is preferred. Extreme adventures and long-term bicycle touring require the right combination of equipment, see Tim Travis's site for all the details on bicycle touring equipment.

Ryan, you should consider something...being young, you have many advantages (a year off work isn't a big decision, you have many years to recover for one!) and expeditions are a place to arrive at amazing destinations, that is why I am doing it.

Cheers, Brian P ^_^!

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About the Korean-World Author

Brian Perich was an English as a Foreign Language (EFL) lecturer for a decade, father, and adventure cyclist based in South Korea.

Previously, Brian has led Canoe adventures in Quetico Provincial Park, Atikokan, Ontario, Canada (1993/1999); led Grand American camping adventures (2000); lived at Paramahansa Yogananda's SRF Ashram for 5 months (see the film "AWAKE"), formerly worked in titanium welding at Agilent Technologies, formerly worked in Winery industry in Marin County with Kendall Jackson in California; Surfing and Meditation continued for several years in California, British Columbia, South Korea, Yoga training in California 1999-2000.

Between 1994-1998 - Brian completed his own adventures with motorcycles. His motorcycling marathons took him across the United States and central/western Canada, while traveling solo over an astounding 24,000km in 60 days! Brian endured 900 mile/1300km average days in the motorcycle saddle and apparently loved every minute of those adventures.

Today, he has given up motorcycle adventures altogether, but finds an outlet for his enthusiasm in outdoor recreation while bicycle touring and micro-blogging about those experiences on his mountain bikes.

While employed as an English teacher in South Korea, Brian has became an advocate for bicycle touring on his mountain bikes. The Korean-World blog originated from those small adventures in Korea, now expanded to cover his recent trek down the TransMongolian highway to the Gobi Desert, cycling 900km east through the Khentii grasslands and in 2012 crossing Mongolia in 45 days, 2500 kilometers 1553 miles. HimalayasX expedition Brian previously cycled across western China, the Taklamakan Desert, the northern Himalayas of East Turkestan Xinjiang/Uyghur Autonomous Region, the corrugated back roads and mountains of Kham Tibet. Brian successfully completed his 2011 mountain bike expedition with 3200 kilometers / 1988 miles unsupported, on/off road MTB adventure cycling.
Brian has completed his second mountain bike journey, MongoliaX expedition - Crossing Mongolia 2012, an unsupported mountain bike MTB expedition across 2500km of Outer Mongolia from Ulanbaatar to Altai Taven-Bogd National Park bordering China, Russia and Mongolia.

In 2013, as a sequel to a trilogy of cycle tours, Brian enjoyed a more leisure bicycle tour onboard his Koga-Miyata World Traveller seeing the northern tier of the United States and western Canada covering 3400 kilometers / 2000 miles in 30 days. This North American cycle tour was called Totherocktour. Enjoying the adventure of bicycle travel and every great conversation started while traveling on the road - has refueled his inspirations to cycle around the Earth. In 2013, while he cycled solo from the Great Lake State of Michigan, United States to Banff National Park in the Canadian Rocky Mountains. He weaved through local communities and reconnected with friends, family and community after spending almost a decade in Asia.

Brian is now supporting several non-profit foundations through expeditions: IDEAS Foundation of Canada IDEAS is the acronym for Intestinal Disease Education and Awareness Society which supports the IBD community, those suffering from IBD-inflammatory bowel disease, also known as Crohn's and Ulcerative Colitis.

The second non-profit foundation is ETE.ORG - Education Through Expeditions, UK which supports educational outreach programs inside schools around the world. ETE connects explorers with students in the classroom, through an interactive online program in development (Beta).

Brian is researching support for a 18000 kilometer bicycle expedition across the Americas: North, Central and South America - ONE -Arctic to Argentina
Please contact him if you are interested in helping out.

Twitter: Cycleagain
Location: Gangneung, Gangwon-do, South Korea or southern Ontario, Canada.

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