Thursday, March 26, 2015

// What is Adventure? // Nanga Parbat First Solo Ascent - Reinhold Messner 1978 // In nature there is danger and that is where adventure lives // Expeditions // 7 Summits // Everest // K2 // Global Explorers //

Nanga Parbat First Solo Ascent - Reinhold Messner On Nanga Parbat Summit August 9 1978

What is adventure? 
In this short documentary interview with Reinhold Messner he explains his view on adventure, he explains - when you are exploring where you are far from human civilization or rescue support. It is less about the 7 highest summits to climb in the world, and more about remote locations where you go to self-survive the nature because in nature is danger and the art of surviving it is where adventure lives.

Reinhold Messner is a mountaineer, adventurer, explorer, and author from the Italian autonomous province of South Tyrol. [Wikipedia] He became famous as a lumberjack style mountaineer who chose to climb 14 8000 meter + peaks like Mount Everest without supplemental oxygen. On December 30, 1989, Messner crossed Antarctica to the South Pole on skis with his partner Arved Fuchs. He speaks of the dangers of exploring, where nature and you meet face-to-face and surviving those conditions while exploring is the simple definition of what adventure means to him.

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What is controversial about "World First Expeditions?" Even Reinhold Messner refutes the importance of completing the First/8000+ meter summits, while including the 7 Summits in his interview, lesser mountain First Ascents 6000+ meter peaks still remain - So, I ask the same question what is adventure? Messner suggests it's going places on your own remote from civilization, local support or chance of rescue and surviving all the inherent dangers that can occur in nature - alone. Nearing the human limits, this is definitely where adventure can end a journey to the soul. Few will ever risk their lives to experience this first hand.

[Authors notes] Reinhold Messner is acclaimed as one of the greatest mountaineers of all time. He was the first person to climb all 14 8,000-meter peaks—the tallest mountains in the world—and one of the first to climb Mount Everest without any supplemental oxygen. Hear Messner recount what it was like to climb Everest and what drives his passion for adventure.[National Geographic]

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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.

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

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