Growing up on the shores of the Pacific Ocean, perhaps instilled in me some innate connection with wild places. I was fortunate to cement the connection as an island hopping sea kayak guide in Australia and a white water rafting guide in Africa.
All the while, journeys into the outdoors, alone and with good friends, grew in size and boldness.
Expeditions exploring the Omo Valley in Ethiopia, paddling the Amazon River from source to sea and crossing the Islamic Republic of Iran on foot and alone were among the most memorable and life changing periods of my life. Initial ambitions to chase adventure and adrenalin across the planet have been quickly replaced with a desire to genuinely explore and tell the stories of the people and regions through which I journey.
The 7 rivers, 7 continents project is the harvest of that desire. The fascination and focus on modern day explorers and adventurers as mighty heroes is trite. The trials and tales of a wealthy traveller pale in comparison to the stories that might otherwise be harvested from an expedition. A Mursi fisherman on the Omo River, a Qashqai nomad in Iran, a Quecha speaking farmer in the Peruvian Andes, a river boat captain in the jungle city of Manaus. These people, their towns and cities, their lives, hold within them fascinating narratives. The 7 rivers, 7 continents project will bring them to colourful life in words, images and film.
Earth is a big place, it’s diversity too magical to ignore. Paddling the planet’s biggest and longest rivers allows me to communicate it’s wonders in an extraordinary fashion.