On this week’s episode of the Overland Journal Podcast, come along on a wide-ranging conversation with one of the modern world’s most prolific and daring explorers: Reza Pakravan. In this podcast from the field, host Ashley Giordano interviews Reza about what he discovered filming his latest multi-part series, “Hidden Frontiers Arabia,” and how Tintin was a major childhood influence.
Reza Pakravan is an explorer, filmmaker, and writer. He is a fellow of the Royal Geographical Society and a recipient of the Explorer Award from the Scientific Exploration Society. His documentaries, talks, and books have taken audiences on his epic journeys to some of the most remote corners of the world. He has presented and produced prime-time TV series aired worldwide on networks such as BBC, Channel 4, Fox CBC, Aljazeera, and Amazon Prime.
He recently completed his epic journey to become the first person in modern history to have traveled the full length of Africa from West to East via the Sahel region. Reza’s constant thirst for adventure has earned him the Guinness World Record for crossing the Sahara Desert by bicycle. Pushing his ultra-endurance limits further, he cycled the 11,000-mile length of the planet from north to south in the record time of 102 days.
Much of Reza’s recent work has focused on the issues faced by remote, indigenous people. He is currently a featured contributor to The Outdoor Journal and Travel Africa Magazine and an honourary member of the Scientific Exploration Society.
Ashley Giordano completed a 48,800-kilometer overland journey from Canada to Argentina with her husband, Richard, in their well-loved but antiquated Toyota pickup. On the zig-zag route south, she hiked craggy peaks in the Andes, discovered diverse cultures in 15 different countries, and filled her tummy with spicy ceviche, Baja fish tacos, and Argentinian Malbec. As Senior Editor at Overland Journal, you can usually find Ashley buried in a pile of travel books, poring over maps, or writing about the unsung women of overlanding history. @desktoglory_ash
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