1 film project, 13000 traceless miles, 4 major treks in less than 400 days.
Anyone can be an adventurer...
This documentary is about real people who set out to become real adventurers. The people involved have never done anything like this before, but we are functioning on the premise that the spirit of adventure will carry us through successfully. We are doing 13,000 self-powered miles over 4 back-to-back treks, rowing across the Atlantic Ocean completely unsupported (successfully finished on Jan 30, 2012), biking from the Mexican Border to Alaska (unsupported touring, currently in progress), kayaking the inside passage from Alaska to Washington and hiking the Pacific Crest Trail Southbound from Canada to Mexico.
The Science behind the Expedition
Some still ask us, "but at the end of the day, why are you doing this?" Because we want to show what nature can look like unadulterated and the affects that humans can have. Because we want to be able to play a role in the logical solution to climate change and cohabitation with the wilderness. Through our partnership with Adventurers and Scientists for Conservation we will be collecting data for a variety of projects helping scientists to connect the dots, 13,000 miles of them.
On the bike trek we are piloting a much larger roadkill study for cyclists, allowing researchers to better understand the natural travel patterns of animals across our roadways. In almost every scenario, roads are built without regard to the natural spaces they are segmenting. Collecting the proof and informing law makers about these patterns not only helps to reduce animal deaths by up to 80%, but also reduces the amount of property damage by hundreds of thousands of dollars. Keeping our roads safer for both wild life and us.
Check out our website for more information on the 4 projects we are participating in.
How YOU can help
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We are racing seasons and time to be able to accomplish all four treks successfully. Our failures and triumphs, the people we meet, thoughts from the road on minimalist/environmentally-minded living - all captured on film. We are are also incredibly creative, $13,000 for 13,000 miles, that is to say, $1/mile and here's why:
Camera. After rowing across an ocean and ruining equipment along the way, we know we need something lighter and smaller than a typical camcorder. Thus to replace our ruined camera, and get those incredible overnight-exposure-of-the-stars-incredible-type shots we need to get some new filming equipment.
Bicycle Additions + Ouchies. Doing the bike completely unsupported (i.e. without a follow vehicle) we’ve been told isn’t the smartest thing in the world, so to accommodate for all the things that could and probably will go wrong with our equipment we will need some replacement gear and a place to keep it all…
Kayaks + Floaties. We’ve got the bikes sorted through helpful donations after we finished the row, the kayaks are another story. It’s a little too cold to swim the inside passage at 52 degrees Farenheit which means we need touring kayaks to keep us and our gear moderately dry for 1700 miles. Moderately…
Communications. We want to keep in touch with our peeps (you) and be able update people who can help us in case something goes wrong - for this we need a satellite phone plus service because of the remoteness of the journey and GPS location equipment.
Fuel. Powering our bodies to get the last 10,000 miles done. On the ocean some of us ate 6000 calories a day – we are expecting to at least eat upwards of 4,000+ calories per day. Because of the changing food challenge of either getting fresh food when we are near civilization or having backup lightweight dehydrated food that doesn’t require refrigeration when we aren’t, feeding the 4 person film crew (us) will be a necessary part of our budget.
And then there’s the less spectacular things…
· Stuff going awry (emergency fund) - nothing is ever guaranteed to go 100% right all of the time on an expedition, especially one of this length.
· Assistance with editing, remixing and doing other important movie-type stuff
· Kickstarter.com and amazon monetary processing fee of 8%
Estimated Total: In reality, the total cost of the expedition is a whole lot more than this amount. This does not include a million other things that add up including 40 pairs of shoes, packs, medical stuff, living stuff, and waterproof everything. This Kickstarter is about helping us complete the journey and get the best possible shots we can, especially now that we understand what we are up against having completed the ocean row.
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DOCUMENTARY. Sit back with a cold glass of juice or a hot one if you prefer and go on the journey with us - figuring out as we go what it means to be an adventurer. Wear your new sweet tee while you are at it and look for your name!Estimated delivery:
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VERY IMPORTANT ADVENTURER (VIA). This is a grassroots production which couldn't happen without the support of individuals like you. Sonya, the CEO, and only team member to complete all 13,000 miles will personally attend an event of your choosing (within the Continental US/Canada) to speak about the journey and/or thank you in person for helping Team Epoch complete a journey that shows anyone can be an adventurer. Or you could have the option of going on an overnight trek inside of your state led by one of our team members. You will also be invited to attend a special VIP event, allowing you to experience what it's like to be in the ocean rowing vessel [don't worry, we'll pick a calm weather day!].Estimated delivery:
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