A documentary of an epic journey from Alaska to Argentina. Comprised of biking, hiking, and paddling more than 17,000 miles.
"One Man, One Journey"
"Some people want it to happen, some wish it would happen, others make it happen."
How would you like to make your mark in the world, do something very few have ever attempted? Starting in the summer of 2012 that is exactly what I am proposing to do.
With the help of friends and family, my brother and I, accompanied by a friend, plan to hike, bike, and paddle more than 17,000 miles from Prudhoe Bay, Alaska to Ushuaia, Argentina. The adventure will take us to some of the most remote places on earth, across diverse landscapes, where we will encounter various cultures. Throughout this endeavor we will be challenged physically, emotionally, and mentally.
Due to the nature of the expedition we will be camping in the wild the majority of the time and eating over a camp stove. We will be powering our gear with specialized equipment on our bikes and the help of solar packs.
The documentary will follow the story of three individuals, brothers Andy and Billy Gray, accompanied by Matthew Vassar. Andy and Billy are avid travelers, having been to 24 countries on 5 continents, while Matthew has limited exposure to life outside of a small town in Texas.
Billy is a former history and video technology teacher and head girls soccer coach at the high school level. He has played soccer for 25 years at some of the highest levels. He has been a teacher and coach for 6 years. He has traveled all over the world to some of the most interesting places on earth.
Andy is a former teacher and graduate from TCU with a degree in Radio/TV/Film. He has worked on numerous television, movie, and other multimedia projects. He has played soccer for the majority of his life, including for TCU. Today he and Billy play together on two teams and continue to succeed in all aspects of their life.
Matt is a college student with the hopes of one day working in the film industry. As a senior he created a video project that made it to the state level in Texas. He has little travel experience, but is excited to see the world and experience what else is out there.
With varying degrees of experience and expectations each member will have a different view and outcome to the journey. The film will follow them through the highs, lows, triumphs and defeats for all 17,000+ miles.
Immense natural beauty, diverse cultures, dangers around every corner.
Will they survive? Can they ride a bike that far? Only time will tell.
"Whatever you can dream, you can do."
"Your time is limited. Don't waste it living someone's else's life."
Documenting the “One Man, One Journey” project will rely on a few pieces of essential equipment. Much of this we already possess; however, High Definition video cameras, a power source, sufficient data storage, and editing equipment will be required. In addition, food, lodging, and other essential equipment will be needed.
-High Definition Digital Cameras/Lenses. In order to provide a high quality documentary it would be beneficial to expand our current camera equipment. Ideally we would like to be able to fund the purchase of first person cameras and two high quality digital cameras capable of video. As well as camera mounts, tripods, and lenses.
-Editing Software. To create a well developed project we will need proper editing software and hardware.
-Audio Equipment. Microphones.
-Data storage. Adequate data storage space will be required due to the amount of video and photography that will be taken during the course of the trip. This includes memory cards and external hard drives.
-Solar power. The nature of the journey will take us to some of the most remote places on earth and away from modern amenities such as electricity. As a result we will be using our bike power generating system, but in addition there will be a need for solar power to recharge our camera equipment.
-Food. In order to have the ability to complete such a demanding task the participants will need about 5,000 calories per day. There is no way to predict the amount of food that will be consumed and the price due to the various regions we will be passing through, but a general expectation will be between $6,000-$12,000. Food will be lightweight, cooked over a campfire stove and purchased at grocery stores in order to keep the costs down as much as possible. We will be budgeting for the lower-end of our projected amount.
-Lodging. More than 90% of the time we will be sleeping in the elements, either by choice or necessity. At times we may stay in hotels and hostels due to safety, location, or so we don‘t go insane from constantly sleeping on the ground. Extreme weather patterns, environmental conditions, and extensive use is requiring a more durable, lightweight tent than is currently owned by the team members. As a result we will be using two tents that are capable of holding two grown men and the ability to protect our bikes if needed. The tents that we are purchasing is an expense we must cover; however, this will keep overall expenses considerably cheaper.
-Miscellaneous. Extra camera batteries, camera and lens bags, etc.
In reality the figures above are only a fraction of the costs required to produce the documentary. I haven’t included the thousands of dollars needed to purchase custom-made and durable bikes, bike accessories, pannier bags, GPS systems, specialized clothing, sleeping bags, lodging fees, and a number of other products or expenses that are too numerous to list.
This Kickstarter is intended to help offset some of the expenses of producing the documentary, not fund the entire endeavor. However, any donations that go above and beyond what we are asking for will be fully dedicated to improving the product we produce.
We hope that by completing this journey and creating this documentary that we will inspire people to achieve their goals and conquer their fears.
"Life is short. Live your dream. And share your passion."
By pledging your support for our project, you will also be supporting local artists in Central and South American communities. For a donation of $10 or more you will receive a hand-crafted, woven bracelet similar to the one below. We are also offering plenty of other great rewards to our backers that you can see on the panel to the right.
Music: "Thatched Villagers" and "Long Road Ahead" by Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)
Have a question? If the info above doesn't help, you can ask the project creator directly.
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