Setting up speaking events

Things are beginning to roll with setting up speaking engagements.  I love to

Public speaking and the microphone
Public speaking and the microphone

invigorate audiences and get them excited, not only about what I have done but also, more importantly, what they are doing with their lives.  Although it’s interesting to hear about someone talk about their experiences at the edge of the Earth, listening to a talk can be so much more than that.

One of my goals with speaking about my expedition is to help people look at what their dreams might be or once were and evaluate them.  Maybe this is the first time they’ve heard about someone putting everything on the line to pursue something they’re really passionate about.  I have been blown away by how many people have told me they were inspired to do something after following my expedition.

Others may simply be interested as an armchair adventurer in what it’s really like to ski to the South Pole.  And that’s good, too!  I would have loved the opportunity to listen someone speak about this and have the chance to ask questions afterward.  I always make sure to keep myself available before and after an event in case someone wants to air  their questions in a more personal manner.

I am very excited to connect with the public, sharing what I did and how I handled it all.

Best magazine ever

National Geographic Adventure was the best magazine ever. I had so many trip ideas from this mag, I can’t even recall.

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The articles were right up my alley, from travel, to camping to being in Antarctica. The online version just wasn’t ever a contender other than to look things up.

It stopped printing in 2010. I was crushed to receive that notice. Long live National Geographic Adventure.

Finding adventure

My latest fortune cookie said, “You will soon find new adventure in life.”

Adventure always sounds good but really, it’s only when things go sideways does adventure happen. Adventure means the plan went wrong and you have switched to Plan B. That is where things become interesting.

I’m interested in exploration, discovery, learning something new about the world. I want to share my experiences with the world, too.

This expedition to Antarctica is all about finding the edge of the human limit, helping people find there can be something greater than yourself, knowing that it’s okay to pursue your own personal dream, and learning to help others.

In working on this project, I’ve learned that I can’t do everything myself. I’ve had to tap friends, family, and many interesting people I have met along the way. I expect that group will expand as I go along, too.

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Dolly rev 1 performance

The dolly saw its first field action this weekend at the old mission dam in Mission Trails Regional Park.

Being so tied up with filming, we didn’t take any action photos. Oops.

Like most other dolly systems, this configuration only works with the camera upright. That’s great if you want to film everything flat. But as with expeditioning, keeping things level is rarely interesting.

The camera almost ate it once and that’s where I believe I cracked a filter. Better the filter than the lens.

Based on this experience, I’ve got parts on order from Mcmaster Carr. I ended up doing a little engineering analysis AFTER I ordered parts and found what I bought won’t cut it. I will be able to try out the concept, though.

It will be much more versatile than what I and every other Indy film maker has.

That’s a good thing.

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