These slideshows are now available on YouTube:
I have given over presentations about my hikes all over the country. Still, I know there are many who have never had the opportunity to attend or who missed the opportunity to attend; and there may be some out there who wish to watch a slideshow for a second time. So I have made two of my slideshows — about the Great Western Loop and Sea-to-Sea Route — available for download.
Great Western Loop
~45 minutes; voice-over, slides, and videos; recorded January 2009
On November 3, 2007, I became the first person to complete the 6,875-mile Great Western Loop, an ambitious journey that linked the American West’s great long-distance hiking trails while traversing 12 National Parks and over 75 wilderness areas. I averaged 33 miles per day for 208 days, covering a distance equivalent to 262 marathons or twice the distance between Boston and San Francisco. In addition to experiencing many of the most pristine and beautiful landscapes in America, I surveyed the toll that mankind is taking on them. The hike was landmark in the sheer athleticism displayed, in the pinnacle outdoor experience had, and in the sobering observations made along the way.
Great Western Loop — FAQ
36 minutes; voice-over and slides; recorded January 2009
After I present my Great Western Loop slideshow for a live audience, which takes about 45 minutes, I open up the floor for a 10- to 20-minute “Question and Answer” segment. To improve the quality of my answers to the twelve most frequently asked questions, I use prepared slides to better illustrate my points. If you are watching the GWL presentation on DVD, you obviously will not have the chance to ask a live question; so I went ahead and supplied my answers to the twelve most FAQ in case you are interested.
~50 minutes; voice-over and slides; recorded May 2006
In July 2005 I became the first to complete the 7,778-mile Sea-to-Sea Route, a transcontinental network of long-distance hiking trails from Quebec’s Cape Gaspe to Washington’s Olympic Peninsula. The trip was 11 months long and involved 1,400 miles of snowshoeing (through Michigan, Wisconsin, and Minnesota during the first three months of 2005). For the achievement I was named “Person of the Year” by Backpacker and was included in Men’s Journal’s 2005 “Adventure Hall of Fame.”
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