LIVING AS A HANDPULLED RICKSHAW WALLAH

KOLKATA, INDIA

Mirroring life alongside barefooted Rickshaw Wallah' in the West Bengal capital of Kolkata for a week. Hauling people and goods for 18 hours a day in the heat and the rain, to earn on and live $2.00 a day, precisely like the pullers themselves. Sleeping rough and eating kerbside, along with the physical, emotional, social and political challenges, This was a firsthand insight into those in extreme poverty and the lengths people will endure to live - Common ground for all of us in the survival of life.

'KAIHOGYO' A 1000 DAY PILGRIMAGE

MOUNT HIEI, JAPAN

The kaihōgyō ("circling the mountain") is an ascetic practice performed by Tendai Buddhist monks. walking a marathon plus each day.

A one on one exploration of the spiritual practice of Kaihōgyō, performed by the monks of Mount Hiei, Japan. It involves walking a route on Mount Hiei,  which takes 1000 days to complete; all the while offering prayers at halls, shrines and other sacred places. The pilgrimage has been completed by less than 50 monks in over a century, and traditionally, any monk who cannot complete it must take their own life. It's a major deep-dive into true commitment and purpose.

CIRCUMNAVIGATING AN EXPLODING VOLCANO

MOUNT SINABUNG, NORTHERN SUMATRA

When the Indonesian Government evacuate 60,000 people from the towns and villages of exploding Mt Sinabung in North Sumatra, it should have been a huge warning to stay clear. Seeing an opportunity for a deep-dive into fear and its effects on us, Richard decided, along with a cameraman to explore the intersection of fear and how we progress through its presence as well as the ability to take risks in chaotic environments.

A SOLO 5,330KM WILDERNESS MOUNTAIN RUN

GREAT DIVIDING RANGE, AUSTRALIA

A mountain marathon a day through Australia' wilderness, carrying a pack the same size and weight as a microwave, full of sleeping and eating equipment.

The giant distance, the lack of food and sleep were little in comparison to being followed by a pack of wild dogs for a week, crossing the crocodile-infested Daintree River on foot, and coming face to face with an angry farmer who stuffs a shotgun in your mouth. All of these extreme challenges on top of physical and mental exhaustion was a powerful insight into the inner workings of the mind.

3,054KM END TO END WILDERNESS CROSSING 

NORTH AND SOUTH ISLANDS, NEW ZEALAND

A mountain marathon a day through Australia' wilderness, carrying a pack the same size and weight as a microwave, full of sleeping and eating equipment.

The giant distance, the lack of food and sleep were little in comparison to being followed by a pack of wild dogs for a week, crossing the crocodile-infested Daintree River on foot, and coming face to face with an angry farmer who stuffs a shotgun in your mouth. All of these extreme challenges on top of physical and mental exhaustion was a powerful insight into the inner workings of the mind.

1,009KM THROUGH BIBLICAL DESERT

SHAVIL, ISRAEL 

Covering two marathons a day (85km) through the Negev Desert, urinating blood from dehydration, running on a crippling foot infection while ducking under missile fire, was a lesson in grit, determination and commitment to finishing what you get started. This end to end venture of Israel delved into the grand scale of biblical landscapes as well as the everyday lives of modern Israel. Teamwork, purpose and courage all played a huge part in seeing this project to completion.

LIVING IN A REMOTE INDIGENOUS COMMUNITY 

WALUNGURRU, CENTRAL DESERT, AUSTRALIA

There is much to learn from living in an aboriginal community that is situated 200km East of Australia' centre. Nothing for hundreds of miles around, anything goes wrong in this part of the world it could be fatal, help is a day drive away by four-wheel drive. Listening skills are required here when a leader from the community speaks everybody listens, they have too, their lives depend on it. Understanding the environment, your abilities and that of others, is the key to survival in one of the most inhospitable environments on the planet. 

1200KM ON FOOT ACROSS THE MOUNTAINS IN 12 DAYS

HEYSEN TRAIL, SOUTH AUSTRALIA

South Australia’s 1,200km Heysen Trail extends from Cape Jervis, on the Fleurieu Peninsula, to Parachilna Gorge, in the Flinders Ranges, traversing coastal areas, native bushland, rugged gorges, pine forests, vineyards, rich farmland and historic towns. This adventure was all about

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