Beyond the Horizon: The Great Race to Finish the First Human-Powered Circumnavigation of the Planet

By Colin Angus

In June, 2004, Colin Angus left Vancouver on his bicycle. approximately years later, he rolled again in, taking a look like a castaway, and having accomplished the 1st human-powered circumnavigation of the globe.

Angus cycled, skiied, and rowed a direction that took him to Alaska, around the Bering Sea and the Siberian iciness, throughout Europe from Moscow to Portugal, then around the Atlantic to Costa Rica–a 156-day rowing odyssey. From there it was once a quick 8,300 kilometre trip again to Vancouver. alongside the best way he burned via 4,000 chocolate bars, seventy two internal tubes, 250 kgs of freeze-dried meals, 31 dorado fish (caught from the sea), 2 offshore rowboats, four bicycles, eighty kgs of garments. And he confirmed the realm that if he can shuttle 43,000 kilometres with no polluting the planet, then the remainder of us can get off our butts, and freshen up our personal acts.

“We lay within the rowboat cabin because the seas swelled and the sky boiled like a devil’s cauldron. Slanting yellow solar beams reduce among black squalls, and corrugated cirrus clouds interlaced the rest components of blue. large anvil heads roiled and billowed, like slow-moving atomic explosions. Flashes of lightning illuminated the IMAX reveal of the horizon. Such power and volatility could were breathtakingly appealing, if we were looking at from approximately at any place else, and if it weren’t for the truth that it used to be all only a prelude to a killer storm.

It was once challenging to think that one more tropical cyclone used to be heading our method. We had selected the worst typhoon season in recorded historical past to make our five-month, 10,000 km unsupported rowboat crossing of the Atlantic Ocean. Now, months into our voyage, it appeared most likely our excursion could come to an abrupt finish.
Our voyage around the Atlantic used to be just a a part of a far greater excursion: an try and entire the 1st human-powered circumnavigation of the planet. to date we had trekked, skied, cycled, canoed, and rowed continuous throughout 3 continents and have been half-way throughout our moment ocean. Now, as I huddled within the dog-house sized cabin with my fiancée awaiting the storm Epsilon to arrive us, I cursed myself for ever believing i'll in attaining such an most unlikely quest.”

—From Beyond the Horizon

From the Hardcover edition.

Show description

Quick preview of Beyond the Horizon: The Great Race to Finish the First Human-Powered Circumnavigation of the Planet PDF

Best Adventure books

A Survival Guide for Life: How to Achieve Your Goals, Thrive in Adversity, and Grow in Character

The world-famous adventurer unearths a life of knowledge and classes discovered from the planet's wildest placesLife within the outside teaches us precious classes. Encountering the wild forces us to plot and execute ambitions, face risk, push our "limits," and sharpen our instincts. yet our most vital adventures do not regularly ensue in nature's extremes.

Marlfox: A Tale from Redwall

A villainous new presence is aprowl in Mossflower Woods-the Marlfoxes. Stealthy and mysterious, they're out to plunder and damage every thing of their course. And once they achieve Redwall Abbey, they ruthlessly thieve the main priceless treasure of all-the tapestry of Martin the Warrior. It takes Dann Reguba and track Swifteye, young children of warrior squirrels, to stick to of their fathers' heroic footsteps.

Dangerous Work: Diary of an Arctic Adventure

In 1880 a tender clinical pupil named Arthur Conan Doyle embarked upon the “first actual amazing event” of his lifestyles, taking a berth as ship’s health care professional on an Arctic whaler, the wish. The voyage took him to unknown areas, showered him with dramatic and unforeseen stories, and plunged him into harmful paintings at the ice floes of the Arctic seas.

The Adventures of Indiana Jones

FOR the 1st TIME in one VOLUME–THE 3 exciting NOVELS encouraged through THE BLOCKBUSTER FILMSWith bullwhip in hand, Indiana Jones has unearthed a wealth of historic treasures. In Raiders of the misplaced Ark, the fearless archeologist trips from Nepal to Cairo to the Mediterranean, dodging poisons, traps, and snakes, struggling with opponents previous and new–all in pursuit of an historical artifact that holds the major to superb, invincible energy.

Extra resources for Beyond the Horizon: The Great Race to Finish the First Human-Powered Circumnavigation of the Planet

Show sample text content

Tim, your mother’s at the telephone! ” I yelled into the cabin. “Wha …? ” Tim slurred. His eyes appeared swollen and purple. “Yeah, she says it’s time so that you can get at the oars! ” I stated and awaited my reduction. the following MORNING, WE have been STARING right into a FULL-FLEDGED GALE. The seas towered to twelve toes, and the occasional monster wave may holiday with a maelstrom of white water. those collapsing waves posed nice risks for the Bering Charger, and threatened to roll the boat on its aspect, or worse. within the deep sea, such a lot mariners could scoff at 12-foot waves. notwithstanding, the shallow Bering Sea makes those waves treacherous. huge waves easily can't shape in shallow waters, so as an alternative smaller and extra strong swells are produced. extra disappointing was once a metamorphosis within the winds to the southwest rather than the forecasted southeast. The zone horsepower produced via our rowing efforts merely allowed us to attitude forty five levels off those robust winds. The GPS tested that if the winds didn’t shift, we would omit St. Lawrence Island fullyyt and get blown northwards. We entered marathon mode once more and spelled one another off in extreme 30 minutes rowing shifts as we struggled to indicate our craft in the direction of the very important preserve of St. Lawrence Island. The waves tossed and rocked our boat and disrupted our efforts to synchronize the 12-foot oars and sliding seat. because it wormed backward and forward, my again felt like spaghetti thrown opposed to a brick wall. through night, we have been either thoroughly spent, and my temper had deteriorated with the elements. The winds had held regular, and St. Lawrence Island may quickly slip previous our port facet. Wind velocity was once expanding, and now 15-foot waves have been launching attacks opposed to our boat. the elements used to be a long way too tough to cook dinner in, whereas our straining our bodies couldn’t get adequate gas from a nutrition of merely crackers, jam, and canned tuna. better waves might holiday correct over the strict and fill the cockpit like an icy jacuzzi. The rower may then need to stay up for the self-draining cockpit to drain ahead of resuming his efforts at the sliding seat. The onset of darkness made a irritating state of affairs much more risky, because the waves have been now hid in a veil of darkness. Thick cloud disguise ensured zero-light stipulations, and we prompt the boat through preserving the wind and rain opposed to our correct cheeks and checking our heading with the compass. At three a. m. my shift ended. i used to be virtually delirious with exhaustion. “Tim! ” I yelled. i used to be in no temper for from now on comedy wake-up calls. The time it took for Tim to don his raingear, neoprene booties, and gloves appeared an eternity. He then emptied his bladder into the pee bottle and passed it to me to offload over the aspect. (During his shift it might be most unlikely for him to alleviate himself whereas suffering from the oars. ) ultimately, he crawled throughout the hatch and close it speedy to maintain breaking waves from spilling into the boat. He grabbed the second one tether line and proceeded to tie a bowline round his waist to safe himself to the boat. This was once the instant I were fantasizing approximately for my complete shift, whilst i may eventually break out from the freezing chilly, the horizontal rain, and the waves and retreat to the damp, pungent yet hot bunk less than and move out.

Download PDF sample

Rated 4.78 of 5 – based on 35 votes