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. Adventurer Profiles

Tim Harvey

Pushing west by bicycle, canoe, ocean rowboat, foot, ski, and sail.
Start date: June 1, 2004.

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Born in Vancouver in January 1978, Tim was inspired early in life by the old-growth forests and waterways of Canada's west coast. His apetite for paddle-powered exploration dates back to a family canoe trip along one of the Earth's most wild and rugged temperate coastlines, the southwestern Queen Charlotte Islands (Haida Gwaii) when Tim was eight.

After studies in English literature and journalism at the University of Victoria, Tim was dispatched to the endangered wetlands of El Salvador, Central America, by the Canadian International Development Agency's Youth Internship Program, where he produced wildlife photography that was featured in a cross-Canada tour.

In 2004, Tim was hired as a travelling adventure writer for the Vancouver Sun, for the duration of the Vancouver to Moscow adventure by human power. Tim filed over 30 dispatches from Alaska and Siberia to be published in Canadian newspapers and magazines before cycling into Moscow in Ausust 2005, at which point he shifted focus to the challenge of returning to Vancouver without burning fossil fuels.

A graduate of the Gulf Island Film and Television School, Tim is producing an adventure film he hopes will inspire others to tread lightly on the Earth. He says the strains of travel, be it frozen toes on the tundra, near-death accidents at sea, or run-ins with surly Russian bandits deep in the boreal forest, are all made worthwhile by the chance to inspire youth and adults alike. "I get jazzed when kids email me about how they understand the need to live a low-emission, bicycle-based lifestyle, which they see as both fun and globally important."

Tim recently contributed to a book published in 2006 by Greystone Books entitled Generation, funded by Action Canada, which collects the stories of young Canadians working towards a sustainable future.

Jonathan Harvey

Pulled Tim out of Jail in Panama - cycles from Darien to USA - May to September 2006

Tim and Jonathan are brothers!: Can you see the difference?

Jonathan is twenty; he lives in Victoria, BC, where he studies a variety of subjects at the University of Victoria. He enjoys life, finding truth in music, friends and the great outdoors. He also enjoys wholesome food, especially apple-blackberry crisp. He believes that the world would be a happier place if more people rode bicycles with a belly full of apple-blackberry crisp -- rather than driving cars with a gut-full of mcmuffin.

Jonathan plays defense for UVic's intramural ice hockey champions, the Streaking Flashers. He is known for end-to-end rushes where he jams the puck into the goalie's pads and then crashes into the boards.

Adrian Sanders

Travels with Tim: Helped pull Tim out of Jail in Panama - cycles from Darien to Costa Rica - May to June 2006


Adrian is a masters of Anthropology student at the University of Victoria who rescued the expedition by showing up in Panama with the slick wheels Tim and Jonathan used for the cycle home. Adrian was a huge part of the team during the epic escape from Panama, and ride to San Jose. His motivating spirit carried Tim through the pains of his first bout with malaria.

Adrian's full bio is coming soon.

Adrian, it seems, can sleep in any position!

Miguel Bindon

Travels with Tim: Venezuela and Colombia - March-April 2006


Miguel's bio is coming soon!

Danjel Henriksson

Travels with Tim: from the Canary Islands across the Atlantic (33 days to Tobago), then west to Venezuela - January to March 2006

What a modern viking looks like...

Born in Överkalix, at the 66th North Latitude of Sweden in 1982, Danjel was brought up to beleive that nothing is impossible, ever. In Sweden's sparsely-populated North, a person can choose either a life of sport and outdoor adventure, or fall in love with engines. Danjel chose the outdoors, and his defining characteristic is that he will always rise to a challenge.

A competitive downhill ski racer and basketball athlete, Danjel drew an interest in Energy Infastructure Engineering from his father's mission to bring wind power to Sweden. Persuing his studies at the University of Umea, Danjel felt it was time to discover why he was studying. "If I knew how to construct a wind power plant," he says, "I also needed to understand why it was important for the world, and for that I had to experience the Earth for myself. The round-world sailing trip is a fundemental part of my education."

Despite his academic ambitions, Danjel is happiest when composing guitar songs or enduring the forces of nature, gripping Sally Blue's tiller with a rope-burned hand in the driving wind and salt spray of an ocean storm. His favorite adage is that "the world is round" which has implications for the impacts of humankind a biosphere where all is connected, and likewise, implies that his westward path will one day bring him home to Kalix, the northernmost port in Sweden.

Link to Daniel's website

Jonatan Bonthron

Travels with Tim: from the Canary Islands across the Atlantic (33 days to Tobago), then west to Venezuela - January to March 2006

Born in 1982 in the remote Swedish mining town of Kiruna at the 68th Northern latitude, Jonatan was brought up - up mountains, in fact - in a sled pulled by his two family dogs, Siberian Huskies, over the Arctic ice. Inspired by the expedition stories of his father and uncle (a Swedish producer of Arctic nature documentaries), Jonatan was passionate about mountaineering and skiing early in his youth, and then as a teenager he focussed on tearing down slopes on a snowboard, and climbing walls of virtical rock and ice.

At seventeen, to celebrate the Everest adventure of Sweden's world-renowned climber Goran Kropp, Jonatan launched a tribute mini-expedition by cycling and climbing to Sweden´s tallest peak. "We mountain biked on bouldery roads and through creeks as high up as we could, then started climbing over the rocks before fatigue finally stopped us somewhere short of the summit.

Now, Jonatan is challenging a new medium, the open sea, which he hopes will similarly give Swedish youth something to celebrate. A technically-minded student of Energy Engineering at Umea University, Jonatan is also a skilled computer programmer who writes code for the expedition website, and coordinates electronic navigation systems on board Sally Blue.

He fondly remembers a phone call that came during a poker match with friends, from his university mate Danjel Henriksson, who said "Jonte, I´m in Stokholm and I just bought a sailboat. How soon can you be here? " Over five hair-raising autumn days sailing 400 sea miles to north to Umea, they snapped a steel forestay, broke their engine and took on so much water that "my sleeping bag was floating inside the boat." When Danjel suggested they join forces to sail around the world, Jonatan saw it as a challenging and slightly crazy chance to see the world - in other words, a perfect idea.

Kajsa Björn

Travels with Tim: from the Canary Islands across the Atlantic (33 days to Tobago), then west to Venezuela - January to March 2005

Kajsa (pronounced Kaiysa), was raised in the small village of Hoting in the forests of Sweden's 62nd north latitude, and describes herself as "an innocent girl from the country." Strong in body and mind, Kajsa roamed the wilderness from a young age with her father on trips to hunt moose to feed her family. Her father's odd penchant for hand-building off-road tractors rubbed off on young Kajsa, who can strip a carburetor in under three minutes, and reassemble it in just as many ways.

Her interest in swimming and paddling near her family's riverside home was balanced by a passion for mounting her beast of a 900 cc motorcycle, and becoming one with the roads of northern Europe. A leader by nature, Kajsa became head of the student government at the University of Umea in 2004-2005, where she has almost completed a degree in mechanical engineering.

Kajsa´s legendary motor skills have made her chief mechanic on the Sally Blue, where the 40-year old ship's engine has proven a worthy adversary: at port calls, she gets greasy to strip, fix and rebuild the Albin 021 machine, which performs beautifully for a few minutes before breaking in a new and unexpected way. As a result, Sally Blue's circumnavigation has been a low-emission affair featuring some dicey sail-only port entries and exits, adding to the challenge and excitement of the journey.

Being the lone female on board, Kajsa brings balance and harmony to the team, with a smile that would split her head if not stopped by her ears. Her pet peeve on the ocean has been the vicious sea sickness that hits hard after spells on shore, but determination is Kajsa's defining characteristic. No matter how much she misses moose dinners and fast wheels back home, this innocent girl from the country is unlikely to do anything except to prevail and endure.

Link to Kajsa's website

Erden Eruc

Travels with Tim: from Lisbon, Portugal, to the Moroccan coast and then the Canary Islands (1,500 km rowing) - November - December 2005.

Erden was born in 1962 on the Turkish side of Cyprus in the Mediterranean, the son of a NATO officer and mountaineer, who ingnited a young Erden's interest in physical challenge in the outdoors. Schooled in Turkey and Belgium, Erden watched as his brother entered NATO forces, but decided his calling was different: the corporate world. He studied towards a post-graduate degree in mechanical engineering in the USA, where he settled down to ride the wave of the internet software boom in Seattle. "I had a world map on my office wall, and I was always pulling my finger across it, dreaming of an adventure around the planet," Erden remembers.

When Erden tragically lost a rock-climbing partner - coincidentally, the world-renowned Swedish adventurer Goran Kropp - in an accident during a training climb (which hospitalized Erden with a nearly-amputated arm and left Kropp dead on impact) - the tragedy sparked an explosion of motivation within Erden to seize the day and stop postponing his dream.

Erden took aim at the phenomenally ambitious goal of circumnavigating the Earth by rowboat and bicycle, while summitting the tallest peak on each continent along the way. Erden started his journey by bicycling north through Canada and Alaska to Mt. McKinley, which he climbed, before cycling home. His next epic ride was east across the North American continent, before he shipped his new ocean rowboat to Portugal, having invited Tim Harvey to join him in a row across the Atlantic.

"I was tired of people hearing about my ocean rowing ambitions and asking me 'have you ever done anything like it?', to which I could only say 'no.' Rowing with Tim was a chance to break into the sport with someone who had already rowed an ocean, the Bering Sea, so I decided to make the Atlantic part of my circumnavigation." The duo made an epic month-long row from Europe to Africa and then the Canary Islands, but problems with the boat caused over two months of delay and repairs, which put Tim's journey on an unworkable schedule.

Luckily, Erden´s inner journey had reached a point where he felt ready to challenge the oceans alone. "I´ve now run out of things to fix on the boat" he reported before launching a courageous solo crossing on January 31, 2006, heading southwest from the Canaries. Erden's estimated arrival in Costa Rica in late May would bring him to the mainland just as next year's hurricane season gains momentum. Godspeed, Erden.

Link to Erden's website

Yulia Kudryavtseva

Travels with Tim: from Chukotka, Far Eastern Russia to Moscow by foot, ski and bicyle - September 2004 to August 2005.

Yulia is an outdoors enthusiast with a background in rockclimbing and competitive swimming. She joined Tim's expedition for one year as across Russia from the Bering Sea to Moscow. Yulya's knowledge of Russian language and custom was critical to the success of the expedition, and her humour, wisdom and perseverance made her an core member of the expedition team. Yulia is never happy unless her teammates are healthy and well, so her toughest moments came when Colin was lost and dying in a snowcave, or Tim staggered from a river with frozen feet, when she would take whatever swift action could remedy the problem. For Tim, travelling with Yulia has been one of the greatest delights of his journey.

In Moscow, Yulia organized a well-attended international press conference in collaboration with VITA, an animal rights organization, where she spoke to world media about putting an end to the practice of caging wild bear cubs for the profit of roadside cafes.

Colin Angus

Travels with Tim: from Vancouver, Canada, through BC, the Yukon, Alaska, the Bering Sea and Far Eastern Russia, by bicycle, canoe, rowboat, foot and ski - June to November 2004, then February to April 2005..

Attn: click on the photo of Colin and Tim (holding flag) for a high resolution version.

A well-known Canadian adventurer, Colin Angus has been compared with everyone from Hucklebarry Finn to Captain Ahab. He first set sail from his home port of Comox at the age of twenty for an odessy that carried him to the South Pacific, and his first major acheivement came at age 27 when he descended the Amazon River from source to sea, dodging death by thirst, drowning and bullets on a number of occassions.

True to his intrepid surviror style, in later years he was lost and charred in the Mongolian sun, and then lost and frozen in a -45 ° C Siberian blizzard. In the summer of 2004, rowing alongside Tim Harvey, Colin made history as a member of the first team to row across the Bering Sea.

Colin recently rowed with his fiancé across the Atlantic Ocean, from Portugal to Limon, Costa Rica. While others have rowed from from Europe to the Americas, Colin and Julie may be the first to acheive a mainland-to-mainland crossing in the westward direction. Congratulations Colin!

Chris "Roachie" Roach

Travels with Tim: Lithuania and Poland by bicycle - September 2005


A native of Australia born in 1981, Roachie appeared unexpectedly in Tim's expedition when the two trans-European cyclists met on the road near Vilnius, Lithuania. The men were pedalling perpendicular paths – Roachie south from Norway to Istanbul, while Tim was heading west from Moscow to Portugal – but they were so happy to cycle with a kindred spirit they agreed at once to pedal west together out of Lithuania and across Poland, a joint adventure that lasted five days until Roachie veered south just east of Germany. Easily matching Tim's 150-km daily pace, Roachie continually joked about all Tim's unnecessary luggage, and in truth, the practical Aussie was a model of minimalism and efficiency.

Roachie was present when Tim, already in Poland, realized he had left his bank card back in Lithuania. When the men could find nowhere willing to change Tim's remaining Lithuanian currency, Roachie exchanged it himself, taking from Tim what felt like monopoly money at the time. This act of generosity allowed Tim's journey to continue without a hitch.

A staunch advocate of fitness and health and graduate in the field of civil engineering, Roachie is back in Australia polishing his adventure journal, which he aspires to publish. He volunteers as a sharpshooter in a kangaroo-culling program, which, theoretically, protects the balance of nature in Australia.

Alastair Humphreys

Travels with Tim: Yukon Territory - June 2004

Alastair Humphreys in an enigma. Physically, he only accompanied the expedition for a single day, demonstrating his superior fitness when cycling with Tim and Colin into brutal headwinds in the final approach to Whitehorse, in the Yukon Territory. But Al, an Oxford graduate then in the midst of one of history's most epic bike rides (a five-year global circuit across five continents), was present in spirit through much of expedition.

It all began when word of a two Brits on bikes (Al and his friend) reached Colin and Tim in the middle of British Columbia in June 2004. Drivers would pull over and report that the Brits were closing the gap behind them, and were vocally promising to catch the two Canadians. Colin would have none of it, and was determined to stay in the lead. But gladly, Al caught up and regaled the Vancouverites stories of years cycling through Africa, the middle East and South America. Hours after bidding Al farewell, Colin and Tim discovered the meaning of British humour, when they unpacked huge rocks hidden in their panniers.

Al got his just deserts on the Yukon River. Tim had phoned his young Whitehorse hostess (with whom Al was “unwinding”) by satellite telephone from a canoe in the upper Yukon, reporting the beauty of the passage. Al took the bait and hopped in a canoe, following the Canadians downriver. If he hoped to catch them again, Five Finger Rapids, that notorious snarl of white water that swept away so many a Klondike Miner's life, nixed those aspirations. Recalling the capsize in England's Guardian newspaper, Al described how “what began as a humorous situation quickly became desperate.”

Luckily Al survived the Canadian north, and by the time Tim, Colin and Yulia pedalled onto Siberia's Road of Bones, locals were reporting that someone who looked suspiciously like Tim had been there a few months before, a frosty-faced Brit that could only be Al. Some locals, especially the women, remembered him fondly. Alastair's experiences in Russia braced Tim for the adventures to come – after all, Al had been robbed at gunpoint, and escaped from a burning café in a blaze that claimed lives.

Alastair Humphreys is back in his Yorkshire home applying his considerable literary skills to writing a book that will doubtlessly rank as a classic in the canon of adventure literature.

Link to Alastair's website


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