11 Jun 2:05 pm by Nathan Welch Category: The Expedition
As we bathe in the afterglow of the successful Expedition Amazonas mission, assimilation into ‘normal life’ & ‘everyday living’ has in itself been a challenge. The post expedition workload has been a heavy one as we continue to work through our sponsorship commitments, media exposure, attend sponsor trade shows, public presentations & media interviews to name but a few.
Again a big thank you is overdue to all our family, friends & supporters who have welcomed us back into the land of the living with open arms, offered their heart-felt congratulations & been so supportive in helping us work though post expedition commitments & challenges. A special thank you is in order for Stu Hindle who has helped me enormously with media exposure & getting out there into public forums, sharing the Expedition Amazonas story – thanks Stu!
Perhaps one of our proudest post expedition achievements has been the fulfilment of our sponsorship promises. It’s been wonderful to be able to give all our amazing sponsors the best possible return on investment. Attending trade shows, putting together top quality sponsor specific video clips, equipment testimonials, providing detailed feedback to sponsor R&D & publicity departments has certainly kept us on our toes. The intense nature of Expedition Amazonas allowed us to put each piece of sponsored equipment to the ultimate test in some of the harshest environments on the planet. As such we have been able to give honest appraisals on all of our top quality sponsored gear & have even been approached to offer feedback on how to improve them in some cases. Absolutely wonderful to now see things go full circle – to reward the faith our sponsors put into us – its very satisfying to be able to give back more & more. A big thank you again to First Ascent, Teva, Fluid, Electrotech, Suunto, Kokatat, ARK, RAM, WRSI, Garmin, Storm Case, V.I.O., Zeal Optics, Benchmade, Goya Gear, KINeSYS & of course our special partner Amazon Watch.
Here is a taste of our media exposure, some of our sponsor videos & public presentations. Its certainly made for busy but interesting times… Check in from time to time as we add our latest media and public exposure to the list…
Outer Edge Magazine
Nathan and Mark nominated for the Australian Adventurer of the Year Award 2008. Up against some amazing and inspirational adventurers, the brilliant Tanya Faux deservedly took the prize. Buy the magazine (Issue 12) for the full story.
Nath, Phil and Mark – Zeal Optics athletes. The ZB-13 polarized lenses really have to be the best going around.
Athletes, proud to fly the First Ascent flag, our official expedition apparel sponsor.
A nifty promo clip for another of our amazing sponsors and friends at Storm Case. Check it out here.
Stoked. We are official ambassadors for Team Garmin SA.
Check out our clip on the Suunto.tv website. Just click on Outdoor, choose Action and scroll through the videos to find ours.
1. Expedition Amazonas Interview Part 1; Coke & Killer Rapids – 27 February 2008
2. Expedition Amazonas Interview Part 2; “I swear my next expedition is a lightweight, open country trek!” – 28 February 2008
3. Expedition Amazonas Interview Final; “The entire journey is etched upon my mind and my heart for eternity.” – 29 February 2008
ABC Radio host Richard Fidler interviews Nathan on the Conversation Hour – 12 May 2008
4MK FM Radio
Meech & Teegs Interview Nathan over 8 days post expedition.
Part 1 of Nathan’s Interview
Part 2 of Nathan’s Interview
Part 3 of Nathan’s Interview
Part 4 of Nathan’s Interview
Part 5 of Nathan’s Interview
The Cairns Post
Boy’s own adventure Front Page – 01 March 2008 (Print)
I survived the Amazon – 01 March 2008 (Print)
Amazon Adventurer Dodges Death – 01 March 2008 (Online)
The Daily Mercury
1. Adventurers take on the Amazon in 6,500km trek – 25 August 2007 (Online)
2. Adventurers take on the Amazon in 6,500km trek – 25 August 2007 (Print)
3. Daily Mercury Cartoon – 25 August 2007
4. Battered by a big river – 10 November 2007
An electronic extract of the expedition as told by the Sunrise team – 02 March 2008
Mark’s Sunrise Interview
Sunrise hosts Mel & Kochie interview Mark on Sunrise
Living in Peru
Peru: Aussie Heroes Raft the Entire Amazon – 08 April 2008
Six months, 4000 miles, one mission. River Gods (Page 1) – 21 February 2008
Six months, 4000 miles, one mission. River Gods (Page 2) – 21 February 2008
Expedition Amazonas – 21 February 2008 (Online)
BGAN records epic Amazonian journey – 18 March 2008
Aussie Heroes Raft the Entire Amazon – 08 April 2008
Rio Apurimac – the Devine Voice – 30 May 2008
Angus Adventures Website
Featured Expedition – Expedition Amazonas – December 2007
Thrane & Thrane BGAN Adventure
Outer-Edge Adventure Magazine (buy the mag for the full story)
Wild Magazine (buy the mag for the full story)
The Amazon by Raft – 06 March 2008
Czech Outdoor Magazine
1. Outdoor Magazine Cover
2. Expedition Amazonas article Page 1
3. Expedition Amazonas article Page 2
4. Expedition Amazonas article Page 3
5. Expedition Amazonas article Page 4
It cannot be forgotten, that Mark has done a lot of work in the sponsorship area & continues to mission along whilst living in London and planning his next expedition. He has also set up a new personal webpage www.markkalch.com. Well worth a look – a true modern day adventurer.
Mark, Phil & myself each have a number of exciting new ideas & adventures in the pipeline. This will be ‘the last post’ until the documentary movie is ready for sale. We will however be adding to the above exposure & presentation list regularly. You will be able to follow Marks new adventures & progress on his website www.markkalch.com. Phil at present is working in the Congo region over in Africa and we are pleased to report he is back to his 100% best. As for me, I am in the process of researching & formalizing the next big adventure…”from little things big things grow.” So much to do in a lifetime, so little time…