One part epic adventure story time, one part TED-Talk.
The second annual Fascinating Expedition & Adventure Talks (FEAT) takes place March 4th and promises to be a ”night filled with thrilling adventure and motivation.”
FEAT, Fascinating Expedition & Adventure Talks, is an annual evening of time-limited presentations. Each presenter speaks for seven minutes; no more, no less. With images. Although the speakers are invited because of their achievements, presentation themes focus on an aspect of their expedition – not the entire extended expedition. While there’s over a dozen speakers for the event, a couple stood out from the rest.
Frank Wolf, also known as “Canada’s Most Diverse Adventurer” has spent the past 20 years he’s done an impressive single-season canoe expedition across Canada; whitewater kayaked in Cambodia and Laos; cycled the frozen Yukon River in the dead of winter; and sea kayaked around British Columbia’s Haida Gwaii, packrafted and sea kayaked the proposed Northern Gateway pipeline and supertanker route from Alberta’s tar sands to the Pacific Ocean. You get the idea. Frank makes bearded vintage-shoe-shopping hipsters run for cover. Learn more about Frank on his website.
Peter Marshall from North Vancouver has “Overcome the Impossible”. When he was younger, Peter competed internationally in swimming and completed several big adventures, which included cycling across Canada and Western Europe, and finishing Ironman Canada in 2008. However in late 2010, Peter became critically ill and was diagnosed with a rare and incurable autoimmune disease. The disease scarred him with a compromised immune system and permanent damage to his lungs. After a couple years of intense medical treatment, he completed a self-supported cycling, skiing, and climbing trip from Vancouver to the summit of Mount Rainier and back. Despite the illness, Peter continued to persevere and did not allow anything to take away his ambition. He truly has Overcome the Impossible and is more than excited to share his story at FEAT 2015. Learn more about Peter on his blog.
Briefed asked both these men a few questions about what to expect at the show, some of their greatest challenges and what was the craziest thing they’ve ever done.
Briefed: Tell us about what you’ll be talking about at FEAT?
Peter: I will be talking about a particularly tough day on my 12 day cycling/climbing/skiing trip from Vancouver to the summit of Mount Rainier and back. It’s about overcoming obstacles and making the decision to try something knowing full well that there’s a good chance I would fail.
Frank: I’ll be talking about some of the fictional characters that have randomly arisen in the course of my backcountry adventures/filming….with a few tangents thrown in as well.
Briefed: What should the audience expect at FEAT this year?
Frank: A good time with a vast array of speakers coming at them from a bunch of different angles.
Peter: The audience should expect to be inspired. I bet the images and the stories will have them planning their next adventure later that night. I’m thinking it will have that effect on me…
Briefed: What’s your next adventure?
Frank: A week-long ski traverse through Banff with a biologist undertaking a large-mammal survey for the Park.
Peter: The next adventure has not been planned yet. This year it has involved raising a baby (#1), but now that he’s getting older it’s time to think about a new adventure. Stay tuned..
Briefed: What’s the craziest thing you’ve ever done?
Frank: I’m not sure, crazy is relative…but probably getting a university degree.
Peter: Tough question… As far as I can remember, it was riding the Gran Fondo from Vancouver to Whistler in 2011. It’s not that this event is particularly crazy or anything. I set the goal of completing the Gran Fondo when I was in ICU at St Pauls after being diagnosed with a deadly auto-immune disease in November 2010. I didn’t know that my lung function was diminished, or what the recovery would be like. I committed to the goal and was going to accomplish it no matter what. Turns out I had a ‘flare up’ of the condition just before the ride and had to spend the day before the Fondo at St Pauls getting chemotherapy for 6 hours. I turned up at the starting line the next morning willing to give it a go. I was wiped out but foolishly kept on pushing on a extremely hot day. I made it to Whistler (painfully slowly), then got on a flight to England for vacation the next morning.
FEAT Canada 2015 will be held on March 4th the Centennial Theatre at 2300 Lonsdale Avenue, North Vancouver. RSVP to the Facebook event page and pick up your $20 ticket while they’re still available! Get your tickets to FEAT 2015 here: http://goo.gl/gD5tVv