Mark doesn’t have a pre-canned approach to helping busy mothers and fathers, business leaders, entrepreneurs, etc. What he shares, which I can deeply appreciate, is encouragement and a unique perspective he has gotten from life on the river.
Mark Kalch is at the apex of river adventures. He is right in the middle of an epic quest called 7 Rivers 7 Countries. So far, Mark in this quest has done the following:
- 2007/8 Kayak the Amazon River
- 2010 Walked across Iran
- 2012 Mississippi River
- 2014 Volga River in Russia
You will learn in this episode:
- How you can book a solo family adventure on a river in Montana, Idaho, Colorado, Canada, Alaska Options like: River camping, floating, fishing
- Why being on a river is a form of medicine
- Taking advantage of National Parks in the US
- Dispel myths about Russian people after the Vulga River adventure
- Importance of “disconnected” time with family
- How the heck he was able to walk across Iran? And what was it like to do this
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The entire show notes are listed below.
- Was there a defining moment growing up that made you want to do expeditions? [2:39]
- “If there wasn’t a single moment then all of my childhood was built around being outside in one way or another” [3:43]
- How the river keeps Mark coming back for more [7:06]
- 7 Rivers 7 Continents – Mark’s journey from source to sea of the largest rivers on all 7 continents [10:10]
- “The only country I think, for me anyway, that could compare with the generosity, and the openness and the willingness help of the Russian people would, funnily enough, be the people of Iran” [12:38]
- Seeing an expedition through to the end – how do you ignore the voices in your head telling you to quit? [15:01]
- “If you are going to pull the plug on one of these trips, which can happen, then you better have a pretty good reason” [18:05]
- Walking across Iran – A day in the life of Mark’s Iranian experience [18:49]
- “To me now, Iran, it’s one of my favorite countries. The people, and certainly the geography of it as well. I would love to go back.” [23:54]
- Which trip does Mark get the most questions about? [24:22]
- What would you say to a group of 100 people to help them get an adventure started? [27:24]
- Norm Miller – When do you experience growth from an expedition? In the thick of it, or afterward? [30:53]
- The Enormity of what you have gone through on a personal level just, I guess, just starts kicking in once you’re back in the real world” [33:14]
- How does Mark incorporate his family into his life of expeditions? [34:26]
- “Being part of nature, being part of the outdoors, just like it benefits us as adults it benefits the kids tenfold” [38:08]
- How to keep track of Mark and 7 Rivers 7 Continents [40:45]
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