Adventure Junky: Here for the long run

Every day 3 million travellers cross international borders. By 2030 that number will likely double. Overtourism is already leading to the degradation of natural wonders, such as Thailand’s Koh Tachai island. In cities such as Barcelona and Venice residents are taking to the streets to protest tourism’s effect on rental prices, congestion and air quality.

Is there such a thing as sustainable travel? Adventure Junky’s Fuchsia Claire Sims ventured to Patagonia to find out. The short film ‘Here for the long run’ follows her journey into Torres del Paine National Park to visit the Patagonia EcoCamp – the world’s first geodesic hotel and member of The Long Run.

“I wanted to see how a tourism business could work in harmony with nature and culture to ensure the people and places we love to visit are here for the long run.”
Fuchsia Claire Sims, co-founder Adventure Junky App

Patagonia EcoCamp is just one of over 1,000 travel experiences featured on the Adventure Junky App. Geared toward the Millennial, the app makes a game of sustainable travel. The more experiences you complete, the more points you earn. You can play against friends, or for the title of Earth’s Number 1 Adventure Junky.

Sims co-founded the Adventure Junky App with Nigel Malone. Their shared experience ranges from helping troubled youth turn their lives around through adventure in the jungles of Costa Rica, working with indigenous communities to develop self-sufficiency through cultural tourism, rebranding World Heritage Sites, to advising corporations on how to become carbon neutral.

“We developed the Adventure Junky App to give travellers more sustainable options, but not at the expense of the whole point of an adventure or holiday – enhancing our wellbeing. That’s why a partnership with The Long Run made perfect sense.”
Nigel Malone, co-founder Adventure Junky App

Developed by Jochen Zeitz, Co-Chair with Sir Richard Branson of ‘The B Team’, The Long Run is a collective of the world’s most exotic Eco-lodges that strive for excellence via the 4C’s – Conservation, Community, Culture and Commerce.

The Long Run members, of which Patagonia EcoCamp is one, have safeguarded over 12 million acres of nature, celebrated 86 cultures and positively impacted the lives of more than 520,000 people. All of The Long Run Eco-lodges can be found on the Adventure Junky App or at The Long Run website.

‘Here for the Long Run’ makes it cinema debut at the Mountain Film Festival touring Australia and New Zealand beginning March 2018. (details below). Please share this Vimeo page as widely as possible to support those leading the way in sustainable travel.

‘Here for the Long Run’ was written, directed and shot entirely on iPhone 6+ and Osmo Mobile by Adventure Junky. To discuss marketing partnerships, and/or the creation of a film for your destination/travel experience please contact Nigel Malone on

The Long Run
Patagonia EcoCamp
Mountain Film Festival


Mario Rigby has leapt to the top for the Adventure Junky Leaderboard this week after Crossing Africa by foot! He literally trekked across the entire African continent from Cape Town, South Africa to Cairo, Egypt.

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His epic two-year journey covered uncharted terrain, 12 countries and a diverse range of environments, including deserts, jungles, and areas of civil unrest. Not only did he embark on this quest to share the beauty of Africa and its people to the world here is what else he had to say... 

"I have completed my walk from Cape Town to Cairo entirely by foot/kayak. This rigorous 2 year and 11,500 km expedition proved to be the most challenging and yet rewarding things I have ever experienced. I have met tribes that date back thousands of years, I was welcomed into villages, nearly drowned twice along the South African coast, got shot at by rebel forces in Mozambique and decided to kayak across the 4th largest lake in Africa never having kayaked prior to it. These experiences have brought me exponential growth.

I love more, hate none and see all things from opposing views. Our world is ours because we are a part of it, as an infant cannot discern between itself and its environment. I feel like this infant, reconnected to our universe. Please stay tuned as I plan to undertake projects that directly impact the very impact destroying our relationship between earth and humanity, renewable and sustainable energy is something I'm working on. Thank you and much love for all the people who have stood by my side, supported me, believed in me and the people who don't even know that they have impacted my life in this direction.

The drive for curiosity and exploration is vanishing in today's fast-paced and digital world. I think unlike past generations, more people are hesitant to venture out and meet strangers. We are all filled with unimaginable potential - perhaps my adventure will inspire others to move away from their comfort zones and unleash theirs."
- Mario Rigby

These are wise and inspiring words Mario, you sure have reminded us ALL that anything is possible when you put your mind to it and have the strength to keep stepping out your comfort zone - we are thrilled to see you at the top of the leaderboard. These are wise and inspiring words Mario, you sure have reminded us ALL that anything is possible when you put your mind to it and have the strength to keep stepping out of your comfort zone - we are thrilled to see you at the top of the leaderboard. Keep following Mario's incredible journey here

Now the really BIG question, who's got it in them to catch him now?!


What does adventure mean to you Jess?
Adventure to me is the constant search for life's highlights. Those moments where you're scared, excited, and completely out of your mind, yet somehow still manage to calculate risks and surprise yourself every step of the way.

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Tell us a little about your self?
My adventurous self can be very impulsive, and also extremely cautious. I think the combination of characteristics has served me well and will continue to... The activities I like range from extreme to mellow. The thing that really gets me going is combining the two. For example, I love to slackline, but when the snow arrives in Canada how the hell can you slackline?! You do it in socks and have your mate constantly dust the snow off the line like a curling rink, that's how! Figuring out how to accomplish things that others find impossible or absurd is what I love. That being said, finding likeminded people is what really makes these adventures possible. Adventure Junky connects so many people and places that it's much easier to find epic adventurers these days. It's like one big tribe all coming together in an app.


What was your BEST adventure?
My best adventure so far has been learning to kiteboard. I remember seeing people doing it on the beach about 5 years ago. I was so unsure of myself back then that the possibility of accomplishing it or even trying it never even popped into my head. I simply thought "wow those people are so intensely awesome" and went about my life. 5 rotations around the sun later, I suddenly got the courage and the motivation to try it. Second day on the water I was harnessing the wind and riding on the ocean screaming at the top of my lungs from sheer stoke. I don't remember a time when I've been that excited and happy within myself. (Girls, you can do it! Don't doubt yourself!)

What's at the top of your Bucket List?
Right now, the top of my bucket list is completing my Commercial Helicopter Pilot License. Learn to fly, then fly away!

What is your favourite object to travel with?
Aside from being an adventure junky, I'm also a creative junky and video has been a passion of mine since highschool. So my GoPro and my drone are my favourite objects to travel with.

Anything else weird, wild or wonderful you want to share about yourself?
Wild: My hair.
Wonderful: I can confidently say that I have a huge heart, and gladly open it to anyone if it can help make their day better. We all could use a little more open-ness and vulnerability. Whole-hearted living and loving is where it's at peeps 🤙🏻


Do you have any feedback for the Adventure Junky app?
Keep inspiring people... seriously that's what you're doing. Your app is innovative and will constantly grow. Enjoy the process of this journey with all the ups and downs and don't change your spirit because that is what makes the app. Without that, it wouldn't be what it is!

Keep following her adventures...
On the app: Jess Clark
Instagram: @jessclarkcreative


Around AREA 47 you have plenty of opportunities to explore the Alps in a particularly spectacular way. While canyoning in Otztal you get straight down to business - you discover a realm which would otherwise only be accessible using a rope and with a great deal of bravery!

While abseiling through thundering waterfalls, leaping from metres high cliff into the dark green puddles and while sliding at speed through gullies you get to see who has nerves of steel. 

See this adventure on the app


Behind every great App is a great founder or two...
Here’s our attempt to take you behind the scenes to hear what inspired us to create the Adventure Junky App.

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