CROSSING AFRICA - MEET MARIO RIGBY OUR NEW #1

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?!

SPOTLIGHT - JESS CLARK

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.

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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 🤙🏻

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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

ADVENTURE OF THE WEEK: CANYONING IN TYROL

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

MEET THE JUNKYS...

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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