Hey adventure buddies. We're Tim and Angel, and we are so excited to be your audio hosts for the Race to Alaska 2019! Along with posting here on the Boldly Went website, we'll be producing The R2AK Daily Fix by Boldly Went, a regular, if maybe at times not actually daily, podcast from the field. We're also hosting our super fun Boldly Went Adventure Storytelling and Podcast Recording Show at The Ruckus. At this show we'll record adventure stories from the R2AK and Seventy48 crowds. The best stories will be selected to be shared in the weekly Boldly Went Podcast. In addition, we'll be producing a special episode of the Boldly Went Podcast featuring the overarching story of R2AK after it's finished. We're going to love it. We think you will too.
The idea that everything about R2AK is a really good bad idea is a running theme, and if we haven't met, I would like to confirm that Boldly Went's role in the 2019 race is exactly that.
Daniel, the Race Boss, invited us to be a part of the media team, I'm assuming, in a moment of questionable judgement, because we have virtually no reassuring experience on the water. Our sailing career amounts to accidentally signing up for a booze cruise in Australia when we were too young to drink, and taking a couple of leisurely outings with friends who were learning to sail. On our only extended kayak excursion, I managed to smash an 18 inch hole in the hull of my boat, below waterline, within an hour of setting out on a 9 day trip.
Don't pay any attention to the evidence though, we're stoked to have weaseled our way into the event! We'll be hitching a ride on the media boat all the way to Ketchikan, and shoving iPhone mics in racers' faces at inopportune moments in order to capture the heart and soul of the event.
We'll post a few articles and photos here to spice things up, but our main goal is to use audio to help you get to know the madcap characters involved and the essence of the challenge of this old school, self-supported 750 mile adventure up the Inside Passage. We hope to warn most of the general population off of it, and to inspire the chosen few to sign up - but mainly to keep you entertained and dreaming of life's possibilities.
Despite being green ourselves, we think we're qualified for the job because we do have some history with the race. We first heard about it from our friend Dean Burke, who was the heart behind the Seventy48, and in 2018 we jumped at the chance he offered to put together some DIY coverage of that inaugural event (which you can check out here.) In our regular gig organizing storytelling events and making a podcast in the adventure community, we've heard multiple stories from R2AK and Seventy48 participants, and we love the spirit of the race.
Some guy on the internet described R2AK as "The America's Cup for Dirtbags," and the reason the race resonates so much for us is that we're big into the "dirtbag" part of that equation. We've done a ton of DIY epic adventure ourselves - among other things we just finished backpacking the West Highland Way in Scotland, and previously we've run the 500 mile Camino de Santiago in Spain, hiked the Pacific Crest trail, paddled the lower Hudson in folding kayaks (and learned that it's easy to bash a hole in a folding kayak), and spent a bunch of time riding buses around exploring Latin America. We're based in Tacoma, but since 2015 we've spent at least 3 months per year on the road, and in the beginning of 2019 we actually wrote the book on dirtbagging, The Dirtbag's Guide to Life: Eternal Truth for Hiker Trash, Ski Bums, and Vagabonds. (I can say it's the book because as far as I know no one else has written a book specifically about dirtbags.)
If you want to be involved: sign up on Patreon (free in June!), follow on your favorite podcasting app, check back on this space and the R2AK site, or sign up for our mailing list using the form to your right on this page so you won't miss post-race episodes and stories from The Ruckus!