Your host of THE TRAIL LESS TRAVELED!
As of Jan. 1, 2017 Mandela has been recording on location in New Zealand!Every Sunday night at 6pm, Mandela brings you another installment of The Trail Less Traveled – our locally-produced outdoor adventure program. We rebroadcast the show Tuesday evenings at 10pm. Proudly sponsored by Skin Chic, Big Sky Bikes, The Bitterroot Brewing Co., The Clark Fork Coalition, Parkside Credit Union & The Trailhead.
Mandela is dedicated to documenting humanity by collecting sound effects & interviews from the most remote locations around the word. Visit the official website to see pictures, archive previous shows & subscribe to the free iTunes podcast!
Growing up, Mandela spent a season in South Africa, a season in Montana & various seasons traveling the world with her flight attendant mother & vagabond father. At an early age Mandela fell in love with juxtapositions between cultures, music, food & weather of the northern and southern hemispheres. Mandela started filming her adventures when she was 14 & started an adventure-travel talk show on KBGA when she was 18. The show ran for five years & she is still producing short adventure films in her spare time. When she’s not in the studio, Mandela teaches Ashtanga Yoga & works as an international adventure guide/instructor in the field of whitewater rafting, kayaking & riverboarding. She guides paddle rafts on two week expeditions in The Grand Canyon May-September & records the show on location wherever life takes her.
Mandela was raised on a nature reserve at the most southern point of South Africa. Growing up in the bush, the only musical entertainment she had was an old CB radio & didjeridu. For many years she had only two cassette tapes: a Walt Disney soundtrack … & The Rolling Stones’ Sticky Fingers. She has a passion for classic rock’n’roll, the blues that evolved in African-American communities of the Deep South & funky up beat “world music”.
Mandela’s family made frequent trips to Australia throughout her childhood. Mandela started studying Aboriginal anthropology & didjeridu sound theory in Australia in her teens. In 2007 she started an organization in Missoula, which continues to educate students in didjeridu & Aboriginal anthropology. She also played didjeridu & percussion in a local band called, “Peanutbutter & Didjeridu Jam”. Mandela presents adventure lectures at the University of Montana & other public/private schools in America.
Mandela lives for adventure-travel, whitewater expeditions & the music which inspires us to get outside, shake our booties & explore in the Mecca of Recreation: Missoula, MT.
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