Your host of THE TRAIL LESS TRAVELED!
As of Jan. 1, 2016 Mandela will be recording sound effects & interviews for the show on location in Southern India!
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.
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.
To read more about this week’s featured adventurer, listen to previous shows & gather some outdoor adventure information & inspiration, click HERE!