Hosted weekly by Mandela, The Trail Less Traveled is dedicated to documenting humanity by gathering interviews and sound effects from the most remote locations around the world. The goal for the show is to take you, the listener, back to mankind’s earliest form of entertainment: story telling. Therefore, every week features an interview with an adventurer in their natural habitat in order to provide an audible journey packed with adventure information and inspiration. Everyone has a story & different perspective, we aim to share the stories from the world’s diverse cultures & unknown lands.
Every Sunday night at 6pm Mandela brings you another installment of The Trail Less Traveled – our locally-harvested outdoor adventure series.
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This week on The Trail Less Traveled:
This week, Mandela tackles the subject of birds with longtime wildlife biologist and ornithologist Tim Keyes of the Georgia Department of Natural Resources.
From the miranda of a 130-year-old Victorian home surrounded by ancient oak trees – and plenty of feathered friends – Tim fills us in on the fine details of bird behavior, migration patterns and how climate change is impacting all of that.
Last week on The Trail Less Traveled:
Known among Grand Canyon river guides as a “guide’s guide,” Andy Ambelang is not only an avid adventurer – he’s also one of the most humble men you’ll ever meet.
Born and raised in Hamilton, his adventuring started with solo hikes in the Bitterroots and graduated to river rafting there an on the Middle Fork of the Salmon during his teenage years.
Last year he completed one and a half expeditions on the Blue Nile, one of two major tributaries to the Nile. Located in Ethiopia, the Blue Nile supplies about 60 percent of the Nile’s water – a ratio that may be impacted by a long-running project being undertaken to construct a 6,000-megawatt hydroelectric dam on the river. While the dam may boost the regional economy, it will significantly impact the river’s flow.
Andy was among the last river runners to experience the river’s pre-dam ecosystems, including its Class V-plus whitewater, and his stories from the experience are epic, with appearances by man-eating crocodiles, dramatic overnight water level rises and the time he lost the rafts only to find them looted later downstream.
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Mandela, Your host of THE TRAIL LESS TRAVELED!
Growing up, Mandela spent a season in South Africa, a season in Montana and various seasons traveling the world with her flight attendant mother and vagabond father. At an early age Mandela fell in love with juxtapositions between cultures, music, food and weather of the northern and southern hemispheres. Mandela started filming her adventures when she was 14 and 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 and 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 and 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 … and 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 and 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.